2023 Nutrena Horses of the Year, Presented by AQHA

2023 Nutrena Horses of the Year, Presented by AQHA

PRCA recognizes the top American Quarter Horses ridden by professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls.

A woman rides a horse and roped a calf.

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Source: Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

Success in the sport of rodeo doesn't fall on just the cowboys and cowgirls. Their horses play just as big of factor when they step foot in the arena. The Nutrena Horse of the Year, presented by AQHA, awards provide recognition to ProRodeo's top horses. The awards for the 2023 Nutrena Horse of the Year, presented by AQHA, were unveiled October 11. The top three horses in each category are listed below.

AQHA has been a sponsor of these awards for more than 30 years, because a majority of the horses ridden by professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls are American Quarter Horses. Read more about past Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-AQHA horses of the year. This year, we’ve added another category – the horses that carry rodeo’s pickup men – to the awards.

Team Roping Header

  1. Mr Joes Shadow Bar, "Joe," ridden and owned by Clint Summers

  2. (Tie) Espuela Bro, "Spur," ridden by Tyler Wade, owned by Tyler and Jessi Wade
    LR Gatlin, "Colt," ridden and owned by Nelson Wyatt

Team Roping Heeler

  1. Kadabra King, "Turbo," ridden by Patrick Smith, owned by Patrick and Christi Smith

  2. Two Socks Chic Cody, "Garfield," ridden and owned by Hunter Koch

  3. (Tie) Apolo Oak, "Apollo," ridden and owned by Paul Eaves
    TRR Freckles Holidoc, "Cantina," ridden and owned by Logan Medlin

Steer Roping

  1. Son Ofa Glo, "Junior," ridden and owned by Slade Wood

  2. JS Frosty Badge Badger, "Goose," ridden and owned by Scott Snedecor

  3. Mesquitewood, "San Antone," ridden and owned by Cody Lee

Steer Wrestling

  1. EDS Famous Bar, "Eddie," ridden by Dalton Massey, Tanner Milan, Stephen Culling, Ryan Shuckburgh, Curtis Cassidy, Mike McGinn, J.D. Struxness; owned by Tanner Milan

  2. Dashin Haze, "Tyson," ridden by Jesse Brown, Dakota Eldridge, Kyle Irwin, Curtis Cassidy; owned by Curtis Cassidy

  3. Be Dun By Three, "Benz," ridden by Clayton Hass, Ty Erickson, Will Lummus; owned by Clayton Hass

Tie-Down Roping

  1. Stylish Bugsy, "Bugsy," ridden by Shane Hanchey, Caleb Smidt and Hunter Herrin; owned by Shane Hanchey

  2. Chuchara Sal, "Sally," ridden by Ty Harris, Joel Braden Harris; owned by Ty Harris

  3. Seven S Tomahawk, "Smoke," ridden and owned by Haven Meged

Barrel Racing

  1. Fame Fire Rocks, “Poprocks,” ridden by Taycie Matthews, owned by Mission Ranch LLC

  2. Jets Top Gun, "Benny," ridden by Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, owned by Busby Quarter Horses

  3. Fiery Miss West, "Missy," ridden by Jessica Routier, owned by Gary A. Westergren

Breakaway Roping

  1. No Wimpy Turns, "Onna," ridden and owned by Shelby Boisjoli

  2. Kits Tiana Play, "Little Man," ridden and owned by Kelsie Domer

  3. Baybe Bullet, "Baybe," ridden by Joey Williams, owned by Taylor and Joey Williams

Pick-Up Horse

  1. Baby Hes Hot, "Baby," ridden by Tyler Kraft, owned by Vanessa Kraft

  2. Buckle Set, "Wiggles," ridden and owned by Josh Edwards

  3. DriftersDocsClay, "Bay," ridden and owned by Tommy Pettit