It's a Family Sport at the Zoetis VRH World

It's a Family Sport at the Zoetis VRH World

The Tiffany family enjoys spending horse time together.

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By Andrea Caudill, Ranch Horse Journal editor

The Tiffany family of Herington, Kansas, is at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, and they’re ready to have a good time. 

Shawn and Nicky Tiffany and their five children – Ransom, Taylor, Ainsley, Whitney and Stockton – all love horses and enjoying time together. This year, Shawn and Ransom will both be heading into the show arena, with the rest of their family cheering them on.

It is their second time showing at the VRH World.

“We just really enjoyed the show last year,” Shawn says. “It’s a laid-back atmosphere, the trail course was really fun to do outside. It was just a unique experience, so this was one of our priority shows this year. With five kids, and hauling as many as four horses at times, we have to narrow our focus. We can’t do everything, so this and (the Built Ford Tough) Youth World are our two big priorities for the year.”

Shawn will be riding Smart Redeemin Chic, a 15-year-old red roan gelding by Smart Chic O Dry and out of the Rowdy Redeemer mare Leahs Lucy. The horse was bred by Michael and Lori Grim of Eddyville, Iowa, and they will be showing in VRH and National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance classes. 

Ransom, 12, will be guiding Country Bay Whiz, a 10-year-old mare bred by Linda Wise of Longmont, Colorado. The mare is by Country Bay Berry and out of the Topsail Whiz mare Overdrawn Whiz. The young horseman already rode the mare to a finalist placing at last year’s Youth World Show in ranch riding, and at the VRH World will also show in VRH and NRSHA classes.

Shawn and his brother own and operate Tiffany Cattle Co., a custom feedlot operation with more than 32,000 head in total, as well as multiple extensive grazing operations.

“We finish cattle for a living, and horses are an integral tool in our business,” he says. “We do check pastures with our ranch horses that we have here. They get used.” 

Nicki grew up showing at AQHA shows, starting in all-around classes before getting into reining and cow horse. 

“I loved it,” she said. “I’m grateful my kids get to grow up in the same environment.”

While Shawn didn’t grow up showing, he married into it.

“When I met Nicki, she was passionate about it,” Shawn said.

Nicki, who coached the women’s equestrian team at Kansas State University for several years, is now a full-time mom, as well as a coach and cheerleader for her husband and son. 

They have a very busy life, but the horse shows are something the whole family does together. They focus on AQHA shows in Kansas that offer cattle classes (and some English classes for 9-year-old Taylor!) as well as some National Ranch Horse Versatility Association events.

“We have a lot of fun with it,” Shawn says. 

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