Fun With Cows
Fun With Cows
By Ranch Horse Journal editor Andrea Caudill
It’s always the light colored horses that like to get filthy in their stalls. The appropriately named Sioux Wii, a light palomino gelding, is one of those horses.
Called by his registered name, he is also sometimes called “Piggy” by his owners, who get to spend a lot of time in the wash rack on show morning. Sioux Wii has proven himself worth the effort.
This week at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, he carried Hattie Nance of Ardmore, Oklahoma, to a fifth place finish in the Level 1 Youth Boxing.
“He’s a really good boy,” Hattie says. “He listens very well. He’s pretty easy (to show), but he gets a little bit worked up sometimes.”
Sioux Wii has been owned by Hattie’s parents, Chris and Jessie Nance, for several years now.
While Hattie does all kinds of classes, from ranch riding to English, she picked up cow classes – her favorite – several years ago. Her mom was showing it, and it looked like fun to her.
“It’s just really fun,” Hattie says. “I like working cows, I like pushing them, and I like going fast.”
Sioux Wii would probably agree with her.
Bred for cow work by Jay McLaughlin, Sioux Wii has earned more than $7,800 in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition. He is an 8-year-old gelding by A Shiner Named Sioux, a world champion son of the legendary Shining Spark that Jay rode to two AQHA world championship titles and numerous other accolades.
The gelding is out of the A Chic In Time mare What A Time We Had, a full sister to major performer Uno What Time It Is, an earner of $120,953 in NRCHA competition.
Sioux Wii was originally bought to be Jessie’s horse, but became Hattie’s when her horse was killed in an accident.
“Her horse liked to spend his time outside, and….he got struck by lightning,” Jessie says. “It took us a long time to get over it.”
They started searching for a replacement, and got Hattie a reining horse.
“She said she really wanted to do that cow stuff again,” Jessie says. “Trying to find a youth cow horse is trying to find a needle in a haystack.”
Then they realized they already had the horse – Sioux Wii – and Jessie gave up her ride to her kids, and shopped for a new horse for herself.
“It’s worked out pretty well,” Jessie says. “My youngest showed him in the district 4-H stuff recently and did pretty well.”
This is Hattie’s first time showing at the VRH World. Her mom showed last year and Hattie thought that this, too, seemed like fun.
This year, they’re both showing. Jessie showed Sioux Wii in amateur, and will show in the Level 1 amateur working cow horse aboard her new horse, the 9-year-old Ricochet Shine (Ricochet San-Shiney Tea Pot Doc by Tejons Peppy Doc).
“You got a ribbon today, but maybe I can get a trophy tomorrow,” mom teases daughter.
“We’ll see,” teases the daughter back.