Nutrena AQHA World Championship Show: Record Scores and Payouts for Roping

Nutrena AQHA World Championship Show: Record Scores and Payouts for Roping

There was more than $500,000 in total payout and new records in almost every open roping class at the Nutrena AQHA World Show.

2023 jr heeling world champion Joseph Harrison and Copperton

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The open roping horses had an exciting week at the 2023 Nutrena AQHA World Show. Over 500 horses had a shot at $528,000 in payout and the coveted Gold Globe trophy.

The first-ever world champion was crowned in the open breakaway roping with Sparkys Golddigger and AQHA Professional Horseman C. R. Bradley, setting a record time of 1.7 seconds. Bradley and the 18-year-old mare also took home the gold globe in the senior tie-down roping, with a new record score of 232. The duo won $14,000 for their efforts. Sparkys Golddigger is 2005 palomino mare owned by Brandon and Dena Bowers. Cody McCartney was the reserve world champion with Duals Magic Potion, winning $12,189 for owner Justin Ochs.

Logan Harkey and Bet My Player, a 2018 red roan gelding, took home the junior tie-down roping world championship and $13,851 for owner Sydney Freeman. Thirteen-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Shane Hanchey won the reserve world championship with Time To Glo and third with Rebelish. Hanchey took home a little over $20,000.

The open team roping brought new or tied records in every class, starting with The Darkk Side and Trevor Brazile. The 2019 bay roan stallion and Brazile won the junior heading world championship and $20,000 for The Darkk Side Syndicate, tying the record score of 229.5. Brazile also won third place in the junior heeling aboard Pride And Joyy, bringing home $14,173 for owners Solo Select/Relentless Remuda.

In senior heading, Sevens Star Glo and Cade Rice won $20,000, with a new record score of 233. The 2017 buckskin stallion is a homebred for Marshall Wier. Rice also picked up another $4,700 by placing eighth in junior heeling with Silver Bullet Babe for Diamond Dub Quarter Horses.

The big story of the open roping classes was the $100,000 won by the seven horses ridden by Joseph Harrison. Harrison and Copperton, a 2019 sorrel gelding, started out by winning the junior heeling world championship and $21,732 for the Cox and Moore Partnership. The pair also set a record score of 233. Harrison was the reserve world champion with Time To Glo, fourth with J Lows Fancy Glo and ninth with Heavy Metal Drummer.

Then in the senior heeling, Harrison and Duals Magic Potion ended up in a rope-off against one of Harrion’s other horse, Smoke N Duals. Both horses had already set a new record score of 233.5. In the rope-off, Duals Magic Potion came out on top with another new record score of 234. The 2016 bay mare took home a check for $21,455 for owner Justin Ochs. Harrison also had the reserve world champion Smoke N Duals and was third with Nics Black Boonlight, both owned by the Sancken family.

About the Show

The Nutrena AQHA World, Adequan® Select World and Adequan® Level 2 Championships are the premier events in the equine industry for amateur, Select amateur and open exhibitors. The show includes Level 3 and Adequan® Level 2 classes, as well as Nutrena Level 1 Champion of Champions classes. The shows feature over three weeks of exciting competition, educational opportunities and a bountiful trade show. For more information, visit www.aqha.com/worldshow.

Read more about Nutrena, the official feed of AQHA and title sponsor of the 2023 Nutrena Level 1 Champion of Champions classes.

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