WRCA World Championship Ranch Rodeo
WRCA World Championship Ranch Rodeo
It was a tight race for the top spot at the 2018 Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo, but a young Kansas team with talented horses rose to the top.
Beachner Bros. Livestock was established in southeast Kansas in 1960 by Corky, Jerry, Bob and Bill Beachner, and Calvin Kendall, who now manages the ranch’s cow/calf operation, has worked for them since he was in high school.
Calvin was joined on the team by a trio of 20-somethings: his sons, Cody and Caden, and a day worker who is like family, Ty Swiler.
The Kendall boys came up through the junior ranch rodeo ranks, and for them to be competing now with their father “means a lot,” Calvin says. “Nobody gets mad, we compete as a team.”
Both Cody and Caden were WRCA Foundation scholarship recipients. Cody, 22, graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and now works full time for Beachner Bros. He rode Top WCRR Horse and Top American Quarter Horse Little Tee J Paul (Tee J Bandito Finger-Peachy Little Susie by Roll On Bar Money).
“Dad bought him as a 2-year-old and trained him, and I traded him out of him when he was 4,” Cody says. “I’ve been riding him ever since.”
Little Tee J Paul, bred by Don Dillinger of Saint Paul, Kansas, was reserve top horse at the WCRR in 2014, and he has been named top horse at WRCA sanctioned rodeos numerous times.
“Coming to these deals, there’s a lot of things you have to worry about that can go wrong, but I don’t have to worry about him at all,” Cody says. “Beyond a shadow of a doubt, he’s going to do his job. It makes it way easier on me.”
The 16-year-old gelding is excused from regular ranch work now since he is getting some age on him, but Cody still uses him on the ranch from time to time to keep him in shape.
The Kendalls typically buy their horses as youngsters, and many of them came as weanlings from Mike and Martha Armitage’s A Bar Ranch, a Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder from Claremore, Oklahoma.
One of the stellar Armitage horses is Cowboys Dream A 241 (Playguns Dream-Wranglers Stylish-Doc’s Wrangler), a gray 6-year-old gelding that Ty purchased as a weanling but sold to the Kendalls about a month before the championship rodeo, on the condition that Ty could still ride him there.
Ty, 23, currently works for Matt Koch Cowhorses and was named Reserve Top Hand at the championship rodeo, a distinct honor in the company of lots of handy cowboys.
“It was pretty special and a little bit of a surprise,” Ty says of the award.
Caden, 21, works on the Beachner Bros. ranch in the summers, and is a senior at Kansas State University.
The team members typically work together on the ranch, and after doctoring lots of cattle in the pasture, the stray gathering event felt much like a normal day’s work. They ended up event winners in team penning and wild-cow milking.
While Calvin has been competing at the championship rodeo for about a dozen years, the younger members have been on the team since 2013, when they were still in their teens.
“It has been a long road,” Calvin says, “but I kept telling them, ‘As you get older, you’re competing with older guys that are hands. You’ve just got to give it time to get handier.’
Cody estimates that he was about 9 when he came to his first WCRR.
“Since then,” he says, “it has been a dream of mine to win this.” Seeing that dream come to fruition is “pretty cool.”
The reserve champion team was Haywire Cattle Co. from Butler County, Kansas. Helping them out was WCRR Top Hand Justin Peterson and Reserve Top Horse Playboys Ten Eagle (SS Playboys Dual-Tens Miss Eagle by Ten O Sea), bred by Joe Scott of Llano, Texas, and ridden by Andy Jones
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World Champion Team
Beachner Bros. Livestock
Neosho County, Kan.
Reserve World Champion Team
Haywire Cattle Co.
Butler County, Kan.
Third-Place Overall Team
Buford Ranches, LLC-Osage
Fourth-Place Overall Team
Broken H Ranch/Hebb Ranch
Bronson, Kan., and Fall River, Kan.
Justin Peterson – Haywire Cattle Co.
Reserve Top Hand
Ty Swiler – Beachner Bros. Livestock
Top Ranching Heritage Bred American Quarter Horse
Thorn Doc Bar (Thorn Doc Lena-Bartona Vanna by Pajarito Doc) – Singleton Ranches
Top American Quarter Horse and Top WCRR Horse
Little Tee J Paul – Beachner Bros. Livestock, ridden by Cody Kendall
Reserve Top WCRR Horse
Playboys Ten Eagle – Haywire Cattle Co., ridden by Andy Jones
Ranch Bronc Riding – Haywire Cattle Co., Justin Peterson
Stray Gathering – Crossroads Ranch
Team Penning – Beachner Bros. Livestock
Wild Cow Milking – Beachner Bros. Livestock
Team Branding – Haywire Cattle Co.