Cow Horse Riders and Jumpers Trade Saddles
Top professionals in National Reined Cow Horse Association and show jumping competition trade disciplines at the FEI World Cup.
By Tara Matsler | April 19, 2015
Nothing is ever as easy as it looks, and six equestrian professionals proved that April 18 when they switched disciplines for the Duel in the Desert special exhibition at the FEI World Cup Finals Jumping & Dressage in Las Vegas.
During Duel in the Desert, decorated show jumpers stepped aboard cow horses for a short rein work pattern, followed by boxing, then a short fence work run. Each show jumper teamed up with a National Reined Cow Horse Association professional – Tucker Robinson, Zane Davis and Brandon Buttars – and the cowboys tested out their English saddle skills riding through a jumper course.
Coming out on top with the highest combined score in the Duel in the Desert was Steve Guerdat and Brandon Buttars. Steve is the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time Olympian from Switzerland, and most recently won the 2015 LONGINES FEI World Cup Jumping Final April 19. A true example of what a reined cow horse rider is all about, Brandon has made the finals in every major event he has competed in.
Grand prix jumper Tanya Levorchick of the United States teamed up with Zane Davis, the newest NRCHA $1 million rider. Zane's diverse background includes championships in bareback and saddle bronc riding, as well as the 2009 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity open championship aboard Reymanator, who served as Tanya’s mount for the night. The 2006 son of Dual Rey and out of Savannah Hickory by Doc’s Hickory has more than $170,000 in lifetime earnings.
The youngest participant in the Duel was 22-year old Lucy Davis, paired with Tucker Robinson. Lucy’s accomplishments include winning the prestigious 2013 Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland, on the Global Champions Tour; to date, Lucy is the youngest rider to win on that circuit. In her teens, Lucy won four consecutive grand prix classes in a row, including the Lamborghini Grand Prix of the Desert. Her teammate, Tucker Robinson, is the winner of the 2010 Snaffle Bit Futurity open championship; Tucker has more than a half-million dollars in lifetime cow horse earnings.