Stock Horse of Texas Year-End Champions
Look through photos from the SHOT banquet and see who claimed year-end awards in 2014.
By Jill Dunkel | March 2, 2015
From the Stock Horse of Texas
It was an evening of smiles, laughter and pride as one repeat winner and five new champions were crowned at the Stock Horse of Texas year-end awards banquet. Each rider received a custom Martin saddle for winning their particular division after a year’s worth of shows.
AQHA member Thomas Hicks and Greyt Socks repeated as open all-around winners for 2014. Greyt Socks is a 2007 gelding by Greyt Whiz and out of Frosty Bo Socks. Hicks, from Hawley, Texas, participates in SHOT shows largely because it’s a family affair with his wife, his daughters and their families. He is a non pro rider but started participating in the Open division a few years ago because of the jackpot money. In addition to the open all-around, the duo won the year end titles in pleasure and trail.
Hicks’ wife, Judy Boeshart also from Hawley, won the novice all-around on Custom Tuff Slider (Custom Slider-Darlin Tuff Stuff). In just her second year of competing at SHOT shows, Boeshart started the year strong and never looked back. She had ridden off and on her entire life, but had no experience with stock horse events. Boeshart took advantage of the clinics held before each show to learn and practice maneuvers in each event.
Non-pro rider Jennifer Bouse of College Station, Texas, completed an unlikely year to wrap up the all around title on Quigley Dun Under, a 2007 son by Quejaaisalena. Bouse, who hadn’t planned to show in 2014, ended up showing with her roommate through August but then sold her gelding. The new owner graciously offered Bouse the reins at the Stock Horse World Championships so she could finish out the year to win the all around.
Jenifer Ingram and Rey Jay Boonsmal took top honors in the limited non-pro. Ingram and the Peptoboonsmal son were reserve in the junior division in 2013, and set their sights on winning the all around title in 2014. Ingram, who lives in Whitesboro, Texas, started showing stock horses after asking Mozuan McKibben for help with her western pleasure horse. McKibben convinced her to try a different style of horse, and she was hooked. The whole team enjoyed their share of success this past year as McKibben showed Rey Jay Boonsmal to the AQHA senior ranch horse pleasure world championship in November for Ingram.
The junior horse division was dominated by Nonie Casselman-Reed of Stephenville, Texas, and Zeena Lena. The ZeZe Pepto Cat daughter was bred and trained by Tom Neel. Casselman-Reed planned to hit as many shows as possible in 2014 to build a strong relationship with her mare. They won all four events, pleasure, trail, reining and cow, in addition to winning the SHOT world championship in the junior horse division as well as the SHOT Limited Derby.
A Lubbock, Texas, teenager brought home the youth all-around. Kinsey Jones and her mare, Juliette Starlite, showed for the first time in SHOT competitions in 2014. Previously, Jones had focused on reining events, but discovered her mare excelled in several classes and versatility was her strength. Jones credits SHOT and SHOT Executive Director Kim Lindsey for helping her reconnect with her horse and finding her mare a new career as a stock horse.
SHOT’s unique collegiate division also recognized champions. The all around open/non-pro rider was Dejonna Haneline, a student at Tarleton State University. Limited non-pro rider Hillary Finck from Texas Tech University won her division, and another Tarleton rider, Haley Matocha, topped the novice.
Stock Horse of Texas has been fulfilling its mission of helping people ride a better horse since 1996 with clinics and shows held across the state. More information, including dates for 2015 events, is available at www.stockhorsetexas.org.
SHOT 2015 Schedule
March 27-28, 2015
April 24-25, 2015
San Angelo, Texas
May 15-16, 2015
Dripping Springs, Texas
June 12-13, 2015
San Antonio, Texas
July 17-18, 2015
Sulphur Springs, Texas
September 11-12, 2015
September 25-26, 2015
October 9-11, 2015
2015 World Championship Show
November 6-8, 2015