Versatility Ranch Horse
Two exhibitors made good use of the Versatility Ranch Horse show at the Colorado State Fair.
By Jill Dunkel | September 13, 2015
Special to The American Quarter Horse Journal
P.W. May of Krum, Texas, has found a fun new event in which to compete aboard his mare, Zezes Superstar.
The duo competed in and won their first AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse competition, this one at the Colorado State Fair September 1 and 2 in Pueblo, Colorado.
Versatility Ranch Horse competition promotes the athletic ability and versatility of the horse and is demonstrated in six classes – ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch cutting, ranch reining, ranch cow work and ranch conformation. There are divisions for open, amateur, cowboy and youth.
Numbers at the Colorado show were strong for the triple-judged event, which was under revamped rules for 2015. With 15-plus riders in the open, as well as the amateur and four youth riders, the first day’s cutting, reining and cow work took the entire day. Riders competed in ranch trail, ranch riding and ranch conformation on the second day of the show.
At the Colorado State Fair, each judge counts as an AQHA show, which made three sets of AQHA points available to exhibitors. The fair then combined all placings for a composite winner with prizes and payout. There was $4,000 added to the open division, $1,000 added in the amateur and $250 in the cowboy class, plus a high-point saddle, spurs and buckles.
“We (compete in) reining and cow horse and did the stock horse events for years,” P.W. says. “We thought we’d try the versatility. You know, if you attend three shows, you can be qualified for the world show in Houston. I could drive 12 hours up here and show cheaper than go to three separate shows in different locations.”
P.W. and his mare won the cow work, reining, trail and ranch riding.
“Boy, this is fun. It’s great when you win, but the best part is having fun. This show is so nice. I was up here in the late ’70s. These are legendary facilities with the old rock stalls. Talk about history … there’s been a lot of great history here, and the weather is great this time of year.”
Zezes Superstar, a 2001 bay mare by Zeze Gunsmoke and out of Super Lizzie by Docs Superstar Bar, has AQHA points in working cow horse, reining and ranch riding.
The VRH show at the Colorado State Fair was also a good opportunity for a pro to tune up a horse that he planned to take to a futurity this fall. That horse was 3-year-old Kuki Sioux, a sorrel gelding by A Shiner Named Sioux and out of the Cats Merada mare Kuki. Kuki Sioux was shown by Fielding "Bozo" Rogers for owners Wes and Sarah Williams of Rhome, Texas.
Bozo had plans to take the gelding to the National Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity in Reno, Nevada, this fall, but was using the VRH show as a chance to season the horse. The Colorado show was the third VRH win for Kuki Sioux.
“I started doing the versatility because I didn’t have to go hard in the arena, and it got him in the show pen. The trail and pleasure just make me get him good and broke. He’s turned into a pretty good versatility horse,” Bozo says.
For VRH complete rules and regulations, refer to the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.