A Judge’s Perspective: Working Cow Horse

AQHA Judge Sam Rose dissects the 2016 AQHA senior working cow horse world championship run.

One Fine Vintage and Corey Cushing came out on top at the 2016 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in senior working cow horse.

In the video above, Sam Rose, who judged the finals at the 2016 Lucas Oil World, dissects Corey’s winning run. Watch Corey’s winning run and read why the AQHA judges found this go worthy of a gold trophy.

Working Cow Horse Pattern 3

1. Begin on right lead and complete three circles to right – two large fast circles followed by one small slow circle. Change to left lead.

Rose: “This horse has a really good departure. We’re pretty much on the plus side here for these fast circles. [He] came back right to the center. Everything looks pretty good here; this horse guides well, he’s soft, he’s got a good mouth.”

2. Complete three circles to left – two large, fast circles followed by one small slow circle. Change to right lead.

“Same thing on this side: This horse has got a good speed going, his form is good.”

3. Continue loping around end of arena without breaking gait.

4. Run up center of arena to far end past the end marker and come to a sliding stop.

“He’s such a clean-moving horse. It’s nice to see a horse, after they go down the fence so much, run so clean to the stop.”

5. Complete 3-1/2 spins to the right.

“Plus-half turnaround.”

6. Run up center of arena past the end marker, come to a sliding stop.

“Another good departure; this horse is running clean, true to the stop. He came out of it just a little bit, still plus half.”

7. Complete 3-1/2 spins to the left.

“Zero to plus-half spin.”

8. Run back to middle of the arena past the center marker and come to a sliding stop.

“Really good here.”

9. Back at least 10 feet in a straight line.

“Plus half all day.”

10. Hesitate to complete pattern.

“This horse was sure above average, all the way through each of his maneuvers.”

Cow work

“This horse is showing a lot of natural ability here. He’s good with the bridle, works on his hindquarters, he’s got a lot of look.

“This horse is doing most of this by himself. The rider didn’t stay long, [and] we like that.

“This rider had total control of this cow. The eye appeal is a plus, he got three plus turns, two plus circles and the rating was very good. This horse is a 76 all day here for the [National Reined Cow Horse Association.

“Great run!”