SHOT World Show Gets Underway

Day 1 winners are recognized October 31 at the Stock Horse of Texas World Championship Show in Abilene, Texas.

Special to The American Quarter Horse Journal

In the open division, AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major of Bowie, Texas, and Chica Shine won cow horse, trail and pleasure to top the first day of competition. (Jill J. Dunkel photo)

The Stock Horse of Texas World Championship Show kicked off three days of competition Friday at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas. The show is a culmination of 10 months of competition, where SHOT members vie for world titles in six divisions.

SHOT Executive Director Kim Lindsey says the world show offers riders the opportunity to showcase the skills they’ve worked on throughout the season. 

“It brings everyone together to wrap up the year and see how they’ve improved over the last several months. A lot of our riders will move up to the next division after this show, so this is their last chance to compete at their current level.”

SHOT offers six divisions of competition from open to novice to youth. World champion titles will be awarded at each level and in each class. 

“We have a complete show Friday, then another complete show Saturday. Those two shows are combined to name the world champion in each division,” Kim explains.

In the open division, AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major of Bowie, Texas, and Chica Shine won cow horse, trail and pleasure to top the first day of competition. The stallion is by A Chic In Time and out of a Shining Spark mare, Shining Smart. Chica Shine has been shown in AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse extensively, including an amateur world championship with Mike’s wife, Holly, in the saddle.

Non-pro rider Dejonna Haneline of Stephenville, Texas, has a step up on the competition after winning the high-point title on the first day of showing. Dejonna topped the trail, reining and cow horse and was fourth in stock horse pleasure. She rode Peptos Smart Peppy, a 2007 model mare by Kwityerbellyakin and out of Smart Peppy Sanbar by Smart Little Lena.

The top junior horse was Zeena Lena, owned and riden by Nonie Casselman-Reed of Hico, Texas. Zeena Lena is a 2009 daughter of ZeZes Pepto Cat, bred by Tom and Lorna Neel of Millsap, Texas. The duo captured the win in stock horse pleasure and reining, and finished second in the cow horse and fourth in trail.

Novice competitor Brittney Snodgress and Hickory Gota Spot won the novice division on the first day. Riding in the largest division with 45 horses, Brittney tied for first in cow horse and finished in the top 10 in the other three classes. Hickory Gota Spot is a 1998 mare by Zan Freckles Hickory and is out of Squaws Rockaway. Brittney purchased the mare at the beginning of the year.

In another large division, Carisa Kimbro and Burn One Turn One bested the competition in the limited non-pro, vying against 35 other riders. Burn One Turn One is a 2003 son of Dual Peppy. Carisa was consistent throughout the day, placing third in cow horse, reining and pleasure.

The youth division was very competitive, and Kinsey Jones of Lubbock, Texas, won three of the four classes to capture the high-point title on Day 1. Kinsey piloted Juliette Starlight, a 9-year-old mare bred by Casey Deary, to a 13-point lead in that division.

In the race for the collegiate title, North Central Texas College narrowly beat West Texas A&M University for top team honors on the first day. Six different schools are represented and a world champion collegiate stock horse team will be crowned after Saturday’s events.

The SHOT World Show will conclude on Sunday with an Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge, held in conjunction with the SHOT Futurity and Derby, for 3-year-olds and 4- and 5-year-olds, respectively.

Journal Coverage of the SHOT World Show

  • Day 3 – View photos and results from the SHOT Derby and Futurity, plus Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge in Abilene, Texas. 
  • Day 2 – Catch our interviews with the six Stock Horse of Texas world champions, plus view photos from the event.
  • Day 1 – See results and photos from October 31 at the SHOT World Show.