SHOT World Champions Crowned

Stock Horse of Texas names six world champions November 1 in Abilene, Texas.

Special to The American Quarter Horse Journal

In a very close race that came down to a single-point advantage, AQHA Professional Horseman Mozaun McKibben of Whitesboro, Texas, repeated as SHOT open world champion on his stallion Lil Ruf Catalyst. (Credit: Jill J. Dunkel)

Many riders during Day 2 of the Stock Horse of Texas World Championship Show built on their leads from Friday’s performance. The world titles were awarded to competitors who placed the highest over two full days of competition in cow horse, reining, stock horse trail and stock horse pleasure.

Non-pro rider Dejonna Haneline of Stephenville, Texas, came into Saturday’s competition with a solid lead. She finished second in the all-around on Day 2, and that, combined with the win yesterday, earned her the non-pro world championship. Dejonna rode Peptos Smart Peppy, a 2007 model mare by Kwityerbellyakin and out of Smart Peppy Sanbar by Smart Little Lena.

“I purchased the mare two years ago, but took a year off from competing to have a baby,” she said. Dejonna is a life-long SHOT competitor, winning the world title when she was a youth competitor.

Jennifer Bouse of and Quigley Dun Under (2007 dun gelding by Quejanaisalena-Willy N Tivio Babe by Doc N Willy) were all-around champions in the non-pro on the second day. Jennifer won the cow horse, was second in the reining and third in trail.

Youth rider Kinsey Jones and Juliette Starlight (2005 red roan mare by Little Bay Starlight-MS N Cash Play Girl) won the all-around on Day 1 and showed on the second day with the same result. The 13-year-old Lubbock, Texas, rider won the trail and the reining and was second in the pleasure and cow horse. The two high-point wins earned Kinsey her first youth world title. 

“I’ve been working really hard all year and wanted to do my best this weekend,” Kinsey said. “My mare has come a long way in the cow horse. We’re still working on it, but we’ve made great strides there, and she’s really solid in the reining and trail.”

Nonie Casselman-Reed of Hico, Texas, won the all-around both Friday and Saturday to capture the junior horse world title on Zeena Lena (2009 bay mare by Zezes Pepto Cat-Fussy Hanky by Lotsolena). Nonie has shown the Zeena Lena for a couple of years. The duo won the SHOT Limited Derby in 2013 and were finalists at AQHA’s Adequan Select World Championship Show in ranch horse pleasure this fall.

“I am thrilled!” Nonie said.  “I’ve been going to these shows once a month. She tells me what I need to work on, and we go home and practice. There’s not a better feeling than being one with your horse. She will turn 6 in January, so now I’m working to get her in a bridle.”

In a very close race that came down to a single-point advantage, open rider Mozaun McKibben of Whitesboro, Texas, repeated as SHOT world champion on his stallion Lil Ruf Catalyst, just edging out Mike Major and Chica Shine (A Chic In Time-Shining Smart by Shining Spark). Mozaun and Lil Ruf Catalyst have won multiple AQHA world titles in Versatility Ranch Horse and ranch horse pleasure. Lil Ruf Catalyst is a 2006 black stallion by Lil Ruf Peppy and out of Foxy Catalyst by Taris Catalyst. 

“Last year, it seems like Mike won the first day, and I had to play catch up. The same thing happened this year,” he said.

Fielding “Bozo” Rogers of Rhome, Texas, and WM Blasted Smart (2005 red roan gelding by Nitro Dual Doc-Smart Little San by Smart Little Lena) bested both Mozaun and Mike for the open all-around title on Saturday, but Bozo couldn’t catch either rider in the world show standings and finished third when both the Friday and Saturday shows were combined.

Novice rider Hannah Yeary, a student at North Central Texas College in Gainesville, Texas, won both the Saturday all-around and the world championship on Houdini Santana (2008 bay gelding by Short Of Santana-Chickita Rey by Ollie Tom), just beating Friday’s high-point winner Brittney Snodgress and Hickory Gota Spot (1998 mare by Zan Freckles Hickory-Squaws Rockaway by Squaw’s Bar Bob)

“Clint Haverty encouraged me to come to this show. He’s been helping my sister and I train our own horses, but we don’t show all that much. I owe it all to Clint and my sister. She let me ride her horse at this show,” Hannah said.

Competition was stiff in the limited non-pro, and after two days of showing, Jenifer Ingram and Rey Jay Boonsmal (2008 sorrel gelding by Peptoboonsmal-Hickorys Red Rey by Doc’s Hickory) earned the world championship. Friday’s high-point winner, Carisa Kimbro, was reserve with Burn One Turn One (2003 sorrel gelding by Dual Peppy-Doctors Debutant by Freckie Doctor).

“I am on Cloud 9 right now,” said Jenifer of Whitesboro, Texas. “I bought my horse two years ago from Mozaun, and he has gotten us where we are today. I had never ridden a reining horse until I got this horse.”

The Saturday all-around winner was Rebecca Zimmerman and Taylor Made In Texas. The duo was second in trail, tied for fifth in cow horse, seventh in reining and ninth in pleasure.

In the collegiate competition, North Central Texas College held on to their Day 1 lead and earned the collegiate world championship. Coaches Bill Kaven and Curt Donley were thrilled to win, especially since the team was reserve world champions the past two years. West Texas A&M University was reserve this year.

“We started the NCTC stock horse team in 2010, and we created a curriculum around the team that the students participate in at school. We have Ranch Horse Riding I and Ranch Horse Riding II, and then Advanced Skills Reining and Advanced Skills Cow Horse. We have nine students here. Six are point riders and three compete as individuals,” Bill said.

The SHOT World Show wraps up Sunday with the SHOT Derby and Futurity, as well as a Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge.

SHOT World Champion Results

Open world champion – AQHA Professional Horseman Mozaun McKibben and Lil Ruf Catalyst (2006 black stallion by Lil Ruf Peppy-Foxy Catalyst by Taris Catalyst)
Reserve – AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major and Chica Shine (by A Chic In Time-Shining Smart by Shining Spark)

Non-pro world champion – Dejonna Haneline and Peptos Smart Peppy (2007 mare by Kwityerbellyakin-Smart Peppy Sanbar by Smart Little Lena)
Reserve – Jennifer Bouse and Quigley Dun Under (2007 dun gelding by Quejanaisalena-Willy N Tivio Babe by Doc N Willy)

Limited non-pro world champion – Jenifer Ingram and Rey Jay Boonsmal (2008 sorrel gelding by Peptoboonsmal-Hickorys Red Rey by Doc’s Hickory)
Reserve – Carisa Kimbro and Burn One Turn One (2003 sorrel gelding by Dual Peppy-Doctors Debutant by Freckie Doctor)

Junior world champion – Nonie Casselman-Reed and Zeena Lena (2009 bay mare by Zezes Pepto Cat-Fussy Hanky by Lotsolena)
Reserve – Beth Evans and Dreamin Of Some Gold (2009 palomino mare by Dreams Acomin by MS Becaco Someline by Some Six)

Novice world champion – Hannah Yeary and Houdini Santana (2008 bay gelding by Short Of Santana-Chickita Rey by Ollie Tom)
Reserve – Brittney Snodgress and Hickory Gota Spot (1998 mare by Zan Freckles Hickory-Squaws Rockaway by Squaw’s Bar Bob)

Youth world champion – Kinsey Jones and Juliette Starlight (2005 red roan mare by Little Bay Starlight-MS N Cash Play Girl)
Reserve – Lydia Shivers and Crows TT (1997 gray gelding by Black Chick Gold-Teenie Jane by Espuala Doc)

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.