SHOT Names World Champions
A family feeling prevails as father and son win matching world championships during the Stock Horse of Texas World Finals.
By Larri Jo Starkey | October 27, 2015
The American Quarter Horse Journal
Stock Horse of Texas prides itself – rightfully – on being a family-friendly place to compete.
On October 31, one family scored twice.
William Lewis of Plantersville, Texas, won the SHOT non-pro world championship while his son, Christopher, won the youth world championship.
“Stock Horse of Texas has given my son the most incredible start that he could ever have,” William said after his win in Abilene, Texas. “(Our children) are supposed to be better than us, and he is.”
William rode Shiney Vintage Chic, a 2007 sorrel mare he bought about two years ago. “Rosie” is by Smart Chic Olena and out of Suddenly Shiney by Shining Spark. She was bred by Carolyn Edson of Whitesboro, Texas.
“She came out of reined cow horse,” William said. “We got together and figured out the trail and pleasure. We’ve come quite a ways. It’s been quite a year. I rode constantly.”
William also ended up the year-end non-pro champion for SHOT.
“I’m tickled to death,” he said. “You can’t say enough about these horses.”
William is particularly fond of Christopher’s horse, Colonels Colonel, a SHOT Merit Award Hall of Fame member.
“He’s wonderful,” Christopher agreed. “He’s a great horse.”
Colonels Colonel is a 1993 sorrel gelding by Queens Colonel and out of Colonels Hot Reward by Queens Colonel. He was bred by JJ and Mosley Ray Reynolds of Madisonville, Texas.
“He won open in 2008, and he carried me to a third place in the novice,” William said, “and now he’s carrying Christopher in youth. This horse is truly tremendous.”
For open world champion Mike Major of Bowie, Texas, winning was like coming home. He had intended to compete on a different horse, but when that horse came up lame, Mike walked into the pasture and haltered Smart Whiskey Doc for one more go-round.
“He’s been retired for four or five years, but it was really cool to come back and show him here after only three days of riding at home,” Mike said. “We did good yesterday, but then we fell down in the cow horse today, and I thought, ‘So much for our chances of winning the all-around,” but we kept going and doing really good in the classes. We had a bobble in the reining but he was good enough in the riding and trail that he pulled us through.
“I’m tickled to death. I had no idea.”
Smart Whiskey Doc is a 1999 bay stallion by Paddys Irish Whiskey and out of Smart Little Carol by Smart Little Aleck. He was bred by S Ranch of Pryor, Montana, and is owned by Mike and his wife, Holly, where the stallion is a key ingredient in their breeding operation.
“Whiskey” was the 2006 Select world champion in working cow horse. He was the reserve world champion in open VRH in 2008 and world champion in 2009 and 2010.
“He felt so good,” Mike said of his longtime partner. “It was like pulling on an old pair of slippers that just fits so good.”
Mike really wanted the SHOT title.
“I’ve been second a bunch,” Mike said. “I thought I’d like to win it, but I’d really like to be first and second.”
And he was. Mike was reserve world champion on Cowpony Express, a 2009 buckskin gelding by CDs Boonolena and out of Rosters Note by Roosters Shorty. The gelding was bred by Kimberly Wilson of Las Animas, Colorado, and is owned by Diamond JK Ranches and R Snider of Cyril, Oklahoma.
Mike and Cowpony Express won the 5/6-year-old division of the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo in September.
“God blessed us,” Mike said.
In the collegiate division, Texas Tech University was first, while Texas A&M University was second.