A Team Roping Challenge

Whiz N Glo and Clay Smith score big in the team roping challenge at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Clay Smith rides Whiz N Glo to the top prize in the Cowboy Publishing Timed Event Challenge for owners Kema and Justin Clinton. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)

Team ropers arrived with hot hands ready to rope January 25 at the Cowboy Publishing Timed Event Challenge team roping event at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

It took a 4.3 to make the money cut, but Clay Smith of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, heeled on Whiz N Glo to a 3.9-second finish – in just the second time he competed on her.

“This is a great horse,” Clay said. “I rode her today and she did great.”

The top 66 horses in team roping classes at the AQHA and American Paint Horse Association horse show earlier in the day qualified for the challenge. Registered horses with the same riders from the horse show dropped all finesse in favor of speed in search of the $7,095 check for first place.

Whiz N Glo is a 2009 chestnut mare by Topsail Whiz and out of Hillery Dillery by Commanders Boy. She was bred by Lee and Lorraine Bulla of Tioga, Texas, and is owned by Justin and Kema Clinton of Odessa, Texas.

“We bought her as a 2-year-old,” Kema said.

She was 10th at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show in junior heading.

“She’s our daughters’ favorite horse and a ranch horse and then the girls’ backup barrel horse,” Justin said. “She kinda does it all. We thought we’d come up here and show her a little bit and try to catch a little money.”

In the Jud Little Fast Five for amateurs, Nelson Aaron of Aaron Ranch in Commerce, Texas, rode Roanwood Hancock to the top prize.

Roanwood Hancock is a 2006 blue roan gelding by Funny B Bluemuchaman and out of A Genuine Drift by Drifts Chip. He was bred by Baru Spiller of Wingate, Texas.

The timed-event challenge continues January 26 at the stock show with tie-down roping competition.