Top American Quarter Horse Named at World Championship Ranch Rodeo

Buster Frierson is the owner and rider of the top American Quarter Horse, DMAC Dow Jones, at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo, held November 12-15 in Amarillo.

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Buster Frierson, center, was the owner and rider of the top American Quarter Horse at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo. He is congratulated by Tim Archer, AQHA director of art, production and design, and Working Ranch Cowboys Association directors Bob Moorhouse, Mark Bukowski, Craig Haythorn and Gary Morton. Journal photo

When DMAC Dow Jones, a 2004 red roan son of Hesa Peptospoonful, was named Top Horse and Top American Quarter Horse of the 2015 World Championship Ranch Rodeo, his owner and rider, Buster Frierson, was quick to give credit where credit’s due.

“He’s one of those horses, you just use him, and he trains himself,” Buster said. “I didn’t train this son of a buck; I just rode him. He’s a good, good rascal.”

Buster and “Dmac” work on the Aledo Division of the Veale Ranch near Fort Worth, Texas, where Frierson is the manager. They doctor yearlings, run stockers and calve out heifers on the cow-calf operation where cattle graze within sight of the Fort Worth skyline. 

Buster bought Dmac from David and Stacie McDavid, who own his sire, about seven years ago. Then, the gelding was in cutting training but was having problems working in the deep sand typically found in cutting arenas. When Buster took him out on the ranch, he thrived.

“He gives you just what you ask for,” Buster said. Dmac has twice been named top horse at the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and is pretty handy on cattle. But he can also slow down when he needs to. Frierson’s 9-year-old son, Ranger, also rides him around easily. 

“I’ve been pretty blessed to have him in my string,” Buster said. “He’s a pretty special cat. I’d take a hundred of him.”

The World Championship Ranch Rodeo, held November 12-15 in Amarillo, is a showcase for good ranch horses, and AQHA is proud to sponsor the Top American Quarter Horse award. The American Quarter Horse Journal sponsors the Ranch Horse Association of America show held in conjunction with the ranch rodeo.

The World Championship Ranch Rodeo is produced by the Amarillo-based Working Ranch Cowboys Association and is the primary fundraiser for the Working Ranch Cowboys Foundation, which offers scholarships and crisis assistance to ranch families.

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