Stock Horse of Texas World Show

Stock Horse of Texas World Show

Ben Baldus tops Western Horseman Stock Horse World Show.

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The Western Horseman Stock Horse World Show wrapped up three days of competition as more than 230 riders vied for several world champion titles. The event, hosted by Stock Horse of Texas (SHTX) and sponsored by Western Horseman, highlighted the versatility of ranch horses while they competed in cow work, reining, stock horse pleasure and stock horse trail. The Stock Horse Derby and AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge concluded the final day of the competition.

Riders from 8 to 75 years old tested their skills in seven different divisions. The show had more than 2,300 entries over three days, with exhibitors from as far as Wyoming, Missouri and Arkansas making the trip to Abilene, Texas. A total of $27,600 was paid out and more than $36,000 in prizes were presented at the exhibitor awards party. Prize packages were sponsored by Classic Equine.

“The world show gives our exhibitors the chance to compete on a big stage and truly show how versatile their horses are,” said Stock Horse of Texas President William Lewis. “These horses are remarkable, going wide open down the fence in the cow work in one arena to navigating the intricacies of a ranch trail course just a few minutes later.”

The Open championship, sponsored by Stormcloud Clothing, went to Ben Baldus of Bowie, Texas, riding Playin Motown, owned by Caitlyn Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. The sorrel gelding won the all around in the first go-round, and finished reserve in the second go-round to top last year’s world champion, Seven S Woodrow, who won reserve this year for owner Jerry Ward of Canton, Mississippi.

Ben shared riding time on Playin Motown throughout the weekend as Caitlyn also showed him in the youth division, finishing third overall. Then on the final day of the show, Ben rode the horse to the Open Derby championship. Once again, Seven S Woodrow finished reserve.

Stock Horse of Texas offers several divisions based on skill level, which allows riders of all abilities to find a place to ride with their peers. World champions were crowned in every division. In addition to individual competition, collegiate team world champions were also crowned in Division I and Division II, with North Central Texas College and Tarleton State University earning championships in each division. Texas Tech University and Clarendon College were reserve, respectively.

The Western Horseman Stock Horse World Show is the final event in the 2018 competition year. Complete results are available at The 2019 season kicks off in Bryan,
Texas, on the first weekend in March.

Individual world champions in each division are:

Level 1 Open, sponsored by Peptos Rapper MiniMe owned by Martha Hayward:

Champion Christy Steed riding Sparkling Lena Belle
Res Champion Sam Shrum riding Peptos Dualin Pistol

Non Pro, sponsored by the National Reining Horse Association:

Champion Josh Briggs on SV Whiskey Whiz
Reserve Champion Reece Rosenauer on Chiquitas Spark


Champion Brooke Mohedano riding Rey Jays Money Maker
Reserve Champion Elliot Holtzman on Bobbys Walla Whiz

Limited Non Pro:

Champion Sidney Dunkel on Bobbie Can Do
Reserve Champion Rieta Dufurrena on Pistols Little Pepto

Intermediate Non Pro:

Champion Laura Yarbrough and NADA Pepto Taz
Reserve Champion Nicole Stanley and Em O Lena Stardust


Champion Kelley Ranly and Pepto Rey Lori
Reserve Champion Sawyer Sanders and Tejons Smart Lena

Champion Jordan Cheek riding SLJ Navijuice
Reserve Champion Jordan Cheek aboard KMZ Irish Cowboy

12 & Under Youth:
Champion Addison Gomez on Zan Reminic
Reserve Champion Mason Elliot riding The Fletcherator

Ltd Derby:
Champion Jimmy Vick and Hondo Playinstylish
Reserve Champion Sawyer Sanders and Tejons Smart Lena

Derby Non Pro Incentive:
Champion Lanham Brown riding Take A Pick
Reserve Champion Sawyer Sanders and Tejons Smart Lena

Nathan and Norma Belcher Derby Scholarship winners:
Sawyer Sanders and Tejons Smart Lena
Abigail R Wight on Wild Haired Poco

Zinn Lindsey Ranching Heritage Scholarship winner:
Ben McCartney riding RAB Bodacious

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