Stock Horse World Championships

Stock horse world champions are crowned at the Western Horseman Stock Horse of Texas World Championships.

Ranch Horse Journal

Cowpony Express and Mike Major. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

On October 28-30, horsemen gathered at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas, to compete in the Western Horseman Stock Horse of Texas World Championships and SHOT Futurity and Derby. There, seven stock-horse world championships were on the line, as well as more than $32,000 in cash and prizes during the SHOT Futurity and Derby.

Last year’s reserve champion proved impossible to catch this year, as AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major rode Cowpony Express to victory in the open division for owners Mayme Pierce and J. Mack Bohn’s Diamond JK Ranches of Cyril, Oklahoma.
“I look at life as some things are gifts and you don’t own them, you’re just fortunate enough to get to share them,” J. Mack says. “Unquestionably, he is a gift from God that, for the time being, I’m responsible for, and for the time being, get to share.”

The 7-year-old buckskin gelding is a Ranching Heritage-bred horse, having been bred by Kimberly Wilson of Las Animas, Colorado. He is by CDs Boonolena and out of the Roosters Shorty mare Roosters Note. “Chester,” as Cowpony Express is known to his owners, is a full brother to Reata B Rejoicing, whom Majors rode to win last year's SHOT Derby and also earn a reserve world championship at the 2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in junior ranch riding. Major also won the open division last year aboard his own Smart Whiskey Doc.

“Mike finished showing Chester, and he came over to me and handed me his bridle reins,” J. Mack says. “He turned to me and said, there are several horses born every year that can win at something. But very few are born that are born to be winners. He reached up and patted Chester and ‘he was born to be a winner, and you can tell it.’ ”

Matlock Rice of Sealy, Texas, guided Cattasan, a homebred for him and Susan Holmes-Rice, to win the junior division.

The 5-year-old colt is a second-generation homebred for Susan, and is by High Brow CD and out of the Peppys Nino 161 mare Peponinos Sis. He won the pleasure, was second in the trail and third in the reining to capture the overall stock horse world championship by a wide margin.

Texas Tech student Jayton Baca not only helped his college earn a victory in their division, but he picked up his own, winning the non-pro aboard Smart Lil Redman. They won the reining and trail divisions on their way to the overall victory.

The 7-year-old sorrel gelding has earnings in National Reined Cow Horse Association, Stock Horse of Texas and Ranch Horse of America competition.

Bred by Roberta Thompson of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, Smart Lil Redman is by Smart Chic Olena and out of Reds Christmas Angel by Acres Of Red, making him a half brother to Catmas (by That Sly Cat, NCHA $164,813).

Limited Non-Pro
The flashy 10-year-old palomino mare The Dream Senorita carried college student Emily Renee Woodard of Hawley, Texas, to the top of the Limited Non-Pro division, with their strongest showing coming in the working cow horse division of the event. Emily, who attends Tarleton State Unviersity, is the recipient of the Amy D. Bell “Pay It Forward” Memorial Scholarship.

Also a Ranching Heritage-bred mare, The Dream Senorita was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas, and is by National Reining Horse Association $4 Million Sire Magnum Chic Dream, a son of Smart Chic Olena, and out of the money-earning mare The Genuine Senorita by Genuine As Diamonds.

Intermediate Non-Pro
Conchos Colonel was the most senior of the world champions at age 14, and he carried owner and rider Peggy Hughes to victory in the intermediate division.

Hughes, who resides in Hearne, Texas, bought the accomplished horse in 2014, and last year they won the novice division championship. The SHOT Superior Stock Horse also has stock horse world championships in 2011 and 2010 with Thomas Hicks at the reins.

Bred by Kimberly Guay of Lubbock, Texas, Conchos Colonel is by the Colonel Freckles stallion Woods Colonel and out of the Triple Our Money mare ASU Triple Chick.

Novice Non-Pro
A third college student, Anissa Cervera from Texas A&M University, herself took a stock horse world championship with the help of a university-bred horse, TAMU Reyette Olena.

The 8-year-old mare is by Chocolate Chic Olena and out of the Doc’s Oak mare TAMU Rey Ette Oak. She is still owned by her breeder, the TAMU Dept of Animal Science at College Station, Texas. They were consistent in their division to take the overall, including two seconds in the reining and trail divisions.

Jac Smart was on his game with owner and exhibitor Teghan Brooks of Wolfforth, Texas, capturing the youth division world championship.

The fourth of seven world champions this year that had Smart Chic Olena in their first or second generation, Jac Smart is himself a son of Smart Chic Olena and out of the Topsail Whiz mare Whiz Or Whizout. He was bred by Jean Keffeler of Livingston, Montana

The 9-year-old Jac Smart is a Built Ford Tough Youth World Championship Show finalist in boxing and ranch riding, and a money earner in both NRHA and NRCHA.

Collegiate Champion
Texas Tech University based in Lubbock, Texas, brought home the victory in the collegiate division.

Coach and AQHA Professional Horseman Chance O’Neal guided team members Ashley Adams, Jayton Baca, Tanner Cadra, Chance Campbell, Cassie Coltrain, Ryder Cude, Kameron Buchanan, Marianne Easter, Trinity Haggard Mandy Harris, Morgan Holmes and Emily McCartney to win the division. 

SHOT Futurity
Ben Baldus was untouchable during the SHOT Futurity, sweeping every single one of the open futurity classes aboard Seven S Woodrow. They took home $3,780 for winning each class plus the all-around.

Seven S Woodrow is owned by Jerry Ward of Canton, Mississippi. The gelding, bred by Whitaker Farms Inc. of Kamay, Texas, is by Woody Be Tuff and out of the Mr Sorrel Bo mare Bo Spoon.

Open futurity runner-up Kaleigh King, riding CSR Dual Boonlite, also earned a good check, taking in $2,330. CSR Dual Boonlite is owned by Bobby Lewis of Overbrook, Oklahoma, and was bred by Circle Star Land & Cattle Co. of Pontotoc, Texas. The colt is by Dual Spark and out of the Peptoboonsmal mare Dance Inthe Boonlite.

Lanham Brown, fresh off big wins at the NRCHA’s Snaffle Bit Futurity, was the limited futurity champion with Take A Pick, earning $1,789. The Burnett Ranches-bred colt, now owned by R.A. Brown Ranch of Throckmorton, Texas, is by Sixes Pick and out of the Playgun mare Sixes Playgun. A $500 chunk of the Texas Tech University student’s earnings came in the form of a Nathan and Norma Belcher Scholarship.

Tex Me A Cat, ridden by owner Rainy Walker of Eunice, New Mexico, was second in the limited futurity, earning $113. The mare is by Zezes Pepto Cat and out of the Texas Kicker mare Texas Switch, and was bred by Vicki Hoggett of Bluff Dale, Texas.

Jayton Baca, who earlier won the non-pro stock horse world championship aboard Smart Lil Redman, was the top non-pro in the futurity, earning a $1,000 incentive, as well as being awarded the Nathan and Norma Belcher Scholarship, worth $1,000. In the futurity, he rode his own Fiesta Dually, a gelding by the Zack T Wood stud Fiesta Zack and out of the Dual Pep mare Glamorous Dually. The gelding was bred by Bobby and Francie Butler of Weatherford, Texas.

SHOT Derby   
Non-pro Ryan Birkenfeld of Nazarath, Texas, owns TAMU Twista Lilbling and rode him to win the SHOT Derby, taking home $3,726.

That includes class earnings and the all-around check, which was itself worth $2,500. Added to that take was a non-pro incentive worth $600.

TAMU Twista Lilbling is a 4-year-old son of Chicoutmyblingbling out of the mare Twist It With A Dun, a daughter of DunIt With A Twist. The gelding was bred by Texas A&M University.

William Lewis showed his Spookin Jay to a reserve finish, earning $2,401. The sorrel gelding, bred by 2017 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Rosanne Sternberg, is by Smart Spook and out of the Master Jay mare Ultra Jay. Lewis is also a non-pro, and thus earned a $400 bonus in addition to his class and all-around earnings.

Morgan Holmes was third in the derby aboard Ivedunitbig. They earned $1,438 for that placing, and also were honored with the $1,500 Zinn Lindsey Scholarship. Ivedunitbig is a 5-year-old gelding by Dun It Big and out of the Smart Little Lena mare Poco Smart Oak.

Sarah Anne Lesh of Lake Kiowa, Texas, showed Ruftimeintinseltown (Hollywoodtinseltown-Lil Lady Has Pep by Lil Ruf Peppy) to the limited derby win, earning $3,400.

Becky Horlen of Bryan, Texas, was second in the limited derby division aboard TAMU Jazzy Lilclancy, earning a solid check worth $2,520. TAMU Jazzy Lilclancy is another product of the TAMU Dept of Animal Science breeding program, and is by Chickoutmyblingbling and out of the Jazzy Little Bob mare Laras Acre. 

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