WRCA Ranch Rodeo

Bill Angell and JMP Ethan make some noise in Earth.

Ranch Horse Journal

An Angell Ranch representative accepts JMP Ethan's Top Horse award. PHOTO: WRCA

What do a man of few words and a bay colt have in common? Modesty.

JMP Ethan and Bill Angell of Lovington, New Mexico, may not be the loudest horse and rider combination, but on the weekend of September 16-17 during the Working Ranch Cowboys Association Earth Ranch Rodeo in Earth, Texas, the pair made some serious noise. Not only did JMP Ethan and Bill assist their team in winning the championship title, but they also were awarded the Top Horse Award.

JMP Ethan, aka “JP,” is a 15-hand, 2010 bay stallion by Peptomatic and out of LDL Silk Purse by Little Dors Lena. Bill purchased the then 3-year-old stallion while in Clovis, New Mexico, at the Clovis Livestock Auction Barn.

JP’s sire, Peptomatic, is by famous cutting horse sire Peptoboonsmal and has AQHA points in performance halter, cutting, working cow horse and barrel racing. LJL Silk Purse, JP’s dam, has AQHA points in cutting, working cow horse and reining. JP was bred by James M. Peters of Edmond, Oklahoma.

“JP just had a good look about him,” says Bill.

After getting JP to his ranch, Bill started putting more rides on the previously started colt. The rest is history.

Bill and JP’s ranch rodeo career is a fairly new endeavor, and when they are not out competing, the team can be found at Bills’ family ranch, Angell Ranch Co., in Lovington, New Mexico, doing day work and, as of recently, the roping pen.

Bill being a man of few words sums up JP in the most poignant of ways, “He’s just a good old-fashioned, reliable, using-type horse.”

With a Top Horse Award and a team championship under their belts, the saying ‘actions speak louder than words’ could not be any more true.

The Working Ranch Cowboys Association hosts ranch rodeos across the West culminating in the World Championship Ranch Rodeo, which is November 10-13 in Amarillo. The WRCA showcases the skills of the working ranch cowboy and raises money for the WRCA Foundation, which provides scholarship and crisis assistance to working ranch cowboys and their immediate family.

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