Stock Horse of Texas World Show

Texan Matlock Rice tops the open division with Cattasan.

Ranch Horse Journal

Matlock Rice and Cattasan. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

Matlock Rice of Sealy, Texas, rode his homebred Cattasan to win the open world champion title at the 2017 Stock Horse of Texas World Show, presented by Western Horseman. The event, held October 26-29 in Abilene, Texas, had exhibitors from 13 states competing. There were 1,625 entries and 241 horses, and showed in ranch pleasure, ranch trail, ranch cow work and ranch reining.

Rice and the 6-year-old stallion topped the overall, five points ahead of their next-closest competitor.

Cattasan was bred in the name of Matlock’s wife, Susan, and has multiple class placings at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships and Top-Five placings in the AQHA VRH year-end high-points in the junior and stallion divisions. They were the junior champions at last year’s SHTX World Show.

They were also the year-end high-point winners.

Cattasan is a second-generation homebred for Susan, and is by High Brow CD and out of Susan’s homebred Peppys Nino 161 mare Peponinos Sis. Cattasan’s first foal is a third-generation yearling filly named Cattalamity San.

“He’s fun,” Matlock said. “He’s a good-natured horse, and he’s fun to be around. And I can do whatever I want to do horseback on him.”

The trainer originally started Cattasan as a cutter, but found that the horse was willing to do anything asked of him. And then they discovered SHTX.

“You can blame William Lewis and Becky Horlen (for getting me involved),” Matlock said with a laugh. “They showed up here one Thursday morning and took lessons. I asked them where they were going (that weekend), they said they were going to San Antonio to a SHTX show, and said, ‘Why don’t y’all go?’ ”

When the Rices realized they had the weekend free, they decided to try it.

“And the rest is history,” Matlock said. “It’s a good deal and I really enjoy it.”

Matlock - who wasn't able to attend the award ceremony because he had to take his daughter to a cutting - also thanked his family and sponsor Adam Schwalm's The Saddle House for their support.

AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major was reserve in the open division with Jody Wilson Brooks’ Tread Litely, a 4-year-old Wimpys Little Step gelding.

Major won the open title last year with Cowpony Express; Brooks owns the gelding’s full sister, Reata B Rejoicing, an AQHA reserve world champion and the 2015 SHTX Derby champion.

Tread Litely was bred in Texas by Joe Hayes of Gainesville, Texas, and is out of the Shining Spark mare Shinaka, who has an extensive produce record. Her foals have earned more than 110 AQHA points, and earned more than $74,000 in National Reining Horse Association competition. Tread Litely’s full sister, Out Shinin Wimpy, was third at the 2009 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in junior reining and has more than $55,000 in NRHA competition earnings.

Three-time AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse world champions Lil Ruf Catalyst and Mozaun McKibben of Whitesboro, Texas, finished third in the open.

Non-Pro
Taking the non-pro division were West Texas A&M University representative Jason Seymour and his own Smart Wiskey Pistol.

Seymour is from Olathe, Colorado, and narrowly outscored reserve champion Sarah Anne McKibben.

Smart Wiskey Pistol is a gray mare by Smart Little Pistol and out of the Paddys Irish Whiskey mare Baileys Irish Wiskey bred by Cheryl and Robert Bush of Wickenburg, Arizona. She is a sibling to other performers, including Miss Stylish Wiskey (by Playin Stylish, $5,254) and Fancy Irish Wiskey (by Fancy Be Me, $4,643).

The mare herself is a Top-10 finalist in boxing at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, and was the 2015 SHTX college non-pro all-around winner.

Reserve: His Royal Cat and Sarah Anne McKibben of Whitesboro, Texas
  2012 Bl.Ro.s. Boon A Little-Royal Black Cat by High Brow Cat, bred by Jack Waggoner of Decatur, Texas

Third: Count Von Count and Trinity Haggard of Throckmorton, Texas
 2013 B.Ro.g. That Sly Cat-Rockaboon by Boon A Little, bred by Karen Murray of Mission Hills, Kansas


Intermediate Non-Pro
Larry Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, acquired the accomplished gelding Boots Be Tuff earlier this year, and has stepped up in a big way. Besides being a regular winner at Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges, and getting qualified for various world shows, he was also a finalist in boxing at the Adequan® Select World Championship Show in September. Only a few weeks later, he added a world champion title in the intermediate non-pro division at the SHTX World Show. He is the co-highest-placed Ranching Heritage-bred horse of the show, along with Junior winner Kings Melody.

Boots Be Tuff is a 2010 son of Woody Be Tuff out of the Doc O Boots mare Pretty Poco Boots. The Ranching Heritage-bred is from the W.T. Waggoner Estate program of Vernon, Texas. Back in 2014, he was the SHTX Derby winner, and went on to be a finalist in working cow horse at the 2015 Ford Youth World, the 2016 youth reserve champion at the Zoetis VRH World and was third in the open division earlier this year. He was also a class winner at the inaugural Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals. He has earned more than $16,900 in his career.

Reserve: One Smoke N Chex and Meredith McDavid of Weatherford
   2008 S.m. Nu Chex To Cash-Lena One Gun by One Gun, bred by Hilldale Farm of Brashear, Texas

Third: Takin Pepto 073 and James Gray of Hearne, Texas
 2011 Rd.Ro.m. CGOS Pepto Quixote-Jewels San Sugar 073 by San Man Colonel, bred by James and Barbara Shallenberger of Plains, Montana

Limited Non-Pro
The collegiate contenders proved themselves extremely tough in the limited non-pro division, too, taking eight of the top 10 spots. But the top stars were Lyndi Starr and her horse Juliette Starlight, riding for Texas Tech University.

Juliette Starlight is a 12-year-old mare by Little Bay Starlight and out of the Dox N Cash mare Ms N Cash Play Girl. She was bred by Alicia Nicole Deary of Weatherford, Texas, and she is a previous SHTX youth champion.

Reserve: Ranching Heritage-bred The Dream Senorita and Emily Renee Woodard of Hawley, Texas
  2006 P.m. Magnum Chic Dream-The Genuine Senorita by Genuine As Diamonds, bred by Ranching Heritage Breeder W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas

Third: Heza Secret Code and Hannah Gillmore of Fort Lupton, Colorado
 2011 C.g. Electric Code-Cowboys Artwork by Master Cowboy Jac, bred by Lisa Johnson of Lewis, Kansas

Novice
Another collegiate rider topped the novice division. Texas Aggie Courtlyn Ranly rode TAMU Pop A San Doc to narrowly outscore Tarleton State University’s Audrey Whitehead.

The 11-year-old gelding was bred and is owned by Texas A&M University of College Station, who celebrates 70 years of cumulative breeding. Sire TAMU Peppy Rey Jay is a son of Pop A Top Pep, and his dam is the Doc’s Oak mare TAMU Miss Oakly.

Reserve: Dual Smarts Smooth and Audrey Whitehead of Stephenville, Texas
   2009 S.g. Dual Smart Rey-Smooth And Pretty by Smooth Herman, bred by Randals Rev. Family Trust of Tucumcari, New Mexico

Third: Concealed Gunner (PT) and Sam Reding

Junior Horse
The 5-year-old Ranching Heritage-bred Kings Melody dominated the junior-horse division with the help of Roy Fischer, leading by 11 points in the final overall scoring. He is the co-highest Ranching Heritage-bred horse of the show, along with Intermediate Non-Pro winner Boots Be Tuff.

The buckskin gelding is owned by Roy and Sherri Fischer’s Double F Ranch of Cherokee, Texas, and was bred by Ranching Heritage Breeder Wagonhound Land & Livestock at Douglas, Wyoming. He is by Genuine Masterpiece and out of the Playgun mare Playguns Melody. He has more than $7,700 in career earnings, including Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges.

Reserve: Mac N Merada and Shawn Holden of Pollok, Texas
 2012 S.g. Cats Merada-Dualed To The Mac by Chula Dual, owned by Mark Sunday of Fred, Texas, and bred by Justin White of Chappell Hill, Texas

Third: DCC Sabe Pepto and Leslie Zepeta of Hobbs, New Mexico
 2013 B.m. Pepto Bro CD-Miss Means Sabe by Major Means, bred by Dasco Cattle Co. of Hobbs, New Mexico

Youth
The youth division was the closest of the entire show. Winning off a tie-breaker was Marialyssa McDavid and Top Stoppin Dun It of Weatherford, Texas.

The team tied with VRH youth reserve world champions Jordan Cheek and KMZ Irish Cowboy in their overall score, but a cattle-class tie breaker gave the win to McDavid.

Top Stoppin Dun It is a 2004 son of Big Steppin Dun owned by James McDavid. The gelding was bred by Mike Erwin of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and is out of the Topsail Cody mare Topsails Peppy. This is his fifth SHTX champion title. Earlier this year, he was Top 10 in the youth limited division at the Zoetis VRH World, and he has more than $3,500 in NRHA earnings.

Reserve: KMZ Irish Cowboy and Jordan Cheek of Needville, Texas
   2004 Rd.Du.g. Paddys Irish Whiskey-Rawhides Ruby by Dunit Rawhide, bred by E.R. Kimsey of Edmond, Oklahoma.

Third: Jac Smart and Teghan Brooks of Wolfforth, Texas
 2007 S.g. Smart Chic Olena-Whiz Or Whizout by Topsail Whiz, bred by Jean Keffeler of Livingston, Montana

12-&-Under Champion: This Shiners Smokin and Allora Elizabeth Leonard of Hondo, Texas
 2005 S.g. Shiners Lena Doc-Smokin Annie Okley by Double Tough Doc, bred by Rick and Nora Thompson of Bryan, Texas

Stock Horse Futurity
The Stock Horse of Texas futurity has proven itself a good predictor of future stars, and it’s a good possibility that this year offered one, too. The Futurity and Derby together paid out $25,400 to contestants.

AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major won the Futurity with royally bred homebred Automatic Stik. They earned $2,163 plus prizes for the win.

Automatic Stik is a 3-year-old colt by the Majors’ now-gelded VRH world champion Chica Shine. His dam, Black Hope Stik, is herself a two-time world champion and the daughter of Major’s world champion Smart Whiskey Doc.

Her first foal, Bet Shesa Stik (by Bet Hesa Cat) is competing in ranch riding with Major, and her youngest is a yearling by Shining Lil Nic named Shining Lil Stik.

Reserve: Britches Pleeese and Morgan Holmes of Sarasota, Florida
 2014 B.g. Im Countin Checks-Smart Dee Pants by Smart Mate, bred by Salt Fork Cattle Co. of Clarendon, Texas.
 Holmes also earned the $1,000 Futurity Non-Pro Incentive

Limited Division Futurity Champion: CG Stylish Twister and Leslie Thompson of Lubbock, Texas, earning $1,564
     2014 S.g. Mr Playinstylish-Ms Hollys Freckles by YB Caprock Colonel, bred by Camille Farris Briggs of Lubbock, Texas

Stock Horse Derby
Last year’s futurity winners, Seven S Woodrow and Ben Baldus, returned to win the Derby and pick up a $3,389 check.

The Whitaker Farms Inc.-bred sorrel gelding is owned by Jerry Ward of Canton, Mississippi. He is by Woody Be Tuff and out of the Mr Sorrel Bo mare Bo Spoon. The horse was a Top-10 finisher in the open division at the most recent Zoetis VRH World, and also now has more than $9,000 in career earnings.

Reserve: Tread Litely and Mike Major

$1,000 Non-Pro Incentive winner: TAMU Twista Lilbling and Ryan Birkenfeld of Nazareth, Texas

Limited Division Derby Champion: His Royal Cat and Sarah Anne McKibben, earning $2,421
    
Collegiate
Texas Tech University was the repeat collegiate champion in the Division 1. The school’s efforts were led by limited non-pro champion Lyndi Starr.

Members of the team include: Jayton Baca, Lanham Brown, Zac O'Neal, Lyndi Starr, Caroline Ginn and Emily Gravlin. They were coached by Chance O'Neal.

Tarleton State University was the Division 2 winner. Members of the team include: Emily Renee Woodard, Francesca Jackson, Audrey Whitehead and Emily Hamilton. They were coached by Bobbie Walton.

Students who earned scholarships were:

$1,000 Zinn Lindsey Scholarship: Morgan Holmes
$500 Zinn Lindsey Scholarship: Colton Baca
$1,000 Norma and Nathan Belcher Scholarship: Lanham Brown
$500 Norma and Nathan Belcher Scholarship: Jaci Marley

For complete results, visit the Stock Horse of Texas website.

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