WRCA Top Horse
Little Tee J Paul earns his third WRCA Top Horse award at the Colorado Championship Ranch Rodeo.
By AQHA Media Intern Kaycie Timm | July 2, 2018
The American Quarter Horse Journal
Seasoned ranch horse Little Tee J Paul added to his expansive collection of top horse awards on June 22 and 23 at the Working Ranch Cowboys Association Colorado Championship Ranch Rodeo in Hugo, Colorado. Competing as part of the Beacherner Bros. Livestock team, Cody Kendall of Erie, Kansas rode the 2002 gray gelding, who is by Tee J Bandito Finger and out of Peachy Little Susie by Roll On Bar Money.
“Juice,” who was bred by Don Dillinger of Saint Paul, Kansas, has been owned by Cody and his parents, Calvin and Gina Kendall, since they purchased him as a 2-year-old with only 30 days of training.
“We trained Juice, focusing mainly on ranch rodeoing,” Calvin says. “We just really enjoy him.”
On the sire side, Juice traces to Gold Fingers, who earned a Superior in steer roping. He also carries some racing blood, with racing Register of Merit earner Bar Money — a son of Three Bars (TB)— on the dam side.
In 2017, Juice earned the Top Horse award at the Santa Fe Trail Ranch Rodeo in Council Grove, Kansas, following his first big win the previous year at the Rockin’ Western Rendezvous Ranch Rodeo in Loveland, Colorado. He has also earned top horse accolades at several local ranch rodeos and events.
Although Calvin originally rode Juice, Cody has been riding the now 16-year-old gelding for about 12 years. Cody knows he can rely on his horse to perform when it matters most.
“I never have to worry about him,” Cody says fondly. “He always does his job, and he makes my job a lot easier.”
In Hugo, the pair rode in all the roping events in addition to the top hand challenge on Friday. As usual, Juice gave Cody his best — and the judges recognized his efforts.
“He was really solid,” Cody says. “And it feels good when somebody notices your horse.”
In addition to Juice’s win, Cody and the rest of the Beachner Bros. Livestock team won first place in the branding and third in the wild cow milking. The team from Lonesome Pine Ranch in Cedar Point, Kansas won first place overall.
The WRCA hosts ranch rodeos across the West culminating in the World Championship Ranch Rodeo, which takes place on November 8-11 in Amarillo. The WRCA works to showcase the skills of the working ranch cowboy and to raise money for the WRCA Foundation, which provides scholarships and crisis assistance to working ranch cowboys and their immediate family.