WRCA Top Horse

Ranching Heritage-bred Earns Top Horse Award.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Top Horse Ccats Gaybar Colonel. PHOTO: Courtesy WRCA

Ranching Heritage-bred stallion Ccats Gaybar Colonel received the Top Horse award at the Working Ranch Cowboys Association Santa Fe Trail Ranch Rodeo, which took place on July 6-7 in Council Grove, Kansas. Owned, trained and ridden by Cliff Hall of Bronson, Kansas, “Red” is a 2011 chestnut stallion bred by Bill and Lora Holeman, who live just six miles from Cliff.

Not only does Red come from a Zoetis Ranching Heritage Breeder program that has produced many winning horses, his pedigree includes multiple well-known names. Red’s sire, Cowasocki Cat, is an own son of High Brow Cat, a 12-time AQHA leading NCHA sire whose progeny earnings total over $74 million. On the bottom side, Red traces back to American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Colonel Freckles through his dam Colonels Gay Widow, who is by Colonel Remington.

In his own right, the 7-year-old has received a WRCA Top Horse award last year in Loveland, Colorado, has earned money in Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge competition and racked up points in Versatility Ranch Horse competition.

“He’s just a good horse,” Cliff says. “He loves to cut cows, get in front of them and make good moves.”

Cliff, who traded a trained horse for the then-2-year-old stallion, relied on Red’s expertise with cattle in the sorting, which was particularly challenging in Council Grove.

“Our second ride in the sorting was really tough,” Cliff says. “Red did all he could do to keep the cows separated.”

When he’s not doing what he loves best – working cattle – Red can be what Cliff calls “a little nosy.”

“He wants to be in your pocket all the time,” Cliff laughs. “But you put a cow in front of him, and he’s a different horse.”

The Robbins Ranch/Keith Cattle Co. team of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, earned the highest overall score in Council Grove. Cliff rode with the Broken H Ranch / Hebb Cattle Co. team, which placed third in the bronc riding. On July 13-14, Cliff and his team traveled to Arthur, Nebraska for the Sandhills Championship Ranch Rodeo, where they were named the overall team winners. Next, the team will compete in Amarillo for the World Championship Ranch Rodeo, which takes place on November 8-11.

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