WRCA Top Horse

JMP Ethan earns another Working Ranch Horse Association Top Horse award.

Ranch Horse Journal

Bill Angell and JMP Ethan earn a Top Horse award. PHOTO: Courtesy WRCA

JMP Ethan, a 2010 bay stallion, earned his second Working Ranch Cowboy Association Top Horse title while competing at the Fort Sumner Ranch Rodeo on June 8 and 9. His owner, Bill Angell of Lovington, New Mexico, rode JP as part of the Angell Ranch team, which took first place in the sorting.

The stallion was bred to perform. His sire, Peptomatic, has an open performance Register of Merit, Superiors in both reining and working cow horse, more than $37,000 in combined performance earnings and AQHA points in several classes. Peptomatic is by cutting horse phenom Peptoboonsmal, who traces back to two American Quarter Horse Hall of Famers — Colonel Freckles and Peppy San Badger. 

JMP Ethan’s dam, LDL Silk Purse, also comes from a star-studded heritage, including American Quarter Horse Hall of Famers Doc O’Lena on the top side and Leo on the bottom side. The daughter of Little Dors Lena also proved herself in the show ring before becoming a broodmare, earning her open performance ROM as well as AQHA points in cutting, working cow horse and reining.   She also produced full sister JMP Silky Lil Max, who has 106.5 AQHA points and an impressive history in VRH competition.

Bred by James Peters of Edmond, Oklahoma, JMP Ethan found his way to Bill’s ranch through the Clovis Livestock Auction Barn in Clovis, New Mexico. Bill purchased the then-3-year-old stallion in 2013 and began using him on the ranch.

Two years ago, the pair earned a Top Horse award at the 2016 Earth Ranch Rodeo in Earth, Texas. When the pair is not competing, Bill and his stallion stay busy roping and doing day work on Bill’s family ranch in Lovington.

The Working Ranch Cowboys Association hosts ranch rodeos across the West culminating in the World Championship Ranch Rodeo, which is November 8-11 in Amarillo. The WRCA works to showcase the skills of the working ranch cowboy and to raise money funds for the WRCA Foundation, which provides scholarship assistance and crisis assistance to working ranch cowboys and their immediate family.

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