WRCA Top Horse

Shawn Harrelton and Just A Genius are off to a promising start this ranch rodeo season.

Ranch Horse Journal

Shawn Harrelton and Just A Genius earn a Top Horse award. PHOTO: Courtesy WRCA

Shawn Harrelton of Gilbert, Arizona, rode his step-father’s homebred gelding, Just A Genius, at the 2018 Working Ranch Cowboys Association Lowell Goemmer Memorial Ranch Rodeo in Wickenburg, Arizona, on March 23, and was awarded the AQHA Top Horse award.

Just A Genius, aka "Short Bus," is a 2010 gelding by Super Eyed Eagle and out of Conchos Lady 002 by War Concho. He is bred and owned by John T. Weldy of Gilbert, Arizona.

For Shawn, the award was quite special to him since he has raised and trained Short Bus, and on his first trip from home, the gelding was able to handle the events with ease.  

“He did not make any bad moves, and he did really good in the sorting and roping events,” Shawn says. “He takes everything in stride, and he’s just a super easy-going horse.”

Shawn has also raised and trained five-full brothers to Short Bus, so he is confident the gelding will have a promising future.

“He’s got a good mind on him, and he’s been an easy horse to work with,” Shawn says.

He has been working with Short Bus on the heel side to get him prepared for team roping competitions, and since Short Bus handled the ranch rodeo so well, Shawn plans to take him to the Priefert World Series of Team Roping qualifier in Wickenburg, Arizona, on April 6-8.  

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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