WRCA Top Horse

Lady Sanpana and Cash Chamberlain take top honors at Hi-Lo County Rodeo.

Ranch Horse Journal

Cash Chamberlain accepts Lady Sanpana's top horse award. PHOTO: Courtesy WRCA

Lady Sanpana, a 2009 black mare by Sanpana and out of Hickorys Smokin Lady by Red Hot Hickory, received the Top Horse award at the Hi-Lo County Rodeo in Kim, Colorado, on May 5. The rodeo was won by the team of Stock Ranch/Felt Ranch of Redfield and Fort Scott, Kansas.

Owner Cash Chamberlain of Wild Horse, Colorado, has ridden the mare, known as “Black Betty,” since purchasing her as a yearling from her breeders, the Sullivan family in Ordway, Colorado. At the Hi-Lo, he rode for JOD Ranch/Brown Mill Ranch.

Cash originally selected the black yearling as a barrel prospect for his daughter, Amy. However, after witnessing Black Betty’s feisty nature, he decided to start the mare himself before passing the reins to his daughter. He quickly discovered the mare’s demeanor was better suited to competing with him in ranch rodeos than to barrel racing with Amy.

Today, Cash relies on Black Betty’s innate cow sense for the sorting and roping portions of ranch horse competitions. 

“Once she’s warmed up, she’s good as gold,” Cash says. “She really watches the cow.”

In June, the duo will travel to Hugo, Colorado, where they plan to compete in the WRCA-sanctioned Colorado Championship Ranch Rodeo. Although Cash no longer participates in bronc riding, he looks forward to showcasing his team’s working ranch abilities while riding Black Betty.

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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