PRESS RELEASE: NRCHA
The field of DT Horses and Hashtags World’s Greatest Horseman finalists became official on Thursday, February 21 at the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas. Reined cow horse action was non-stop throughout the day with NRCHA World Champions being named in the Novice Non Pro Bridle and $5,000 Non Pro Limited. The Non Pro Bridle preliminaries kicked off the day’s action in John Justin Arena followed by the Youth Bridle preliminaries, which was run concurrent with the Texas Lighting World’s Greatest Youth Horseman. The Texas Lighting World’s Greatest Youth Horseman steer stopping followed by the DT Horses and Hashtags World’s Greatest Horseman steer stopping and cow work wrapped up an exciting day in the John Justin Arena. Preliminaries for the $1,000 Non Pro Limited and Youth Limited took place in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
DT Horses/Hashtags' World's Greatest Horseman
With preliminary go rounds complete in each of the four phases of the World’s Greatest Horseman competition, reined cow horse fans can look forward to the best bridle horses in the business competing in the finals on Saturday, February 24 beginning at 4 p.m. in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum with cutting. Leading the competition going into the Finals is Sparktilion (Shining Spark x Cattilion) ridden by Jake Telford for owner Michelle Cannon with a 877.5 composite (216.5 herd/221.5 rein/217.5 cow/222 steer).
Jake Telford rode Sparktilion, owned by Michelle Cannon, to a 222 in the steer stopping prelims
Thursday’s steer stopping round went to Honey Bees (Peptoboonsmal x Savannah Hickory) ridden by Brad Lund for Honeybee Partners with a 224. In the cow work it was Luke Jones riding Wranglered (Starlights Wrangler x Snow White Dun It) for owners Dell and Terri Hendricks to a 227 for top honors in the round.
Luke Jones and Wranglered, owned by Dell and Terri Hendricks, earned a 227 down the fence.
World's Greatest Youth Horseman presented by Texas Lighting LLC.
Leading the Texas Lighting World’s Greatest Youth Horseman is young California horseman Pierce Wold riding Ken and Ramona Wold’s Real Smooth Cat. Wold earned a 439 composite thanks to his 142.5 in the reined work and his fence score of 151, which was the highest of the round. Wold scored 145.5 points in the steer stopping. The top score in the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman reined work was a 144 earned by Kate Buchanan riding Lucky Cee Blair (Dun It Gotta Gun x Cee Blair Lady). Josh Briggs and Cutter McLaughlin earned identical scores of 147 to split the round in the steer stopping. Briggs rode SV Whiskey Whiz (Paddys Irish Whiskey x Sure Enough Whiz) and McLaughlin rode DT Whiskey Shine (Paddys Irish Whiskey x Smart Shinealo).
Pierce Wold showed Real Smooth Cat to a score of 439 after three events.