The youth competitors of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) gave it all they had during the Youth World Finals, held in conjunction with the Summer Spectacular, Wednesday, July 24 in Fort Worth, Texas. The top 15 youth cutters from the junior and senior divisions rode in three go-rounds, trying for the coveted world title. Shannon McCoy and Aubrey Pigg were within one point of each other, but in the end it was McCoy who took the National Youth Cutting Horse Association World Championship.
McCoy, Weatherford, Texas, ended the Senior Youth World Finals with 193 points and 66 shows under her belt. She scored a 224 in the finals aboard Pepcorn (Dual Pep x Bobcorn x Bob Acre Doc), who is owned by her parents, Jeff and Margaret McCoy, and was bred by Dan and Karen Hansen, Weatherford, Texas. McCoy only rode one other horse during her show year, and that was Tiana Rey (Dual Rey x Mia Tiana x Tiana Doc), also owned by her parents and bred by Dan and Karen Hansen.
The Reserve World Championship went to Aubrey Pigg, Collinsville, Ala. She ended her show year with 61 shows and 192 points. Her mount for the World Finals was Royals Magnificat (High Brow Cat x CD Royalty x CD Olena), owned by Terry and Catherine Pigg, and bred by Georgia and Dave Husby, Delta, British Columbia, Canada.
The Junior Youth World Championship went to Colt Moore, Morriston, Fla. After 56 shows and 178 points, he can now call the Junior Youth World title his own. He rode Special Order Paint (PT) (Color Me Smart [PT] x Very Special Peppy x Peppy San Badger), owned by Frank and Ora Diehl, Ruskin, Fla., to a 215 during the Junior Youth World Finals. The 2001 gelding was bred by Woody Bartlett, DVM, Pike Road, Ala.
Joey Varnadore, Appling, Ga., claimed the Junior Youth Reserve World Championship after earning a total 174 points in 163 shows. He earned 14 points throughout the go-rounds and finals aboard Reyminate (Dual Rey x Amanda Stargun x Playgun), owned by Doug and Cathy Varnadore, and bred by Linda Holmes, Longmont, Colo.
Kolby Don Moore, Morriston, Fla., won the Senior Youth World Finals with a three go-round composite of 671.5 aboard Smart Little Cranbar (Smart Little Lena x Playgirl Peppy x Freckles Playboy). The duo marked a 224 and two consecutive 225s for the Championship. The 2005 gelding is owned by Bill and Tara Wilkins, McAlpin, Fla, and was bred by Jack Waggoner and Susan Ferguson, Bridgeport, Texas.
The Junior Youth World Finals Co-Championship went to Junior Youth World Champion, Moore, and Jaycee Lowery, who rode Justa Cool Cat (High Brow Cat x Justa Swingin Farrah x Justa Swinging Peppy), owned by Keith Waid, Morris, Ala., and bred by McGrew Ranch, Saint Jo, Texas. Both riders marked a composite 656.5.