American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA) World Championship Show, held June 26-July 4 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, featured flashy Working Cow Horses on Sunday, June 28.The
The Youth Working Cow Horse World Championship went to Marissa Harrell and Who Whiz Apaintedchic (PT) (Who Whiz It x Smart Painted Chic [PT] x Smart Chic Olena), owned by Bruce Harrell, of Waco, Texas. The 8-year-old mare, bred by Mike Martin, of Fredericksburg, Texas, and her 16-year-old rider won with a score of 391.5.
Harrell and Who Whiz Apaintedchic are not new to the spotlight – they won the Novice Youth Reining and Youth Reining 14-18 World championships last year in Fort Worth. In fact, the Waco-based rider admitted she and “Sandy” hadn’t worked cows in a working cow horse setting in about two years, but that didn’t stop the duo from earning another blue and red neck ribbon.
Dakota Cox and Lost A Diamond (PT) (Like A Diamond [PT] x Lost Quixote x Especial), bred by Jack and Linda Kenney, of Millsap, Texas, finished as Youth Working Cow Horse Reserve World Champions with a 212.
Limited Youth Working Cow Horse
The Limited Youth Working Cow Horse class is designed for those who are interested in trying the discipline, and that’s exactly what Courtney Yohey used it for. Much to her surprise, she marked a 423.5 on Spot Me Perfect (PT) to win the World Championship the first time she ever worked a cow.
Yohey, of Modesto, California, and “Wrangler” (Mark This Spot [PT] x Shesa Perfect Diamond [PT] x Like A Diamond [PT]), bred by Katherine Annison, of Zachary, Louisiana, bested their competitors by 3.5 points to take the title. A nearly speechless Yohey walked out of the arena and immediately thanked her friends for their encouragement and advice, noting that it was partially due to their urging that she entered the event without any practice on a cow.
Yohey boasts lifetime earnings of $8,616, according to Equi-Stat, and her gelding’s record reflects $451. Since Yohey purchased Spot Me Perfect as a 2-year-old from Clint Haverty, of Krum, Texas, and trained the horse primarily on her own, she is extremely proud of this accomplishment.
The Limited Youth Working Cow Horse Reserve World Championship was awarded to John Cunningham, of Stonewall, Louisiana, after he earned a 420 riding Smokeys June Bug (PT), bred by Linda and Bruce Stenerson, of Bonsall, California. The 13-year-old mare (Smokey Bar Leo [PT] x May Dial Trouble x Dial Jester) and her young pilot were Reserve World Champions in the class last year, as well.
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