John Swales Wraps Up Busy Calgary Stampede With Cow Horse Wins

The Limited Open Hackamore Reserve Champion was Ketch A Later (Caught Me Lookin x Angelena Sanjo x Playdox), a 5-year-old mare bred by Janice Sue Cornforth, of Nanton, Alberta, owned by Mark and Jan Daley, of Fort Macleod, Alberta, and ridden by Colter Schlosser, of Nanton. They scored a 288.5, which also qualified them for the Open Hackamore finals.

Open Bridle

In 2014, Calgary equine veterinarian and non-pro rider Suzon Schaal was thrilled to win the Non-Pro Bridle Championship on Genuine Brown Cat (Listo Pollito Lena x Genuine Emerald x Genuine Peppy), a 2003 mare bred by Marion Stav, of Turner Valley, Alberta. Exhibiting the same calm, cool and collected presence as her trainer, Swales, is known for in the show pen, Schaal and Genuine Brown Cat returned to the Calgary Stampede to prove they are a force to be reckoned with – beating many talented professionals, including Swales, to win the Open Bridle.

suzon-schaalDr. Suzon Schaal and Genuine Brown CatSchaal and Genuine Brown Cat won the preliminary Open Bridle round with an cumulative 296 score, the finals round with a 295 and clinched the title with a high 591 aggregate score.

Happy with her mare’s finals performance, Schaal said, “She felt really good in the rein work, about as good as she can be. We just may not of had as good of a cow as yesterday.”

Swales, the reigning National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Open Bridle World Champion, rode 9-year-old Smart Marina (Smart Chic Olena x Wendys Jae Bar x Doc’s Hickory), a mare bred by Glennette Rosenow, of Cochrane, Wisconsin, and owned by Jim Baird, of Millarville, Alberta, to the Reserve Championship with a 584 aggregate score.

Limited Open Bridle

Another non-pro rider claimed the Limited Open Bridle Championship. Mark Parsons, of Nanton, Alberta, and his 7-year-old mare Festinas Dual Lena (LNC Smart Lil Dually x Festina Lente x Colonal Amable), bred by Willow Spring Ranch, of Nanton, Alberta, Canada, scored a 141.5 in the rein work and a 142 in the cow work for a winning 283.5 cumulative score.