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Western Horseman Stock Horse World Championship Kicks Off Friday

Mozuan webMozaun McKibben, of Whitesboro, Texas, earned the Stock Horse Open World Championship in 2014.Stock horse enthusiasts will gather in Abilene, Texas, this weekend for the Western Horseman Stock Horse World Championship. The event is managed by Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) and showcases the versatility of the stock horse. Riders will compete in six divisions (Open, Non-Pro, Limited Non-Pro, Junior Horse, Youth and Novice) for World Champion and Reserve World Champion titles. Last year, more than $75,000 in cash and prizes was awarded.

“We are excited to offer a World Championship show that features how versatile the stock horse is,” said SHOT President Baru Spiller. “The show will showcase horses that are very skilled at four different events – stock horse pleasure, trail, reining and cow horse.”

Competition begins at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday with a SHOT show each day. The points from both days of competition will be combined to determine the Stock Horse World Champions.

“One of the best aspects of SHOT is there is a place for everyone to show. From beginners to Open riders, from young horses to youth, we offer a division for all riders to compete against their peers,” Spiller said.

Sunday features aged event horses, with the SHOT Futurity and Derby starting at 9 a.m. Three-year-olds will compete in the four SHOT classes in the Futurity, and four- and five-year-olds will do the same in the Derby.

The event is free to the public. Other activities include a trade show and Halloween stall-decorating contest. For more information and a complete schedule, visit

Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) is a family friendly horse show association that has been “helping people ride a better horse” since 1996. They host clinics and shows around the state. For more information and dates of upcoming events, visit