The 2016 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo’s first ever Youth Horse Challenge took place Thursday Feb. 18 at the Expo Hall. The Youth Horse Challenge is a new event that was developed to showcase youth horsemanship skills.
The Youth Horse Challenge consists of four rounds of competition. The first round is a record book, showcasing horse-related business skills; the second round is a test on horse equipment and tack; the third round is a groundwork pattern leading the horse through obstacles; and the fourth round consists of riding under saddle in a rail class and obstacle course.
After these four rounds, top five seniors move on to a bonus freestyle round to compete for a $10,000 scholarship. Taking first place, and earning the scholarship was Chance Clipper, of Huntsville, Texas. Riding TRR Ms. Beccaco Kitty, Chance Clipper earned a total of 182.75 points.
Clipper said that it meant a lot to him, and that he wasn’t suspecting to win the contest. With his horse, nicknamed “Kat,” Clipper also competes in roping and stock horse events. They have already won a district competition and taken third in a futurity. Clipper thanked the Tongue River Ranch for supplying him with the amazing horse, along with Mr. Tom Morhouse and Mr. Tyler for their help. He also thanked his family and friends for the continuous support, especially his mom and dad. While currently a freshman at Huntsville High School, Clipper plans to attend Texas Tech University to major in agriculture business.
This year, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo committed $12.2 million to education. This amount represents scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a Calf Scramble program, and show premiums paid to youth. This brings the total amount that the organization has committed since inception to $160.1 million.