Bend, Oregon cutter Ron Davis and RD Bud Light have quite a history together. In 2007, they won the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) $3,000 Novice Non-Pro World Championship after taking the NCHA World Finals $3,000 Novice Non-Pro Show Championship to cap off a phenomenal season. They’re still showing, although these days they chase points on the NCHA’s Horizon Yacht Senior World Tour.
The longtime partnership nearly came to an end on Saturday, April 9, when a barn fire destroyed Davis’ barn and everything in it. It was luck, or many a helping hand from above, that prompted Davis to turn out “Bud Light” just 30 minutes before the fire ignited.
No horses or people were injured in the fire, so Davis decided to stick to his plan of attending an Oregon Cutting Horse Association show in Madras, Oregon. They won the Non-Pro that night with a 73, the same score they used to win the class on April 8, for a two-day earnings total of $1,389.
“He won the Non-Pro and the circuit championship, so that was a little bit of a bright spot on a very ugly day,” Davis told local news station KTVZ.
Fourteen-year-old RD Bud Light (Tamalight x Misholena x Smart Little Calboy) has banked $170,385 since he started competing in 2005. Davis, who began showing cutting horses in 1995, has an Equi-Stat record of $251,124.