The reined cow horse youth showed off their skills on Aug. 12 at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Show. First up was the boxing, followed by the working cow horse. Both classes saw the rider that topped their individual first gos walk away from the finals as the World Champion.
In the working cow horse, Cutter McLaughlin and CD Dee Vee Dee, last year’s AQHYA Working Cow Horse World Champions, won the first go round after earning a 441.5 composite (217 rein/224.5 cow). They went into the finals and scored a huge 221 in the reining and a 220 down the fence to receive a 441 composite score, winning the World Championship.
“It feels great. That’s all I ever wanted,” said McLaughlin of defending his title.
McLaughlin, of Commerce, Texas, also won the 13 & Under division, along with the Level 2. He additionally received the year-end Working Cow Horse High Point award, for which he was given an additional trophy. McLaughlin was very grateful to “DVD,” who he called the “greatest horse ever.” DVD is by CD Lights and out of Shiners Missy Jay, who is by Shining Spark. He was bred by Carol Rose and is owned by McLaughlin’s parents, Jay and Wendy McLaughlin.
Taylor Todd, of Rexford, Kansas, rode Above Da Best Tenino to a composite score of 438.5 (216 rein/222.5 cow) and received the Reserve World Championship. Above Da Best Tenino is a 9-year-old gelding (Lena My Way x Tenino Gator Gal x Teninolena Badger) who was bred by Sylvan and Barb Williamson and is owned by Todd.
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