The most versatile stock horses in the South will compete for World championship titles Oct. 28-30 at the Western Horseman Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) World Championship. The annual event will crown seven new World champions who showcase their abilities in reining, cow work, stock horse pleasure and stock horse trail. The SHOT Futurity and Derby also brings top 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds to the show, vying for added money in the multi-class format.
“Stock horse events that highlight the versatility of horses are very popular,” said SHOT President Baru Spiller. “We are excited to offer a chance for these horses and riders to compete for a World title. The multi-go-round format awards the most consistent, quality horse in each division.”
Exhibitors will ride all four events on Oct. 28, and awards will be presented for the first go-round. Then riders will compete again in all four events on Oct. 29 for second go-round prizes. Results from each round will be combined to name the 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. World titles will be presented in seven divisions – Open, Non-Pro, Limited Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro, Novice, Youth and Junior Horse.
Riders will compete for a prize packages including buckles for champion and reserve, top 10 vests and other awards for the top five in the World. There will be added money in the Open and Non-Pro divisions, which last year paid out just more than $5,000.
The SHOT Futurity and Derby challenges young horses to demonstrate their versatility in the four-class format. Horses must be nominated to compete, and 100 percent of the nomination fees plus added money are part of the payout package. There is a Non-Pro Incentive for top non-pro riders, and collegiate scholarships are presented to the highest-placing full-time college students. A Limited division features the same four classes, with the cow work consisting of a box-drive-box format. Last year’s Futurity and Derby paid out $25,950.
Entries for the world show are due Oct. 15, but riders can enter after that date with a late fee. Futurity and Derby nomination forms are due Oct. 1 and can be found at www.stockhorsetexas.org/worldshow. For more information on the Western Horseman Stock Horse World Championship, visit www.stockhorsetexas.org/worldshow or call the office at 855-846-7468.