High school rodeo and the reined cow horse competition are leading to a college scholarship for Zayle Davis, of Blackfoot, Idaho, thanks to a partnership benefiting competitors at the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR).
For the second consecutive year, the Reining Horse Foundation has joined with the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) to provide a $2,500 scholarship to the student athlete marking the highest score in the reining during the NHSFR, held July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyoming.
In her final year of high school competition, Davis scored a 151 in the rein work during the short go to capture the award. She also received a Morrison bronze, courtesy of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). She was riding Reymanator (Dual Rey x Savannah Hickory x Doc’s Hickory), a 2006 American Quarter Horse gelding.
In a field of 107 reined cow horse contestants, Davis finished fourth overall with a total score of 874.5. The event champion was Daxon Buttars, of Snowville, Utah. Reymanator is owned by Sandy Semanik, of Jacksonville, Florida, but is a full-time member of the Davis family.
Davis also had the high reining score in the preliminary round and knew she needed to perform a clean pattern in the finals.
“I’ve been practicing a long time. Once I walked into the pen, I cued him right, and I’ve never had him stop like that before,” she said of her winning run. “He was being really good. It takes a lot of teamwork to have a run like that.”