Reining Horse Foundation Reaches Out with Scholarship

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).

Zayle Davis & Jay Winborn

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.”