Rockin KW and California trainer Dylan Meyer were rockin’ at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City. They scored a 225.5 to move to the No. 1 position in the Junior Cutting Level 3 finals on Sunday evening.
On Monday morning, the 5-year-old mare, bred by Circle Y Ranch and owned by Whitney and Kim Davis of Millsap, Texas, won her second World title — the Amateur Level 2 Championship with Kim Davis in the saddle.
When Rockin KW (Rockin W x TF Smartlittle Linda x Smart Little Lena) arrived at Oklahoma City, she had Equi-Stat lifetime earnings of $152,018. Meyer’s lifetime earnings are nearing the half-million dollar mark ($422,279).
This year’s World Championship Show marked Meyer’s third trip to the show. Two years ago, he placed third in the Junior Cutting Level 3 riding Shesa Puddy Rey.
“It was kind of fun to come back and move up a couple spots” in the placings, Meyer said.
As the last draw in the finals, Meyer said when it came time for them to enter the show pen, they had a pretty small group of cattle to pick from.
“A few of the ones that we really liked didn’t peel too good when we got down there,” Meyer said. “First out, we had a real good black cow and I think it was probably the best cow that I cut. I auctioned off on my second one, but the mare was really good. She was really sharp and let me kind of force the issue and break down some cows that maybe you don’t normally get to break down. She was on target the whole way through.”
Meyer said they started Rockin KW as a 2-year-old and she’s been in his program the whole time. He showed her at the [NCHA] Futurity and did well in the first go-round, but they weren’t so lucky in the second go.
“She didn’t get any earnings as a 3-year-old, but she came back and won over $100,000 before the end of her 4-year-old year,” Meyer said. “She was pretty strong and pretty solid all the way through. She was Reserve at Ardmore in February and she has just kept going from there.”
The thing that makes the mare so special, Meyer said, is her grit and heart.
“When it’s tough, she just gets better. She’s been a horse that a lot of times when you are in situations that aren’t suppose to work, she just digs deep and gets you through it!”
The mare, that Meyer said is pretty sensitive and sweet, prefers to be left alone.
“She definitely likes to have her space,” he said. “And, she likes one person. She likes whoever is handling her, but when there’s more than one person [around her] she starts getting a little edgy. She just likes one thing at a time.”
The Davises’ have been very special customers of Meyer going on eight years. And, Meyer proudly added, for as good as the mare has been for him [to show], she’s been equally as good for Kim and her son, Bear Davis, when they’ve shown her.
Although there have been some individuals who have expressed interest in crossing the mare (on a particular stallion) Meyer said they prefer to wait on breeding her until her show career is done. The mare’s owners do have her listed for sale, but Meyer said he wouldn’t be surprised if they hold on to her. They are already gearing up for next year and are definitely looking at competing in the NCHA Super Stakes as well as a number of the other Oklahoma and Texas events.
Meyer said, “I’d like to thank my help in the arena, the Davis family for giving me the opportunity to train and show horses like her and my wife, Emily, who works at UC Davis and flew back here to lope for me.”