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Emily Kent was elated as she was the last youth bridle rider standing in the NRCHA Youth Bridle World Championship. • Photo by Lillian Kent.

NRCHA Youth Bridle Gets Competitive and Friendly

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Youth Bridle finals were stacked with talented young riders.

Familiar last names such as McLaughlin, Lisac and Swales graced the draw sheet. But it was Emily Kent of Jacksboro, Texas, who grabbed the title by two points, earning a 438 and edging out Cutter McLaughlin with his two powerhouse finalists.

“I’ve wanted this since 2016. I won the Youth Limited on a different horse and ever since then I’ve been wanting this Youth Bridle Championship,” Kent said. 

“My heart was beating so fast. I just wanted to win so bad and I was shaking, I was so nervous, but he pulled through.”

The 16-year-old achieved her goal on Callme Mister Mister, an 11-year-old gelding sired by Mister Dual Pep and out of $373,923 producing mare Travelin With Sass, by Travelena. 

Bred by Jim Babcock of Valley View, Texas, Callme Mister Mister goes by “Hiram” in the barn. It must be added that the perfect opportunity was missed to call him Hank, as the line in song “The Ride” by David Allen Coe details. 

Hiram earned $625 for his effort in the Youth Bridle, and the steady Eddy just rolled over $100,000 earnings, according to Equi-Stat

“He’s just one of those horses that is a once-in-a-lifetime horse, honestly,” Kent gushed, “I’ve actually not [even] had him for a year yet. I’ve had tons of success with him, I got him right after the Celebration of Champions last year and he’s been such a special horse.” 

Kent had two horses in the Youth Bridle finals. Her second teammate was Vintage Tejonshine, a 2001 gelding sired by Tejons Peppy Doc and out of Shining Spark mare Suddenly Shiney. Kent and Vintage Tejonshine ended up fifth with a 422, earning $250. Both geldings are owned by Leslie Kent of Jacksboro.

“To just stand out there with Cutter McGlaughlin — we’re really good friends — and to just have that experience with each other, I’m so happy for him, he did a great job,” Kent said.

McLaughlin of Clarendon, Texas, nabbed second and third on DT Whiskey Shine (Paddy’s Irish Whiskey x Smart Shinealo x Smart Shiner) and CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark). McLaughlin earned a 436 good for $500 and a 434.5 good for $375 on his two horses. 

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