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Townsend and TRR Lucky Playpen circle up in the youth finals. • Photo by Lillian Kent.

TRR Lucky Playgun and Townsend Win World’s Greatest Youth Horseman

Handier than a pocket on a shirt and quick down the fence, Trail Townsend and TRR Lucky Playgun are the 2020 Mars Equestrian World’s Greatest Youth Horseman. The accomplished youth and gray gelding sealed the deal with a 727 composite, Edging out reserve by seven points. 

The title came with a $2,262 payout and a beautiful trophy saddle courtesy of Bob’s Custom Saddles.

Townsend earned a 141 in the Herd, a 143 in the reining, a 145.5 in the steer stopping and a 149 in the fence work. The six youth with the highest composites were invited back to complete a final fence run, and under the bright lights of the John Justin arena on Saturday night, Townsend scored a 148. 

Townsend, who competed in the inaugural World’s Greatest Youth Horseman last year finished 6thamongst the talented field had one goal in mind this time around. 

“I was just trying to stay good and stay consistent, I was just so happy to make the finals that I was ok with [anything],” Townsend said astride his faithful teammate.

TRR Lucky Playgun or “Motown” has carried Townsend and father Tripp to a string of victories in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) and American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Versatility Ranch Horse competitions, including the 2019 AQHA VRH Youth Ranch Riding Champion and 2019 AQHA VRH Youth Reserve World Champion with Townsend. 

Nine-year-old Motown is sired by the Tounge River Ranches Pepcid, a son of Peptoboonsmal with $180,105 in progeny earnings. Out of TRR Ms Lucky Gun (by Playgun), Motown is his dam’s second highest earner, following full brother and 2019 NRCHA Futurity Limited Open Champion TRR Lucky Brazos. Bred by the Tongue River Ranch of Paducah, TX, Motown is owned by Tripp Townsend of Earth, TX. 

Reserve Champion was BLT Smart Little Rey (ARC Little Rey x Haidas Addition x Haidas Little Pep) and Dillion Cox of Pleasant Plains, AR. BLT Smart Little Rey is owned by Circle C Ranch of Pleasant Plains, AR, and was bred by Byrl Taylor of Flat Rock, IL. 

Cox scored a 143 in the Herd, a 141.5 in the reining, a 144.5 in the steer stopping and a 149.5 in the first fence work, and a 140.5 in the final fence work. Cox earned $1,810 for his efforts. 

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