Mike Major and Cromeplated Sidekick • Photo by Willie Gomez Photos

Mike Major Captures Open Stock Horse World Championship Title

Cromeplated Sidekick left little doubt that he was the top Open horse at the 2020 Western Horseman Stock Horse World Championship show held in Abilene, Texas. The 2009 grey gelding dominated the competition, winning cow work, stock horse trail and stock horse pleasure for owner Linda Bouziden-Lackey of Collinsville, Texas.

Typically, Linda is in the saddle at the stock horse events, but at the World Show, she trusted the reins of the gelding (Starbucks Sidekick x Leave The Rest x Custom Crome) to Mike Major of Bowie, Texas, while she watched from the stands. The duo won both go-rounds of competition, raking in $1,174 plus prizes.

Despite the challenges of 2020, this was the ninth show for Stock Horse of Texas this year. All shows had strong numbers, and the world championship show was no different. Due to the show size, managers added a day of competition and as well as evening events including the Classic Equine Fence Work Showcase and Youth Freestyle Reining.

Stock Horse World Championship

Horses compete in reining, cow work, stock horse trail and stock horse pleasure in a two go-round format with prizes and payout presented for each round. In total, the show featured more than 1,800 entries and awarded $80,000-plus in cash and prizes.

The four-day show also featured a Stock Horse Derby with $6,000 Added, and an AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge, which qualified riders for the 2021 Ranching Heritage Finals.

Topping the Open Derby was non-pro rider Stefani Wagley of Abilene and her 6-year-old Metallic Cat mare, Precious Metalz. Wagley was on a hot streak all week also winning the Stock Horse World Championship in the Non-Pro division. The week of competition netted her more than $5,000.

The Limited Derby Championship went to Nonie Casselman-Reed riding Navajo Jo. She and the son of Metallic Cat also won the 4-year-old incentive to earn a total paycheck of $2,490.

New to the competition was the Texas Triple Threat Incentive, which paid out $6,000 in cash to horses across all divisions that were Texas owned, Texas shown and Texas bred. Youth rider Skylar Duleba captured the top payout in the incentive to earn $1,680 riding Trinitys Merada, a son of Cats Merada who was bred in Texas by Petska Trinity Equine LLC.

“It’s such a fun week watching riders showcase the versatility of their horses,” said William Lewis, Stock Horse of Texas president. “These horses can go down the fence at full throttle, and then a little later navigate an intricate ranch trail course. These events truly display the awesome versatility of our horses.”

Other World Champions include:

  • Level 1 Open: Leanne Jetton aboard her horse, Bourbon N Branch (Paddys Irish Whiskey x Miss Cee Lena x Mr Sun O Lena)
  • Junior Horse: Susan Crews Morris on Rusty Dun It Smart (HR Tiny Tim x Chics Document x Smart Chic Olena)
  • Limited Non Pro: Larry Walker on Boots Be Tuff (Woody Be Tuff x Pretty Poco Boots x Doc O Boots)
  • Intermediate Non Pro: Michelle Eiland with Hickorys Kitty Cat (High Brow Cat x Hickorys Sweetheart x Doc’s Hickory)
  • Novice: Sartia Short aboard Two Tone Shine (Lucky Bottom Tom x Shiver N Shine x Shiver Shake)
  • Youth: Will Lewis and Spookin Jay (Smart Spook x Ultra Jay x Master Jay)
  • Novice Youth: Audrey Hart and My Socks Do (Cat Man Do x BO Bobbie Socks x Mr Sorrel Bo)

Complete results from each go-round and a list of all the sponsors who made the show possible are available at www.stockhorsetexas.org.