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Faith Farris won the NCHA Senior Youth World Championship with Big Shoes To Phil, her trust 8-year-old Quarter Horse. • Photo by Lillian Kent.

Faith Farris Wins NCHA Senior Youth World Championship

The Senior Youth World Finals, held during the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular, featured gifted older youth on talented horses. After three days of competition, Faith Farris and Gavin Callahan took home titles during the last round on Friday, July 30.

Senior Youth World Champion

Faith Farris, 17, entered the Will Rogers Coliseum with the Senior Youth World Championship already in the bag. The 49-point gap between her 161 points and the rider in second place couldn’t be made up during the Youth World Finals in Fort Worth, Texas, so the pressure was mostly off.

“I was far enough ahead from second that we knew I kind of already had it won, so the game plan was to just have fun,” Farris said of the World Championship title, which is awarded to the person with the most points won throughout the entire show year. “The World Finals in itself, this whole experience, is my favorite thing, ever. This is why I want to haul. It’s what I’m passionate about. It’s the goal to work toward.”

The Senior Youth World title allowed Farris to accomplish a dream she’s had since she was young — winning a World Championship in both the Junior, which she did in 2018, and Senior Youth. Though her runs at the 2021 event didn’t go quite as planned — Farris marked a 195, 221.5, and 194 in the three rounds — Farris still had fun, finishing with 163 points. She praised her horse, Big Shoes To Phil, for getting her through.

“He is definitely tired. He’s either grumpy, really grumpy, or super sweet,” Farris said with a laugh. “I kind of think I’m his person, and he’s definitely my boy. He’s really cool, and he’s fun to show.”

Big Shoes To Phil is the only horse Farris hauled to accumulate points on throughout the year. The 8-year-old gelding (High Brow Cat x Tapt Twice x Dual Pep) was bred by Waco Bend Ranch Ltd. and is owned by her dad, Mitch Farris.

“He was actually supposed to be my dad’s,” Farris said. “My dad went and picked him up and said he was going to be his show horse, and then Valentine’s Day in 2019, he gave him to me.”

Farris thanked God for blessing her with her horse and with the opportunity to win; her parents, Tracy and Mitch; her grandparents, Carolyn and Jimmy; her cousin, Riley, who was Junior Reserve World Champion; her horse; and all her help throughout the year.

Brinley Lippincott amassed 115 points for the Senior Youth Reserve World Championship. She rode seven horses throughout the show season, finishing the year on Desires Rolex (One Time Pepto x Desire Some Freckles x Freckles Playboy). The 9-year-old gelding was bred by Rockin 5 Ranch LLC and is owned by Amy Lippincott.

Senior Youth World Finals Show Champion

When Gavin Callahan arrived in Fort Worth for the Youth World Finals, he was determined to enjoy his experience. Having won the Junior World Finals Show Championship back in 2018, he knew what it would take to win another title. He also knew his horse, Time N Tequila, was up to the task.

“It was the year-end deal. All the work’s done, so I just go and have fun, and just try to get through all the runs clean — just have fun out there,” Callahan said. “I was really excited the first two nights. [The second] night, I got kind of nervous. Ryan Rapp and I were pretty close, and it kind of laid the pressure on. I just tried to keep it simple and keep the fundamentals together.”

Only 8.5 points separated Rapp and Callahan after the third round, but it was enough for Callahan to win the Senior Show Championship. Marking scores of 224, 225 and 227 for a composite of 676 total certainly helped give him the boost he needed for the title.

Callahan also finished third in the running for the World Championship, which is based on points won throughout the entire show year, including those won at the World Finals. He rode three horses throughout the show season, but Time N Tequila was his main mount. The 11-year-old gelding (One Time Pepto x Nu She Wood x Zack T Wood), who was bred by Matthews Cutting Horses LLC, belongs to his sister, who let him borrow him for the year.

“He’s just a really great horse, and he has a lot of try and a lot of heart,” Callahan said. “He just gives you his all. There’s a lot of horses that try to cheat you or just don’t want to do it, but he actually loves doing it.”

Rapp landed the Senior World Finals Show Reserve Championship with a score of 667.5. He showed five different horses throughout the year but chose a new horse, Catillac Reys, to ride during the Youth World Finals. The 7-year-old stallion (Metallic Cat x Tootsie Rey x Dual Rey) was bred by Michelle Cannon and is owned by Ten/27 Ranch LLC.