Quahadi and Boyd Rice had the highest composite in the World's Greatest Horseman preliminaries. They're leading a star studded field into Saturday's finals. • Photo by Melissa Ashley.

Field Set for World’s Greatest Horseman Finals

The field is set for the coveted National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) World’s Greatest Horseman competition.

The event, which is playing out Saturday, Feb. 19, sees horsemen and women from all corners of the country descend on Fort Worth for a chance to become the World’s Greatest Horseman.

This year the Champion with receive a $100,000 check. Sponsored by Western Bloodstock LTD. and Hashtags, 67 riders entered the World’s Greatest preliminaries this year, a 15% increase from the 58 entries last year.

Here are some details on the horses and riders in this year’s field, including their earnings according to EquiStat:


Pedigree: 13S (Bet Hesa Cat x Ginnin Attraction x Tanquery Gin)
Horse Earnings: $103,137
Rider: Boyd Rice
Rider Earnings: $6,395,892
Owner: Burnett Ranches LLC
Breeder: Burnett Ranches LLC
Fast Fact: Quahadi and Rice boasted the top preliminary composite of 889.5 (herd 222/rein 220/steer stopping 225/cow 222).

Hott Rod

Pedigree: 15S (Hottish x Sugars Smart Kitty x High Brow Cat
Horse Earnings: $188,014
Rider: Corey Cushing
Rider Earnings: $3,322,253
Owner: Lynne Wurzer
Breeder: Austin Adams
Fast Fact: Hott Rod and Corey Cushing had the high preliminary steer stopping score of 226. 

Call Me Mitch

Pedigree: 11S (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill x Doc’s Hickory) 
Horse Earnings: $200,728
Rider: Phillip Ralls
Rider Earnings: $1,297,032
Owner: Estelle Roitblat
Breeder: James Eakin
Fast Fact: Ralls and Call Me Mitch were Reserve Champions at the 2018 World’s Greatest Horseman. 

SJR Reygun

Pedigree: 12M (Dual Rey x Playguns King Badger x Playgun) 
Horse Earnings: $117,203
Rider: Brady Weaver
Rider Earnings: $371,689
Owner: Gary Ewell 
Breeder: San Juan Ranch 
Fast Fact: SJR Reygun and Weaver were the 2017 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open & Intermediate Open Champions.

CSR Lay Down Sally

Pedigree: 11S (Dual Spark x Look At Her Glo x CD O Cody) 
Horse Earnings: $157,768
Rider: Chris Dawson
Rider Earnings: $1,682,791
Owner: Meredith Graber
Breeder: Circle Star Land & Cattle Co
Fast Fact: CSR Lay Down Sally and Dawson were most recently crowned champions at the NSHA World’s Richest Stock Horse.

Scooter Kat

Pedigree: 15S (Kit Kat Sugar x Scooters Daisy Dukes x Dual Smart Rey
Horse Earnings: $275,566
Rider: Justin Wright
Rider Earnings: $1,975,478
Owner: Eric Freitas
Breeder: Taylor Carbo
Fast Fact: Scooter Kat and Wright were the 2018 NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Reserve Champions.

Bet Shesa Fancy Cat

Pedigree: 14M (Bet Hesa Cat x Real Hickory Smoke x Lil Bit O Hickory) 
Horse Earnings: $48,883
Rider: Kelby Phillips
Rider Earnings: $1,390,015
Owner: Bosque Ranch Performance Horses
Breeder: Stan Snodgrass
Fast Fact: Bet Shesa Fancy Cat was an Intermediate Open finalist at the 2019 NRCHA Stallion Stakes.

Senor Shiney Cat

Pedigree: 12S (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Senorita x Shining Spark)
Horse Earnings: $61,623
Rider: Mark Sigler
Rider Earnings: $212,804
Owner: Dominic Conicelli Estate
Breeder: Garth and Amanda Gardiner
Fast Fact: Senor Shiney Cat and Mark Sigler have been show ring partners since the beginning, and the team earned a Reserve Championship in the Intermediate Open Derby at the 2017 NRCHA Celebration of Champions.

Metallic Train 

Pedigree: 13M (Metallic Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark) 
Horse Earnings: $176,750
Rider: Clayton Edsall
Rider Earnings: $1,077,230
Owner: Beverly Servi 
Breeder: Cottonwood Springs Ranch LLC
Fast Fact: Metallic Train was the 2018 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open and Intermediate Derby Champion with Clayton Edsall in the saddle. 

Shiney Outlaw

Pedigree: 12S (Shiners Nickle x Mereyda x Dual Rey
Horse Earnings: $214,177
Rider: Jay McLaughlin
Rider Earnings: $1,732,460
Owner: Michelle Cannon
Breeder: Michelle Cannon
Fast Fact: Shiney Outlaw is the 2017 AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse World Champion and the 2020 AQHA Senior Working Cow Horse World Champion.

Still Get Jealous

Pedigree: 14S (One Time Pepto x ARC Cat Her Please x Chic Please) 
Horse Earnings: $31,020
Rider: Nick Dowers
Rider Earnings: $1,177,625
Owner: Trigg Marquiss
Breeder: Flag Ranch LLC
Fast Fact: Still Get Jealous and Dowers were the 2021 NRCHA Celebration of Champions Open Two Rein Champions

Gunna Be A Smartie

Pedigree: 12M (Very Smart Remedy x Gunna Be Mine x Gunna Smoke) 
Horse Earnings: $139,735
Rider: Shane Steffen
Rider Earnings: $423,132
Owner: Kandu Ranch
Breeder: J. Pearson Trust
Fast Fact: Gunna Be A Smartie and Steffen are the reigning 2021 World’s Greatest Horseman Champions.

Rubys Radar

Pedigree: 10S (One Time Pepto x Ruby Bagonia x Peppy San Badger) 
Horse Earnings: $259,439
Rider: Zane Davis
Rider Earnings: $1,938,980
Owner: C Ranches Inc.
Breeder: Arcese Quarter Horses
Fast Fact: Ruby’s Radar and Davis were the inaugural $150,000 Teton Ridge Invitational Fence Work Challenge Champions during the 2021 The Run For A Million. 

CR Tuff Taffy

Pedigree: 15G (Woody Be Tuff x Peptocandy x Peptoboonsmal) 
Horse Earnings: $31,517
Rider: Brad Barkemeyer
Rider Earnings: $198,046
Owner: Vaqueros Ventures
Breeder: Kelly Schaar
Fast Fact: CR Tuff Taffy has earned money in the ranch cutting, reining and cow horse in associations such as the Stock Horse Of Texas.

Mr Comin In Hot

Pedigree: 15G (Mr Playinstylish x Lil Sally Cat x High Brow Cat
Horse Earnings: $65,747
Rider: Luke Jones
Rider Earnings: $1,079,083
Owner: Kit and Charlie Moncrief 
Breeder: Kit and Charlie Moncrief
Fast Fact: Mr Comin In Hot is the only gelding that advanced to the World’s Greatest Horseman Finals.