Smaller 6-year-old mare wins open division in NCHA World Finals

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The cutting horse One Time Choice measures only 13.2 hands.

Though the 6-year-old mare is smaller than the average competitor, she moves like a larger horse.

With veteran Chubby Turner of Weatherford as her rider, One Time Choice’s exceptional athletic abilities enabled her to win the National Cutting Horse Association Open Division championship as the 2013 World Finals concluded Saturday night at W.R. Watt Arena.

“She never gets outmatched by a cow,” Turner said. “A lot of smaller horses can turn well, but they can’t run across the pen really fluid, like a bigger horse. But she can run really fluid.”

After the last cow was cut at the World Finals, One Time Choice edged second place-finisher, Arc Ruby Playgunia and rider Matthew Taylor Budge of Weatherford, $106,510 to $78,741.

Turner said One Time Choice, who is owned by the J Five Horse Ranch of Weatherford, earned $14,484 at the World Finals, excels because she’s determined.

“When she works, she keeps her ears forward all of the time and she’s going to give you everything,” Turner said. “She’s really quick. She’s a horse who is very alert and she’s very smart.”

Turner, 65, who has been riding cutting horses since he was 13, said he’s always been impressed with their abilities to perform well without a rider’s directions.

“When you are on cutting horse and the horse is reading a working a cow, there’s no better feeling,” Turner said.

In other action, former open world champion Dont Look Twice and rider Phil Rapp of Weatherford placed in all four rounds at the World Finals and earned, $19,312, the highest of all competitors.

In the non-pro division, Mary Jo Milner of Southlake clinched the gold buckle after riding a gelding named Smooth Asa Zee. Milner edged No. 2 finisher Joe Howard Williamson, $106,392-$82,693. Williamson, who is from Archer City, rode a gelding named Acatbequick.

Kylie Knight Rice of Weatherford and the gelding Dual Lights, pocketed $14,967 throughout the World Finals, the highest earnings among non-pros.

The 2013 NCHA World Finals was held in conjunction with the NCHA World Championship Futurity, which began Nov. 21 and will conclude its 24-day run on Saturday at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

A fast time

Randall Carlisle graduated in 2005 from Lipan High School, where he played on the UIL Class A state championship team in basketball. He also set a national record by hitting 516 career 3-point shots during his high school career.

But Carlisle also was a talented roper who opted to pursue a rodeo career instead of playing college basketball. In February, Carlisle won the Fort Worth Stock Show tie-down roping title and earned more than $11,000.

The victory played a big role in earning his first berth to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. While competing at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2013 championships late Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center, Carlisle, 27, won the second round with a blistering time of 6.8 seconds.

Ten-time champ

Stace Smith of Athens has earned the PRCA’s Stock Contractor of the Year award for the 10th consecutive year (2004-2013).

He is the senior producer of the weekly Mesquite Championship Rodeo in Mesquite. He also produces the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming.

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