David and Stacie McDavid made their fortune in the automobile business by offering their customers a great ride for the highway. The Fort Worth couple also own a fleet of horses that have been offering great rides in the arena at the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes.
The McDavids’ horses have been grabbing attention at every level — in the amateur, non-pro and open divisions.
At the Super Stakes, running this month at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, David McDavid finished third in the Unlimited Amateur 4-year-old finals on a gelding named Twobishopsandapawn earlier this week.
Stacie McDavid tied for fifth in the Classic Non-pro Division 5-and 6-year-old finals aboard a mare named Starz N Boon.
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In the open division, which is dominated by pro trainers/riders, the McDavid horses mostly are ridden by veteran Clint Allen. He qualified for last weekend’s Classic Open Division finals and finished 14th overall on a stallion named Blu Ray.
The Classic division featured horses that were 5- and 6-year-old, second and third year competitors.
Allen also is thriving in the 4-year-old open division, which is underway this weekend. Allen has advanced to the second round on McDavid horses after turning in scores of 216 on both the mare Metallic Fever and the gelding Dmac Magician.
The open first round concluded Friday night. The second round is Saturday and Sunday.
David McDavid said one reason that his family’s horses are thriving is because Allen is a superb trainer.
“Clint has brought Stacie and I to a different level of riding and showing,” McDavid said. “He has a unique way of making it simple.”
McDavid said Allen keeps their horses physically sound year round.
“He tries to find their natural ability and doesn’t work them long when he’s training them,” McDavid said. “Sometimes I’ve seen Clint work a horse for only two minutes. If the horse is doing want Clint wants, that’s it.
“We sometimes go out and watch Clint bring in a horse in for training and I have to take a short phone call, and then I look up and he’s through.”
In addition to faring well at the Super Stakes, Stacie McDavid won the 5- and 6-year-old non-pro title at the traditional Bonanza Cutting in Glen Rose in February on Starz N Boon.
“I think we are in the best place we’ve ever been,” Stacie McDavid said. “But it took us a long time to get here.”
Hall of Famers
Six-time world all-around champion Larry Mahan and the Fort Worth Stock Show will be inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Saturday’s ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to approximately 3:30 p.m. at the River Ranch at 500 NE 23rd St. in the Fort Worth Stockyards. A luncheon is scheduled at noon.
Cody Teel, who won the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2012 bull riding title, is among numerous world class riders who are entered in the Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge, a Championship Bull Riding tour stop that begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cowtown Coliseum. Teel won the Hedeman event in 2012.