Every year, the American Quarter Horse Association and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association unite to recognize the top horses in each timed event.
MFO Harvey (nicknamed Colonel) clinched the title in the tie-down roping category. Colonel is owned by rodeo cowboy Timber Moore, a former Ponder resident who lives in Aubrey. Moore is scheduled to compete in the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Dec. 1-10 in Las Vegas.
Landrys Cadillac (Cadillac), owned by Sterling Wallace of Justin, finished as the year’s top steer-wrestling horse. Throughout the regular season, Cadillac has helped high-profile riders such as Ty Erickson, a Montana cowboy who is ranked No. 1 in the PRCA’s 2016 steer-wrestling title race.
In barrel racing, CFour Tibbie Stinson (Tibbie), owned by Kelly and Ivy Conrado, clinched the title. Ivy Conrado won the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo in February and she’s scheduled to compete in the 2016 National Finals.
The steer roping title race concluded with a tie between At War Leo (Punchy), which is owned Cody Lee, and Tonk Champ (Champ), which is owned by Chris Glover. Tuffys Badger Chex (Badger), which is owned by Ronald Schmidt, won the team roping heading title. Zans Colonel Shine (Colonel), which is owned by Jake and Tasha Long, won the team roping heeling title.
Back to PRCA
Three-time world champion Tuf Cooper has returned to the PRCA circuit for the 2017 season. The Decatur cowboy was ineligible to compete throughout 2016 because he was a stockholder in Elite Rodeo Athletes. But Cooper has relinquished his ERA stock, which makes him eligible to compete in both the ERA and the PRCA circuits in 2017.
Cooper earned $518 for a fifth-place finish at a PRCA show last weekend in Henderson, and his earnings count toward the 2017 standings. Cooper also is scheduled to compete in the ERA’s inaugural finals on Nov. 11-13 at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.
In the Professional Bull Riders’ Built Ford Tough Series, Cooper Davis of Jasper took the lead in the world title race after clinching the title at last weekend’s tour stop in San Jose, Calif. Davis has earned 4,757.5 points throughout the regular season. Kaique Pacheco of Decatur, who finished 12th in San Jose, is ranked No. 2 with 4,590.33.
This weekend, the tour stops in Tucson, Ariz. The 2016 World Finals are Nov. 2-6 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
College rodeo update
Both Tarleton’s State’s men and women clinched team titles at last weekend’s Clarendon College Rodeo. After the first four rodeos of the regular season, both TSU’s men and woman’s teams have No. 1 rankings in team standings in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region.
Meanwhile, Hill College’s men’s team is ranked No. 1 in the NIRA’s Southern Region after competing in the first two rodeo of the 2016-2017 regular season.
Cutting horse update
On the National Cutting Horse Association circuit, Weatherford cowboy Phil Rapp and his horse Reyzin clinched the open division title in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting competition last week at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. According to nchacutting.com, Rapp and Reyzin turned in a finals score of 226. In the non-pro division, Kaitlyn Wimberly of Millsap clinched the title with a 227 on Light N Lily.