For the first time in the event's 67-year history, the National High School Finals Rodeo featured reined cow horse as one of its events. 17-year-old Wyatt Fisher, Nipomo, California, won the inaugural reined cow horse championship Friday, July 17, in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
“I’m still in shock. It’s a great feeling. My horse was great,” Fisher said, smiling, as he accepted his awards and stood alongside 19 other reined cow horse short-go qualifiers for a group photo.
With approximately 100 contestants competing in reined cow horse at the National High School Finals Rodeo, it is believed to be the largest youth cow horse class ever held at any event.
Fisher, who has a strong background as a National Reined Cow Horse Association Youth competitor, appreciated the tough competition and the skill of his fellow contestants, many of whom he had never met or shown against.
“In the first go-round, it was pretty scary. I didn’t know there was going to be this kind of horseflesh. It was wonderful – I was happy to see it, though.”
Fisher rode Nu Cash Cutter (Smart Cash Cutter x Nu Cashlynn Rose x Nu Cash) a 2004 gelding owned by his parents, JJ and Teresa Fisher, to the title. He thanked his mom and dad, who are both avid reined cow horse competitors, as well as NRCHA professional trainers Russell Probert and Justin Wright.