World’s Greatest Horseman: It’s Ted Robinson again

Ted Robinson gave Katie Starlight all the credit after winning his second World's Greatest Horseman title during the National Reined Cow Horse Association event held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, June 14 - 16. He won the inaugural event in 1999 on the same mare.Ted Robinson gave Katie Starlight all the credit after winning his second World's Greatest Horseman title during the National Reined Cow Horse Association event held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, June 14 - 16. He won the inaugural event in 1999 on the same mare.

Story originally posted by: Annie Lambert

Ted Robinson gave Katie Starlight all the credit after winning his second World’s Greatest Horseman title during the National Reined Cow Horse Association event held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, June 14 – 16. He won the inaugural event in 1999 on the same mare.

There were no lows for Ted Robinson during the finals of the third annual World’s Greatest Horseman contest. The evening kept building into something bigger and better for the Oakview, Calif., trainer – the finale included a check for $50,000, the winner’s share of a $120,000 purse. The World’s Greatest Horseman features one horse and one rider competing in four events: cutting, reining, steer roping and reined cow horse work.

The consistent eight-year-old mare, by Grays Starlight out of Colonel Gunsmoke, tallied a total score of 594.5, besting second placed Annie Reynolds on Magical Lena by five and a half points. "There are so many tough horses and competitors here you have to keep trying," Robinson said, "You can’t back off."

For owner Paula Hunsicker, victory was sweet. "Teddy has given her a beautiful show record, now winning the World’s Greatest Horseman two times," she said. "I wanted Teddy to come to the event because he is such a wonderful horseman and in my opinion she is the best mount in the barn. There is one special horse in each lifetime and she is completely wonderful – Katie is that special horse for me."

Katie Starlight fans may be disappointed to know this was officially the champion mare’s last show – her final performance – as she is 60 days in foal to Robinson’s young stallion Nu Circle N Cash. Is she completely retired? "Completely!" offered Hunsicker.

Robinson does have plans to bring Nu Circle N Cash to a future World’s Greatest event. "He is only four-years-old, so I don’t think he can make it next year, but he’s a fun horse and does all the events. We just haven’t roped on him yet. He’s calm and cool, looks good in the pen and is about Katie’s size."

Reserve champion Annie Reynolds tries to stay in present time when competing, thinking about the task at hand and concentrating on what she needs to be doing. She wanted to conquer one event at a time in the preliminaries, doing her best in each. "When you get to the finals," she said, "you have to ride hard every chance you get. I was planning on being aggressive in every phase. I was completely shocked when I scored a 148 in the roping (preliminary) and ended up second in the round. I do know I have one of the world’s best horses and I knew if I could get her shown she was capable of taking me to the title – she is a fabulous athlete and show horse.

Ted Robinson lives in the future, not in the past. He says he doesn’t look behind him and while every win is great, he doesn’t dwell on his successes. "I think you need to go forward in life," he said, "if you look back you’re backing up." When asked what the World’s Greatest Horseman title meant to him Robinson replied, with his trademark grin, "Well, it sounds awful good, doesn’t it?"