The nation's top trainers are headed back to Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California for the premier stock horse competition known as the Magnificent 7, held June 9-10, 2005 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds inThe nation's top trainers are headed back to Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California for the premier stock horse competition known as the Magnificent 7, held June 9-10, 2005 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in
The nation’s top trainers are headed back to Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California for the premier stock horse competition known as the Magnificent 7, held June 9-10, 2005 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, CA. Under the expert supervision of John Deinhart at West Coast Footings, the Sundowner Arena will once again be prepared for the ultimate showdown. For two days one man and one horse will put themselves to the test in a series of four events that will showcase their athletic ability and raw stock horse talent. The skill and versatility of both rider and horse will be challenged in herd work, rein work, steer stopping and fence work. By Friday night, only seven horse and rider teams will remain to compete for the title of All-Around Stock Horse Champion.
Based on the historical 1972 event called the World’s Championship All-Around Stock Horse Contest, the Magnificent 7 is a revival of the first one man, one horse competition created by Pro Rodeo Hall of Famers, Cotton Rosser and Benny Bennion. The idea came to pass over drinks in Benny Bennion’s notorious Horseshoe Club in Las Vegas, NV when the two men started talking about putting together a competition showcasing the horses many a rancher talked about; the horse that ranchers would love to have; the horse that could rope, cut, rein, and run a cow down the fence.
When the original World’s Championship All-Around Stock Horse Contest faded into history, it gave way to smaller similar spin-offs at various NRCHA sanctioned events. But, it was the World’s Greatest Horseman that brought the "one man, one horse" all around competition back to life. When the World’s Greatest Horseman was suspended in 2002, Bobby Ingersoll wanted to keep the concept alive, and did, with the help of Benny Guitron, Ted Robinson, Bill Lefty and Western States Horse Expo CEO Miki Cohen. Initially, The Magnificent 7 was an invitation only competition because it was quite literally put together at the last minute. Today, this open competition has a permanent home in Sacramento and is widely respected as THE place to see the best of the best compete.
According to Miki Cohen, this year’s Magnificent Seven is expected to double in size. Thanks to another shuffle in venues at the NRCHA, the number of entries and the amount of prize money winnings has dramatically increased. Along with the return of Reve Records recording artist Templeton Thompson as half time entertainment, those in attendance will have plenty to keep them on the edge of their seats.
Spectators are invited to watch for free on Thursday June 9 when the elimination go-round starts at 8am. Autographs will be available from the final 7 at the Horse & Rider booth Friday June 10 at 11 am. At 8pm Friday night, the final Magnificent 7 will enter the arena and travel back in time. Don’t miss this chance to join in the days of yesteryear, where prestige was measured by a cowboy’s handiwork… and all a good cowboy needed was one good horse.
The 2005 Western States Horse Expo begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10th at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, CA and lasts until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 12th. Tickets are available through WESTERN STATES HORSE EXPO office, online at www.horsexpo.com or at the gate: $15 per day or $40 for a 3-day pass; Children 7 to 13 – $5 daily; 6 and under – free; Magnificent 7 admission – $10; Evening Showcase admission – $15.