The record high number of 50 entries in the DT Horses World's Greatest Horseman took to the arena on Tuesday night, February 13, in Fort Wort, Texas, hoping to spin and slide their way to the high score in the second of four preliminary events, the rein work.
Corey Cushing and One Fine Vintage top rein work prelims; Ralls and Call Me Mitch lead composite after two events.
Earning the top score of the night, a 222.5, was a past Champion of the World’s Greatest Horseman, NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing, of Scottsdale, Arizona. He piloted Robertson Ranch’s stallion, One Fine Vintage (One Time Pepto x Shiners Siena x Shining Spark), to the top score. Combined with the 217.5 earned by Cushing and “Vinnie” in the World’s Greatest herd work prelims on Sunday, this team now ties for second place in the composite standings with a total 440. The other 440 composite (219 herd/221 rein) belongs to Commerce, Texas, Million Dollar Rider Jay McLaughlin, aboard Aaron Ranch’s stallion Blind Sided (Peptoboonsmal x Little Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark.)
The preliminary leader is Paso Robles, California, horseman Phillip Ralls, riding Call Me Mitch (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill x Doc’s Hickory). This team had the top score in the herd prelims, a 223. In the reining, their maneuvers garnered a 221 from the judges, putting them at a four-point advantage with a total 444 on two events.
By the end of the day on Thursday, February 15, the DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman preliminaries will be complete and the top 10 finalists determined. The clean-slate finals happen Saturday, February 17, in Fort Worth.
Open Two Rein
John Swales, of Millarville, Alberta, Canada, the 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman Champion, added another major accolade to his resume when he guided SLR Won Smart Wolf (Paddys Irish Whiskey x Smart Miss Wolf x Smart Trip Olena) owned by Keri Hudson-Reykdal, to the Open Two Rein World Championship.
Swales and the gelding earned at total 440.5 score (220 rein/220.5 fence), claiming $5,872 in first-place money.
The World Championship also came with a custom saddle from DC Cow Horse Gear, a CR Morrison Trophy sponsored by Paul and Amy Bailey, a Gist buckle sponsored by NexGen Compounding, a jacket sponsored by CR Ranchwear, a Stockman hat sponsored by JW Brooks Custom Hat Company, and product from Platinum Performance.
Non Pro Limited
Julie Bowden, from Amarillo, Texas, claimed the Non Pro Limited world Championship riding her 2007 gelding, Elans A Chic (Elans Playboy x Starring A Chic x Smart Chic Olena).
Bowden scored a 432.5 composite (216 rein/216.5 cow). The World Championship came with a $3,730 paycheck, and her accompanying prizes were a Bob’s Custom Saddle, a Gist buckle sponsored by Mike and Kelly Warner, a Stockman hat from JW Brooks Custom Hat Company, a CR Morrison Trophy sponsored by Paul and Amy Bailey, a jacket from CR Ranchwear, and product from Platinum Performance and San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health.