Youth-only events might have concluded July 4 as part of the 2018 APHA Youth World Championship Show, but the fun continued during three ancillary all-breed events: the Western Horseman Fence and Boxing Challenge with $5,000 added, July 5–6; the inaugural $10,000-Added Ranch Work Championship on July 7, sponsored by Classic Equine; and the popular ACHA/APHA Cowtown Cutting July 7–9 that paid out more than $31,000.
The Fence and Boxing Challenge and the Ranch Work Championship each featured payouts based on the 4D and 3D system, respectively—modeled after the barrel racing divisional payout system.
Though all three events were open to horses of all breeds, high-scoring Paints received special recognition:
Cowtown Cutting High-Point Paints:
- 5- & 6-Year-Old Open Cutting – Candi Eyed Jack, owned & shown by Anita Dublin
- 4-Year-Old Open Cutting – Rusty Blue Metallic (right), owned by Twisted L Ranch, shown by Clay Johnson
- Senior Non-Pro Cutting – Blakes Red Dual, owned & shown by Walter M Knight
- $50,000 Non-Pro – Blakes Red Dual, owned & shown by Walter M Knight
- $15,000 Novice Horse/Non-Pro Rider, Pit Boss owned & shown by Raena Wharton
- $20,000 Non-Pro – Shake Your Budha, owned & shown by Mary E Bauer
Ranch Work Championship High-Point Paints:
- Ranch Work – Pocos Sonnydee Sedona, owned & shown by Lynne Faust
- Ranch Roping – Docs Okie Printss, owned & shown by Brad Nicholson
“The cattle were good and the event was ran really well. We enjoyed the cutting. A lot of people we know from the NCHA also came and enjoyed it, and they said they’d be back with more horses,” said Sandy Lanning, whose stallion Rusty Blue Metallic won the ACHA 4-Year-Old Cutting. “We wanted to see how he’d do agains these Quarter Horses, and he ended up winning it!”
“So much fun,” Mary Melinda Mayes Kelly posted on APHA’s Facebook page. “Made new friends, learned new skills and learned that ranch roping is tricky! Hats off to the real cowboys, it’s not as easy as it looks. Loved the format, prizes and pay out. So proud to be a part of the first one, can’t wait for the next one!”
Congrats to all involved and thanks for coming out to these fun, all-breed events.
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