For these young guns, competing in high-speed ranch sorting is just another day at the ranch. AjPHA members Wyatt Hawthorne of Tolar, Texas, and Jared Fore of Bluff Dale, Texas, tied for Youth 14–18 Ranch Sorting Honor Roll Champion after racking up points throughout 2015. Congratulations to Wyatt, Jared, and their connections.
Ima Little Flicker & Wyatt Hawthorne
Ima Little Flicker is a 2001 bay tobiano gelding by Doc O Flicker and out of Dyna Bar Gay owned by Earnest Wilson of Tolar, Texas. Earnest, Wyatt’s grandfather, was the one who got the young horseman hooked on ranch sorting.
“ ‘Flicker’ is a very talented horse, and I am blessed to get to ride him. My papa, Earnest, got me started in the ranch horse classes. He is my best friend, so we do everything together,” Wyatt said. “For me, the ranch horse classes have more of a ‘cowboy’ feel to them. They are what I see my papa doing on his ranch, so that is what I want to be doing and I really enjoy it.”
Smokin Flicker & Jared Fore
Earnest had an equally important role in introducing Jared to ranch sorting. After learning the basics from Earnest, Jared teamed up with Smokin Flicker, a 2007 bay tobiano mare by Mr Hickory Smoke and out of Dynabar Flicker nicknamed “Bullet.”
“I had a Quarter Horse, and a friend of ours introduced us to Earnest. He started working with me and taking to some shows where I showed in the Open division. I made some friends in the Youth division and decided to get a Paint Horse, and that’s when I got Bullet,” Jared said. “She’s been with us her whole life, and I started her. Her favorite events are the cow events. She has a good personality, but when she gets in the pen, she pins her ears back and gets straight down to work.”
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