Christine “Chris” Lytle and Lenas Flyin Delta CT came to the World Show on a mission: to win the Oscar Crigler Cattle Award. It was a goal they started in 2014, though that year they finished third in the race. This year was different, however, and with renewed focus and the help of trainers Trapper Rodgers and Clay Logan, Lenas Flyin Delta CT not only accomplished their goal but took home two additional titles along the way.
Over the course of the World Show, Flyer collected world championships in Senior Heeling, Senior Steer Stopping and Senior Working Cow Horse and a Top Five finish in Senior Heading, which garnered him the titles of High-Point Western Horse, the Oscar Crigler Cattle Award and Super Gelding. Additionally, Flyer also earned a reserve world championship in Amateur Working Cow Horse. Trapper points to Flyer’s willing attitude as the reason behind his achievements.
“He’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime horses that I feel fortunate to get to show and be here through his progression and Chris’ progression,” Trapper said. “That horse is so good-minded. He’s not the most athletic animal on earth, but there isn’t a thing you show him that he doesn’t try his heart out for every time you step on him. I won’t get to ride another one like that in my lifetime.”
Even during his early training, Flyer remained cool and collected under pressure as he learned the ins and outs of the demanding event of working cow horse.
“He was a straight reiner before, and we decided one day we were going to make a cow horse out of him. I think 30 days later Chris showed him in the boxing at a National Reined Cow Horse Association event, and she ended up winning there,” Trapper said. “She ended up winning the year-end awards for California and Arizona. Then one year we decided we were going down the fence, and he just went and did it. Nothing fazes him. I’m sure if you wanted him to walk a tightrope, he’d figure it out pretty quick.”
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