Meredith Scroggs was hungry for victory as she stepped into the arena with Renos Cool Dancer, a 2004 blue roan tobiano mare by Vickter Too Cool (QH) and Renos Flamin Dancr, at the 2014 AjPHA Youth World Championship Show.
“We wanted to come and win big at the World Show for so long,” Meredith said. “We’ve been getting ready all summer.”
This year, Meredith and “Dixie” set their sights on the new High-Point Power Performance award, which is given to the top horse and rider team competing in cattle, roping, speed, reining and ranch horse pleasure events.
The new award was was created by Earnest Wilson of Tolar, Texas, and the Permian Basin Paint Horse Club to honor the specialized-yet-versatile Paints that compete in the gamut of events. The PBPHC provided $500 scholarships to the champion and reserve champion, and Earnest designed the custom trophy saddle, which was awarded to the Power Performance champion courtesy of Earnest’s Paint Performance Horse Super Stakes.
“Mister Earnest designed the saddle for the award, and he’s actually the one who told me about it,” Meredith said. “I knew I had to come and go for it.”
Bringing Back Numbers
In recent years, Earnest had noticed fewer Youth competitors bringing their Paints to the Youth World Show for cattle, roping, speed events and similar disciplines. With a lifetime of horseman’s experience and 14 years of leading and promoting versatile Paints with the Paint Performance Horse Super Stakes, Earnest knew something had to be done to bring the talented and passionate riders back to the world stage.
“I wanted to create something that gives the people and their special horses that are capable of riding in these different events more recognition for their hard work,” Earnest said.
To honor these riders, Earnest set about creating an equally special award. Working with custom saddle maker Roy Henderson, Earnest designed a one-of-a-kind trophy.
“I made the award a great, all-around working saddle,” he said. “It’s an old-fashioned tree and it has a great seat. You can cut, rope, ride pleasure—whatever you want. It’s a unique saddle for a unique group of people; something special that they’ll want to ride in and show off.”
En route to winning the Power Performance High-Point Youth award, Meredith also earned world championships in Youth Stake Race 13 & Under, Youth Breakaway Roping 18 & Under and Youth Heeling 18 & Under. She was reserve world champion in Youth Steer Stopping 18 & Under and Youth Goat Tying 13 & Under, and also took home Top 10 placings in Youth Pole Bending 13 & Under and Youth Barrel Racing 13 & Under.
Complete coverage of the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show will be in the September issue of the Paint Horse Journal. Subscribe to the Journal today.