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Raising the Bar

Trainer Jack Wright can’t be too disappointed that 2012 All-Around Western Horse Gay Bar Drummer finished second in the rankings for a number of high-point accolades at the 2013 APHA World Championship Show. After all, Rolex Bar Twister—who ultimately took home three top titles—was his other mount.

“My goal was to win the all-around on Gay Bar Drummer,” Jack said. “But the Lord works in mysterious ways, I guess.”

Paired with Jack, Gary Wells and Jay Wadhams, Rolex Bar Twister amassed 119 points in seven classes to earn not one but three of APHA’s top awards: the Oscar Crigler Cattle Award, High-Point Western Performance Horse and All-Around Horse. Additionally, “Rolex” helped Jack capture the coveted High-Point Exhibitor award.

The 2005 bay tobiano stallion dominated the roping events, capturing world championships in Senior Tie-Down Roping, Senior Heeling and Senior Steer Stopping to capture the Oscar Crigler Cattle Award. His responsiveness and versatility also led him to earn a Top 10 placing in Senior Reining and a Top Five slot in Senior Working Cow Horse. Finally, Rolex’s solid conformation earned a reserve world championship in Aged Stallions, proving his supremacy as an ideal, versatile Paint Horse.

Among a slew of accolades, Rolex Bar Twister won a three-horse aluminum slant-load trailer, courtesy of APHA Corporate Partner Hart Trailers.

Look for Rolex Bar Twister’s full story in the January 2014 issue of the Paint Horse Journal—subscribe today to catch complete coverage from the APHA World Championship Show.


For more coverage from the 2013 APHA World Championship Show, read the January 2014 issue of the Paint Horse Journal.