Few events bring to mind the old West as quickly as ranch sorting, where lightning fast moves and cow sense rule the day. APHA is proud to honor four Paints and their connections whose expertise in ranch sorting sorted them to the top of their divisions on the 2015 APHA Honor Roll.
Congratulations to the following Paints and their connections:
Twister Royal Pepto & Colt Miller
Twister Royal Pepto is a 2011 sorrel tobiano gelding by Pepto Flyer and out of Sweet Royal Treasure owned by Sandy Miller of Royse City, Texas. The 5-year-old gelding had an incredible year, earning seven world and reserve world championships at the 2015 APHA World Championship Show along with the Classic Amateur Honor Roll title in Ranch Sorting. But Colt isn’t new to ranch sorting—he’s competed since the event was first offered in APHA competition.
“When APHA first started offering sorting, we went with it and I’ve been pretty successful with it,” Colt said. “We knew going in there were some real achievements we could go after and be successful at, and it just worked out well.”
Smart Lil Smokin Gun & Jacki Jo Parks
Smart Lil Smokin Gun is a 2007 brown tobiano mare by Color Me Smart and out of Dualin Breeze owned by Rick Brown and Jacki Jo Parks of Azle, Texas. “Pistol” is no one trick pony, dividing her time between sorting and competing in ranch horse classes, but there’s no doubt about which is her favorite class.
“She just loves sorting. It’s her favorite thing to do,” Jacki Jo said. “She tolerates the other stuff. By doing all kinds of classes on her, she’s learned to love the other classes and it keeps her from being sour, but the one thing she would be most happy doing is playing with cows.”
Jacki Jo and Pistol won the Masters Amateur Ranch Sorting Honor Roll for 2015.
Playgirls Image, Slewscherokee & Kerry and Candice Bowen
Playgirls Image is a 2007 bay tobiano mare by Cherokee Image Too and out of Three Socs Playgirl (QH) owned by Kerry and Candice Bowen of De Leon, Texas. “Image” adds the title of Open Ranch Sorting Honor Roll champion to an impressive list of accolades, including 2015 Classic Amateur Steer Stopping Honor Roll Reserve Champion and 2014 Classic Amateur Steer Stopping Honor Roll Champion.
The Bowens’ Slewscherokee tied with her barnmate for the Open Honor Roll title; Slewscherokee is a 2005 bay tobiano mare by Cherokee Image Too and out of Seattle Dreamer (QH). Although she got a late start as a 4-year-old, she quickly caught up to Image under Candice’s tutelage.
“I used to look after a whole bunch of cattle, and Candice used to work in a feedlot. We looked after cattle together, and I raised Image,” Kerry said. “Candice started riding Image as a 2-year-old, and we’ve been going ever since. She ropes on her a lot, too. We always do cattle events because it takes their mind off the arena.”
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