August 6, 2010
Working cow horse horse exhibitors get a little extra practice.
On August 5, with one day to go before the working cow horse prelims, nervous and excited exhibitors gathered at the 4C Equine Center in Tuttle, Oklahoma, for a little free practice with some of the top names in the National Reined Cow Horse Association.
Jay McLaughlin, Todd Crawford and Sam Rose were on hand to give tips, advice and some pointers on safety to contestants at the 2010 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
Each contestant who wanted a turn got one, first working with a cow then working with the trainers on specific problems.
“’Relax.’ That’s what they told me most out there,” said Rachael McReynolds of Anthony, New Mexico. “It was very good.” Carol Rose supplied the cattle for the event. Cary Chambers of 4C opened up his arena for the practice and then spent time on the gate.
“I love the kids,” he said, opening the gate for another exhibitor to go in. His own son, Cody, competes in team roping (in slide show below).
“When the Ford Youth World moved to Oklahoma City, there was no place to practice with cattle on the grounds,” said Sam Rose, an NRCHA judge who helped organize the event. “We want to give the kids some knowledge and a place to school.”
That’s exactly what Sterling Atkins of Broken Bow, Nebraska, was looking for.
“I need the practice,” he said. “Really, I’m just working on the horse and keeping him ready for the show. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to practice. It’s been raining a lot (at home).”
Chase Trahern of Walsh, Colorado, on a 5-year-old bay gelding his brother owns, said his practice session was focused on guiding the horse.
“(Jay) told me to make my hands a little wider and ride with my legs more,” Chase said. “I thought we got a lot of good done out of it.”
Want to see for yourself how much the extra practice helped the exhibitors? The working cow horse prelims are this afternoon. There’s still time to get to the Jim Norick Coliseum to watch. You can also watch the slide show below to see some photos from the practice as well as the other exciting events at the Ford Youth World.
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