AQHA honors top shooters at the 2011 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Championship in Amarillo.
By Larri Jo Starkey
This year was the first that cowboy mounted shooters have been able to earn AQHA points on their horses, and at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Championship, they aimed for the top.
In addition to the world championships through CMSA, shooters on American Quarter Horses had a chance to qualify for the 2012 Pfizer AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse and Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championship Show.
Three competitors were honored October 22 as AQHA top hands along with their horses.
Jessie Kuka of Maple Plain, Minnesota, was honored as AQHA top cowgirl with PLC Nute Driftwood.
“He’s really good about getting into and out of his turns, and he accelerates out of them really fast,” Jessie says. “He turns barrels really nice. He’s quick and the perfect fit for me for mounted shooting. He does everything great for me. I couldn’t be happier with him.”
“Hickory” is a 2001 red dun gelding by Driftwoods Dillon and out of Miss Hickory Twinkie by Son Of Hickory. He was bred by James and Loretta Neuman of Wadena, Minnesota, and Jessie owns him.
Chad Little of Saint Michael, Minnesota, was named AQHA top cowboy with GBH Stringwood Snipy.
“He’s the same horse I won the world on last year,” Chad says. “He’s been consistent and a real good horse. I’ve had him since he was a 2-year-old, and he’s 9 this year.”
“Snippy” is a 2002 bay gelding by Snippys Driftwood and out of Stringwood Annie by Strings Do. He was bred by Gary and Gloria Haiwick of Highmore, South Dakota, and is owned by Chad’s mother, Pat.
Nicholas Black of Boise, Idaho, was honored as the owner of the AQHA top youth horse, Whos Lucky Whodini.
“Whoody” had a career as a heading horse before being turned into a shooting horse, says Debbie Black, Nick’s mom and the co-owner of the horse.
“I think he likes (shooting),” Nick said. “He has fun doing it and really gets into it. We do shotgun and rifle also, and I think those are his best because he just runs as fast as he can on his way home.”
Whos Lucky Whodini is a 1998 bay gelding by Sons Who and out of Lucky Reprint by Lucky T Devil. He was bred by Lynsi Hoyt of Eagle, Idaho.
For more photos from the CMSA competition, see the Journal slide show below. Click on each photo to read about it. Look for more photos and more winning words from the competitors in the December issue of Journal Plus, free to subscribers.
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