ARHA announces world champions

Aug 14, 2009
by WLJ
ARHA announces world champions

American Ranch Horse Association (ARHA) judges R. David Terrell, Gene Ray Stewart, Curt Summers and Dennis Brown had the challenge of sorting out the best of the best ranch horses at the ARHA World Show in Murfreesboro, TN. ARHA members came from 22 states to compete for top honors in this fast-growing western-performance discipline.

The title winners for the ARHA World Show are: Billy Prather of Camden, SC, with King Hollywood 086, winning Open High Point honors. With Dualin Ruby, Prather won the Open Versatility and Reserve Open High Point titles; Mike Clark of Pleasant Plains, AR, and Peppys Butter scotch, taking home the Reserve Open Versatility title; Lia Savas of Huntington, NY, and Yo Quiero Cat, taking home the High Point Amateur and Amateur Versatility titles; Delza Noble of Mountain City, TN, and Docs Chilli Breeze, with the Reserve High Point Amateur and Reserve Amateur Versatility titles; Brianna Wright of Swainsboro, GA, and Cash20Super, winning Youth High Point and Reserve Youth Versatility; Tonnie Mirenda of Springfield, TN, with Katie Mae Young, taking home the Youth Versatility and Reserve Youth High Point titles; Sean Prater of Burbank, OK, and Hancocks Moonwalk were named Three Year Old Ranch Horse

Challenge winners; Becky Frost of Lexington, KY, and Ima Ugly Stick won the Reining Sweepstakes; Scott Keeney of Nancy, KY, and Hesa Socks Angelo, owned by Lazy K Farms, won the Ranch Riding Sweepstakes; Mona Prater of Fulton, MO, and Im Bringin Chexy Back won Select Ranch Riding, a new class this year for exhibitors age 50 and older; Jerry Keeney of Nancy, KY, was second in the class with Hesa Socks Angelo.

Prather, an ARHA judge since 2005, has been working with King Hollywood 086 and Dualin Ruby, both owned by Carol Diodene of Ocala, FL, for two-and-ahalf years High Point winners took home a Reinsman ranch cutting saddle and Lone Star Silversmith trophy buckle.

Reserve High Point riders won a Reinsman headstall and Lone Star Silversmith trophy buckle. Versatility champions won a Diamond Wool saddle pad and Lone Star Silversmith trophy buckle. Reserve Versatility riders took home a Lone Star Silversmith trophy buckle.

In addition to the awards presented in competition, a raffle was held for a filly donated by Lost Creek Cattle Company in Lebanon, TN. The wining ticket was held by Cassidy Sutton, the newborn daughter of ARHA members Brandon and Nikki Sutton of Cleveland, TN. — WLJ