We didn’t have any Canadians to cheer for in this event this year but I know we have some that would be pretty competitive. Maybe next year?
Open exhibitor Mozaun McKibben and amateur exhibitor Holly Major took top honors March 10 at the Pfizer AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show in Houston.
Edging out 14 other open exhibitors, Mozaun McKibben and his 2006 stallion, Lil Ruf Catalyst, took home the open world championship at the 2011 Pfizer AQHA Versatility World Championship March 10 in Houston.
Lil Ruf Catalyst is by Lil Ruf Peppy and out of Foxy Catalyst by Taris Catalyst. He was bred by Werner Hermus of Valley View, Texas, and is owned by M. McKibben and H. Zimmerman of Whitesboro, Texas.
Earning the open reserve championship was Mike Major, riding Black Hope Stik, and taking home the bronze open championship was Fielding Rogers, riding Josephs Catchum All.
The Individual Open Class winners are as follows:
Open Ranch Trail: Fielding Rogers and Josephs Catchum All, owned by Jimbo Humphreys of Dickens, Texas
Open Ranch Riding: Chance O’Neal and Pickin Tivio, owned by Burnett Ranches LLC of Fort Worth, Texas
Open Ranch Cutting: Fielding Rogers and Blue Savanah Holli, owned by Watrous Valley Ranch LTD of Houston
Open Working Ranch Horse: Mozaun McKibben and Lil Ruf Catalyst, owned by M. McKibben and H. Zimmerman of Whitesboro, Texas
Open Ranch Conformation: Mike Major and Black Hope Stik, owned by Major, of Fowler, Colorado.
Amateur World Champion
Holly Major of Fowler, Colorado, rode 2004 stallion Chica Shine to world championships in all five amateur classes at the Pfizer AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show to ultimately become the amateur world champion.
Chica Shine is by A Chic In Time and is out of Shining Smart by Shining Spark. The stallion was bred by Rick Langland of Waukon, Iowa. Chica Shine is owned by Mike and Holly Major.
Earning the amateur reserve world championship was Daryl Lund and Sweet Paramour, and taking home the amateur bronze was Jennifer Lieuallen and Chickalena Superstar.
To make their world championships sweeter, McKibben and Holly Major each take home a custom gold-tone trophy, Montana Silversmiths silver buckle, Cripple Creek logoed jacket and patch, Justin boots and a world champion neck wreath.
The Pfizer AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show, March 9-10 in Houston, is an event for American Quarter Horse versatility ranch horse owners and exhibitors around the world, who must qualify by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes: ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch cutting, working ranch horse and ranch conformation. This year’s event took place during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
For more information and complete coverage of the Pfizer AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show, visit aqha.com/versatility.
Pfizer AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show Facts
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