Thursday, January 6, 2011

QH News / America's Horse

This is an ad for Sixes Pick owned by 6666 Ranch. Tripp shows Sixes Sixgun, a son of Sixes Pick, in RHAA, AQHA Ranch Versatility, and in ranch rodeos. It is on the back cover of the January 1, 2011 issue of Quarter Horse News.

Inside there is a story about the WCRR. There is a picture of Riley and Tripp both on this page. Under the headline Special Awards it reads, "The highest award a cowboy can win at the WCRR is the Top Hand Award. For the second year in a row, the award went to Riley Smith of Sandhill Cattle Co. Smith, his wife, Tori, and their children - daughter, Scout, 3, and son, Reno, 1 month - live in Earth, Texas."

a few paragraphs down.......

"Sixes Six Gun (Sixes Pick x Sixes Playguy s Playgun), a 2006 stallion, owned by Crofoot & Sandhill Ranches GP and ridden by Tripp Townsend, was the Top WRCA/Top AQHA Horse."

Inside cover of America's Horse.

Tripp and Red roping in the doctoring at Amarillo.

The story about Tripp.......

Speaking of Top Horse, that honor went to Sixes Sixgun, ridden by Tripp Townsend of Sandhill Cattle Co. in Earth, Texas. The now 5-year-old gray stallion also was named the top American Quarter Horse in the rodeo, an award sponsored by AQHA, and he won the junior division and the overall championship in the ranch horse competition sponsored by the Ranch Horse Association of America, which is one of AQHA's alliance partners.

Sixes Sixgun is owned in partnership by Crofoot & Sandhill Ranches GP, and Tripp calls him "Crofoot."

During the WCRR awards banquet, Tripp made his way to the podium several times and left with quite a haul of swag, including a new belt buckle, a bronze trophy, a silver-conchoed bit, a custom headstall and more.

Perhaps even more impressive, though, were the horses going home with him. besides Sixes Sixgun, there was also Hoorey, a son of Dual Rey whom Tripp won two RHAA world titles on last year, and Heza Jewel Cat, who won the overal ranch horse championship at the 2009 WCRR.

With all of his horses, Tripp uses them in his daily work, which right now cinsists of riding feedlot pens and then checking cattle grazing on wheat pastures, roping and doctoring any sick ones.

"In the meantime, I try to teach them a little bit of what I've learned, how to bridle up and change leads and turn around. I just try to incorporate all that as I'm using them." Tripp says.

The championship ranch rodeo actually marked the sixth time Crofoot was named top horse at a ranch rodeo in 2010. He is qualified for the RHAA world finals and the AQHA Pfizer Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show in March in Houston.

Crofoot is by Sixes Pick, a Versatility Ranch Horse world champion bred and owned by the Four Sixes Ranch of Guthrie, Texas. His dam is a daughter of Playgun, who won more than $168,000 in National Cutting Association competition.

The family of horses certainly has winning ways, but so does Tripp's family. His 14-year-old daughter, Autumn, won the senior youth division of the cow horse championship at the WCRR riding Hoorey. And Tripp's brother-in-law, Riley Smith, was named top hand of the rodeo.

1 comment:

Jacque said...

Thanks for sharing this. Great to see the pictures and hear the scoop!