Original Publication: Oct. 29, 2020
This is a special edition of “The Score” from the American Rope Horse Futurity Association. The ARHFA’s World Championships ran Oct. 21–23, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. In its fourth edition, it did not disappoint.
This year it paid out over $580,000. For most of the event Trevor Brazile lead the pack aboard 5-year-old Starlights Gypsy bred gelding named American Greed, owned and trained by Lari Dee Guy. When all the flags had fallen Dakota Kirchenschlager and the 4-year-old son of Cat Ichi, named X My Ich, owned by Happy, Texas, roper Darren Johnson, was the ARHFA’s World Champion Head Horse. It was the first win for Dakota, a guy who gave up ProRodeo to train rope horses. He’s a three-time NFR heeler and he was a ball of emotion after his win.
The heel side was a whole different ball game than in the heading. It was a knife fight in the short round between Joseph Harrison, Cade Ride and Wesley Thorp, but Wesley never faltered and he won a title aboard his horse Juiced Up Cat, whom he owns in partnership with Chris Pomeroy. This horse was unreal and Wesley showed him like a true, finished horse.
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