The 2023 Cheyenne Frontier Days team roping short round is jam-packed with top head and heel horses, as well as some up-and-coming talent by top stallions in the industry.
The horses in the Cheyenne Frontier Days team roping short round range from 4 (the heel horse ridden by Edgar Villegas to 15 (the heel horse ridden by Ross Ashford), and as you may have guessed, there’s lots of run on the head-horse side of the game. Plus, there’s plenty of little-known or grade horses mixed in. Here’s a full, team-by-team pedigree breakdown in the order in which they’ll rope today.
Bubba Buckaloo and JR Gonzales
HEAD HORSE: Brooks Feature
Note: This horse has $5,250 won in AQHA racing, with one win and two seconds and a speed index of 88.
HEEL HORSE: ASAP
Note: 10-year-old grade gelding bought by JR’s dad as a $1,200 yearling in Laredo, Texas.
Matt Sherwood and Dylin Ahlstrom
HEAD HORSE: Rockets Rose
Note: This mare—who Sherwood calls “Bay Mare” is a maternal half-sister to his world-champion mount Nickolas, and Sherwood sold her to Kaleb Driggers in 2022. Sherwood bought her back after winning the Ariat World Series of Team Roping’s Title Fights as he decided to go back to the head side.
HEEL HORSE: Desert Jack Rabbit
Edgar Antonio Aguilar and Edgar Villegas
HEAD HORSE: Big Foot
NOTE: A palomino gelding, 11-year-old Big Foot is grade.
HEEL HORSE: Time To Smoke NB
Note: This is the youngest horse in the 2023 CFD Short-Round field, ridden by the youngest heeler in the Finals, too.
Corben Duane Culley and Blayne Horne
HEAD HORSE: JK Son Of Skippy
HEEL HORSE: Jaxs High Brow Cat
JR Dees and Ross Ashford
HEAD HORSE: Famous Dillon
HEEL HORSE: Mr JB 0839
Mitch Barney and J.W. Nelson
HEAD HORSE: SeenMyShareOfFlit
Note: This is a paternal sibling to JR Dees Famous Dillon, who’s also in the CFD Finals. He’s the youngest head horse in the mix.
HEEL HORSE: MC HickoryWithStyle
HEAD HORSE: Going Where Its Hot
Note: This horse is a maternal sibling to the Relentless Remuda’s Uno Joe 017, who Kaleb Driggers bought after the horse won $14,000 in limited futurity appearances and is now under the ownership of Shane Boston and ridden by Billie Jack Saebens. He’s also the maternal sibling to Jackie Crawford’s Gypsy Roulette, who Crawford rodeoed on her in 2022, and who Blaine Cox shows in AQHA competition now.
HEEL HORSE: Mr Spanish Ray
Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira
HEAD HORSE: Chics Like Hickey
HEEL HORSE: Kiehnes Frosty Pepto
Curry Kirchner and Billie Jack Saebens
HEAD HORSE: Jaxs JoJo
HEEL HORSE: Metallic Twist
Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins
HEAD HORSE: RLJCashNCzechTaFame
HEEL HORSE: JAJ Dual Rey Pete
Clayton VanAken and Cullen Teller
HEAD HORSE: JB Hooker
Note: VanAken’s horse is unregistered, but the lineage is known.