Horsepower of The Daddy 2023: Pedigrees of Every Horse in Rodeo’s Most Cowboy Setup’s Top 12
Yes, the draw is STACKED for the Cheyenne Frontier Days' Finals. But so is the horsepower.
Erich Rogers Paul Eaves Cheyenne team roping 2023
Rogers spins a semifinals-winning steer for Paul Eaves June 28, 2023. | TRJ File Photo by Click Thompson

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.


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

Desert Jack Rabbit Dylin Ahlstrom

Edgar Antonio Aguilar and Edgar Villegas


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.

Time to Smoke NB

Corben Duane Culley and Blayne Horne

HEAD HORSE: JK Son Of Skippy

JK Sun Of Skippy

HEEL HORSE: Jaxs High Brow Cat

Jaxs High Brow Cat Blayne Horne Heel Horse

JR Dees and Ross Ashford

HEAD HORSE: Famous Dillon

Famous Dillon Appaloosa JR Dees


Remix MR JB 0839 Ross Ashford Heel Horse

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.

SeenMyShareOfFlit Mitch Barney Head Horse by Lions Share Of Fame

HEEL HORSE: MC HickoryWithStyle

MC HickoryWithStyle by Hickory Holly Time

Billy Bob Brown and Kirby Blankenship

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.

Going Where Its Hot Billy Bob Brown

HEEL HORSE: Mr Spanish Ray

MR Spanish Ray Kirby Blankenship Heel Horse

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira

HEAD HORSE: Chics Like Hickey

Kaleb Driggers head horse Oliver Chics Like HIckey

HEEL HORSE: Kiehnes Frosty Pepto

Kiehnes Frosty Pepto Junior Nogueira Heel Horse Pedigree

Curry Kirchner and Billie Jack Saebens


Jaxs JoJo Curry Kirchner

HEEL HORSE: Metallic Twist

Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins


Rljcashnczechtafame Andrew Ward Grey Head Horse


Clayton VanAken and Cullen Teller


Note: VanAken’s horse is unregistered, but the lineage is known.

JB Hooker Clayton VanAken

HEEL HORSE: A ThirtyEightSpecial

Erich Rogers and Paul Eaves


Apolo Oak Paul Eaves Cole Davison
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