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2017 AQHA/PRCA HORSES OF THE YEAR


At the end of each rodeo year, the top timed-event American Quarter Horses are nominated and voted on by the top 25 pro rodeo contestants in Barrel Racing, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Roping, Heading, Heeling and Steer Wrestling. Listed below are the 2017 winners in each event.

2017 AQHA/PRCA STEER WRESTLING Horse of the Year: CANTED PLAN (aka “Scooter”)

The Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year is CANTED PLAN (“Scooter”), who is by UP IN YOUR FACE and out of GAMBLER SPEED LINE by CRYSTAL GAMBLER. Scooter is owned by Tyler Pearson and Kyle Irwin. Pearson enters his second NFR third in the world standings, and Irwin is 11th. “Scooter is a one-of-a-kind horse.”, Irwin said. “He has a personality. He’s a winner.” Courtesy AQHA (Dan Hubbell photos)


2017 AQHA/PRCA TIE-DOWN ROPING Horse of the Year: SIMON COW (aka “Si”)

Shane Hanchey’s Simon Cow (“Si”) claimed top Tie-Down-Roping horse honors. By DUAL PEP and out of BINGO LEGACY by BINGO HICKORY, Si has been Hanchey’s partner since May 2015, and he helped Hanchey finish third in the regular season world standings and qualify for his eighth career NFR. “He’s an easy-going horse who doesn’t care about anything, and he got this Horse of the Year honor because any style of roper can win on him and he’s good at any setup.”Courtesy AQHA (Dan Hubbell photos)


2017 AQHA/WPRA BARREL RACING Horse of the Year: RAFTER W MINI REBA (aka “Sister”)

In Barrel Racing, it was Sam Williams’ RAFTER W MINI REBA (“Sister”) who took top honors. “Sister” is a 2008 home-bred blue roan mare by KS CASH N FAME and out of ESPUELA ROAN by BLUE LIGHT IKE. – Courtesy AQHA (Dan Hubbell photos)


2017 AQHA/PRCA STEER ROPING Horse of the Year: CAROLS SASSY DOC (aka “Salty”)

The Steer Roping horse that took the top spot was John Bland’s CAROLS SASSY DOC (“Salty”), by POCO SASSY DOC and out of RSI CAROL by PEPPY TAITO. “Salty” is 16 years old, and Bland has owned him his entire life.“This is unbelievable to know that we’ve been together this long and that everybody thinks as much of him as I do.”, Bland said. – Courtesy AQHA (Dan Hubbell photos)


2017 AQHA/PRCA TEAM ROPING Head Horse of the Year: MADISON OAK (aka “Clint”)

On the Heading side of Team Roping, Chad Masters’ horse MADISON OAK (“Clint”) is the Head Horse of the Year. “Clint”, who is by SON OF OAK and out of FREDDIES BABY DOLL by DOC FRECKLE, is an 11-year-old gelding Masters has owned since the horse was 4. Masters and his partner, Travis Graves, had a strong regular season, which included Masters riding Clint to the win at California Rodeo Salinas. Masters, a two-time world champion (2007, 2012), is headed to his 11th NFR and enters Las Vegas this year at seventh in the world standings. – Courtesy AQHA (Dan Hubbell photos)


2017 AQHA/PRCA TEAM ROPING Heel Horse of the Year: ZANS COLONEL SHINE (aka “Colonel”)

This year, the lone repeat champion was Heel Horse ZANS COLONEL SHINE (“Colonel”), who is by ZANS DIAMOND SHINE and out of FOXY ANGELO by COL J JIGGER. Heeler, Jake Long, owns the horse with his wife, Tasha. “It means a lot to me and my family. Any time people recognize your animal with something like this (Horse of the Year), it makes you feel good.”, Long said. “Colonel is good in every setup. I can ride him anywhere from Salinas to the (Thomas & Mack Center) at the NFR. He never costs me money, and it is never his fault. The cool thing about him is he really likes to go and compete.”Courtesy AQHA (Dan Hubbell photos)