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Betsy Carter’s Horse Scene: Naylors rope two crowns
The American Quarter Horse Congress, the world championship show of quarter horses, was held the first three weeks in October in Columbus, Ohio.
An event not much reported on, the cinch dummy roping contest, was won by two young boys, Trevor and Tanner Naylor of Maryland. These two outroped competitors from all over the world, including the United States, Canada and Mexico. Tanner, 8, competed in the 8-and-under division while 10-year-old Tanner triumphed in the 9–12 division.
In the opening round, each contestant makes two loop tosses at the dummy steer—a plastic steer head mounted on a bale of hay. The 8-and-under competitors who rope the steer both times advance to the second round, which limits rides to just one throw. The 9–12 competitors who rope the steer twice in the first round advance straight to the finals.
The finals test competitors on strength and accuracy. A distance line is marked and the line is moved back farther and farther from the steer for each successful contestant. The contestant who makes the farthest successful loop is the winner.
In both age divisions the Naylor boys won, taking home ribbons and saddles as prizes. Both boys attributed lots of practice to their wins, and both boys plan to move on to roping real steers from horseback soon. Their father, Tim, competed at the Congress in the tie down roping classic and placed seventh and will continue to coach at home the boys, who already practice roping steers from horseback.
Oct. 20: BBHSA; Lake of the Woods; Silver Lining; Sunrise HT, CT, Dressage.
Oct. 21: Hazelwild; Moriah; Speakeasy; GRHSA; Silver Lining.
Oct. 23–28: Washington International Horse Show
Oct. 27: Whitestone; Coventry; Evergreen Dressage; Willow Way Dressage.
Oct. 28: BHSA Hunter Classic
Betsy Carter can be reached at The Free Lance–Star, 616 Amelia St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401; or by fax at 540/373-8455.