member takes top spot in national team-roping competition
WORTH, Texas-American Paint Horse Association (APHA) member Scottie
Hairston and his Paint Horse, Docs Too Boots, took the top spot
recently in the amateur category at the United States Team Roping
Championship (USTRC) National Finals, earning him almost $40,000
of Henegar, Ala., won first place in the number nine Shoot-Out at
the competition, which was held in Oklahoma City, Okla., Oct. 27-Nov.
3. In addition to his USTRC earnings, Hairston earned another $1,500
awarded by APHA as part of its "Catch for Cash" program.
the toughest competition I've seen," Hairston said. "Luckily,
my horse makes up for a lot of my mistakes."
for Cash" offers $1,500 incentive bonuses to the owner of the
highest money-earning APHA-registered Paint at the USTRC competition
in what APHA has broken down into the professional, amateur and
novice categories. The professional category includes Open and #11
ropings, while the amateur competition includes the #9, #8, and
#7 ropings. The novice competition includes the #6, #5 and #4 ropings.
A $500 bonus is also given to the owner of the highest money-earning
Paint in the competition's All-Girl Championship.
all, APHA gave away $4,500 at the competition, including $1,500
awarded to Roger Swaim of Gentry, Ark., and his Paint, Weedeater,
for winning $8,000 in the novice category and to Shawn Sullivan
and his Paint, Speckled Hank, of Wellston, Okla., for winning $1,300
in the professional category. Only Regular registry Paints Horses
are eligible for the "Catch for Cash" program.
a pretty tough competition, but I like that," Swaim said. "But
what's really amazing is my horse. I've won $40,000 on him already
a black tobiano stallion, was only supposed to be a backup horse
because Swain's regular competition horse was injured.
Weedeater's the one winning all the money," Swain said.
roping - a premiere rodeo sport
Team roping is a timed event in which a steer is released from a
chute and given a head start down an arena. Two riders on horses
follow. The first roper, called the "header," secures
the front end of the steer by roping him around the horns or neck.
The second roper, the "heeler," finishes the run by roping
the steer around its hind feet. It has evolved throughout the years
to be one of the most popular rodeo sports. For more information
on team roping, visit USTRC's Web site at www.USTRC.com.
APHA and Paints
Since its founding 40 years ago, APHA has registered more than 700,000
horses. Currently, American Paint Horses are being registered at
APHA's Fort Worth, Texas, headquarters at a rate of about 60,000
horses each year. The association serves more than 105,000 members,
who are located in every U.S. state, throughout Canada and in 34
other nations around the world.
employs 155 people and has an operating budget of $15 million for
the many qualities that make Paint Horses desirable are their sound
conformation, versatile athletic ability, intelligence, calm temperament,
willing disposition and beautiful coat color patterns. For more
information about the American Paint Horse and APHA, visit www.apha.com
, or call (817) 834-2742..