by Jody ReynoldsThe American Quarter Horse Journal
In the blink of an eye, Cody Glover and HR Dun Charcoalin caught their calf for the world championship title. (Journal photo)
A beat of the heart. A snap of the fingers. A blink of an eye. That’s the amount of time it took Guthrie, Oklahoma, cowboy Cody Glover to rope his calf in the November 8, 2012, amateur breakaway roping finals.
He roped in a record-shattering 1.48 seconds to take the gold trophy in a class of 31 qualifiers.
The previous fastest amateur breakaway roping time on record was set in 2001 by John Denney riding IR Chex Gambrel.
“It feels pretty good,” Cody said. “There's really not much to it. I just rope as fast as I can, and that’s it. It felt pretty fast.”
Cody has been riding “Zoro,” a 2003 brown gelding by Shiners Charcoal and out of Dun Roan, for six years.
This is Cody’s second world championship; he and Zoro teamed up to win the title back in 2008. Cody also boasts two reserve world championships, one earned in youth breakaway roping in 2005 and another in youth stake race in 2002.