2011 Youth World
Colton Bound of Deerfield, Wisconsin, ropes on Bound to Whiz to claim a world championship in heading August 13 at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
by Holly ClanahanThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Eighteen-year-old Colton Bound of Deerfield, Wisconsin, is a pretty quick study.
Showing at his first Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, on board a horse he has only been riding regularly for a month and a half, Colton won the world championship in heading August 13.
“I was riding a horse we call ‘W,’ Colton told the Journal, talking about Bound To Whiz. “He’s a 6-year-old horse, we raised him at our house. He’s a good horse. …. He’s a fast horse. He’s just comfortable to rope on. You can go out there, and he’s dependable. You know he’s not going to do anything wrong. He just goes out there and does it the same every time.”
Colton’s little brother and sister, who are 8 and 4, also ride W, and Colton’s dad, Jim, uses him as a turnback horse in cutting. Jim qualified the gelding for the Adequan Select World Championship Show, and just an hour or so before the championship heading run, Colton and W placed seventh in tie-down roping.
The gelding is by the reining horse Who Whiz It and out of Not Dun Cookin by Smart Peppy Lena.
Colton also ropes at high school rodeos and competed last month at the National High School Finals Rodeo.
To stay sharp, “it’s just me and dad (practicing). We rope every day at home, getting ready for the horse shows,” Colton says. “I’ve been roping about five years now. … I love roping.”
Joking about the success he enjoyed on his maiden voyage to the Ford Youth World, Colton said, “It was a good deal. I might come back.” Also August 13, he placed sixth in breakaway roping on Varmits Rosie.
But the world-class suspense when the placings were called out was a little nerve-wracking.
“I was a little nervous and got real nervous standing out there when it was just me and Thompson,” Colton said, referring to Thompson Berryhill, last year’s heading world champion who earned reserve this year. “He made a good run, and the judges liked my horse a little better, I guess, but (they’re) both good horses. I was just hoping I’d place, I didn’t know I was going to win it.”
Nerves weren’t a factor, though, as Colton went down the alley, preparing to enter the Jim Norick Arena.
“I don’t really get nervous before I run. I just focus on what I have to do, think about all my fundamentals, think about what has to be done to make the run happen.”
Colton is now on to college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and he plans to rope at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and other ropings.