Riley Chown and Short And Royal make a hard turn on the fence in working cow horse August 10 at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
After two years of qualifying for the finals but never placing in the top 10, Riley Chown of Gainesville, Texas, beat a path to victory August 10 in working cow horse at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
“It felt great (to win this year),” Riley said. “(In the past), I’d win the go-round and then do no good in the finals.”
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Riley’s explosive run on Short And Royal netted her a 211 in the dry work and a 227 in the cow work.
“In the reining, my mare was really good today,” she said. “I just had to focus on getting her through and smooth – that’s the thing with her, you’ve just got to keep everything smooth, because she’s so aggressive and tries so hard all the time. Then when I got my cow out there, he didn’t come at me like the one yesterday did, so I just really got up there in the middle of everything and let my mare work. She’s so aggressive on a cow. She just really takes initiative on everything, so I just let her have it and she did the rest.”
Short And Royal is a 2002 bay mare by Short Oak and out of Haidas Royal Bay by Haidas Little Pep. She was bred by Linda Wacker of Argyle, Texas. In 2007, she was third at the AQHA World Championship Show in junior working cow horse, and she has earned $133,079 in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition.
Most of that money came with Riley’s dad, Robert, aboard, but Riley has done her share of winning with the mare.
“My dad trained her, and he did good at Reno (in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity) on her,” Riley said. “I’ve won a world title on her before in NRCHA. She’s just been a great mare for our family. She’s 11 years old now, and she’s nowhere near done. I just love her. She’s great. She’s one of a kind.”
Riley’s first world championship in AQHYA competition comes just three weeks before Riley leaves for college, where she will study marketing and compete in breakaway and barrel racing for Weatherford College in Texas.