Journal at the World

August 28, 2013

Father and Son Cow Horses

This 11-year veteran of the Adequan Select World competes on two sorrels, who happen to share more than just a coat color.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal

Bruce Hasbrouck

Bruce Hasbrouck slides to a stop on Teninolenas Angel in the reining preliminaries. Bruce didn't make it back in reining, but he made it to the ranch pleasure finals. (Journal photo)

It’s a father-and-son reunion in the stalls at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show.

An 18-year-old father and his 4-year-old son are competing on level ground this week in Amarillo in reining and working cow horse. They’re riding the same ground, and they have the same rider – owner Bruce Hasbrouck of Titusville, Pennsylvania.

The father, Teninolenas Angel, is an accomplished working cow horse with $24,878 in National Reined Cow Horse Association earnings and several top-10 placings at the Adequan Select World.

The son, McCowy, is an up-and-coming youngster just off serious training with AQHA Professional Horseman Jay Holmes of Sarasota, Florida.

“His education is complete,” Bruce says with a laugh. “Now we’ll haul the two of them routinely until this old guy isn’t competitive or physically able. He’s 18 and still all right at this point. He’s served me well.”

Bruce wasn’t looking for a new horse when he found the old man.

“I always say he was a gift from God,” Bruce says. “I was in Oklahoma City and saw Shelly Fitzgerald on him and struck up a conversation. I found out the horse had already beaten me a couple of times in cow horse.”

Bruce asked his friend, Dick Rosell of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, also a cow horse competitor, for advice.

“So Dick watches a little bit and he says to me, ‘You know, that’s a really nice horse,’ ” Bruce relates. “So that kinda reinforced the idea that maybe I better take him home, so that’s what happened. I paid way too much for him, I understand, but I would do it all again.”

Teninolenas Angel is a 1995 sorrel stallion by Teninolena Badger and out of Docs Dainty Angel by Docs Super Quincy. He was bred by Doren Ellis of Bothell, Washington.

“I’d mortgage the house to get another one like him,” Bruce says.

Instead, he bred his Dualin Gun mare Dualin Peppy Royale to his stallion to produce McCowy, a chestnut gelding who originally had a different name.

“You can’t name a horse something like McCowy until you see what he’s like,” Bruce says. “I changed it before we ever showed because Jay’s first comment to my friend Dick was, ‘This horse is really cowy.’ He’d only had him a month or two.”

Bruce, who grew up in western Pennsylvania working his father’s commercial cattle, has been at every Adequan Select World since the event began, always competing in working cow horse and occasionally reining. This year, he’ll add ranch pleasure as well.

“I like it,” he says. “I think it’s good for the horse. It’s good for the rider who is primarily in one other event. It’s good to go out there and do the other things and maybe make yourself better rounded and the horse better rounded.”

Bruce didn’t make the finals in working cow horse, but he won’t be blaming either of his horses.

“I’ll blame it all on myself,” Bruce says. “I always consider myself the weak link. I don’t blame it on the horses.

“I don’t see that they fault me that often.”