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2016 Super Horse Challenge Recap

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

The 3rd annual Routier Ranch Super Horse Challenge has come and gone, and a great time was had by all! It was super exciting for us to see our very own Riley Routier and Cayennes Classic (Classy) win the event this year, just 6 seconds ahead of Billy Myers on Irish Colors. We also had three very tough youth competitors entered this year- Jada Maher and her horse Superstar Frost placed 7th overall, and Clancy Reimler and Colton Turbiville ran right with the competition as well! We hope to see all of them back in the years to come.

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

We know every ‘super horse’ has a great story behind them… Classy’s journey with us began when she was 4 years old. She was up for sale because her owner had lost her battle with breast cancer, leaving her brother with a horse that he did not need. We saw an ad for Classy on Facebook and drove to Wright, WY and picked her up. A little over a year later, our daughter Payton, who was 5, trick rode on 5-year-old Classy at a few rodeos, including the Badlands Circuit Finals. Classy never faltered. Our kids have done everything on her, on the ranch and in the arena. Super Horse sponsor Westergren Quarter Horse’s Gary Westergren has even ridden Classy, when we were in Arizona in 2013- the only horse he’s ridden in many many years. In 2015, Lonnie Richards competed on Classy in the Super Horse Challenge and finished in 8th place, and this year she and Riley were able to win the title.

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

If you are unfamiliar with the super horse challenge, contestants entered in the competition compete in 5 different events, with the goal of having their horse be named the Champion Super Horse. The same person has to ride the horse in all 5 events, so the rider’s versatility really comes into play as well. Events they compete in include heading, heeling, breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing, thus making it a contest that both men and women will be competitive in.

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

Seventeen contestants from South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana competed in this year’s Super Horse Challenge and over $7,500 in cash and prizes was awarded, thanks to our sponsors-CLARK & ASSOCIATES, WESTERGREN QUARTER HORSES, MEYER FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, DAKOTA WESTERN BANK, RAHN PERFORMANCE EQUINE, SABO RIDGE RANCH, DE TYE VET SUPPLY, BUFFALO HARDWARE, BUFFALO RANCH SUPPLY, JAEGER HORSE SHOEING, IRELAND PERFORMANCE HORSES, TOP PERFORMANCE EQUINE, COW CHIP CREATIONS, and LYNN WEISHAAR, AUCTIONEER.

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

In an area where there are many great breeding and training programs, the Super Horse Challenge is a great way for people to showcase their horses and programs. We are looking forward to next year, and dates will be released soon! Full results are below, but first, thank you SO much to everyone who has helped and supported our event the past three years: Gary Westergren, Dean Meyer, Matt & Carmen Gilbert, Terry & Laurie Goehring, Jon & Shelly Mueller, Brian & Barb Williams, Taylor Vroman, Kevin & Audrey Rahn, Will & Jen Meyer, Kelli Britton, Amanda Njos, Marcus Muller, Joaquin, Alex and everyone who entered… thank you!

Results:

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

BARREL RACING
Sponsored by Meyer Family Chiropractic
1. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 35.80
2. Jessica Holmes & Gay Lean Tari 36.49
3. Colton Turbiville & Rosebuds 36.96
4. Riley Routier & Cayennes Classic 37.29
5. Glen Lammers & Frenchmans Leo 37.79

BREAKAWAY ROPING
Sponsored by Clark & Associates
1. Casey Reimler & Casey’s Cookie 4.9
2. Glen Lammers & Frenchmans Leo 5.87
3. Jessica Holmes & Gay Lean Tari 7.38
4. Ty Thybo & Tees Bay 7.63
5. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 7.9

HEADING
Sponsored by Dakota Western Bank
1. Kevin Rahn & CA Roan Talon 17.41
2. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 18.47

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

3. Riley Routier & Cayennes Classic 18.88
4. Billy Myers & Irish Colors 19.03
5. Jessica Holmes & Gay Lean Tari 20.75

HEELING
Sponsored by Clark & Associates
1. Seth Weishaar & Goldens Little Boy 15.00
2. Kevin Rahn & CA Roan Talon 20.72
3. Tucker Dale & Oh Miss Kita 28.31
4. Riley Routier & Cayennes Classic 28.88
5. Glen Lammers & Frenchmans Leo 32.44

GOAT TYING
Sponsored by Lynn Weishaar Auctioneer
1. Casey Reimler & Casey’s Cookie 15.46
2. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 19.25
3. Jessica Routier & Royals Barbie King 19.52
4. Riley Routier & Cayennes Classic 20.94
5. Clancy Reimler & Smart Bob Badger 23.51

SUPER HORSE
Sponsored by Westergren Quarter Horses

Photo by Audrey Rahn.

1. Riley Routier & Cayennes Classic 126.243
2. Billy Myers & Irish Colors 132.487
3. Jessica Holmes & Gay Lean Tari 138.065
4. Seth Weishaar & Goldens Little Boy 156.019
5. Kevin Rahn & CA Roan Talon 165.9
6. Glen Lammers & Frenchmans Leo 177.566
7. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 186.776
8. Tucker Dale & Oh Miss Kita 198.42
9. Kevin Jaeger & Billfold 218.983
10. Ty Thybo 240.705

HI-POINT YOUTH CONTESTANTS
1. Jada Maher & Superstar Frost 186.776
2. Clancy Reimler & Smart Bob Badger 282.339
3. Colton Turbiville & Rosebuds 312.

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