The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association released their list of the top horses of the 2018 rodeo season in conjunction with AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association. The Cowboys are just one part of the equation; without their trusty horses at their side, most of the rodeo events could never happen. The 2018 National Finals Rodeo will feature many of these incredible horses and it is always an event that no rodeo fan will want to miss out on.
The PRCA and AQHA have been co-hosting the award since 1989 and it is now a time-honored tradition between the two groups. The horses are nominated by fans, riders, or owners which ensures that only the best horses have a chance to win. The horses are then voted on by the top 25 riders in their respective events. This gives the horses a fair and equal chance at winning their own event. There are six different rodeo events where a horse can win the honor.
The PRCA will be hosting the PRCA Awards Banquet to honor the best of the best in 2018 in rodeo. The banquet to honor the horses will be at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas on December 5th, the night before the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo begins. The event is filled with great categories and awards for the year’s best cowboys.
The first place winner receives $5,000 and a bronze statue with the AQHA named attached honoring the horse’s win for the year. Second and third place receive $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.
Owners and riders are thrilled to be included in the prestigious event and the cash prize is an added bonus that helps ensure that their horses are kept in tip-top shape. There are two horses this year that have won in previous years. The heel horse Zans Colonel Shine will claim his third victory in a row which is extremely impressive. While steer wrestling horse Canted Plan is claiming his second victory in a row.
You can check out most of these horses at the 2018 NFR in Las Vegas from December 6th to the 15th. There are rodeo events every single night so you can see your favorite horse compete for $10 million dollars in prize money. The top 15 cowboys are invited to compete in their respective rodeo event and try to win a world title.
Check out the top three in each category below:
- RK Tuff Trinket (“Bob”), owner/rider: Riley Minor
- Tuffys Badger Chex (“Badger”), rider: Kolton Schmidt; owner: Ronald Schmidt
- Pepinic Buck (“Festus”), rider: Rhen Richard; owner: A & C Racing & Roping
- Zans Colonel Shine (“Colonel”), rider: Jake Long; owner: Jake & Tasha Long
- Lula Dual (“Lula”), rider: Joseph Harrison; owner: AQHA Professional Horseman Bobby Lewis
- Leos Highbrow (“Sug”), owner/rider: Brady Minor
- Little Smart Leo (“Big Time”), owner/rider: Tyler Milligan
- Lights On CD (“Patron”), rider: Richard Rhen; owner: A & C Racing & Roping
- Arrogant Cutter (“Snoopy”), owner/rider: Ryan Jarrett
- Cooperslittletoy (“Cooper”), owner/rider: Chris Glover
- Sixs Rowdy Man (“Lawdog”), rider, Jarrett Blessing; owner: Jarrett & Jessica Blessing
- At War Leo (“Punchy”), owner/rider: Cody Lee
- Canted Plan (“Scooter”), riders: Tyler Pearson, Kyle Irwin, Tyler Waguespack, Justin Shaffer, owners: Tyler Pearson/Kyle Irwin
- RGR Ryon (“Maverick”), riders: Tom Lewis, plus several others; owner: Peggy Lewis
- Famous Hot Chick (“Holly”), riders: Chason Floyd, Tanner Brunner, others; owner: R2m2z
- DM Sissy Hayday (“Sister”), rider: Hailey Kinsel; owner: Dan & Leslie Kinsel
- KN Fabs Gift Of Fame (“JLo”), rider: Ivy Conrado; owners: Kenny Nichols & James Barron
- Rafter W Minnie Reba (“Sister”), rider: Nellie Miller; owner: Sam Williams