James O’Brien and Quails Yellow Berry earned the honor of Reserve World Champion in Amateur Tiedown Calf Roping at the 2015 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show. The finals took place Nov. 20 at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
O’Brien showed in the preliminaries the previous Wednesday to advance to the finals competition. The preliminaries narrowed the competition from 42 horse and rider combinations to the top 15. Those 15 competed in the finals.
Quails Yellow Berry is a 5-year-old palomino stallion that was bred and raised by Morgan O’Brien of Beeville. The horse was started and trained by James O’Brien.
“He excelled from the very beginning. He was easy to start as a 2-year-old, easy to train and easy to show. I’m just blessed to have been the trainer that got to ride him,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien and Quails Yellow Berry also won third place in the Open Junior Horse Tiedown Roping L2 Division. Horses 5 years of age and under compete in the Open Junior division.
Between the two wins, the horse and rider team won a sterling silver buckle, a trophy, a bronze, a medal, a saddle pad and more than $2,400.
When asked about the stallion’s future, O’Brien said, “He’s a great horse. He’s fun to look at, but we can’t just stand a horse like this up in the barn and look at him. We’ll rodeo on him some. We might start him in another event, maybe even show him some more. But I’m most excited about riding his colts. His first foal crop is due in a couple months. I guess that is what I’m most eager about—our plan for standing him as a stallion.”
Horses in the tiedown calf roping are scored on their quality of maneuvers in a calf roping run. The horse is judged on how well it stands in the box and handles the barrier, its ability to run and catch the calf quickly while rating properly, the quality of the stop, and how well the horse works the rope once the calf is caught.
Thousands of people from all over the United States and around the world compete each year at the AQHA World Show. All competitors must qualify for the World Show based on the point system dictated by the American Quarter Horse Association.
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