Horse riders from around the region galloped into Johnson Performance Horses Sunday for a Versatility Ranch Horse Competition.
The event was in partnership with the Oklahoma Stock Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Association. Called the “Fall Buckle,” it was part of a series of three events throughout this year, preceded by the Spring Buckle and
Riders are judged on ranch riding, pleasure riding, working cow and reining in accordance with OSHA and AQHA standards.
Kim Johnson, who owns Johnson Performance Horses with her husband, Andy, said they had about 60 entries in the competition Sunday, but said that number can soar up to 80 horse riders.
“Riders are judged on performance and what we call conformation,” Kim said, describing the different ways riders are expected to conduct themselves with their horses.
Lane Johnson of Ardmore, 15, won the Youth Show division of the three categories in the Versatility Ranch Horse Competition. He was awarded an engraved, metal trophy of a horse crafted by the AQHA.
Johnson said riders are expected to go through several different classes and competitions in order to strive for a perfect score of 70 points amassed from all the events.
“I had to go through several classes and aspects today to win this,” Lane said.
Cowboy church services, clinics and additional cattle works were conducted before Sunday’s competitions. Kim is glad she and her husband’s facility are able to host such a series of events.
“It’s very nice for all these riders to come out here,” she said. “We get to work on all these different things with them.”