Evans City horse wins world title
Butler Eagle
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December 5, 2012

EVANS CITY — Somebodys Riata is somebody, indeed.

The 9-year-old bay mare, owned by Bob and Katie Jamison of Evans City, recently won her second world title in as many years at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.

The horse won the open team penning championship last year. This year, she won in the open ranch sorting division.

Both years, Somebodys Riata teamed with Swinglo, a 2004 sorrel mare shown by owner Justin Underwood of New Summerfield, Texas.

“There were 81 two-horse teams in this competition,” Katie Jamison said. “To win a world championship two years in a row. ... It’s thrilling.”

The Jamisons had been in the horse business for 35 years before having a horse win a world championship.

Louis Saggione III of Jacksonville, Texas — who the Jamisons bought Somebodys Riata from — showed the horse during the competition.

Team penning is about horses rounding up cattle in a pen 50 feet long and getting them “penned” into another pen — through a 12- to 16-foot gate — within a timed period. Ranch sorting is a similar process, only getting the cattle penned in numerical order.

“The cattle are numbered and you don’t know what number you’re starting with until they call it out to you,” Bob Jamison said.

Somebodys Riata and Swinglo wound up penning 18 cattle — 10 in the first round, eight in the second — to beat out the second-place duo by one second.

The horses competed in ranch sorting last year and placed sixth. This year, they “trashed out” in team penning.

“We had a bad cow that wasn’t cooperating, so we had no time,” Jamison said. “A lot of time, it’s luck of the draw, what head of cattle you’re dealing with.”

By winning the team penning title last year, Somebodys Riata and Swinglo automatically qualified for the world championships in that division this year.

They qualified for ranch sorting by accumulating points at AQHA shows during the year.

“It’s a process,” Jamison said. “You have to invest a lot of time and travel.”

The Jamisons take horses to Illinois, Indiana and Texas to compete during the year. The first show in 2013 is in Denver, Colo., in January. Jamison said plans are in the works to make that show “if the weather isn’t too bad.”

The Jamisons own six horses and all but one compete.

Entry fee for a show is $500 and total fees, including use of a stall, can exceed $1,000.

Total prize purse for the ranch sorting competition in Oklahoma City exceeded $88,000. The first-place prize pool was $18,000.

The overall AQHA World Championship Show featured 3,593 entries from 49 states, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. There were 97 world championships awarded.

The show took place Nov. 2-17.

“It’s a true world event,” Jamison said. “It’s a real grind and sense of accomplishment to win it.”