Do you have to come from south of the Red River to score big at the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association’s 2012 Annual Fall Show and Celebration in Ava, Missouri? No, but it sure doesn’t seem to hurt.
Harry Patterson (Wichita Falls), president of Patterson Kia of Arlington and Patterson Auto Group in Wichita Falls and Bowie, teamed up with fellow Texan, Billy Ray McCalip (Iowa Park), and Missourians Janet Johnson and Wade Hightower to show Patterson’s 4P’s Ranch horses to an unprecedented number of wins at the show. The group won nine World Championships, six Reserve World Championships, four Reserve World Grand Championships, and the coveted Open Versatility World Grand Championship at the prestigious Missouri Fox Trotter world show, held September 2-8. Johnson also captured the 3-Year-Old Boss Man Futurity win, as well as the Open Hi-Point Speedhorse title.
“It takes teamwork to win like this. People don’t realize how many World Champion wins you have to have to get a World Grand Championship or Reserve World Grand Championship,” Patterson said. Patterson knows how to build a good team. His friend and trainer, Billy Ray McCalip, guides Patterson and his horses in the elements of cattle work, a big part of a Versatility Fox Trotter’s competition.
McCalip’s name may be familiar to those in the cutting horse world. Although he has numerous championship buckles and won the American Paint Horse Association 1991 World Show cutting championship aboard the mare Freckles One Spot, he is more well-known as a National Cutting Horse Association judge. “I train Harry’s Missouri Fox Trotters to cut just like I would a Quarter Horse,” said McCalip, ” and it’s a long, slow process. Cutting is the equine equivalent of golf. It’s complicated, and there are so many variables. Getting a cow cut right and penned right involves getting a horse to understand and read everything about a cow’s demeanor. The horse has to be thinking about what’s coming up next,” said McCalip.
“Cutting is my favorite thing to do,” laughed McCalip, “but thanks to Harry Patterson, I have to do other events, too.” Those events included roping, penning, and even showing in a ranch horse conformation class. McCalip did well enough in each to win the Open Ranch Horse Reserve World Grand Championship with the mare, Cash’s Southern Dolly.
Patterson did his part, too, winning World Championships in Open Amateur Trail, Open Amateur Versatility, and Open Amateur Ranch Conformation aboard the pretty gelding, Cold Hard Cash. These wins earned Patterson the Open Amateur Ranch Horse Reserve World Grand Championship.
Janet Johnson guided three 4P’s Ranch mares in speed and ranch events, with each horse making a big contribution to the win totals: Cash’s Ashley Renee won the 3-Year-Old Boss Man Futurity, Cash’s Brenda June took the Open Hi-Point Speedhorse title, and Dash for Cash carried Johnson to the Open Ranch Horse Versatility World Grand Championship. “Dash for Cash is an all-around terrific little mare,” said Johnson. “This line of horses is very athletic and willing to please.”
All of these horses were sired by Patterson’s 4P’s Ranch stallion, Boss’ Midnight Cash, known for siring horses as pretty as they are athletic. Shown by Wade Hightower, Cash Ticket won the Open Weanling Model (halter) Reserve World Grand Championship, and Cash’s Clay earned the Reserve World Grand Championship in Open Junior Model 2 & 3 Year-Olds.
All this made Harry Patterson a very happy man. Surveying the ribbons and trophies in his RV before heading back to the Lone Star state, Patterson leaned back and smiled. “I’d say this was a good show,” he said. “A real good show.”