Teamwork. It’s a concept that Harry Patterson lives by.
Harry Patterson, of Patterson Auto Group in Wichita Falls and Bowie, and Patterson Kia of Arlington, Texas, has received dealer and customer service recognition awards for his 13 automotive dealership franchises, as well as business awards from the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Better Business Bureau. This is a man who knows how to build a winning team. It should come as no surprise that Patterson successfully applied his “Team Patterson” ideas at the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association’s 2012 Annual Fall Show and Celebration at Ava, Missouri, and came away with a record number of awards.
Texas team members Harry Patterson (Wichita Falls) and Billy Ray McCalip (Iowa Park), along with Missourians Janet Johnson and Wade Hightower, showed Patterson’s 4P’s Ranch Fox Trotters to win 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 in September. Along the way 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.
McCalip rode Patterson’s Cash’s Southern Dolly in roping, cutting, penning, ranch horse conformation, and other versatility events, scoring well enough in each to win the Open Ranch Horse Reserve World Grand Championship. McCalip, a well-known cutting horse judge, also trains Patterson and his horses in cattle work, a big part of Versatility competition. “Cutting is the equine equivalent of golf. It’s complicated, and there are so many variables. I train Harry’s Missouri Fox Trotters to cut just like I would a Quarter Horse. It’s a long, slow process.” said McCalip.
Patterson did his part, too, winning World Championships in Open Amateur Trail, Open Amateur Versatility, and Open Amateur Ranch Conformation aboard the beautiful gelding, Cold Hard Cash. These wins earned Patterson the Open Amateur Ranch Horse Reserve World Grand Championship.
Team Patterson member Janet Johnson of Gainesville, Missouri, successfully guided each of the three 4P’s Ranch mares in speed and ranch events. Cash’s Ashley Renee won the 3-Year-Old Boss Man Futurity, Cash’s Brenda June won the Open Hi-Point Speedhorse title, and Dash for Cash carried Johnson to the Open Ranch Horse Versatility World Grand Championship. “I train other horses,” said Johnson, “but Harry’s Boss Man horses are the most athletic and willing to learn.”
All of these horses were sired by Patterson’s 4P’s Ranch stallion, Boss’ Midnight Cash, an own son of Zane’s Boss Man. The offspring of “Cash” are known for being talented athletes who are pretty. Wade Hightower, of Hartville, Missouri, showed Cash Ticket to win the Open Weanling Model (halter) Reserve World Grand Championship, and Cash’s Clay took the Reserve World Grand Championship in Open Junior Model 2 & 3 Year-Olds.
Patterson team members didn’t just go out to win at the Missouri Fox Trotter Show and Celebration. They were also there to support and help one another. That attitude, along with terrific horses, gave them a winning edge.