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post #1 of 27 Old 06-17-2019, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Doug Williamson made history this weekend at the NRCHA Derby!!

This weekend ended the NRCHA Derby. There were some GREAT rides and GREAT horses, but the absolute highlight of the Derby was the Open Bridle Spectacular fence runs - those guys and gals go ALL OUT and you see some AMAZING horses doing their thing. Sarah Dawson & Shine Smarter was in the lead with a 659 composite, then Zane Davis & Ruby's Radar (fabulous horse!) ended up with a 659.5 composite.

But then Doug Williamson came out and BLEW EVERYONE OUT OF THE WATER! I think before his run I calculated he needed to get a 225.5 to tie Sarah. Here is Doug's run:





And the final composite & payouts:



Just such an amazing thing to watch; I have never seen someone get a 77 on anything! But his run was textbook perfect - that is how it is supposed to look. So awesome!
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Wow what an AWESOME ride!! Thank you so much for sharing!
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Not only is Doug still showing (and winning!) reined cowhorses at 77 (it is not a gentle sport as you can see from the video), he's also a cancer survivor (of the lymph node system):

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Williamson was forced to slow down when he was diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s. He pulled through and was back riding horses within seven months, according to the National Reined Cow Horse Association.
He Just Keeps Going 10/23/06 article

See this article from Quarter Horse News about Doug and his doctor saying he was going to die. And he's STILL riding cowhorses, 31 years later! Amazing!
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I don't know anything about how this sport is judged, but just to see this man ride, at his age and his health history, is really inspiring.
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Some rider. And some horse! I would call that horse cowy.
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I don't know anything about how this sport is judged, but just to see this man ride, at his age and his health history, is really inspiring.
Just to give you a little context, scoring is on a 60-80 point system. The lowest score possible is 60 points and the highest score possible is 80. The average score for a typical work is 70 points.

The show will choose if it will have one, 3 or 5 judges for the event. This show for this event had 5 judges - the high and low score are eliminated and the other three scores added together for the final score. For Fence Runs, "[t]he most controlled cow work, with the highest degree of difficulty, that exhibits good form throughout, should be marked the highest."

Open Riders typically score anywhere from 72's to 75's. Every once in a while you'll hear a rider getting a 76 from maybe one judge, but I've never heard of anyone getting a 77, let alone from ALL judges! Crazy! But it was a crazy good ride, too.

Sarah Dawson almost got it on Shiney Outlaw in the 2017 AQHA World Junior Working Cow Horse World show - they won that class (cow work at the end of the video).
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Is it like the rider must make the cow do a certain 'pattern' of movement, like twice down the wall in each direction and a circle in each direction? Or is it just that horse/rider must stick close to the cow for a certain amount of time?


or is the move complicated you can make the movements of the cow, the more likely you are to win?
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The entire purpose is to control the cow. You have to do certain movements and then they will whistle you off the cow. Everyone starts off with 70. Depending on the quality of your run, you'll get + or - on certain maneuvers which determines your score.

You have to "box" the cow on the one end of the area 1st - so move it back and forth and keep control and in position while working it (there is an optimum position you need to be in to control the cow - if you are out of position, the cow can get away from you).

Then you have to drive it around the corner to take it down the fence. You'll see the PERFECT position for doing this in Doug's Video - his horses shoulder is at the hip the cow.

Once moving the cow down the fence, you must stay in position until you go to turn it - so keeping the horses shoulder about at the hip of the cow and you want to be close. If you are too wide, the cow can stop and turn before you do. Once you pass the center marker, you move up on the cow to cause it to turn. You want to be close so that you can come out of the turn and be right there to drive it down the fence the other way. You need to do at least two turns on the fence - one each way.

driving down the fence:


(Tommy Thompson)

(not sure who this is)


Credit earning turn:

(Tommy Thompson)

(??)

Not a credit earning, maybe even a minus since he's far away from the cow on the turn (don't know who these are):



After you turn the cow on the fence, you then have to take it off the fence and circle it both ways. You want your horses shoulder by the cow's shoulder so you can turn it in a small circle.


(Monica Cataeno)

A little far away but not bad.

(John Ward)

Too wide:

(Monica)

(These are pix that I took, fyi)
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I saw Doug's ride on Facebook on Saturday, and was so thrilled for him. He's a legend, and it's good to see him still riding and winning at his age. Nobody takes a horse 'down the fence' like Doug


If you haven't seen the documentary 'Down the Fence' about the reined cowhorse, it's worth watching.
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[quote=SilverMaple;1970733013]Nobody takes a horse 'down the fence' like Doug [quote]He IS the Master!

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If you haven't seen the documentary 'Down the Fence' about the reined cowhorse, it's worth watching.
I have seen it (duh, LOL), own it and was a contributor. It is a FABULOUS watch, even for those who know nothing about the discipline. And Doug is in it, of course. My trainer's son has seen it a few times, too, LOL:

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