Lucas Wins Title in NHSFR Girls’ Cutting
By Will Johnson
WYOMING – “The cutting horse’s dance of mastery over a cow is a beautiful thing to watch…” – Charlene Strickland.
It’s even more beautiful when the rider can hold the championship buckle aloft at the end of a competition.
One talented young lady from the Crockett area has done just that. Houston County’s Jaime Lynn Lucas stood on the brink of a National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) championship last Saturday after her first two rounds of the girls’ cutting horse competition.
Her first round of competition was scheduled for Tuesday morning, July 18 and after the first round, Lucas was in a three-way tie for first place with a score of 149.
Lucas’ second round ride was scheduled for Thursday evening, July 20 and when the judges scored her run, Lucas received a score of 150.
Her two-round total of 299 put her in first place by three points heading into Saturday’s fina
ls. Sheridan Clark from Weatherford was in second with a total of 296. Mallory Carter of Lake View, S.C. was in third with a two round score of 292.
When the scores were revealed after her final ride on July 22, the numbers showed Lucas had won the competition and had become a national champion.
Clark scored a 152 to take the final round but Lucas’ final round tally of 150 gave her an overall total mark of 449 to edge out Clark’s overall mark of 448 for the NHSFR Girls’ Cutting Championship.
To earn the NHSFR World Championship title, “… contestants must finish in the top 20 – based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds – to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores,” a National High School Rodeo Association press release stated.
A special thank you is extended by the Lucas family to Doc Holirey, the horse she rode in her quest to becoming a world champion and to her uncle Bubba Matlock who helped train the five-year-old gelding. Doc Holirey is owned by Barry Tutor from Unionville, Tenn.
Lucas has also qualified for the 2017 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show. The event is slated for Aug. 4-12 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City and features the world’s top youth riders and their American Quarter Horses.
Lucas will be riding her mare Sanjolena Jolie and representing Team Texas.
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