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Lee’s Pokey unlikely AQHA/PRCA Horse of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Steer roper Cody Lee bought Senior Sonita “Pokey” about 3.5 years ago figuring that he could be a useful practice horse. There was no way he could have known that Pokey, who had never been used in a rodeo arena, was a natural and would quickly became a rock-solid No. 1 mount and the 2011 American Quarter Horse Association/PRCA Steer Roping Horse of the Year.

In 2011, Lee has ridden Pokey to a fantastic season, setting a career-high in earnings before the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping ($61,627 so far) thanks in part to his horse’s talent and consistency.

“He’d had so many cattle roped on him and doctored outside, he just took to (steer roping),” said Lee, a five-time NFSR qualifier. “He pretty much made himself. He does his job every time. He gives 120 percent every time. It’s left up to me not to mess up.”

Pokey was one of five first-time winners of the prestigious award, along with team roping horses Classic (ridden by header Keven Daniel) and Dugout (heeler Brady Minor), and barrel racing horses Sting Ray (Sherry Cervi) and Duke (Brittany Pozzi).

Team Roping – Heading: 1. Classic (Sycamore Gold Finger); ridden by Keven Daniel; owned by Zac Small. 2. (tie) Vegas (Ra Sonoita Silver); ridden and owned by Turtle Powell; and Rudy (Rappers Ruff Stuff); ridden and owned by Arky Rogers.

Team Roping – Heeling: 1. Dugout (CDS Quixote); ridden and owned by Brady Minor. 2. Amigo (Sunday Night Bingo); ridden by Patrick Smith; owned by Patrick and Christi Smith. 3. Cave Man (Fine Snip of Doc); ridden and owned by Jade Corkill.

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Tie-down Roping: 1. Sweetness (Eightys Sport); ridden by Houston Hutto, Timber Moore, Clint Cooper, Trent Creager and Blair Burk; owned by Spur Resources LTD. 2. Reata (Smokin Reata); ridden by Shane Hanchey; owned by O.L. Buck Daniel. 3. TC (Time to Catch); ridden by Tyson Durfey, Ryan Watkins and Frederico Werneck; owned by Frederico Werneck.

Steer Roping: 1. Pokey (Senior Sonita); ridden and owned by Cody Lee. 2. Boxer (Direct Peppy); ridden and owned by Shay Good. 3. Pops (Skips Harlan Tyree); ridden by Rocky Patterson and Chet Herren; owned by Rocky Patterson.

Steer Wrestling: 1. Wick (Dashes Dapper Star); ridden by Wade Sumpter, Billy Bugenig, Ken Lewis and Seth Brockman; owned by Wade Sumpter. 2. Maximus (MP Right Back Atya); ridden and owned by Todd Suhn. 3. Streak (Black Velvet Win); ridden by Dane Hanna, Travis Carnine, Cole Edge and Sean Mulligan; owned by Travis Carnine and Dane Hanna.

Barrel Racing: 1. (tie) Sting Ray (MP Meter My Hay); ridden by Sherry Cervi; owned by Sherry Cervi and Mel Potter; and Duke (Yeah Hes Firen); ridden and owned by Brittany Pozzi. Third place: Fire Bug (Flaming Firebug); ridden by Jeanne Anderson; owned by Jeanne and Rick Anderson.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Steer roper Cody Lee bought Senior Sonita “Pokey” about 3.5 years ago figuring that he could be a useful practice horse. There was no way he could have known that Pokey, who had never been used in a rodeo arena, was a natural and would quickly became a rock-solid No. 1 mount and the 2011 American Quarter Horse Association/PRCA Steer Roping Horse of the Year.

In 2011, Lee has ridden Pokey to a fantastic season, setting a career-high in earnings before the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping ($61,627 so far) thanks in part to his horse’s talent and consistency.

“He’d had so many cattle roped on him and doctored outside, he just took to (steer roping),” said Lee, a five-time NFSR qualifier. “He pretty much made himself. He does his job every time. He gives 120 percent every time. It’s left up to me not to mess up.”

Pokey was one of five first-time winners of the prestigious award, along with team roping horses Classic (ridden by header Keven Daniel) and Dugout (heeler Brady Minor), and barrel racing horses Sting Ray (Sherry Cervi) and Duke (Brittany Pozzi).

Team Roping – Heading: 1. Classic (Sycamore Gold Finger); ridden by Keven Daniel; owned by Zac Small. 2. (tie) Vegas (Ra Sonoita Silver); ridden and owned by Turtle Powell; and Rudy (Rappers Ruff Stuff); ridden and owned by Arky Rogers.

Team Roping – Heeling: 1. Dugout (CDS Quixote); ridden and owned by Brady Minor. 2. Amigo (Sunday Night Bingo); ridden by Patrick Smith; owned by Patrick and Christi Smith. 3. Cave Man (Fine Snip of Doc); ridden and owned by Jade Corkill.

Tie-down Roping: 1. Sweetness (Eightys Sport); ridden by Houston Hutto, Timber Moore, Clint Cooper, Trent Creager and Blair Burk; owned by Spur Resources LTD. 2. Reata (Smokin Reata); ridden by Shane Hanchey; owned by O.L. Buck Daniel. 3. TC (Time to Catch); ridden by Tyson Durfey, Ryan Watkins and Frederico Werneck; owned by Frederico Werneck.

Steer Roping: 1. Pokey (Senior Sonita); ridden and owned by Cody Lee. 2. Boxer (Direct Peppy); ridden and owned by Shay Good. 3. Pops (Skips Harlan Tyree); ridden by Rocky Patterson and Chet Herren; owned by Rocky Patterson.

Steer Wrestling: 1. Wick (Dashes Dapper Star); ridden by Wade Sumpter, Billy Bugenig, Ken Lewis and Seth Brockman; owned by Wade Sumpter. 2. Maximus (MP Right Back Atya); ridden and owned by Todd Suhn. 3. Streak (Black Velvet Win); ridden by Dane Hanna, Travis Carnine, Cole Edge and Sean Mulligan; owned by Travis Carnine and Dane Hanna.

Barrel Racing: 1. (tie) Sting Ray (MP Meter My Hay); ridden by Sherry Cervi; owned by Sherry Cervi and Mel Potter; and Duke (Yeah Hes Firen); ridden and owned by Brittany Pozzi. Third place: Fire Bug (Flaming Firebug); ridden by Jeanne Anderson; owned by Jeanne and Rick Anderson.

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