AQHA honors top college rodeo horses |

AQHA honors top college rodeo horses

Nic N Pine, owned by Colton Campbell, and CD Good Time Lady, owned by Kimberlyn Fitch, were the top American Quarter Horses at the 2016 College National Finals Rodeo in June in Wyoming.

The American Quarter Horse Association is proud to sponsor the AQHA Horse of the Year title each year recognizing the top-performing American Quarter Horses in the men’s and women’s divisions of the CNFR.

Campbell and Nic N Pine, a 2002 bay gelding byTejons Lena Nic and out of SR Madonna Pine by Johnny Pine, competed in steer wrestling, heeling and tie-down roping for California State University. Campbell, who is from Klamath Falls, Oregon, has owned “Nic” through his junior high, high school and now his college rodeo career. The duo is no stranger to competition, but this year was their first appearance at the CNFR.

“My grandfather, Mark Nelson, bought Nic for me at the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale in Red Bluff California,” said Campbell. “(The gelding) was 4 years old at the time, and I have been riding him for the past 10 years.”

Campbell and Nic finished fourth in the nation in the collegiate team roping finals.

Kimberlyn Fitch and CD Good Time Lady, a 2000 sorrel mare.

Fitch and CD Good Time Lady, a 2000 sorrel mare by I CD Cow and out of Smokys Tiny Charger by Mr Smoky Lena, are veterans of the CNFR. Fitch, who is from Arbon, Idaho, rides for Idaho State University and has competed in breakaway roping at the college finals the past four years. Fitch and CD Good Time Lady placed first, second, eighth and seventh in their runs of the breakaway roping.

“I had already left the event center when a friend called me to tell me that (CD Good Time Lady) had won,” said Fitch. “It was such a special award for her to win because she is the one who has worked hard all four years. I can always count on her to do her job correctly.”

Fitch plans to give CD Good Time Lady some well-deserved time off from competition in hopes of breeding the mare.

About the College National Finals Rodeo

Each year, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying at the CNFR. National team championships are also awarded to both men’s and women’s teams. More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from more than 100 universities and colleges compete in Wyoming each year. Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA’s 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR.

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