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Super Horse Championships heading to Copper Spring Ranch

Super Horse Championships heading to Copper Spring Ranch

The popular Super Horse Championship is heading to Copper Spring Ranch on June 19 with dozens of this nation’s top competitors entered for this wild and western competition.

For the second year, the event at the ranch’s outdoor arena, is part of the nationally recognized Summer Super Horse Trifecta High Plains Tour that includes Sheridan, WY on June 21-22, and Spearfish, SD on June 24. Future competition locations are, at Maple Plain, MN, on July 17 and at Marana, AZ, on November 12-14 and at Marana again for the national finals on Feb. 26-27.

According to Copper Spring Ranch’s Teri High, one of the top nationally ranked competitors, contestants from around the country compete in four challenging events: breakaway roping, mounted shooting, barrel racing and roping and shooting.

At the 2009 Marana National Finals, Diane Holmes-Purcelli of Darby was the top competitor with 83 points while competing on Cowboys Overo Legend.

High, who rides as a competitor for Copper Spring Ranch, placed second in a close race at the finals with 80 points while riding French Gold Charm.

Purcelli also conducts seminars across the country with a Mustang named Nevada Joe. The wild horse is the only North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Official Horse Ambassador. Through the program, Purcelli educates the public about the benefits of Equine Assisted Activities. Doc Holliday, a 10-year-old, 35-inch miniature horse – that wears pink Skecher tennis shoes for climbing stairs – also travels as part of the NARHA team.

In addition to Purcelli and High, other well known contestants include Jimmy Allen who was the 2009 Men’s Pro Year-end Champion. Allen has captured many Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) world titles and records and has competed at the Dodge Circuit Finals in team roping competition. Gordy Alderson, third in the Men’s Pro year-end championship, is also entered. He was the 2009 average winner at the finals in the tie-down roping and national champion in the tie-down roping in the senior pro rodeo association. Organizers expect about 25 entries from around the country.

This year, South Dakota announcer Sugar Ray Quinn is handling the duties at the microphone for the Trifecta. He has announced many CMSA events as well as national and world CMSA competitions. In addition, he serves as an announcer in the Central Hockey League.

Seven of the Eagle Mount riders, called the Magnificent Seven, are participating in a NAHRA shoot at 10 a.m. on June 19 in the outdoor arena at Copper Spring Ranch to launch the Superhorse Championships. Eagle Mount is a NAHRA Premier Accredited Center.

On Saturday, June 19, the Super Horse Championships gets underway at 1 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. awards program.

In conjunction with the Championships, Murdoch’s in Bozeman, MT, is holding an autograph signing at 4 p.m. on June 17 with the Magnificent Seven, Purcelli, Nevada Joe and Doc Holliday.

The title sponsor is Marsh-Markel Insurance Group of Virginia.

Contact Harry Huntsinger at 406-585-7008 for general information and Terri High at 406-579-3570 for RV hookup and information.


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