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Big SHOT: Stock horse events at Civic Center Friday and Saturday help people hone their equine skills

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Some big names in the business will be donating their time and skills to help host clinics and judge all-around stock horse competitions this weekend at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center during the Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) Stock Horse Versatility Clinic and Competition.

The events, sponsored by Hopkins County Equine Action TEAM (HEAT, a 4-H club), begins Friday with clinics and continues Saturday with live competitions held as part of the National Day of the American Cowboy, which is also being observed on the Civic Center grounds.

SHOT’s mission to help people become better horsemen and have fun while improving their riding and training skills for a better all-around stock horse, fits the spirt of National Day of the American Cowboy.

“About 10 or 15 years ago, a group of horsemen who wanted to reacquaint people with the all-around tough horse got together and formed the association. ... There are so many pleasure horses now, they’re like 2,000 pounds or more of muscle,” explained SHOT member Jess Lamphere, who is helping to coordinate this weekend’s SHOT clinic and competition, adding that the pleasure class of equines often have small feet and aren’t built for “riding the line” or real ranch work.

“We want to get them back where we can ride again,” said Lamphere who grew up in West Texas amid a ranching family, where a reliable horse was a necessity of daily life.

Lamphere noted a good stock horse can perform at least two of three necessary skills: reining, which involves control; work cattle; and trail work.

SHOT generally hosts one show each month statewide and awards points for various aspects of the horses’ performance during competitions. They also offer a clinic along with the friendly competition to help people improve skills in ranch horse pleasure riding, reigning, and working cow horses in a low-stress environment regardless of skill level.

The SHOT clinic will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with reigning, stock horse pleasure and novice/youth working cow horse dry work clinics in the Equine avilion; working cow horse activities in the air-conditioned indoor arena; and a ranch trail on the north grounds. Clinics will take a short break for rotations every two hours.

Those who want to participate but have yet to register may do so Friday before the clinic for a $15 late fee, in addition to the $65 registration fee for SHOT and American Stock Horse Association members and $90 for non-members.

Saturday’s activities begin with an authentic chuckwagon breakfast in conjunction with National Day of the American Cowboy from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Free “cowboy coffee” will be available.

At 8:30 the SHOT competition begins with reigning in the equine pavilion, the trail on the north grounds and the working cow horse event, followed by the ranch horse pleasure contest in the indoor arena.

All proceeds from the event goes to help local 4-H horse projects.

Registration for Saturday’s SHOT competition will be from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on the grounds. All entrants registering that day will pay an additional $15 late fee. The general cost per class is $30 for open and $15 for all others, or $50 for all four classes, plus cattle charges ($35 green horse, limited non-pro, non-pro and open; and $25 novice and youth). All competitors must be members of SHOT and ASHA, and all horses exhibiting must have an ASHA competition license. Prizes will be awarded to the high point, reserve and class winners, with a Bob Berg buckles awarded to the overall high point and reserve high point champs.

Register online at www.AmericanStockHorse.org. For more information, contact Martha Hayward at 903-717-0286 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The event generally attracts big names such as B.F. Yeates, who’s “been part of this from the beginning” as a founding member and executive secretary, Lamphere explained, as well as world champion competitors.

“We pay their expenses, and they donate their time,” said Lamphere, adding the pros grew up in 4-H.

“The professionals see the value of an all-around horse that’s broken,” Lamphere noted.

Platinum, Gold, Silver, Buckle and Buddy sponsors help offset costs for HEAT and 4-H to host the SHOT events.

“We’ve had phenomenal community support,” Lamphere said. “Local hotels have donated rooms at special rates. [Civic Center Marketing Director] Pansy Bell and the staff at the Civic Center have supported it. Benefactors and local businesses have given money or in-kind services. The local media have been great, so supportive.”

Recognized as platinum sponsors for their donations of $500 or more toward the SHOT event are Sulphur Springs Livestock, Country World News, Bob Berg Designs, 4x4 Performance Horses, Ag Power and Northeast Texas Farmer’s Co-op.

Gold sponsors who contributed $250-$499 included Circle E Western Store, Sulphur River Saddlery, Lone Star Dodge, Purina Mills and Best Western.

Buckle sponsors were recognized for giving $150-$249 for champion and reserve champion buckles in six divisions. Champion buckle sponsors include: Bob Berg Designs, open division; Farm Country, non-pro division; Kevin and Shari Mohl, limited non-pro division; Tully Insurance, novice division; John Allen, DVM, youth division; and Ag Power, green horse division. Reserve champion buckle sponsors include Sulphur River Saddlery, open; Triple B Ranch, non-pro; Chili’s, limited non-pro; KSST radio/Channel 18, novice; Honey Ridge Farm, youth; and Mincey-Carter, PC, green horse.

Silver sponsors who gave $100-$149  include the Shipping Zone, Latson’s Printing, Hall Oil Company, Brian Toliver Ford, Jim Wright Process Service, Bochita LLC, Star Country 95.5, Galyean Insurance/Alliance Bank, and Enola Gay and KSST AM 1230/Channel 18.

Buddy Sponsors who gave $50-$99 include Jennifer Gregory, M&W Feed, Kule Kutz, Lone Oak Appraisal and A-1 Auto.

And those are just some of the local sponsors. SHOT Association sponsors include Don Gonzales Saddlery, Walls Clothing and Manufacturing, Pipeline Resources Inc., Montanan Silversmiths, ADM Alliance Nutrition, Mecedes Boots, Southwest Horse Trader Magazine, Jacobs Properties, Dennis Moreland Second Edition, Thomas Hicks Construction, Performance Horse Magazine, Double J. Ranch, Gulf Coast 4 Trailer Sales and Total Equine Feeds.

Juli Hutchins, Hopkins County Extension agent for 4-H and youth development, praised the generous nature of all those businesses and individuals who supported the effort.

“The kids, parents and project leaders of the Hopkins County 4-H would like to say a big THANK YOU for your support,” notes Juli Hutchins.

Hutchins also said raffle tickets for a saddle will be sold.

Raffle tickets are $5 each for a chance to win the custom-built saddle — either a barrel saddle, roping saddle, ranch saddle or cutting saddle — with a base value of $900, made by Sulphur River Saddlery in Hagansport. The drawing will be at “high noon” Saturday during the 4-H SHOT event in the arena. Proceeds support Hopkins County 4-H horse programs.

Hutchins said the raffle tickets are available in advance at the Hopkins County Extension office, located at 1200 Houston St. in the former Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce building.

“People can pick up tickets from the Extension office, and we will be selling them at the event as well. We will also be having a silent auction at the event, plus vendors,” Hutchins added.

The silent auction includes such donated items as spa packages, nail appointments and feed, to name a few.

For more information about the raffle or tickets, call Martha at 903-717-0286, Juli at 903-440-2250, or call 903-439-9013; or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more about 4-H, visit http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/

For information about SHOT, visit www.stockhorse.org, send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 979-846-4538.




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