Horse and cowgirl dazzle at High School State Rodeo
Jason Borba, KPVI
POCATELLO — The State High School Rodeo is in full swing as some of the best riders and ropers from across the state are in Pocatello.
While most of the attention is on the athletes, one horse is taking the spotlight at this year’s state championships.
Reymanator is turning heads with his performances, and his rider and owner Zayle Davis knows she has a special horse every time she enters the arena.
“Reymanator is one of a kind that’s for sure,” said Davis. “He’s one of those horses you know you will never have another one, so you really have to hold onto him while you can.”
What makes Reymanator so unique is he is the only horse that competes in three very different events, cow cutting, reined cow horse, and barrel race.
All three events require different movements such as going backwards, forward, and speed, so for a horse to be trained in all three events is something that doesn’t happen very often.
“What’s amazing is the fact that in cow cutting you don’t have to have speed, in reining cow horse it helps to have speed, and in the barrels you have to have speed,” says Kelly Duffin, Chairman Portneuf Rodeo Committee. “Horses might do it but horses don’t do it like he does. He is competitive every chance he gets.”
Everyone saw just how competitive he and Davis can be in these state champions. The duo came away as the cow cutting champions and the reserved champion in reined cow horse.
“It was actually pretty incredible, it shocked me,” Davis said. “Before I went in my dad said if he can pull this off it will be incredible.”
Now the pair that has been together for over 10 years they have their sights on national championships, and they hope they can replicate their same success in next month’s national competition.
“Being able to take him to nationals and compete in both of those events is something else,” says Davis.
Reymanator and Davis will be competing in the High School National Rodeo Finals in Wyoming. Nationals run from July 16th through the 22nd.
This story was originally published by KPVI. It is used here with permission.