AQHA-PRCA Horses of the Year
AQHA and PRCA proudly announce the top rodeo horses of 2016.
Clayton Hass used steer wrestling winner Landrys Cadillac as his primary mount in 2016. "Cadillac" is the lone repeat Horse of the Year winner, while six first-time winners were chosen as AQHA-PRCA Horses of the Year. Dan Hubbell photo
Six first-time winners were chosen as AQHA-Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Horses of the Year.
Honorees were named in each of the six timed-event categories (there was a tie in the steer roping), with the lone repeat champion being steer wrestling horse Landrys Cadillac, aka “Cadillac.”
The bulldogging mount, who also won Horse of the Year in 2014 and was second in last year's voting, is owned by Sterling Wallace of Justin, Texas. Three of the top five cowboys in the steer wrestling WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings rode Cadillac this season.
Ty Erickson, who ended the regular season in the top spot, rode the horse at times in 2016, including picking up a win in Livingston, Montana. Tyler Waguespack, third in the world standings, and Clayton Hass, fifth, each used Cadillac as their primary mount this season. Tyler won the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo on the horse, and Clayton was tops at the Cody (Wyoming) Stampede.
"He's the best horse I've ever ridden," Tyler says of Cadillac. "He stands in the box and doesn't move, and gives guys an opportunity to score on him. He gives you a great pattern out in the field, and it makes it really easy to win something when you have a horse that good underneath you."
Timber Moore's tie-down roping horse, MFO Harvey, aka “Colonel,” was second in the Horse of the Year voting last year and takes over the top spot in 2016.
Timber has owned the horse since 2012, and credits Colonel for helping him reach the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER the past three seasons. The two combined for a huge win in Greeley, Colorado, this season.
"We've clicked together really well, and he has given me a chance to win every time I've nodded my head," Timber says. "I've had other guys ride him, and they've also had some success, so it has been neat to see that. To have him honored as Horse of the Year means a lot, and it's well-deserved."
Both winners in the team roping are first-timers.
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