Western Sports Roundup: Zane Davis keeps lead in day 2 of Hackamore Classic


May 5, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RFD-TV) Zane Davis stayed on top of the National Reining Cow Horse Association Hackamore leader board.New Mexico State University’s rodeo team maintained their winning ways.

Plus, veterinarian Steven Allday shared his Kentucky Derby thoughts.

Hackamore Classic

In Pueblo, Colorado, at the NRCHA Hackamore Classic Thursday, competitors spent the day competing in herd work.

Zane Davis went into day two at the top of the leader board after the rein work, and stayed there.

Davis showed Brother Jackson to a score of 148, the highest score of the day.

He’s also not just in first place, but also second.

Only one point separates Davis’ two horses, Rubys Radar and Brother Jackson.

Brother Jackson is a 2009 stallion by Pepto Boonsmal.

Also on the horse’s papers is the legendary High Brow Cat.

NMSU Rodeo Team undefeated

The New Mexico State University rodeo team earned the No. 1 spot in college rodeo.

The men’s team, which is number one in the nation, won the Grand Canyon region.

It’s the team’s 10th consecutive seasonal win, making it an undefeated year.

Coach Jim Dewey Brown shared his thoughts on the winning streak.

“Oh man, you have no idea. They did great. This is actually our, we had the two final rodeos here at our campus, and the last one was our best rodeo, actually. We scored 875 points, I think. I mean just completely annihilated the rest of the competition,” said? Brown.

As regional champions, nine aggies will head to Casper, Wyoming, for the College National Finals Rodeo in June.

Kentucky Derby

Twenty horses made a run for the roses in the Kentucky Derby.

Four of those horses were taken care of by veterinarian Steven Allday.

“It’s a piece of historical Americana,” said Allday.

“It’s probably literally the most prestigious race on the planet. You know, that I’ve been part of a number of Kentucky Derby winners, and that, you know, I know it’s a rarity and I don’t take it for granted because it’s really important,” he said.

“Just to recognize the caliber and the quality of this athlete and have a mature and come together at such an early age. And to go a mile and a quarter on the dirt in the spring of your 3-year-old year is just, you know, I mean, it’s mind-boggling how much the odds are stacked against you, but to get it done is quite the accomplishment. Getting it done more than once, and I’ve been around more than one derby horse, so I feel really, really, really fortunate and extremely blessed and very lucky.”

“It does give everybody hope that a great one can come from anywhere. That’s, I think, one of the things that probably attracts new owners. It’s a business that anybody can get fortunate in if you do your homework and work at it.”

Watch Western Sports Roundup during the Rural Evening News Monday for highlights from Churchill Downs.