Team Roping Championships – Appaloosa winner!

We certainly need to brag about Wade Clayton, Needville, Texas. He and roping partner Jake Kropik won the $86,000 top prize at the U.S. Team Roping Championships “open average” event in Oklahoma City back in October. Wade was riding an 11-year-old Appaloosa gelding named Below Freezing (nicknamed “Bear”), sired by Dashin Johnny Bar. The horse and rider have been together for several years.

Bear is just one more really outstanding argument against some of the myths about Appaloosa horses and their performance abilities. “USTRC” certainly ranks as top-level competition, for both horses and people. Having an Appaloosa at the top of the heap is, as some folks like to say, “way cool.” Congratulations!


  1. Heather Said,

    December 30, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

    Congratulations to Mr. Clayton & thank you Mr. Taylor for sharing this with us.
    I’ll look forward to reading a more complete article, complete with photos about this team in an upcoming AJ.

  2. Dorine Bennett Said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 10:59 am

    Way to go!! Hope to see something in the Appaloosa Journal about this team and what they accomplished!

  3. Dorine Bennett Said,

    January 2, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    You can see an article in the December issue of the Super Looper magazine at …page 48-49 has some pictures showing the appaloosa heeling horse

  4. Heather Said,

    January 4, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    Thank you Dorine. I enjoyed the article.

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