They say, “Every horse deserves, at least once in its life, to be loved by a little girl.”  Well, this Wagon Wheel Ranch horse called “Message” is certainly getting that opportunity.

Specialized equine athletes— from broncs to barrel racing horses—win accolades in rodeo for their speed, timing and skills in the specific events for which they are trained. However, there are equally athletic and highly skilled horses, their names and stories rarely known, that are often unnoticed and underappreciated. 

They may not take center stage, but cutting wouldn’t work without them. We share the stories of five great turnback horses that exemplify the traits that make these support players invaluable to the sport.

Sixteen-year-old Leah Sawyer has some talent, y’all! She and fellow musician, 14-year-old Ridge Roberts, stole the show at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Western Music & Cowboy Poetry earlier this week.