One of the NRCHA’s premier events is certainly the world’s greatest when it comes to photographing talented cow horses and skilled horsemen.
The Western horse world offers a slew of incredible events to watch, including the NCHA Futurity, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Pendleton Round-Up, Road to the Horse, the World Championship Ranch Rodeo and The American. It’s been a privilege to photograph those events.
One event I always look forward to is the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s World’s Greatest Horseman competition. Each entry is one rider paired with one horse, and each competes in four events—reining, steer stopping, herd work (cutting), and cow work (boxing, fencing and circling a cow). The horse must wear the same bridle throughout the event.
This year, Corey Cushing was named the World’s Greatest Horseman riding Sonita Lena Rey. The trainer from Scottsdale, Arizona, won $40,000. Photographing this event, with its versatile, high-caliber horses and talented horsemen, is always a thrill.