ProRodeo Sports News - Sept. 4, 2020
HORSIN’ AROUND WITH RILEY MINOR
Bill Lawless photo While riding Bob, team roping header Riley Minor, right, and his brother, Brady, won the RAM Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo.
BY MATT NABER S ince 2013, team roping header an American Quarter Horse known as Bob. In 2018, while riding Bob, Minor and his brother, Brady, won the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo – their hometown rodeo. Later that year, Bob was named the 2018 AQHA | PRCAHeading Horse of the Year. Team roping header credits horse’s grit What About Bob? Riley Minor has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo every year while competing on RK Tuff Trinket,
Where is Bob from? He came from about 40 miles down the road from a guy named Bob Moriarty near Selah, Wash. I’d seen him (Bob the horse) and knew he was a nice horse, but I didn’t know he would be that good. He wasn’t always for sale, but I tried him for a month and bought him in 2013. How did RK Tuff Trinket get his nickname, Bob? I name my horses after the people I buy them from. Has Bob competed in other ProRodeo events? No, but there is a funny story from when I was picking him up to try him out. We were at an amateur rodeo, and Bob (Moriarty) said they were going to haze on him in the perf, so I had to wait to take him home since they were hazing on him. You can heel on him and haze on him. I’ve never roped calves on him, but he’s dang-sure been hazed on before. What makes Bob special? Oh, man, it’s just the grit and toughness he has, it reminds you of a war horse. A lot of guys ride him in different setups. Other horses get sore and tired, but he’s one of a kind where you can ride him throughout the year. He’s had some minor injuries, but he’s good at theThomas and Mack (Center in Las Vegas) and at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days. He’s good in any situation. Is Bob’s personality different from other horses? He’s a strange horse, that’s what keeps him young. Sometimes he won’t let you catch him – he might run circles around me when
2020 BIG CHECKS $4,126 – Oakley Independence Day Rodeo in Oakley City, Utah $3,747 – Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo $3,412 – Fallon County Fair & Rodeo in Baker, Mont. $3,031 – Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg BOB FACTS Registered name: RK Tuff Trinket Age: 19 Color: Chestnut/ Sorrel Height/Weight: 15.1 hands, 1,250 pounds
getting ready for a rodeo. But, when I put my daughter (Monroe) on him, he is really quiet. He has a mind of his own. He’s not the lovey-dovey kind, he is all business. I will say he loves his Renew Gold grain, he will run you over for that grain most of the time.
ProRodeo Sports News 9/4/2020
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