<P>RANCH HORSE JOURNAL JUNE 2016 17 LIL RUF CATALYST Versatility Ranch Horse Open World Champion THE ACCOMPLISHED 10-YEAR-OLD STALLION LIL RUF CATALYST repeated as the Versatility Ranch Horse open world champion with rider and co-owner AQHA Professional Horseman Mozaun McKibben of Whitesboro, Texas. It is his fourth win in the competition since it began in 2008; he was also the world champion in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Lil Ruf Catalyst, who is also co-owned by Hillary Zimmerman, accomplished the win decisively, as he was the class winner in three of the six classes. Stud was also the 2012 ranch riding world champion at the AQHA World Championship Show and the 2010 and 2013 Stock Horse of Texas all-around world champion. While Stud holds the record for most world championships in the event, world champion repeats are not unprecedented; Mike Majors Smart Whiskey Doc earned the honor twice in 2009-10, and Smart Whiskey Docs daughter, Black Hope Stik, is a two-time world champion in two divisions (see Page 18). And in addition to his main jobs of winning world championships and working as a breeding stallion, Stud also is trick trained – he will sit, lie down and even play fetch with a ball. Hes crazy good-minded, Mozaun says of Stud. Hes one of those horses that it doesnt matter what I teach him, he just learns it. He has a lot of physical ability, but hes just really good-minded. And hes exceptional as a stud horse – we treat him just like a gelding, and he acts just like a gelding until we get ready to breed him. Hes just really an exceptional horse. The black stallion was bred by Werner Hermus of Valley View, Texas, and is by Lil Ruf Peppy and out of the Taris Catalyst mare Foxy Catalyst. Mozaun and Hillary bought him as a yearling at the Legacy Reining Breeders Sale for $6,000. I didnt look at him outside or anything, Mozaun says. I just saw him by the ring when they led him in and thought, man, thats a pretty, well-balanced horse. So I ended up buying him. Lil Ruf Peppy, a son of American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion Peppy San Badger, was himself an accomplished reiner, as well as being one of the National Reining Horse Associations all-time leading sires. He was the 1995 NRHA Derby limited open champion, and earned $28,000 in his career before retiring to stud. In 2014, he became only the ninth sire to join the rare $3 million club, and he is the No. 12 all-time leading sire in NRHAs history. He has sired 343 money earners, led by Rufanicki, who earned $145,680 in his career, according to Robin Glenn Pedigree reports. Foxy Catalyst, too, was a reiner, earning $1,424 in her career. As a producer, though, she proved consistent. She produced eight performers and six money earners from 10 foals, with total earnings of more than $54,000. Studs second dam, Jays Foxy Lady, was the 1983 reserve world champion in junior cutting, and was exported to Europe in the early 1990s, where her foals and their progeny have proven successful in reining. Studs oldest foals are 4 this year, and from his first crop of only four foals, already has sired Balanced Catalyst, a 2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show junior ranch riding finalist. Stud has himself been busy at stud this spring, but will be returning to the show pen. He just has a life of luxury; he gets turned out in the pasture every day and put up at night in the stall, Mozaun says. Right now, were hand-breeding mares every day. Then about a week before the show, we take him out, lope him around and take him and show him. LIL RUF CATALYST 2006 black stallion Exhibitor: AQHA Professional Horseman Mozaun McKibben of Whitesboro, Texas Owner: Mozaun McKibben and Hillary Zimmerman of Whitesboro, Texas Breeder: Werner Hermus of Valley View, Texas NRCHA Earnings: $4,531 SHOT Earnings: $7,678 AQHA World Show Earnings: $19,231 RHAA Earnings: $4,456 AQHA Points: 87 AQHA VRH open world champion: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 AQHA open ranch riding world champion: 2012 SHOT Derby all-around champion: 2011 SHOT all-around world champion: 2010, 2013 PEPPY SAN BADGER LIL RUF PEPPY RUFAS PEPPY LIL RUF CATALYST TARIS CATALYST FOXY CATALYST JAYS FOXY LADY ANDREA CAUDILL</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> 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