The 2015 Midwest Ranch Horse Association Finals is in the books! MRHA held its seventh annual Finals on Oct. 18 at the Kansas Pavilions in Park City, where 32 competitors advanced from the semi-finals to compete for the year-end honors.

When the dust settled, the champion of the 2015 Finals came out of the Junior Horse Class where Russell Powell rode away with a stunning Chad McClurg bit and spurs set. Russell, who works on the JLB Ranch of Douglass, Kansas, placed first in the Junior Horse Class. The Junior Horse Class second place award of Chad McClurg spurs went to Chris Potter of Maple City, Kansas, while third place honors went to Justin Keith of Allen, Kansas.

In the Intermediate Class, Sun City, Kansas, rancher, Ed Bricker, topped the class on his mare. Second place went to Jason Dierks, manager of the JLB Ranch of Douglass, Kansas, and third place was Justin Keith. The Novice Class ended with K-State student, Ty Swiler, of Erie, Kansas, in both the first and third places and Allan Schmidt, a Plains, Kansas, XIT Ranch cowboy, in second place.

In the competitive Youth Class, eight riders emerged from the semi-finals to compete for the prizes and the High Point custom saddle built by Hunn Leather of Augusta, Kansas. The Youth competitors were Pax Vogel of Cottonwood Falls, Sage and Luke Dierks of Douglass, Kansas, Gracie Bricker, Carlee and Colton Potter, Will Trentman and Patrick Prater. When it was over eighth grader, Gracie Bricker, of Sun City, Kansas, rode off with the top honors. Gracie received a Jayson Jones buckle for her first place win and the custom Hunn Leather saddle as the 2015 High Point Youth. In second place was Colton Potter, of Maple City, Kansas.

Colton, an eighth grader at Dexter-Cedar Vale, won a pair of Colt Swindell spurs. Will Trentman, who ended the day in third place, lives on his family’s ranch north of Pawhuska. Will, a high school student, was also the recipient of a pair of Dustin Ward chaps as the winner of a special award given to the Youth rider who started and trained his horse. Fourth place went to Patrick Prater of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

In the Open Class, Kelsey Mosby took first and second places and Chris Potter, of Maple City, Kansas, was in third hole. Kelsey is from Rising Star, Texas, and was also the 2015 MRHA High Point competitor on her gelding. The 2015 High Point award was a beautiful custom silver and gold Jayson Jones buckle.

In addition, Mosby was the Reserve Champion of the 2015 Finals, receiving a pair of Kansas Saddlery chaps with Colt Swindell hardware. The season starts back up next spring. £