Jenny Sherbo became America's Next Great Horsewoman after winning Project Cowgirl at Horse Expo Sacramento, winning a fantastic prize package from the American Quarter Horse Association. Winner Jenny Sherbo performed a patriotic freestyle that touched the heart of every true American in the crowd.
Project Cowboy, presented by the American Quarter Horse Association, is “American Idol” meets “America’s Got Talent” for cowboys and cowgirls, and gives horsemen the opportunity to display their talents on horseback and in front of the television camera. The first Project Cowboy for men only of 2012 was held at the inaugural Horse Expo Pomona in California February 2-3. the second Project Cowboy was reserved for cowgirls to show their talents. Both competitions were filmed for a reality television program that is set to air February 14, 21 and 28 in 2013. Fans will be able to view the show on RFD-TV thanks to the American Quarter Horse Association and its sponsorship of Project Cowboy.
Jenny Sherbo Performance Horses is located at Sliding J Ranch in Acampo, California. She specializes in a wide spectrum of performance horses -- cutting, reining, reined cow and barrel horses – as well as starting colts. Jenny's relationship, passion, respect and dedication for horses has defined her life. She believes the key to a healthy relationship with your horse is communication and understanding – all based on respect and love. With these principles in mind, she believes sometimes you just need to add some tools to the toolbox to help achieve success with your horse. Jenny’s advice is to follow your dreams, form a plan and enjoy the ride!
Robin Bond was the reserve champion aboard American Quarter Horse Joses Perfection, who is known at the barn as “Chapo.” Robin's freestyle outfit was purchased in Spain, and the pair "danced together" in the final performance. Robin and Chapo are excelling in cowboy races, and they have travelled across the country and to Canada to compete in this new equine sport. In 2010, Robin competed at the Calgary Stampede, where she finished as the reserve champion with Chapo. Robin displayed her kindness and selflessness at the Project Cowboy – Pomona contestant when she loaned contestant Brian Bausch the use of Chapo just moments before the competition began. Brian’s horse suffered a slight colic, and Brian had only minutes to get in the saddle before entering the arena. Aboard Chapo, Brian came in as Pomona's runner-up.
Twenty-two year old Sarah Winters placed third at Project Cowgirl. Sarah has already accumulated a list of accomplishments that could stand with equine professionals twice her age. Sarah received her solid horsemanship foundation from her father, Richard Winters, who is a clinician and past champion of Road to the Horse. Sarah earned the 2005 NRCHA Youth Limited World Championship, 2006 Youth Bridle World Championship, 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Reserve Champion and Ladies Reserve World Championship in both 2009 and 2011. Sarah is also a two-time Open Finalist for NRCHA Premier Aged Events.
American Quarter Horse OJS Tex Wood, who is known as “The Goob” at the barn, is owned and ridden by Jamie Hinton. The Goob and Jamie Hinton’s freestyle finals performance was voted Fan Favorite by the crowd. The freestyle run showcased The Goob’s abilities as a very accomplished team roping and barrel horse. OJS Tex Wood is a winner in both heading and heeling in the USTRC, WCRA and World Series of Team Roping events. He has won and placed at West Coast barrel racing events, WPRA rodeos, jackpots and open races, and was in the top 10 at the NBHA Las Vegas Supershow all three days with more than 700 horses competing in 2010. OJS Tex Wood represents the versatility of the American Quarter Horse and was recognized by the crowd as the favorite at the event.
The contestants voted among themselves for the Cowgirl Spirit Award, and there was a three-way tie between Katie Hill, Mary Kitzmiller and Willow Newcomb. The American Quarter Horse Association provided each Cowgirl Spirit Award winner with a $100 SmartPak
Jointly produced by Patti Colbert Enterprises, producer of the Extreme Mustang Makeover events, and Tootie Bland Productions, creator of the popular Road to the Horse competitions, the first Project Cowboy was held in 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas, and was featured as a special on RFD-TV in October 2011. Project Cowboy is presented by the American Quarter Horse Association and Western Horseman.
Colbert and Bland are keeping the show reality based and invited 40 cowgirls to become a part of the Sacramento Horse Expo show. Due to some untimely and unfortunate circumstances six of the invited contestants were not able to compete.
“It makes better television when we follow fewer characters, than to follow 100,” stated Project Cowboy producer Patti Colbert. “The format will be more like ‘The Bachelor’ or ‘Survivor’ which is intriguing and entertaining television.”
The complete order of finish for Project Cowboy’s top-10 finals is: 1. Jenny Sherbo; 2. Robin Bond; 3. Sarah Winters; 4. Alesa Jones; 5. Katie Hill; 6 Mary Kitzmiller; 7. Alyssa Plackemeier; 8. Shauna Brantley; 9. Kelly Saunders; and 10. Jaime Hinton.
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