From Pipi’s Pasture: A prize-winning paint named Buster
This week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” honors a horse. This past November, for the second year in a row, he won the “All-Around” title at the World Paint Horse Show, an annual event held in Fort Worth, Texas.
Rolex Bar Twister, known by the barn name of Buster, is a registered American Paint Horse. He’s a 10-year-old stud horse that belongs to Marie Kettle and the late Ron Kettle of Craig. Buster was sired by a True Rolex Paint, owned by Joni Voloshin of Craig. The dam was Odes President Gal (so named because she was born on Presidents’ Day), out of Bar Ode Time, a well-known paint horse. Buster is a Bay Tobiano, a stallion coloring in which the mane is of two colors.
Buster was raised from a foal by Ron and Marie Kettle right here in Moffat County. When he was ready for the saddle, Buster went to a professional trainer, and then he began competing in paint shows.
The Kettles’ goal in doing this was to promote paint horses. At the present time, Buster is with Jack Wright of Penrose. Wright, a two-time World Exhibitor, trains and shows Buster.
The World Paint Horse Show, which lasts two weeks, is held in Fort Worth each November. During the event, horses compete in various classes, including: Heading, Heeling, Tie-Down, Steer Stopping, Reining, Halter, and Cow Horse. In order to be in the running for the “All-Around” award, the horses have to compete in the Halter class. Otherwise, Buster is a cow horse.
As the horses compete, the points add up, and at the end of the event, the horse with the most points wins the “All-Around Horse” title. Marie said that the competition was so close at this year’s show that it went down to the last class before a winner could be determined. Buster won by one point. This is the second year that he has won the title.
“I think it’s great when the contest is so very competitive and you can win by one point,” Marie said.
During this year’s World Paint Horse Show, Buster was World Champion in Senior Tie-Down; 4th in Senior Working (Roping) Cow Horse; 4th in Aged Stallion Halter Class; 5th in Senior Heading; 6th in Senior Heeling; and 7th in Reining.
He is also a 5-time APHA World Champion, 3-time Pinto Horse Association World Champion, 3-time APHA World Reserve Champion and 1-time Pinto Horse Association World Reserve Champion. He also received the Register of Merit (ROM) in all Roping classes with superior in Tie-Down, Heading, Heeling, and Steer Stopping.
Ron Kettle passed away on January 10, 2014. It was his life-long dream for his paint horses to compete and do well. He was able to view the 2013 World Paint Horse Show events via computer feed so Ron was able to witness how Buster did before his passing.