Jon Roeser is 2005 World's Greatest Horseman

Very Smart Remedy carried Jon Roeser to the 2005 World's Greatest Horseman title. Other National Reined Cow Horse Association world champions were also crowned.

March 4, 2005 — Very Smart Remedy (Smart Little Lena x Remedys Response) carried Jon Roeser to the 2005 World’s Greatest Horseman title on Feb. 26. The cow work competition of the World’s Greatest Horseman was the finale performance of the 2005 Bayer Legend™ Celebration of Champions at the Lone Star Arena in Stephenville, Texas.

Roeser has ridden the stallion, who is owned by Anne Reynolds of King Hill, Idaho, since he was a 2-year-old. The LeGrand, Calif., trainer has seen phenomenal success with the young stallion, having won the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby two years in a row and the Hackamore Classic.

“I was really happy with him,” Roeser said of Very Smart Remedy. “He’s a phenomenal horse, just a great horse. He’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime individuals that can dominate events like he has, and I feel fortunate to have been able to ride him.”

The stallion’s win is incredibly impressive considering his age. At just 6, Roeser had limited time to work with the horse in the bridle, the final phase of the California vaquero tradition of training, and his earnings at the World’s Greatest were over $30,000.

World’s Greatest Horseman Runner-up for the second consecutive year was Russell Dilday on Miss Plain Plain, owned by Scott and Darnall Trueblood.

Earlier in the day, Dilday had also earned his first NRCHA World title riding Topsails Rien Maker, which is a stallion co-owned by Dilday and Kevin Cantrell. The race for the Open Hackamore title was close as Dilday and Todd Crawford, riding The Love Man, tied with a 593.5. But Dilday’s 152 in the finals’ cow work determined the World Champion.

“I thought I had a really good chance at second,” Dilday said about coming into his finals run. He had a half point lead over Crawford after the prelims and drew up last in the 10-horse finals. “I really didn’t think I could pull first off.”

Dilday has worked with Topsails Rien Maker since he was a 2-year-old. The stallion will continue his show career and will also stand at Ward Ranch.

“He is super. He’s the easiest horse in the world to train,” Dilday said of the stallion. “I haven’t even really trained him. He’s just good.”

Kevin Stallings qualified two horses for the Open Bridle finals and walked away with the World Championship riding his stallion, NMSU Truckin Chex (Nu Chex To Cash x NMSU Doc Truckle).

“He was very good. He just answered everything I asked,” Stallings said of the stallion. “In the fence work, he was just really awesome.”

Stallings and NMSU Trucking Chex, or “Elvis,” marked a 149.5 in the rein work and a 151 in the cow work, which brought their two-round composite to a 599.

Katie Combs earned the Youth Limited title riding Gotta Have Cash (Nu Cash x Nancy McLain), a horse owned by her parents, Dennis and Sheila Combs, of Caldwell, Idaho.

The Combs bought “Cash” from Anne Reynolds after her trainer, Shawn Deal, suggested the gelding. “He’s laid back and calm but the instant you put a cow in front of him, he fires up,” Katie said of her horse.

Patty Ralls dominated the Non Pro Hackamore finals riding Chromium Cowboy (A Chic In Time x Marvelous Miss) to a 591.5 two-round composite. Chromium Cowboy was the 2003 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Champion with Ron Ralls riding.

“He has a heart of gold,” Ralls said of Cowboy. “The more you ask of him, the more he’ll try. He’s still really fresh in the showpen. He doesn’t cheat; he’s 100%.”

In the Non Pro Bridle, Nelle Murphy and Bald N Shiney earned the title after an impressive 600.5 two-round composite.

“He was way better in the reined work tonight, just because he was waiting on me,” Murphy said of her gelding’s finals performance compared to the preliminaries. “He was just as good in his fence work.”

The NRCHA, the governing body of cow horse competition, works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today’s equine industry. For more information on the NRCHA, call 580-759-4949 or visit