Cameron horse named world champion

Local horse owner Craig Griffin can add world champion to his list of accomplishments.

Griffin’s horse, Savannah Cat Stetson, brought home the American Buckskin Registry Association Reserve World Champion Open Ranch Reining trophy along with a few top-10 and top-five ribbons.

“A lot of it is in his breeding and his trainer (Jessica Triplett with Broken Bit Performance Horses). I tell her to do whatever she needs to do. [Winning] feels great. It just feels great,” Griffin said.

Although interested in showing horses for much of his life, Griffin’s first foray into top level horse showing was not possible until the he received Savannah Cat Stetson as a gift from a friend who passed away. Griffin never fully committed to the craft until the death of Hamilton pharmacist Jim Auffert, whose wife reached out to Griffin with a special request – would he accept a present from Auffert and that call coincidentally came on Auffert’s birthday. Needing a trainer, Griffin eventually found Broken Bit Performance Horses and Triplett immediately saw potential in the 2016 Grullo stallion.

“He hadn’t been shown a lot and that was a big platform to put that horse on. He performed like he should have,” said Triplett, who helped Savannah Cat Stetson also finish top 10 in Ranch Trail as well as top five in Open Aged Stallions and Dun Factor (halter class). “It is the biggest show of the year for that association. They had horses in there from Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida - all over the country, all over the world … We end up doing pretty well down there every year, especially in ranch division - reining and performance stallions. We usually do well there every year, but this has been our most successful year down there.”

Although world champion, Triplett and Savannah Cat Stetson’s year is far from over. Along with other high-level stallions such as Awesome Whisky, who won the world title for performance stallion, ranch reining (tie), and open reigning, will return to action in Tulsa August 15 through 17 for the NSBA World Championship before entering the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City in November.

“If you have high-level competition, then you have to have high-level horses,” Triplett said. “I try to stay pretty humble. All I can say it was the right day at the right time for my horses, under the right judges. We got done what we went there to do.”

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