Jo Scarmardo and Sixth Vision (“Stitch”) celebrated a bitter-sweet victory during this year’s event. The duo posted a time of 14.553 in the senior race to claim their last paycheck together.
“At the NBHA show during our run in the senior’s he (Stitch) suffered a career ending injury,” Scarmardo said. “He will stay with us and be retired at our place.”
During her run, Scarmardo recalled an unsettling feeling when she and her mount made the first turn. Sixth Vision (“Stitch”) only made that one bobble, according to Scarmardo, and finished the run like a professional. The gelding was examined and diagnosed with a hock injury ultimately ending his career as a barrel horse.
“He can walk and isn’t in any pain,” Scarmardo said. “Watching him walk you wouldn’t know anything was wrong, but he won’t be able to compete anymore.
“In the senior run in Vegas I felt something happen at the first barrel, but he just kept running. He ran on pure heart,” Scarmardo continued. “He made a nice run. He worked good, but I can see in the video, I can watch in slow motion and tell something was wrong. He’s a neat horse, but he’s ready to retire now.”
Sixth Vision carried Brittany Pozzi to numerous professional rodeo championships before he landed in the hands of Kristen Williams. From there, he eventually found his forever home with Scarmardo. About four years ago, Scarmardo took Pozzi’s suggestion to try the NFR-qualifying world champion barrel horse. She made the trip and left with Stitch in her trailer. The 18-year-old has been a joy for Scarmardo to ride and will enjoy his future years grazing the pastures of her Texas home.
Check out the complete coverage of the NBHA Las Vegas Super Show in the August 2015 issue of Barrel Horse News. For the full results from the event visit www.barrelhorsenews.com.
Kailey Sullins is associate editor of Barrel Horse News. Email comments on this article to [email protected].