Member Spotlight – Bobby Kearney – Statesville, NC

September 12th, 2022 by Paige Wilson

You can’t beat that first buckle feeling. Bobby pictured at Right

Bobby Kearney grew up in Nevada and was influenced by his grandfather who would tell him how special a cutting horse was. He would get to ride occasionally as a boy, but after he finished medical school the first thing he did was buy a horse.

He attended the PCCHA cutting shows in Reno and would watch and talk with people. They moved to North Carolina and he put horses to the side after experiencing difficulties finding a trainer. Eventually an employee invited him to come riding and much to his excitement she rode cutting horses!

Kearney said 2021 was his Rookie year and he was able to show a few times. He has met some of his goals already including winning his first buckle and making sure there was a seven in front of his score.

He loves this sport and hopes to be an encouragement to anyone he meets at a cutting.

“There’s nothing like it in the world!… It’s just an amazing feeling to watch that animal and how much effort and love they have for you…”

Kearney highlights his first ride as one of his favorite moments in the sport. He said he marked a 68 and didn’t get disqualified. It was a dream come true for him. Another one of his favorite memories was when he won his first buckle. It was really tough cutting but he was able to mark a 70 and win reserve.

He hopes to keep showing as often as he can and involve his grandchildren. He has to travel five hours or more to show which makes it a challenge and limits the amount of showing he can do. He said his dream is to ride in the Will Rogers arena at Fort Worth one day.

Why Bobby Uses CHTO:

“It has so much information… When you’re trying to learn the sport, there’s a lot of language [and terms to learn]… You hear things in a different way that makes it hit home for you.”


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