Riley Farris doubles down in AQHYA World Show

August 7th, 2019

NCHYA member Riley Farris, Madisonville, Tex., won dual titles this week at the 2019 AQHYA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla. Riding Play Purr View RG, by Metallic Cat, Riley scored 220 points to earn the Level 2 and Level 3 championships. She also scored 218 points in the Level 2 Finals for reserve on Smartys Secret, while her cousin, Faith Farris scored 218 points on Big Shoes To Phil, by High Brow Cat, as reserve champion in the Level 3 Finals.

Riley Farris
Riley Farris.

Last year, Faith Farris, Midway, Tex., won her second consecutive AQHYA Cutting World Championship on Smooth Serena Rey, by Smooth As A Cat, and her brother, Kyle, won back-to-back AQHYA Cutting World titles in 2011 and 2012. Faith also placed third with Big Shoes To Phil in this year’s NCHA Senior Youth World standings.

Riley Farris has been riding 7-year-old Play Purr View RG LTE $46,936, trained by Paul Hansma, since last December, when her father, Mike Farris, purchased the mare from Michelle and Gary Reichart, who had shown her successfully in Non-Pro and Amateur competition.

“She’s just amazing,” said Riley Farris of Play Purr View RG. “She’s stout and powerful, and the biggest horse I’ve ever had.” Out of Playgiarism LTE $42,121, Play Purr View RG is a full sister to Playin With a Cat LTE $191,072, and half-sister to Duals Play Kit LTE $235,489.

Smartys Secret LTE $17,725 is an 8-year-old gelding sired by Smart Lil Scoot and shown in 2015 limited age events by Craig Thompson.

Big Shoes To Phil LTE $47,562, was shown by Faith Farris earlier this year to place in the NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth Finals, as well as in the NCHA Senior Youth World Finals. The 6-year-old gelding, shown in limited age competition by Clint McDaniel and Hayden Upton, is a full brother 2011 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and 2012 NCHA Open World Champion to Don’t Look Twice LTE $824,546.