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Sponsored Rider: Chris Sterling
Hi there! My name is Chris Sterling and I am a resident of North Texas, specifically in the small town of Gainesville. I currently mainly ride Tess, my 11 year old AQHA palomino, but I do have my back-up horses which are Frannie, a 24 year old AQHA bay mare, as well as Squirrel, a 10 year old Appaloosa mare. We run barrels in the tough North Texas area where many NFR champions ride and race. My goals this year is to improve my overall performance and be ready to compete next year in the BBR and to reach the BBR world show. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Bridget in this area of North Texas and I am super proud to be a part of her sponsored team! #bestvetever
Sponsored Rider: Elliot and Catie Holzman
Elliot and Caitie Holtzman own and operate Versatile Horsemanship, LLC based out of Gainesville, Texas. A combined foundation of horsemanship, experience, and education is what their business is based upon as they try to incorporate their formal and informal knowledge into their operation. They continually work to hone their handiness about horses through studying under more experienced horsemen in the industry. Together, the pair advance performance horses and competitive prospects, start colts, host and teach clinics, and compete in Stock Horse and Ranch Horse events, Reined Cow Horse, and Ranch Riding. Elliot is a 2014 Legacy of Legends scholarship recipient, 2018 SHTX Reserve Champion Junior Horse, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Reserve Champion Colt Starter in the River Valley Iowa Competition. Caitie attended North Central Texas College where she studied Equine Science and Management and went on to gain a Bachelor and Master of Science in Agriculture from Texas A&M University-Commerce. This year, one of their goals is to successfully exhibit and compete aboard some of their own and client-owned horses; such as three-year-old Quarter Horse stallion “Doctor Assets” owned by Crown 3 Ranch, and four-year-old Quarter Horse mare “Bobbys Walla Whiz” owned by the Terry Ranch.
Sponsored Rider: Charlie Colella
Charlie has been involved in rodeo for the past 25 years, having competing in various events – including Bull Riding! He entered the equine rodeo world with the purchase of a 3 yr old mare out of the Dash For Cash bloodlines. After several years of competition on this mare, Charlie bred her during her retirement and she produced two outstanding foals.
Charlie’s current horses are his 12 yr old registered Paint gelding, Dashin Red Charger (out of his Dash For Cash mare), and his recent purchase, Stick L’il Bro, aka “Koda”. Koda is a 6 yr old registered Paint, which he purchased as a 5 yr old and has been training himself.
Charlie trains his horses in multiple disciplines, including Barrels, Poles, Flag Race, Team Roping (head and heel), Calf Roping, and Team Penning. His goal for the coming year is to expand Koda’s competition level in the barrel racing circuit and begin his roping training.
With regards to Crown 3 Equine, Charlie says, “Dr. Bridget Heilsberg and Crown 3 Veterinary Services is a vital part of my equine program. The knowledge and care she provides to me and my horses is invaluable.”