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Roper wins 2013 Remuda Roulette grand prize

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Justin Maass, a Giddings, Texas, cowboy and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) Round 6 tie-down roping champion, is the 2013 winner of a new horse from Zoetis Remuda Roulette.

For the second year in a row, Zoetis teamed up with the winner of the Zoetis-American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Best Remuda Award to present a new horse to a WNFR contestant. The 2013 Best Remuda Award winner, Matador Ranch, of Matador, Texas, donated a top filly from its working ranch horse string and put her into the hands of one of the world’s most talented tie-down ropers.

“We are fortunate to partner with Zoetis and the Remuda Roulette lottery,” said Bob Kilmer of the Matador Ranch. “It is an opportunity of a lifetime for decades of dedication to a better horse program for the ranch.”

The 2010 American Quarter Horse filly, MCC Royal Chic, comes from a long line of performers on both sides of her pedigree. Her versatility will be an asset inside and outside of the performance arena, Kilmer said.

The Remuda Roulette lottery, designed for WNFR contestants, awards entries on a performance-based point scale during the 10 rounds of the rodeo. Contestants receive a lottery chance simply for qualifying for the WNFR. Contestants who perform well throughout the rodeo receive additional lottery entries for a chance to take home the grand-prize filly. To determine who takes home the filly, one contestant is randomly selected from the pool of entries.

“WNFR had not gone exactly as planned for me this year, so hearing I won Remuda Roulette left me pleasantly surprised,” Maass said. “The Matador Ranch did a great job of getting the filly ready to take in any direction. I’m going to start roping the calf sled with her soon, and my wife plans to get her going around the barrel pattern. All of my good horses over the years have been bays, so I’m excited that she fits the make of my program.”

By putting the filly in the hands of one of the finest equine professionals in the world, Zoetis is confident Maass will help maintain the integrity and quality of the Matador Ranch and the American Quarter Horse.

“Majestic, as my daughter calls her, shows a lot of athletic ability and really likes to stop,” Maass said. “With her temperament, she should make a great calf (roping) horse. I’m grateful for the opportunity from Zoetis and the Matador Ranch to call her my own and look forward to her future.”

To date, Remuda Roulette has placed two top ranch horses in roping horse homes. Former world champion team roper Turtle Powell was the first to bring home the grand prize in 2012.

For more information about Zoetis or the Zoetis-AQHA Best Remuda Award, visit zoetisUS.com or aqha.com/ranching.