Bob O’Callaghan was looking for a nice 2 year old prospect to show non-pro when he travelled to Manyberries with trainer Clint Swales to look at a young horse bred by Ray and Bonnie Pearson. Clint was familiar with some nice horses by the same stallion, Rated PG, and had seen the horse as a yearling while visiting the Pearsons. Pure Latigo was very cute, flashy, nice to be around and seemed to have a laid-back disposition. Bob bought him and, respecting Clint’s abilities as a trainer, asked Clint to start Latigo. It very quickly became obvious they had a great horse on their hands, one capable of competing at the Open level. Although an accomplished rider and competitor himself, Bob has only ridden Latigo a few times, preferring to leave him in Clint’s professional and capable hands.


In his 4 and 5-year old seasons, Pure Latigo, with Clint Swales in the saddle, took home the Calgary Stampede Open and Limited Hackamore divisions, won the Open Hackamore class at the Canadian Supreme and the won the Cattlemen's Chautauqua Cow Horse Open Hackamore division. On the heels of such a great run, Bob and Clint made the decision to take Latigo to San Angelo, Texas for the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) 2008 World Championships held in February of this year.

Unknown south of the border, the little horse from Canada was not given a second look by his competition. Bob O’Callaghan refers to the competition at this event as “horrendous”, stating that, “If you’re going to go to the World’s you’d better have a good horse.” And, apparently, Bob does…Pure Latigo and Clint Swales brought home the Limited Open Hackamore World Championship, marking the first ever world championship win for a Canadian horse and trainer at this event.

Now 6, Pure Latigo will continue in the competition arena in the Two Rein division with plans to compete at the Calgary Stampede, the Canadian Supreme and in this year’s Canada’s Greatest Horseman Competition in Edmonton. Although Pure Latigo didn’t solve Bob O’Callaghan’s original task in finding a horse to compete on, he’s certainly taking him for quite a ride.