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Top Tie-Down Roper Takes Home 2013 Remuda Roulette Grand Prize

Award-winning filly presented to WNFR contestant Justin Maass

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Jan. 23, 2014 — 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.

“The Zoetis Remuda Roulette lottery horses have landed in the hands of two very talented cowboys,” said Allen Moczygemba, marketing director, Zoetis. “The partnership among the AQHA, Matador Ranch and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) provides an exciting opportunity to showcase the outstanding athleticism of the breed, along with highlighting one of the most progressive ranches in the country.”

For more information about Zoetis or the Zoetis-AQHA Best Remuda Award, visit zoetisUS.com or aqha.com/ranching. To download a high-resolution photo of Justin Maass and MCC Royal Chic, click here.

Suggested photo caption: From left: Justin Maass and daughter, Addy, and Matador representatives: Janie and Douglas Campbell and Kassi and Mickey Beshirs.

About Zoetis

Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2012, the company generated annual revenues of $4.3 billion. With approximately 9,300 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2013, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 29 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information on the company, visit www.zoetisUS.com.
 
Zoetis is the proud sponsor with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the American Veterinary Medical Association of the mobile educational exhibit Animal Connections: Our Journey Together. Families visiting the exhibit will explore the vast bonds between people and animals and learn about the important role veterinarians play in protecting animal and human health.

About Matador Ranch

Matador Ranch is owned and operated by The Matador Cattle Company, a division of Koch Agriculture Company — an indirect subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Koch Industries is one of America’s largest private companies with nearly 60,000 employees worldwide. For more information about Matador Ranch, visit matadorranch.com.

For further information, Contact:

Allen Moczygemba 
Zoetis 
973-822-7283 
allen.moczygemba@zoetis.com

Kori Conley
Bader Rutter
402-434-5306
kconley@bader-rutter.com