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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NATIONAL REINED COW HORSE ASSOCIATION

MARCH/APRIL 2019

MARCH/APRIL 2019

VOLUME 24, NO. 2

Rise To GREAT

VOLUME 24, NO. 2

First Time GREAT

Qualifying for the finals from the bottom hole didn’t stop Corey Cushing and Sonita Lena Rey from rising to the top of the 2019 World’s Greatest Horseman field.

Trevor Hale and Survive These Lips captured the coveted World’s Greatest Youth Horseman inaugural championship title.

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CONTENTS////// MARCH / APRIL 2019   VOLUME 24, NUMBER 2 PRIMO MORALES

FEATURES 120 T rue to Goal

Reined cow horses are easily identified by traditional Vaquero style gear. However, the training and maneuvers required in the event are also based in old world style.

Collegiate Cow Horse 126 

Collegiate events pump up university students’ interest in the sport.

IN EVERY ISSUE From the NRCHA Executive  4 Director

Matt Koch and Opus Cat Olena earned the reserve championship spot in the Tres Osos Cow Horse Open Derby.

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EVENT COVERAGE  42 World’s Greatest Horseman

The last horse to work a cow in the finals, Corey Cushing closed out the 2019 World’s Greatest Horseman event with the high cow work score, clinching the coveted title.

 50 The Next Great Generation

NRCHA President’s Letter  8 136 Dennis Moreland’s Tack Tips 139 From the Judge’s Chair 140 NRCHA Judge’s Directory 144 Subscribed Stallion Program 146 NRCHA Membership Information 148 Top Rider List 150 NRCHA Approved Events 151 Suspended List

Survive These Lips carries Trevor Hale to inaugural World’s Greatest Youth Horseman Championship.

 58 NRCHA National Champions  74 NRCHA World Champions  94 Tres Osos Cow Horse Open Derby 102 Tres Osos Cow Horse Non Pro Derby 110 Studious Stockmen

Collegiate riders vie for individual and team awards in the fourth Reined Cow Horse Collegiate Challenge.

116 Coutts Conquers the Challenge

Addison Coutts rides Peppys Please to the High School Rodeo Cow Horse Invitational Championship.

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Quotable Meet Sunni McCormick Notable Non Pro Get to Know Dan Perez Ranch Cow Clinic NRCHyA News Around the Show

On the cover: The 2019 World’s Greatest Horseman, Corey Cushing, riding Sonita Lena Rey (photo by Ross Hecox; page 42). On the fold-out cover: The first World’s Greatest Youth Horseman, Trevor Hale, riding Survive These Lips. (photo by Primo Morales; page 50)

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///////// FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Volume 24, Number 2

GROWING PAINS

With another successful and recordbreaking Celebration of Champions in the books, I am reminded of a quote, “If you are not growing, you are dying.” I am pleased to say the National Reined Cow Horse Association is growing exponentially, and that cow horse is alive and well. However, the increased interest and participation in our sport is accompanied by some growing pains. In any business, growing pains are good—they challenge all of us to try new things, become more diligent and embrace forward thinking. The entries at our premier events and sanctioned shows represent a caliber of horses and riders that have never been better. With the rise in horses, exhibitors, owners and sponsors, comes a dire need for multiple arenas, countless stalls and RV spaces, larger cattle holding pens, easily-accessible loca-

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tions, good restaurants and lodging, and much more. Luckily, many of the venues that host our premier events meet all our needs, and our growing list of demands. One of the most common growing pains we have experienced is a two-arena show schedule, which has become a necessity. The NRCHA Board of Directors and staff consider every factor and work diligently to create a schedule that works best for everyone. Be assured that when the NRCHA Board and staff come across a bump in the road, we use it as a stepping stone towards a resolution that will work best for the entire membership. Sell-out events, late-night shows, arenas bursting with sponsor signs and a bustling practice pen are all examples of problems I am proud to be faced with, and I am honored to be a part of such a rapidly-growing organization. I cannot express enough how tirelessly the Board of Directors, committees and staff work to make every aspect of the association run smoothly. We all strive to give everyone, no matter what level, the show experience they desire and deserve. The cow horse community is the most welcoming and family-knit organization I have ever been a part of. Together, as a family, we will conquer our growing pains. All the best, Jay Winborn

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///////// FROM THE NRCHA PRESIDENT

ELECTION RESULTS New year with new officers, but the same forward momentum for 2019

As we close the books on another outstanding National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions, we open the books Corey Cushing to a new show season and new leadership. In January, the membership elected four members to the NRCHA Board of Directors. In February, during the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, the board of directors held their first meeting of the year where three more members were appointed to the association’s governing body, and officer elections were held. Returning to the NRCHA Board of Directors are Dr. Joe Carter, Dan Roeser, Jake Telford, Trey Neal and Frank Prisco. The board also welcomed two new members—NRCHA profes-

sionals Cayley Wilson from Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Darren Miller from Watkins, Colorado. I feel the 15 elected and appointed board members are upstanding representatives for the general membership and will uphold the goals and values of our association. During the Celebration of Champions, I was elected to the position of NRCHA President. I am honored by this leadership role and do not take it lightly—just like my fellow board members and committee chairmen. I could not be more excited about the positive direction the NRCHA is going. Every aspect of this great organization seems to be growing and prospering. I am proud to work alongside an incredible group of colleagues who bring so much to the table and work hard to make the best decisions for the association as a whole. Members, please know your voice matters and your feedback is important to us. I invite anyone with a thought or idea on how to improve our events and

programs to discuss them with me or my fellow board members. We are a team, each and every one. We are all in this together and we are all dedicated to making the NRCHA thrive at every level. Successes and defeats are part of life, but I believe what really matters is the knowledge you gain from those moments and how you use that knowledge to help yourself grow. I am excited by the opportunity to use the knowledge I have gained over the years and build upon the forward momentum of the association I love. The cow horse industry is not just a business but a passionate family. The NRCHA has provided a lifestyle for myself, and my family, that we dearly love and embrace. I look forward to giving back to an organization that has given us so much. Sincerely, Corey Cushing NRCHA President

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QUOTABLE There are lots of good horsemen throughout the disciplines, but people show up to watch the World’s Greatest Horseman. My dad [Shawn Davis] puts on big Western events [like the National Finals Rodeo] and he shows up to watch this because it’s an extremely exciting event. The reason I got into the cow horse is because I read about the World’s Greatest Horseman and this contest sounded interesting to me. There is almost a mystery to the event. It appeals to a broad spectrum of enthusiasts—reining, cutting, cow horse and roping. People that specialize in one discipline, it might be hard to grasp how a horse can be good at four disciplines. From a spectator standpoint, it is great to watch these horses do four events consistently to the level of a cow horse cutting as good as a cutting horse or roping as good as a rope horse. When you have an older, consistent horse, it’s a great competition to enter.” — Zane Davis, 2019 World’s Greatest Horseman Reserve Champion riding Rubys Radar (One Time Pepto x Ruby Bagonia x Peppy San Badger), owned by Billie Filippini’s C Ranches Inc.

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MEET SUNNI McCORMICK   By building a strong horsemanship foundation for her business, Sunni McCormick in turn built connections in the reined cow horse industry. PRIMO MORALES

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rainer Sunni McCormick’s introduction to horses was similar to that of many other equine professionals—through a family member. Her mom had a passion for riding and McCormick regularly tagged along to the barn. They enjoyed recreational riding the trails near their Santa Monica, California, home. Before the start of her junior year of high school, her family left the palm-lined beaches behind for Norco, an inland California town known for having more horses than people. There, McCormick also began competing in local shows.  Her life revolved around her interest in horses and McCormick knew she needed a job after graduation in 1994 so she could keep riding. Her roommate was working as a UPS® driver and encouraged McCormick to apply. Her application was accepted and McCormick soon started to work part-time on a 747-airplane mail crew at the Ontario, California, airport. After that year’s Christmas rush, she was hired on permanently. Four years into her career, she was promoted to a supervisor overseeing a crew of 12 people.  “I absolutely loved my job at UPS,” she said. “I ended up working there for 10 years.” 

Because she worked nights, her schedule left plenty of time for riding. First, she worked for Shelley Lunde, a Western pleasure and all-around Paint Horse trainer in Norco. Then McCormick went to work for cutting horse trainer Chris Delmar. At Delmar’s she primarily worked as a loper helping to keep horses fit. In 2006 she took a mare, May See Chex (Mister Dual Pep x Bueno Chex Macy x Bueno Chex) to Jimmy Flores in Perris, California, for a breeding to Smoken Joe Olean (Docs Lena Smoke x Bar Chex Honey x Bueno Chex Willie), a stallion owned by Flores’ client Arnold McKee.  “Jimmy told me he was looking for an assistant,” McCormick said. “The other disciplines I’d ridden just didn’t hold my attention. The reined cow horse [competition] has so many different events that it really inspired me.”  She started part-time, assisting with saddling and other chores. In time, Flores gave McCormick the chance

Karen Cherry and Greg Bieker entrusted One Time Hollywood to Sunni McCormick to show and train.

to show. Eventually she started colts, prepped horses for roping and ranch riding, and quit her job at UPS so she could work in the horse industry full time.   “The reined cow horse is very technical. You have to tear everything apart and put it back together again,” she said. “I just couldn’t resist it.”  Flores did more than introduce McCormick to the discipline as a rider; he taught her the behind-the-scenes business basics, such as signing clients up for shows and other logistics. He also encouraged her to get her judge’s card.  “That’s when I realized how much those penalties added up, especially in reining,” McCormick said. “That’s when I really stepped up my game.”  With 12 years of solid mentoring, she struck out on her own in 2015.

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of accomplishments, among them are qualifying for the NHSRA Finals, winning the Youth Bridle Reserve Championship at the 2018 NRCHA World Show and a third-place finish at the National standings in 2017. Colleagues in the cow horse world often referred to Coutts as McCormick’s “mini me.”  “When Addie shows, she competes with the finesse of an open rider. It has been my privilege to have mentored her through her youth career,” McCormick said. 

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She relocated to reining trainer Tanya Jenkins’ facility in Temecula, California. Jenkins’ husband was an avid roper so the facility was prepared to handle cattle, which were needed for two of the three reined cow horse events. Jenkins sold the 10-acre, fullservice facility in 2017, which is now known as Sisters Equestrian Facility.    “It was all set up for my cows,” McCormick said. “I just had to make the footing a little deeper and put up a cutting pen.”  In just three years McCormick quickly demonstrated her commitment to the discipline and honed her skills. She’s had multiple clients qualify for the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions world show and finish in the Top 10 national standings.  Addison Coutts, one of McCormick’s first clients, was a youth rider when the two first met. The young rider had only a few years of eligibility left in both reined cow horse youth and National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) competition, and wanted to make the most of her time on both circuits. McCormick helped her find Peppys Please (Chic Please x Peppys Lena Limerick x Peppy San Badger), a 2007 mare.   The Brim Collection Ranch in Idaho had the mare for sale, and she fit the bill for what Coutts needed. The horse had a solid foundation and needed brushing up on her stops and lead changes. That’s where McCormick excels, said Karen Cherry, who co-owns the Brim Collection Ranch with Greg Bieker.   “Sunni’s strength is her ability to take a horse from any other program and polish it up so the horse and rider can be successful in the show pen,” Cherry said.   Under McCormick’s coaching, Coutts has accumulated a long list

McCormick said that she’d be lost without her faithful Border Collie, Little Gypsy Rose. “She’s my right hand. She brings the cows up for me. I can stay at the gate while she goes out and works,” McCormick said.

When McCormick took Coutts to see Peppys Please in Idaho, little did she know the sale would gain her a new client—the sellers. When the sale was final, Cherry and Bieker delivered the mare to California. The couple stayed an extra day to watch McCormick train. They were so impressed with

how particular she is about everything, from grooming and saddling to working the cattle, that they decided to send a few horses her way.  “Her personality is so warm and inviting [that] it was like we had known each other our entire lives,” Cherry said. “Every time we sold one [horse], we’d send her another. We’ve sent her about 10 in the last two-and-a-half years.” One of those horses was the 2013 mare Onetime Hollywood (Onetime Smarter x Stormy Star Dunnit x Dunnit In Hollywood). Cherry and Bieker bred and raised the mare and had sent her to be started by another trainer. The couple wasn’t seeing the expected results, so they brought the horse home. Sending “Mitzi,” as the mare is known, 10 hours away to McCormick’s place was a tough decision.  “Greg didn’t want the horses that far away because we want to be a part of the horse’s lives,” Cherry said. “Sunni’s communication makes us feel like we’re right there. She sends pictures, video and verbal updates on how everything is going with each horse.”  McCormick did not disappoint. In less than three months McCormick qualified Mitzi for the 2018 Celebration of Champions in the Limited Hackamore. Had it not been for an overspin in the reined work, they probably would have been crowned reserve world champions based on the score sheets. The judges gave a score for every maneuver up to the overspin, which resulted in a zero score. Reviewing the scorecards showed she would have had the highest rein work score in the class, and the mare’s cow score of 216 was her highest to date.  “Sunni was devastated. Not just for us. But for the mare because she knew how special she was and that the mare had talent,” Cherry said. “Mitzi is a

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///////// CIRCLE UP bringing new riders into the industry. Since 2015 she has served as a board member for the SCRCHA. She leads the group’s social media, advertising and merchandise efforts. “I felt it was important to know what was going on behind the scenes,” she said. “Without the club I would not have a business for so many reasons. I am willing to do whatever it takes to make sure the club is successful.” Club shows introduce people to the industry by making it affordable for people to get started without spend-

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firecracker and you don’t always want them like that until they are going down the fence. Sunni slowed her down and perfected the things that needed to be fine-tuned.” Despite the loss of a title, the progress McCormick made with the mare in so few months showcased her talent and future potential.   “Sunni looks at every horse as an individual. She keeps her mind open to the fact that every horse is different and when something doesn’t work for a horse, she tries something different,” Cherry said.   McCormick doesn’t exclusively focus on youth and open clients. She welcomes any rider who wants to learn. That includes non pro riders, such as Rachel Reedy. In 2018, Reedy won the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association year-end title and the NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore National Championship with Uno Whats Wright (Hes Wright On x Uno What Weeno x Smart Little Uno). “Sunni never stops learning and she is humble enough to look to others when needed. She turns to Don Murphy and attends other clinicians’ events when they are in our area,” Reedy said.  McCormick’s personality is infectious. She encourages clients to improve their horsemanship skills and their relationships with their horses, but is equally focused on the people part of the business. And McCormick credits her career at UPS with showing her the importance of having those skills.  “UPS taught me time management, people skills and the art of communication,” she said. “We all love the horses, but their owners receive just as much attention and respect.”  McCormick knows the importance of

Four-year-old Sioux Per Boom is Sunni McCormick’s personal project, from the horse’s breeding to his first show last year.

ing “big show” fees. Club shows also allows trainers to prepare horses and clients for the bigger shows. And the club shows have NRCHA world-showqualifying classes.   Plus, local representation is imperative to the growth of the discipline. Such representation is the roots of the organization and the voice of members, said Shelley Schaffer, SCRCHA president.

Professionals, such as McCormick, help the affiliates and the national association stay in tune with what members need and want. “Professionals like Sunni guide our decisions to keep us relevant and thus improve our longevity,” Schaffer said. “Sunni is a true advocate for our sport. I’ve never seen her not smile or be unwilling to help. She is a humble spirit who helps us innovate and she helps us move forward.”  Training client horses, coaching, showing and serving on a board often leaves a professional little time for personal prospect projects. But McCormick has a young horse of her own that she’s bringing along— 4-year-old Sioux Per Boom (A Shiner Named Sioux x Boom N Tati x Boomernic). In 2015 she bred her mare Boom N Tati (by Boomernic) to A Shiner Named Sioux and nicknamed the resulting foal “McDreamy” as a nod to her favorite television show Grey’s Anatomy. McCormick has documented every moment of McDreamy’s and her journey on Facebook. Last year, she took him to the futurity and has started him in a hackamore.  “From day one he’s always been really willing and really easy,” McCormick said. “That doesn’t always make a good cow horse but as a trainer, when you’ve spent a full day working client horses, it’s a lot easier to keep one like him going. That’s because he doesn’t put up a fight and he remembers what he learned the day before.”  Whether fulfilling her clients’ goals or helping another rider to get a start in reined cow horse, Sunni McCormick is doing her part to bring people together using the best asset she has in her toolbox—the horse.

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his trade as a youngster from his father, who had a machine shop, and then honed his skills during his six years with the Coast Guard. He then joined the ironworker’s union and did a stint with a pipeline company before starting his own business in 2000. And, Lyle is all about horses. “From the bleachers it [riding cow horses] looks pretty easy but once Debbie got me on the back of one, I realized it wasn’t,” he said. “That sparked my interest to learn how to get a horse to do what you were asking it to do.” At first, Lyle’s goal was to learn the reining maneuvers. Then, he wanted to learn how to mark a plus-half score on each one. “I’ve always been competitive. It’s not in my nature to do something halfway—I’m either in or I’m out,” Lyle said. “Once I got to working the cow and then going down the fence and experiencing that adrenaline rush, I was hooked.” Initially Lyle was guided through the cow horse ranks by trainer Mike Helsen, who was training the then7-year-old Millionheir Boon (Bodee Boonsmal x Candle Bar Holly x Lenas Jewel Bars). From the onset, Lyle’s strategy was to let the older horse teach COURTESY OF LYLE PROCTOR

f you had asked Lyle Proctor what he thought of horses 10 years ago, he would have said that they were okay. That they were a mode of transportation. That he rode one when he needed to get into the backcountry to go hunting. If you asked him today, he says that horses are athletes. His change in attitude is due to both Proctor’s wife, Debbie, and his discovery of cow horses. “Debbie had always shown horses, had horses and been around horses, but I never did. She was into reining and wanted to do cow horse,” Lyle said. “She was looking at a cow horse in 2009 and asked me to go with her, and we ended up buying it. She convinced me to get on and ride a little bit, so I worked it [the horse] on a flag.” Debbie convinced Lyle to work the flag and soon he began riding on Saturdays at the trainer’s with her. The horse they’d bought, Millionheir Boon, became his mount and they had to find another horse for Debbie. “That was the first time I ever even really rode a horse—it was the first time that I’d asked a horse to do something other than follow the horse in front of it and walk down a trail,” said Lyle of his introduction to performance horses.

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steadily picked up money in hackamore classes during 2016 and 2017. At the end of 2017, Lyle moved SJR All Time Cash to Trent Pedersen’s barn in Brush Prairie, Washington, so that she’d be closer to home. He set the goal that he wanted to earn the required $5,000 in bridle money that he needed to complete the Supreme requirements in 2018 while she was still in the two rein. “I wasn’t quite sure that we could get it done but I got a great start in Vegas [at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes] in April when I won the Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular ($1,960) and the two rein class ($1,292),” he said. “It took us until Reno but we got it done.” SJR All Time Cash has been good at every level of her training but Lyle is most excited about what’s still to come. “I think she’s going to be a phenomenal bridle horse and I’ve had my biggest scores on her in the bridle.” Riding SJR All Time Cash to Supreme status is what Lyle regards as his biggest achievement in the show pen to date. “It’s not just having a good run on one day, it’s an accumulation of having

good runs over four years and making the right decisions to keep her sound mentally and physically. Physically she hasn’t had any problems but I showed her so much that trying to keep her solid in the show pen was a bit of a struggle at times. We had to turn her out and give her rest because you have to manage their mental health too.” SJR All Time Cash has remained in training throughout her career but Lyle has ridden her when time has permitted. In February 2019, at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, Proctor piloted the horse to yet another top finish, leaving Texas as the 2018 Non Pro Bridle Reserve World Champion. “Sometimes it’s once a month sometimes it’s every weekend; it just depends on what I’ve got going on,” Lyle said. “Doing this has been a tremendous amount of fun. I like to learn and horses will teach you something every time you get on them—especially young horses. They’re always changing and evolving, and it’s a learning process every time you ride them.” Debbie and Lyle Proctor both love competing in reined cow horse.

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him what to do. In 2011 Lyle and Millionheir Boon took home both the National Reined Cow Horse Association National Championship and the World Championship in the Novice Non Pro. “I wanted to work backward and let a bridle horse teach me what it knew,” Lyle said. “Then I got a hackamore horse and then my first futurity horse in 2014. I didn’t do any good with it, but he taught me a lot.” When Lyle bought SJR All Time Cash (One Time Pepto x Shesa Lota Cash x Nu Cash), who was in training with Jim Spence of Yamhill, Oregon, he started working with Spence. The following year, they won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Amateur ($6,160), and placed 4th in the Novice ($1,949), 7th in the Intermediate Non Pro ($3,226) and 9th in the Non Pro ($4,011). To Lyle, doing well on that 3-year-old was the result of the work he’d put in on the older horses. “It was a matter of evolution. Of learning the different steps of riding and how to make a bridle horse,” Lyle said. “Three and four-year-olds are so difficult. You’re either training or untraining the horse every time you get on it. So if you don’t have the ability to ride a 3-year-old, and, on the weekend, you get on the horse that your trainer has been working on all week, then by the time you get off him, you’ll have untrained him. If you start with a bridle horse that is trained and does things correctly, then you can learn what it feels like and take that information back to a younger horse.” Following their success in the Snaffle Bit Futurity®, Lyle set a new goal—he wanted SJR All Time Cash to be recognized as an NRCHA Supreme Reined Cow Horse. “I knew if we could keep her sound that she would do it,” said Lyle who

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Competing in reined cow horse also has taught Lyle to appreciate horses for what they are—even “the old plugs” that he rides in the backcountry. “They’re doing their job getting you from A to B safely but they make you realize that these cow horses are elite; they’re phenomenal creatures,” said Lyle. “These days I’ve really only got two things in my life, riding horses and running my business. I still hunt and it gets in the way of both of those. I show horses all summer but then when fall comes, I tell my trainers, I’m out of here, see you next year.”

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GET TO KNOW DAN PEREZ Dan Perez has enjoyed exceptional horses as well as lifelong friendships via his involvement in the National Reined Cow Horse Association. PRIMO MORALES

By Bonnie Wheatley

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an Perez appreciates the versatility and athleticism unique to the reined cow horse, and he joins a similar group of National Reined Cow Horse Association owners and non professional competitors in that view. Perez, of Westley, California, developed his affinity for horses early in life—horses that could do their jobs well on the ranch. “As a child, I was always interested in the strength and beauty of horses,” said Perez. “My father’s farming partner was also a cattleman. When I would be asked to gather and brand, I always looked forward to spending the day in the saddle.” Perez’s childhood love of horses led to his love of riding those ranch horses then led to owning his own. Horses Perez has owned, or currently owns, are credited with earnings of more than $424,014 in the NRCHA. Despite such impressive stats, Perez is anything but boastful. He remains loyal to one training program and credits veteran horseman Ken Wold as “the driving force for my love of cow horses.”

In the late 1990s, Perez began his foray into the world of reined cow horses with the purchase of one gelding. Needing to find a trainer for that prospect, Perez was referred to Wold Training Stables, and the rest, as they say, is history. “I bought a nice gelding from a young trainer in our area,” explained Perez. “When he moved, he recommended that I take my gelding to Ken Wold. I have been with Ken ever since; that was in 1999. My connection to the NRCHA started at that point.”

When Dan Perez and Ken Wold teamed up, they created a special owner-trainer relationship. Today, the two focus on showing the 2009 stallion, Brother Jackson.

Perez still owns that gelding, and although the horse didn’t excel in the show pen, he turned out to be a great ranch horse. More importantly, that horse initiated the successful owner/ trainer relationship between Perez and Wold that is two decades strong.

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///////// CIRCLE UP Reno SBF. I am grateful to Ken for his commitment and dedication to help me attain my goals. We are excited about this show season. Ken will continue to show Jule Of A Time this year, a 2015 mare by the talented Hickory Holly Time out of the great mare Soula Jule Forever.” Perez looks forward to what the 2019 show season has in store and, like many, he dreams of one day having a NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion emerge from his program. Not only is Perez a devotee of the vaquero training method of advancing young horses through the snaffle bit, hackamore and two rein phases before achieving finished bridle horse status, he also enjoys the people of the NRCHA as much as he does the horses. “I really enjoy the friendships that I have through the NRCHA,” said Perez. “It’s a good group of people with a dedication to the love of horses. I always look forward to the shows to see all my friends.”

Great friends and great horses make a tough combination to beat. Plus, Perez has a truly special horse in the 2009 stallion Brother Jackson (Peptoboonsmal x Shes Icing Onthe Cat x High Brow Cat). “I am very blessed to own a horse like Brother Jackson,” said Perez. “I appreciate Zane Davis giving me the opportunity to purchase ‘Brother.’ Zane was successful with him in his early years and Ken has kept the momentum going.” That momentum has resulted in such prestigious wins as the 2017 CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular and National Stock Horse Association World’s Richest Stock Horse Open Reserve Championship, among numerous others. Brother

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“Ken is an extremely talented trainer and his friendship will forever be appreciated. Ken is a member of an elite group that are NRCHA Hall of Fame inductees, all of whom I greatly respect,” said Perez graciously. Of the challenges and rewards that come with owning and showing reined cow horses, Perez loves seeing a young prospect pan out. As does any good owner, he understands the risks and values the rewards when they do come. “Reined cow horse is a very challenging discipline for both the horse and rider, but I think that is what makes it so enjoyable and doesn’t leave time for much else. Owning good horses and watching them being shown, along with showing myself, is a true passion,” said the third-generation California farmer. “With that comes always trying to justify my expensive hobby. The most rewarding is seeing a young prospect started and then successfully becoming a show horse.” Beyond his family’s farming business, which produces almonds, tomatoes and numerous other crops, Perez is also the president, co-founder and co-owner of Westside Equipment Company. The company builds, sells and services tomato harvesters that are used worldwide. By his own admission, Perez counts himself fortunate to have owned a number of talented horses. While not all have achieved such pinnacles as the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open Finals, Perez is proud to have seen his horses be successful at various levels. “My goal always has been to just make the finals,” he said. “I reached that goal with three horses—Jules Hickory Star, This Cats Forever and Jule Of A Time. Jule Of A Time won the Intermediate Open Finals in 2018 at the

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///////// CIRCLE UP Jackson’s lifetime earnings to date have reached $142,889. The dynamic team of Brother Jackson and Ken Wold is always a crowd favorite at marquee bridle horse events like the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman. “I think one of our proudest moments is winning the CD Survivor Bridle Spectacular at the 2017 NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, California,” recalled Perez. “That was a very special night. We all know how much hard work and dedication goes into getting our horses ready for the show pen, and when it pays off, there is no feeling like it. It is that feeling that keeps us all coming back to the shows. It is truly an addiction.” Perez will continue feeding his cow horse addiction by way of foals sired by Brother Jackson, whose first crop hit the show pen in 2018.

“When I buy or breed a horse, I look for plenty of substance,” said Perez. “You need to have a horse that can hold up for the long haul. I look for good conformation, good balance and temperament. I always take into consideration the mare’s important role in producing good, solid babies. You have to breed good stallions to good mares.” Beyond his instrumental role in selecting and breeding great horses for his own program, Perez is also committed to perpetuating the reined cow horse industry through service on the NRCHA Board of Directors. “As a member of the NRCHA Board of Directors, I feel we are always striving for what is in the best interest of the horses,” Perez said. “We need to honor and respect our horses and remember that most of them give us their heart

and soul to make our jobs and/or a hobby possible. I believe in the timehonored tradition of bringing a horse through all the stages of ultimately becoming a bridle horse.” Not only does Perez promote the vaquero tradition embodied by the reined cow horse, he also enjoys riding the finished product, whether that’s in the arena or out on the ranch as he did during his childhood. “I have enjoyed showing Red Carpet Style (CD lights x Stylish N Shiney x Shining Spark) for the last three years,” he said. “She is a very athletic mare and gives her all in the show pen. However, occasionally I am asked by friends to check cattle. I really enjoy the time I can be horseback in the hills.”

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or the first time, the National Reined Cow Horse Association is partnering with a working ranch to tailor a clinic around ranch cowboys eager to learn more about reined cow horse. Held at the historic Tongue River ranch in Guthrie, Texas, some of the top NRCHA competitors are serving as clinicians to discuss breeding and pedigrees; breaking, training and showing cow horses; and how to judge a cow horse class. Cowboys join Todd Crawford, Robert Forst, Matt Koch, Terry Riddle and Jordan Williams for this two-day educational event that also hosts a jackpot roping. Stay tuned for a full report in the May/June issue of Reined Cow Horse News.

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NRCHyA NEWS Getting business done while having fun at the Celebration of Champions was an NRCHyA priority. By Tucker Gillespie PRIMO MORALES

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uring the Celebration of Champions show in Fort Worth, the National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association held a number of events for the enjoyment of the youth members. These activities are intended to provide fun things for the youth riders to do while in Fort Worth as well as bring them together to meet new riders and form new friendships. This is also a way for many of the youth to relax after a stressful day of showing. One of the first activities presented by the youth was a youth fan zone during

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the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman steer stopping. They sectioned off a portion of the seats and served pizza for the youth to enjoy. A two-step dance class was also offered for the youth. Two instructors were brought in to teach the youth the basics of two-step dance. In addition to one-time events, there was also a youth lounge open from Thursday until the end of the show. The youth lounge was fully stocked with snacks (we all know how much kids eat) so they could just go and hang out with friends. It also provided materials for the youth to make inspirational posters to hang in the warm-up arenas. Amidst all the excitement of these activities, the NRCHyA also hosted its annual National Youth Meeting. Because more youth are at the Celebration of Champions than any other show, it makes it the perfect time to host a meeting. During the youth meeting, members discussed all the activities, clinics, and business that happened in the past year. They also held an election of officers for the association. Members were nominated for a variety of positions on a board that holds monthly conference calls to discuss youth business. NRCHyA President Ben Self handed out a number of affiliate scholarships to youth bridle and youth limited champi-

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ons, and all the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman riders received their jackets at the awards banquet Friday night. The NRCHyA also reimburses youth riders’ stall fees every year. There are, however, two conditions to this reimbursement. The youth member has to attend the National Meeting, and they have to participate in the chosen community service project. This year the community service was a coat drive. The youth members collected over 60 coats that could be donated to The Safe Haven of Tarrant County, a nonprofit organization that runs shelters for women.

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AROUND THE SHOW A lot goes on when two arenas are running classes and the world’s best cow horse competitors are on hand to compete. Check out these moments caught around the Celebration of Champions. KATE BRADLEY BYARS

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Phillip Ralls and his daughter, Josey, accept the award for the high score in the herd work aboard Call Me Mitch in the preliminary go of the 2019 World’s Greatest Horseman.

While Sonita Lena Rey’s owner, Sheri Jamieson, wasn’t able to attend the event, Kristen Cushing used Facetime to let her watch Corey Cushing being awarded the World’s Greatest Horseman title. ALLISON WALKER

The steer stopping event packed the John Justin Area with youth competitors vying for a top six placing in the inaugural World’s Greatest Youth Horseman.

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The final three youth riders awaiting the results of the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman finals. From left, Pierce Wold (reserve), Champion Trevor Hale and Garrett Lund (third place).

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Tripp Townsend and his son, Trail, both rode TRR Lucky Playgun in the World’s Greatest event, with Trail qualifying in the top six of the Youth riders. The Townsends were one of six multigenerational entries in the event.

Wade Meador and Truly Screyumptious make a fence turn in the preliminary cow work for the World’s Greatest Horseman. The pair finished 12th, just out of qualifying for the Finals.

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Each rider entered in the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman received a Carroll leather jacket sponsored by Bell, Rankin and Ralls.

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From qualifying for the finals in the last spot to taking the World’s Greatest Horseman title, Sonita Lena Rey and Corey Cushing kept the crowd in suspense until the last run of the event.

2019 NRCHA WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN TOP 11 Fort Worth, Texas – February 18-23, 2019 Horse/Rider/Pedigree/Owner/Score (S-Steer Stopping)/Money

1. Sonita Lena Rey; Corey Cushing; 11G (Dual Rey x Sonita Lena Chick x Smart Chick Olena); Sheri L. Jamieson; 877 (H:212/R:217/ S:223/C:225) $40,000. 2. Rubys Radar; Zane Davis; 10S (One Time Pepto x Ruby Bagonia x Peppy San Badger); C Ranches Inc.; 874.5 (H:212/R:224/ S:220/C:218.5) $25,000. 3. Duals Lucky Charm; Kelby Phillips; 13G (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Ms Pepcid Olena x Pepcid); Mike and Robyne Stewart; 868.5 (H:215/R:217.5/ S:218/C:218); $18,000. 4. Sparktilion; Jake Telford; 10M (Shining Spark x Cattilion x High Brow Cat); Michelle Cannon; 868 (H:215/R:221/ S:222/C:210); $14,000. 5. Bed Head Cat; Abbie Phillips; 10G (Wild Haired Cat x Isabellena x Quejanaisalena); David Burtenshaw; 864 (H:218/R:214/ S:209/C:223); $11,750. 6. This Cats Sinful; Matt Koch; 12M (WR This Cats Smart x Sinful Playgirl x Freckles Playboy); Matt Koch; 857.5 (H:214/R:211.5/ S:218.5/C:213.5); $9,000. 7. Honey Bees; Brad Lund; 09M (Peptoboonsmal x Savannah Hickory x Docs Hickory); Honeybee Partners LLC; 854.5 (H:212/R:212/ S:218.5/C:212); $8,000. 8. Wranglered; Luke Jones; 11S (Starlights Wrangler x Snow White Dun It x Hollywood Dun It); Dell and Terri Hendricks; 854 (H:206/R:212.5/ S:220/C:215.5); $7,000. 9. Red River Rivalry; Shawn Hays; 11S (Soula Jule Star x Shiners Miss Lena x Shining Spark); Tammy Hays & Walter Greeman; 851.5 (H:216.5/R:216/ S:219/C:200); $6,000.

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10. Royal Smart Fletch; Boyd Rice; 10S (Royal Fletch x Little Smart Ginger x Smart Little Lena); Kit & Charlie Moncrief; 841.5 (H:220/R:208/ S:219/C:194.5); $5,000.

The last horse to work a cow in the finals, Corey Cushing closed out the 2019 World’s Greatest Horseman with the high cow work score, clinching the coveted title.

11. Shine Smarter; Chris Dawson; 12M (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark); Linda Mars; 198 (H:198/R:0/ S:0/C:0); $5,000.

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n typical cow horse fashion, the World’s Greatest Horseman competition came down to the final run, and the final turn on the fence. From the exhilarating run Coloradan Matt Koch made after he waved off the judge’s offer of a new cow or the deafening applause when female finalist Abbie Phillips called for her cow, to the fist bump between competitors Kelby Phillips and Corey Cushing before Cushing made the final run of the night, it was a rollercoaster of highs at the 2019 event, produced by the National Reined Cow Horse Association. In the end, NRCHA Two Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing and Sonita Lena Rey (Dual Rey x Sonita Lena Chick x Smart Chick Olena) were named the World’s Greatest Horseman team. Eleven horse and rider teams—due to a tie for the 10th place hole—advanced from the preliminary rounds to the final night of the coveted title-winning competition. Boyd Rice and Royal Smart Fletch (Royal Fletch x Little Smart Ginger x Smart Little Lena), owned by Kit and Charlie Moncrief, earned the high score in the herd work finals, marking a 220. Then, Zane Davis rode Rubys Radar (One Time Pepto x Ruby Bagonia x Peppy San Badger) to the high score in the rein work, a 224, for C Ranches, Inc. After scoring a 222 and the second-high score in the steer stopping, Jake Telford, of Caldwell, Idaho, and Sparktilion (Shining Spark x Cattilion x High Brow Cat), owned by Michelle Cannon, had a lead headed into the last cow work run, but baubles there opened the door for other competitors.

Zane Davis experienced a moment of elation when the 224 reining score was announced for his run aboard Rubys Radar. Eventually, the two would be named the reserve champion pair in the 2019 World’s Greatest Horseman.

ished in the reserve spot to earn $25,000. “I had to sit for a minute to take it all in when they made the announcement,” Cushing said. “The journey getting there… Sheri has been outstanding for a customer and has stood behind me 100-percent. The journey of the horse, the prelims being so close and me slipping

in there for the last hole and then me winning, there weren’t many words to describe it. It was unbelievable.” Cushing previously won the event aboard PRF Spoonful of Gold (Hes A Peptospoonful x Sons Miss Sprat x Sons Rushette) in 2015. That win occurred shortly after his second NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open Championship in 2014 riding the gelding Good Time (One Time Pepto x Dual Nurse x Dual Pep). While the winning both titles back to back is similar to this year’s feat, the timing is the only similarity between the events. Cushing said the 2 horses in 2018 and 2019 are completely different than in 2014 and 2015. “I guess the only thing that you can say about all of them is that they’re outstanding athletes,” he said. While the winning both titles back to back is similar to this year’s feat, the timing is the only similarity between the events. Cushing said the two horses in 2018 and 2019 are completely different than in 2014 and 2015. “We gelded [Sonita Lena Rey] because something tripped his trigger and a light bulb turned on, and he realized he had more manpower to him,” Cushing continued. “It got to a point where you had to be cautious with him. It dang sure helped, a lot, because he is so gentle and kind and loving. He wants to be your friend, but he still craves being a performer.” The 2011 gelding was proving himself a consistent competitor, winning the Open Bridle in October at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, and having placed second in the CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular during the 2018 NRCHA Derby. With lifetime NRCHA

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earnings of $79,385.04, the horse was consistent in the bridle and Cushing had been roping on him for roughly one year when the decision was made to show him in the World’s Greatest Horseman. “Every ride and show led up to me showing him,” Cushing said. “He was getting so comfortable in the herd work, rein work and fence work. I had a good feeling each time and knowing I was just trying to finesse it.” With the success of the last few months fresh in his mind, Cushing said that the titles only give him more faith in his training program. However, he acknowledges that many other cow horse trainers have provided advice over the years. “It makes you sit a little taller in your seat, so to speak. Practice what you preach; I say that all the time. Knowing

As he headed in to call for the cow that would be the score-topper to win the 2019 World’s Greatest Horseman, Corey Cushing gave the 2018 champion, Kelby Phillips, a fist bump. Phillips finished third in the 2019 event aboard Duals Lucky Charm.

every little thing about that horse from how it works to how it places its feet, to how that horse feels on show day, it all plays a big part for me,” he said. “I can promise you, I have asked a lot of people for advice and help and not one person hasn’t given me advice that will better my horse and my situation. Kelby and Abbie [Phillips], who work out of the same place with me and I see them everyday, we pick each other’s brains to see what we can do to build these horses. That is what is so neat about the cow horse—everyone is willing to offer help.” The camaraderie of the industry’s professionals was evident following Cushing’s victory lap. From Boyd Rice patting him on the back during the awards announcement to Phillip Ralls’ good-natured ribbing during one of Cushing’s media

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he first husband and wife pair to both qualify for the World’s Greatest Horseman finals is a history-making event. Kelby and Abbie Phillips both piloted horses into the top 10, heading into the World’s Greatest Horseman finals with big expectations: Kelby wanting to defend the 2018 title he won aboard Hickory Holly Time and Abbie wanting to live the dream she’s had for so many years.

“ It has been one of my goals to make the Finals. It was an honor to be in there with those great, great cowboys. It was just fun,” she said. “I didn’t really care where I placed and was just happy to be in the finals and able to compete with that caliber of cowboys and horses. I was so happy!” And it was very nearly not Abbie in Bed Head Cat’s saddle. At the time of the event’s draw, Kelby’s mount, Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Ms Pepcid Olena x Pepcid), was sore. While Abbie had prepared Bed Head Cat, a gelding she said she has a good connection, the husband-wife pair was looking to put Kelby in the saddle for the event. Previously training the 2010 gelding for the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, and winning the Pre-Futurity that year, Kelby was more than familiar with the bay horse bred by Garth and Amanda Gardiner. “Kelby rode him a few days while we figured

out what was wrong with Duals Lucky Charm, but they have a tense relationship. After a few days, they ended up getting along pretty good. It was exciting for me, either way, whether Kelby or I showed him. But, his horse was fine and I was able to show.” And put on a show was what Abbie did, with a fifth place finish to Kelby and Duals Lucky Charm’s third place, and the second-highest cow run score, a 223. To her, it was a result of hard work and support from her “amazing” husband as well as her father, David Burtenshaw, having purchased the horse following Bed Head Cat’s Futurity year. Having a woman in the finals gave the crowd a thrill those watching hadn’t experienced in some time. “I am the type of person that I don’t like attention, so it was hard for me to have the focus on me, but I was just overwhelmed with all the support and love,” Abbie said. “It was crazy! I encourage everyone to follow whatever goals and dreams they have and to work hard at it. Eventually, your goal will happen. I had a dream, worked at it, and it finally became a reality! ”

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Left: While he didn’t top the cow work scores, Matt Koch brought the crowd to its feet with a defiant work on an uncooperative cow. Koch and his mare, This Cats Sinful, finished sixth. Below: World’s Greatest Horseman 2019, Corey Cushing, and his wife, Kristen, share an emotional moment following the announcement of his win. PRIMO MORALES

interviews, the exuberant feeling permeated the John Justin Arena. Cushing made the drive from Fort Worth, Texas, to Scottsdale, Arizona, with the World’s Greatest Horseman winner and the Tres Osos Open Derby Champion in the trailer. “It was beyond amazing and it is making the drive home a lot more enjoyable to say the least,” he said. “I’m super pumped up for this year.” Zane Davis rode Billie Filippini’s 2010 stallion Rubys Radar to the reserve hole. Davis started the finals night with a 212 in the herd work, and knew he had to play catch up to stay in the running for the title. Following an outstanding 224 in the rein work, Davis’ hope was restored and he let loose two arms raised in triumph. “I wasn’t concerned about the reining with him but I was surprised at the score; it was a relief. Hands in the air for me is rare, but he made such a good run,” Davis said. “I was equally happy with him all the way through in every run. In this, they have to be able to do it all equally. There can’t be guesswork or an event where you’re hoping they do well. It takes away from your confidence in

them when you’re guessing how they work.” Davis’ steer stopping score and fence run kept him in the top tier of competition but in the end, he and the roan stallion brought Filippini the second place check. Fourth year sponsor DT Horses was joined by Hashtags in support of the event. DT Horses’ own Hickory Holly Time, a 2010 stallion, and Kelby Phillips won the World’s Greatest Horseman

event in 2018. The 15-year-long elite horse program is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hashtags joined the NRCHA sponsor family in 2019. A National Cutting Horse Association Open World Champion, the blue roan stallion, Hashtags, was shown by Tatum Rice to earnings of $478,571. He stands at Brazos Valley Stallion Station. For more information on the World’s Greatest Horseman event, visit nrcha.com.

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Survive These Lips carries Trevor Hale to inaugural Texas Lighting World’s Greatest Youth Horseman Championship.

TEXAS LIGHTING WORLD’S GREATEST YOUTH HORSEMAN OVERALL Results (Rider/HRN/Score/Owner/Earnings):

1. Trevor Hale - Perryton, Texas, Survive These Lips (CD Survivor x Lipschic), 723, Trevor Hale, $2,430. 2. Pierce L. Wold – Wilton, California, Real Smooth Cat (Smooth As A Cat x Real Plain Jane), 720, Ken & Ramona Wold, $1,944. 3. Garett Lund – La Cygne, Kansas, Ginas Pepto (One Time Pepto x Gina Badger), 708, Garett Lund, $1,458. 4. Joshua C. Briggs – Pilot Point, Texas, SV Whiskey Whiz (Paddys Irish Whiskey x Sure Enough Whiz), 704, Joshua C. Briggs, $972. 5/6. Regan Wheatley – Calhan, Colorado, Bug Lights (CD Lights x Shiners June Bug), 702, Scot & Bonnie Wheatley, $648. 5/6. Trail Townsend – Earth, Texas, TRR Lucky Playgun (Pepcid x TRR Miss Lucky Gun), 702, Tripp Townsend, $648.

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erhaps nothing added more excitement to the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Celebration of Champions than the anticipation of crowning each year’s World’s Greatest Horseman. This year, for the first time ever, fans of reined cow horses were treated to an extension of the popular four-event competition when NRCHA launched the Texas Lighting World’s Greatest Youth Horseman contest. Twenty talented youth entrants cut, reined, steer stopped and went down the fence in hopes of earning one of six finalists’ spots on Saturday night, February 23, and the chance to perform a fence run in front of the DT Horses and Hashtags’ World’s Greatest Horseman sell-out, standingroom-only Finals crowd. When the curtain closed on the Finals it was 16-year-old Trevor Hale of Perryton, Texas, riding Survive These Lips (CD Survivor x Lipschic x Smart Chic Olena) who earned the inaugural Texas Lighting World’s Greatest Youth Horseman title and $2,430 thanks to his high scoring fence run. Hale entered the finals ranked second with a cumulative score of 577.5 (H:147/R:143/Steer: 146/C:141.5) behind California cowboy

Right: A consistent showing in all four disciplines allowed Trevor Hale to top the six youth finalists for the first ever World’s Greatest Youth Horseman title. Below: A massive 151 in his cow work brought the crowd to a roar for Pierce Wold, but the score wasn’t enough to pull out the win. Wold left Fort Worth with the reserve title for the inaugural youth event.

Pierce Wold and Real Smooth Cat’s 581 composite (H:142/R:142.5/Steer: 145.5/C:151). “We came in here in the cow work [finals] and I was a little behind,” said

Hale. “I knew I needed to come in and lay down the best run that I could, and luckily it all worked out.” Hale scored a 146 in the cow work Finals to cinch the title with a 723-point composite. Hale added high praise for “Lippy,” a 2008 mare that has been his partner for the past four years. “I got her through Brad Lund, and Brad and Todd Crawford have helped me a lot with her,” said Hale. “I’m blessed to have this horse; she’s been great.” Bred by NRCHA Breeder Sponsor Holy Cow Performance Horses, LLC, Survive These Lips has NRCHA lifetime earnings

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Sponsored by Bell, Rankin and Ralls, commemorative Carroll leather jackets were awarded to each of the entrants in the inaugural event.

of $25,221.63, not counting what was added to her record in Fort Worth. Already an accomplished tie down roper, Hale is no stranger to the practice pen and made it his mission to be equipped for each phase of the competition. “I’ve been preparing for a while,” said the home-schooled teen. “We’ve started preparing ever since we learned we could enter it. I haven’t been doing the cow horse for very long, about four years

now. I’ve had a lot of good help along the way, and just for this event I had to work on all the parts—the steer stopping, cutting, down the fence and the reined work. I just tried to get through all the events without any mistakes.” Hale won a plethora of first-rate awards including a custom saddle sponsored by Texas Lighting, LLC, a Gist custom buckle sponsored by the National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association, 5-gallons of UltraCruz Equine Foaming Shampoo

from San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health. All contestants received a Carroll leather jacket sponsored by Bell, Rankin and Ralls, and commemorative back number sponsored by Texas Lighting. Since the finals for the top six qualifying youth riders was held immediately following the DT Horses and Hashtags’ World’s Greatest Horseman Steer Stopping, a capacity crowd was on hand to cheer them on enthusiastically. “I’ve roped in front of a big crowd multiple times,” said Hale of the atmosphere, “but I’ve never done cow horse in front of a big crowd. I just tried blocking it all out and going down there and getting down the fence. I couldn’t hear anything, I just tried to talk to my horse, and just hear what you need to hear.” Hale thanked his parents Cindy and Greg, Brad Lund and Todd Crawford, as well as his sponsors OE Nutraceuticals, STS Ranchwear, Lundy’s Leather and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery. The top six finalists received a paycheck.

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dding to the prestige of the Texas Lighting World’s Greatest Youth Horseman competition was the first annual Roy Edsall Memorial Award. Presented to a participant entered in the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman, the special custom trophy bridle was designed by Clayton Edsall and given in honor of his late brother, Roy. Texas all-around cowgirl Colee Charlesworth was the

recipient who perfectly embodied the criteria established for the award. A gracious competitor, Charlesworth was recognized for her sportsmanship, appreciation and kindness toward her horse, as well as exceptional horsemanship. “It’s unbelievable! It meant a lot. I got to meet the Edsall family and they are very sweet people,” said Charlesworth. Charlesworth also credits her horse, Smart Sugar Star (Smart Sugar Badger x Telestar x Lenas Telesis), for placing her one spot out of a World’s Greatest Youth Horseman finals berth. “My horse is a 9-year-old gelding that I’ve owned for nine months,” said the homeschooled teen. “He is a dream come true for me. He really loves the cow work.” Charlesworth thanked her parents Brent and Leslea Charlesworth for their support, as well as Ron and Patty Ralls, and Parke

Greeson. Charlesworth was presented with the memorial trophy bit made by Sam Tunell and designed by Clayton Edsall, a Platinum Performance gift certificate, a Kimes Ranch jeans gift certificate, CR Ranch Wear Shirt, a Martin Saddlery headstall and Classic Equine boots. “We are very proud and excited to announce the first annual Roy Edsall Memorial Award,” the Edsall family posted on social media following the presentation. “This was a special and meaningful award to the Edsall family and those that knew Roy. Roy was an outstanding horseman, son, brother and friend. He worked hard, loved his horses, supported his friends and competitors, and valued the education and experiences he received from so many great horsemen and -women he came to know and work with in the cow horse industry. Besides being a cowboy, Roy truly enjoyed volunteering his time to the youth. He regularly gave lessons to youth riders and 4-H groups, so the Edsall family found it fitting that this award recognize a NRCHyA youth competitor.”

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The 2018 NRCHA National Champions persevered throughout the show year to capture the coveted year-end title. Meet your 2018 champions, crowned during the 2019 Celebration of Champions.

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he National Reined Cow Horse Association National Championship is one of the most prestigious awards available to NRCHA members. It is a testament to the horse and rider’s consistency and their ability to perform at the top level at both regional and premier shows throughout the year. NRCHA National Championships are awarded to horses and riders who have earned the most points in their class during the NRCHA show year, which runs from November 16 to November 15 the following year. The last chance for contestants to earn points is at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions. *Winner photograph listed in 2018 World Champion roster.

Sarah Dawson and Shiners Darlin rode to the 2018 Open Bridle World Championship for owner Linda Mars.

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Shiners Darlin/Sarah Dawson The Open Bridle class represents the best of the best in the National Reined Cow Horse Association and for trainer Sarah Dawson, that’s the category that Linda Mars’s mare, Shiners Darlin (Shining Spark x Tari Darlin x Taris Catalyst), belongs in. The 2010 mare retired from the competitive arena at the end of the 2018 season and took with her the Open Bridle National Championship. “It was never on my radar to win it but it speaks of how super-solid that mare was all year long. She wasn’t just good at one horse show, she was good all year so it’s a pretty cool title for her to have because she was competing against the best of the best; it is a feather in her hat,” said trainer Sarah Dawson, who earned points at both regional and the premier shows including a win in the Open Bridle class at the NRCHA Derby and third at the Celebration of Champions. “She was just consistent every time she went out and showed. She always got a check and all those points added up.” Dawson started Shiners Darlin as a 2-year-old and then sold her through the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale to Mars. She was trained though her 4-year-old year by Kevin Stallings and then went to Dawson’s dad, Richard Winters, before rejoining Sarah and her husband Chris Dawson’s program when she was 6. “She’s done the full circle so to speak,” said Dawson, of Perrin, Texas. “She’s a big time fence horse, she loves it and she’s super-talented in the reining - she’s a big stopper and a good turner, she’s solid everywhere but I’d say that her best attribute though is her grit down the fence.” Dawson has been riding horses for Mars for three years and appreciates her ‘horse first’ mentality. “This horse has been very sound but it’s great to have an owner who puts the

welfare of the horse first,” Dawson said. “She’s always happy to sit out a show if we think that’s what’s best for the horse and that’s an amazing thing to have in an owner.” Dawson is keen to see how Shiners Darlin will perform in the next phase of her career as a broodmare. “The Shiner mares are great producers so we’re excited to start riding her babies,” Dawson said.

LIMITED OPEN BRIDLE

Little Oop/Andrew Steiger Andrew Steiger likes to set goals and he likes to have a plan about how he’s going to reach them. In 2018, just his second year of training and showing reined cow horses, things went according to plan when he claimed his first National Championship—the Limited Open Bridle, on Little Oop (Mister Smart Remedy x Addy Oop x Smart Peppy Doc). “You set goals every year to do stuff and winning the National title was one of them for me this year,” said Steiger who had much success at the California Cow Horse Association shows throughout the season, winning the Limited Open

Hackamore at National Stock Horse Association Pre-Futurity and at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity show. “I thought she was the horse to do it on because every time you go somewhere she gives you 110-percent. She’s one of those horses that doesn’t ever quit you, she’s got a heart the size of Phar Lap and she’s on your team all the time.” Steiger trains in Hanford, California, but is a native of Australia. He originally moved to the USA when he was 20 to ride broncs. When surgeries sidelined him two years ago, he leased stalls from Russell Dilday and went back to breaking in colts. Dilday introduced him to cow horse – a sport that he says fits with his upbringing. By the time he was 2 years old in New South Wales, Steiger was competing in campdrafting and doing pony club. Steiger says he was fortunate to meet MaryAnn Ferrero of TLC Quarter Horses, who owns Little Oop, and encouraged him to try her then- 8-year-old mare. “Anybody that knows MaryAnn knows she’s no quitter, she loves her animals and has always believed in that little mare and had wanted to see her excel but she got hurt and then sat and

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NON PRO BRIDLE

Murray Thompson/Call Me WR Murray Thompson never planned on winning the Non Pro Bridle National Championship with his 10-year-old equine partner, Call Me WR, but the win made 2018 a year that he’ll always remember. “I’m glad I won it, it’s a nice award,” Thompson said. “I’ve never really focused on getting points, I focus more on going to shows and competing and doing well at each one.” Thompson first teamed up with Call Me WR (WR This Cats Smart X Call Me Christysue x Doc Olena) at the end of his 5-year-old year. The gelding’s

Murray Thompson and Call Me WR

athleticism, trainability and intelligence endeared Thompson to the gelding from the start. “I had another 5-year-old that I didn’t get along with very well. A friend of mine had this horse and I’d liked him when I’d watched him show when he was younger. He became available so I got him to replace my other horse.” Thompson, Atwater, California, was third in the class at both the NRCHA Derby and the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity and fifth at the Idaho Futurity, but his favorite memory of the year came from California Rodeo Salinas. “The way that works is you have a preliminary round and they take four back to the finals which takes place during the rodeo. Last year there were 20 horses entered and I ended up second,” said Thompson, who rides with NRCHA Hall of Fame trainer Lyn Anderson at least once a week to get ready for the shows. “That really was a lot of fun getting to show in the rodeo.” Thompson is a retired aerospace engineer who worked in the satellite manufacturing space. While with his daughter Jennifer at a quarter horse show, he saw people warming up for reined cow horse. He fell in love with the sport and then bought a cow horse in 2006.

“It looked interesting so I got her into showing reining horses. Then when she went to college, I sold the reiners and started showing in the NRCHA,” said Thompson, who claimed reserve National Championships, the first in 2007 in the Non Pro Limited and then in 2011 in the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle. “I love showing horses of any age but I like starting in the snaffle and follow through all the way up to bridle.”

INTERMEDIATE NON PRO BRIDLE

Judy Fortenberry/Cold Hard Smart Cash* Judy Fortenberry and Cold Hard Smart Cash claimed their second Intermediate Non Pro Bridle National top five finish in two years. It’s a feat that Fortenberry attributes to her gelding’s consistency. “I’ve had a number of people recently tell me that he’s ‘Mr Consistent’– that’s just the way he is. He doesn’t get excited about anything. He goes in the show pen and doesn’t do much different to what he does in practice,” said Fortenbery, who was surprised when she discovered that she’d won the National award. “I had no idea that we were going to win. I was at the banquet and thought that I’d be fifth or something because we only went to our local shows. Even when I walked up to get the award, I didn’t really realize that I’d won it.” Fortenberry and Cold Hard Smart Cash (Big Chex To Cash x Smartin Up x Smart Little Lena) also claimed the 2018 Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Reserve World Championship, a feat she achieved at the Celebration of Champions the year before. “It makes me feel good that I’ve gotten the points to win the National title without having to travel outside of Texas and Oklahoma to go show,” Fortenberry said. Fortenberry grew up on a cattle ranch in Washington State. She competed in Stock Horse of Texas shows in the early

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///////// 2018 NRCHA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2000’s, which taught her the basics of showing horses on cows. Cold Hard Smart Cash was born in 2009 at Fortenberry’s place in Bulverde, Texas. She competed on him at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity before transitioning to NRCHA competition. “I’ve had a lot of horses in the past so I’m glad that I have a nice one,” she said. “He’s a pretty mover and a pretty horse to look at.” While this year’s win wasn’t planned, Fortenberry likes it more than last year’s when she had actively tried to stay at the top of the standings. “I think that’s because I got it two years in a row, it proves how consistent he is,” Fortenberry said. “I’d like to thank Don Murphy and Desi Murphy for their help and, Abby Mixon who had him for a month-and-a-half right before the show and helped get him better.”

NOVICE NON PRO BRIDLE

Stephen Cline/Nic It Chic* Stephen Cline and his wife Jessica had always wanted to compete in Las Vegas, so they started the 2018 season with the goal of going to the NRCHA Stallion Stakes. When Stephen and Nic It Chic (Nic It In The Bud x Montanas Smart Chic x Smart Chic Olena) placed second in the Novice Non Pro Bridle there, then their attention turned to the National standings. “For us, in Canada, it’s really cold in March and I thought that there was no better way to go on a holiday with a horse than to go to Vegas,” said Stephen, who had never been to a premier event before. “After that we decided to hit every show we could.” Aside from showing close to home, the Clines also travelled to Nampa, Idaho, Livingston, Montana and Chilliwack, British Columbia, before heading to Fort Worth for the Celebration of Champions

where he was the 2018 Novice Non Pro Bridle Reserve Champion. “I was first in the standings for most of the year but then Andrea Otley did well in California and knocked me down to second place. After the preliminary round in Fort Worth I was 11th and I thought it was all over but then they recalculated my scores and I ended up getting an extra point in my cow work and snuck into the finals,” Stephen said. “I fell in the [cow work on] my Intermediate run and then, right on the whistle of the Novice finals run, my horse tripped again—they blew the horn and I hit the dirt but I wasn’t hurt and we ended up second.” Stephen’s desire to win the National Championship stemmed from his respect for Nic It Chic. The Clines purchased the 2007 mare as a yearling from the National Reining Horse Association Futurity Sale. “We were checking the horses out in the middle of the night and she was the only one who nickered at me. I said to my wife, I like this one she’s a sweetheart. We’d pre-selected ten horses and she wasn’t one of them but Jessica said she’d star the page just in case and we ended up buying her.” Jessica showed Nic It Chic at the reining aged events. She then went to Clint Swales who put her on cattle and Stephen started showing Nic It Chic in her 7-yearold year. “I always trust her. She has the biggest heart of any horse I’ve ever seen,” Stephen said. Stephen, a heavy-duty mechanic by trade, owns Taber Auto Electric in Alberta, and relied on his staff throughout 2018. “My co-workers all said, go have fun Stephen, follow your dreams, so they did a lot of extra hours to allow me to go and I appreciate that,” Stephen said. “It takes a team to do something like this. From my parents looking after our place when we were gone to friends helping

out and being there to listen to our stories and give us the motivation to keep going. Also Jessica, she was my groom and made sure all my paperwork was in order for crossing the border—she did all the hard work behind the scenes and was my rock the whole time.”

OPEN HACKAMORE

Metallic Train/Clayton Edsall* At the start of the 2018 season, Clayton Edsall didn’t think about winning titles on Metallic Train (Metallic Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark), he just thought about going from one show to the next. The mare quickly built up steam and once she got rolling, she never slowed down until she took home the NRCHA Open Hackamore World Championship and the Open Hackamore National Championship. “It all got started because instead of showing her at the derby at the NSHA Futurity in Vegas, I showed her in the hackamore to give her the week to settle in. I was going to school her but I ended up winning it,” Edsall recalled. “Then I realized that I just had to show her a couple more times to get her qualified for Fort Worth, so I took her to Reno [for the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity] and won the hackamore there and then went to another qualifying show.” Metallic Train’s athletic ability has always impressed Edsall. “She stops so hard and long and she turns so fast,” Edsall said. “She’s just unbelievable on a cow. She’s an amazing fence horse and she’s pulled me out of a lot of hard situations by just being great.” Beverly Vaughn of Durango, Colorado owns the 2013 mare. Metallic Train joined Edsall’s Oakdale, California, facility at the end of her 4-year-old year. “She had enough faith to send some horses out here and Coco was one of them. We had a great year last year on all her horses and she’s been an outstand-

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ing owner, I really appreciate what she’s done,” Edsall said. This is Edsall’s first time to win a national title. “It’s extremely neat. It was a great way to finish out that mare’s hackamore and derby year and her being a national champion was a nice way to drop her off at the breeding barn.”

LIMITED OPEN HACKAMORE

SJR Smart Dancer/ Rebecca Sternadel* Rebecca Sternadel was nervous at the start of the 2018 season when she decided to show SJR Smart Dancer in the hackamore. She’d been told that it can be hard, but the process turned out to be a fun one that culminated in the 2018 Limited Open Hackamore NRCHA World and the National Championship titles. “I don’t know if it’s sunk in yet; I am very excited about it though,” Sternadel said of her wins. “My husband, Sinan Imer, is good at statistics and rankings so he was the one telling me where I stood as the year went on. After I got the regional title he was telling me how I could get the National so I thought I might as well go to the World Show and see if I could get it done.” Sternadel purchased SJR Smart Dancer (WR This Cats Smart x Like A Sundance x Like A Diamond) from the Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale. She didn’t show the 2013 gelding much until he was 5 years old. “When I first purchased him as a long yearling I told myself that I was going to do every step on him. I did the derbies and everything that I’d missed out on during his 4-year-old year and then put him in a lot of the hackamore horse show classes because I wanted to show him as much as I could,” Sternadel said. “I was excited to do the hackamore but you hear so many things like - the hackamore’s not that much fun and, you don’t want them to run through it - but he went so well in it. He was good in a snaffle but once we

got in the hackamore he got softer but I’m also looking forward to putting him in the bridle.” Sternadel, from Bakersfield, California, has been working with horses professionally since she was 14 when she and a friend had a horse service. At 18 she began her own riding school. It was a chance meeting in 2012, when she was looking for a horse for a client, that she met Roger Bias who put her on her first cow horse. “I accidently went down the fence. They were telling me to stop but I kept going. Once I went down the fence once, that was it,” Sternadel said. “Roger offered me a job and now I train out of there.” Sternadel believes that SJR Smart Dancer’s best qualities are that he’s smart, talented and incredibly reliable. “When it comes to show time he knows the deal—he pulls it all together,” she said. “Outside of the show pen he’s quirky and playful.”

NON PRO HACKAMORE

Rachel Reedy/Uno Whats Wright It was her first year to go down the road and Rachel Reedy loved every second of the experience. Her season was capped off perfectly when she and her horse

Uno Whats Wright (Hes Wright On x Uno What Weeno x Smart Little Uno) won the Non Pro Hackamore National Championship. “I’m over the moon excited! I’ve never won anything like this before; it means the world to me that I have a buckle that says National Champion on it,” Reedy said. “I’ll be wearing it for quite some time and I’m hoping that I can do it again.” Reedy had only shown in the hackamore a few times before she got Uno Whats Wright. “You’ve got to have a horse that responds to your body and is soft in the face. It really changes your riding and I think it makes you a better rider because you have to make sure that they’re listening to you,” Reedy said. “This horse was great in the hackamore. I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to have another one.” Reedy, a veterinarian in Palm Springs, California, began riding in cow horse competitions when she 12, but this was the first time that she’d been able to compete at the premier events. She won the Non Pro Hackamore class at the NRCHA Derby and was second at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity. “I happened to do well at some of those big events. It was probably September

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///////// 2018 NRCHA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP when my husband, Keith, noticed that I was at the top of the standings. He asked me if I’d looked at them but I hadn’t. After that I wanted to win it.” Reedy had to make the finals at the Celebration of Champions to win the National Championship. “I’m glad that I got to compete with that group of people who were of that caliber,” Reedy said. Reedy purchased Uno Whats Wright late in his 4-year-old after being overwhelmed by his charm when she saw trainer Sunni McCormick ride him at a local show. “He’d been in our barn for about two months but I’d never noticed him before,” Reedy said. “When I saw him, I couldn’t keep my eyes off him and I bought him a week later.” That’s a decision that Reedy has never regretted. “He tries so hard. He is gritty and gives you everything he has every time. He’s honest and I love him—I don’t think I’ll ever sell him.”

OPEN TWO REIN

Smooth Bellingrath/Nick Dowers Nick Dowers believes that Smooth Bellingrath (Smooth As A Cat x Very Special Peppy x Peppy San Badger) has what it takes to be a great horse and he proved that in 2018 by claiming the NRCHA Open Two Rein National Championship. “It’s really cool to win this. It speaks to his consistency even given the limited shows that I took him to. He is a superreliable horse,” Dowers said. “I only showed him at a few of the big shows and he did well. He’s been a really consistent horse for a long time. I think the only show where I didn’t get a check on him his whole career was his first show as a 3-year-old. Last year was more of the same, he was consistent.” Dowers bought Smooth Bellingrath as

Smooth Bellingrath and Nick Dowers

a yearling for the family ranch. He thinks so much of the 2011 stallion that his intention for 2018 was to get him in the bridle so that he’d be ready for the 2019 World’s Greatest Horseman. That plan was thwarted when Smooth Bellingrath sustained a mild strain a few days before the show started. Making the transition from two hands to one was easy for Smooth Bellingrath. “He feels like he’s going to make a really nice bridle horse for sure,” said Dowers, Dyer, Nevada, who won the horse show class at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity and placed second at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, the NRCHA Derby and the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. In 2017, Smooth Bellingrath and Dowers were the regional champions in the hackamore. This is their first National win. “I’m really happy with him because I always know what I’m going to get from him. He’s a super-consistent horse. He’s good everywhere—he’s a good reiner, a good cutter and a good fence horse. He’s

so strong in every event that he gives me confidence every time I go to show him.”

NON PRO TWO REIN

Lyle Proctor/SJR All Time Cash* Lyle Proctor and SJR All Time Cash (One Time Pepto x Shesa Lota Cash x Nu Cash) topped off a stellar year in the show pen by winning the Non Pro Two Rein National Championship. Initially, Proctor’s goal for 2018 had been to win $5,000 in the two-rein so his mare could attain Supreme status in the NRCHA Register of Merit program. That goal had the dual effect of allowing him to make a run at the Non Pro Two Rein National Championship. “I just kept showing her and the money and the points kept coming. When I got the Supreme, I was also leading the nation so it all worked together,” said Proctor who enjoyed an early win at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes horse show. “After I got that early lead it was in the back of my mind to win the [National title], so I kept chipping away at it and

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///////// 2018 NRCHA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP it ended up being a goal. I wanted to see how big of a lead I could get so that I didn’t have to worry about it when I got to Fort Worth.” Proctor clinched the title when he made the finals at the Celebration of Champions. “The National title shows just how good of a mare she is,” Proctor said. “I only showed seven or eight times but we won on the big stages—the Stallion Stakes, Reno and Idaho—and that came with a lot of money and a lot of points. On the local level, I was more teaching her to get in the bridle.” For Proctor, much of the joy of winning comes from riding a good horse. “I can’t say enough about that mare. It’s always fun when you’re riding one that makes it easier to win and easier to place on.” While winning has been fun, Proctor has also felt frustration with the two-rein. “One day it’s great and the next day her head’s poking to the outside; it’s such a transition from riding two handed to one,” Proctor said. “They get completely lost that two rein year because it’s hard for them to stay in between your reins but it’s also very, very rewarding when it all comes together. When you’re working a fast cow and they stay soft, that’s amazing.” This is Proctor’s second national champion win; the first was in 2011 on Millionheir Boon in the Novice Non Pro Bridle.

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Maureen Melby/Chrome Plated Cat Maureen Melby had not been horseback for 10 years prior to the 2018 NRCHA season, but no one watching her show last year would have known that. Riding her new horse, Chrome Plated Cat (Metallic Cat x Tootsie Rey x Dual Rey), Melby claimed the Non Pro Limited National Championship.

Maureen Melby and Chrome Plated Cat

“I don’t pay attention to points or any of that stuff because it effects how I show so I didn’t even know I was leading until we went to Reno,” Melby recalled. “My horse had colicked so I wasn’t showing and somebody said, ‘I’m so sorry to hear that because you’re leading the nation in both the 5K and the Limited.’ I thought, gees, now it’s over for me.” Come December 1, Melby was still in the lead but she knew she couldn’t win if she didn’t go to the Celebration of Champions. After receiving the NRCHA World Championship invitation, Melby called Chrome Plated Cat’s surgeon to see if there was any chance of him being ready to show by February. The instructions were simple: bring him along slow. “We were literally trotting him on a lunge line for ten minutes,” Melby said. “I hadn’t worked a cow before we went to the world show - nothing - we just got him physically ready.” Chrome Plated Cat, who is owned by Melby’s father Jerry McCann, finished third in the Non Pro Limited Finals at the Celebration of Champions. The placing kept Melby at the top of the standings. “It was surreal. Before this year I did reining but I stopped so my daughter, Hunter Lathrop, could show,” Melby said. “This was the first year that I did

cow horse since 1984. At the Youth World Finals, I had a horse break its leg going down the fence and I’d tried to do it again, but I just didn’t have the go to do it again. I’ve really enjoyed the boxing and hope to go down the fence next year.” Winning the National Championship was a family affair for Melby as she went to shows with her father Jerry McCann and Chrome Plated Cat, a 2012 gelding, is in training with her brother, Dean McCann. “I ride twice a week and my brother rides him the rest of the time,” said Melby who lives in Enumclaw, Washington. “He likes his job. He doesn’t think about going and being naughty in the pen, he likes what he does and he’s good at it.” Her favorite show from the season was the Summer Showdown, a week-long circuit in Powell Butte, Oregon. “That is the best place to show. It’s got good competition and the facility is beautiful and there’s always nice weather.”

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///////// 2018 NRCHA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP x Miss Oak Tonic x Little Peppy Oak). In hindsight, that goal may have been a little too simple as he left Fort Worth with both the World and the National championships in that class as well as the Non Pro Limited Reserve World Championship. “After the Snaffle Bit I realized I was at the top of the standings,” said McDaniel, who tied for second/third in the class at the NRCHA Futurity Snaffle Bit Futurity to secure his berth to the world finals. “It didn’t change my plans though because I just wanted to go to the world finals.” With his goal achieved, McDaniel got nervous prior to the prelims in Fort Worth. “It was nerve-wracking because I really wanted to make the finals. Once I did, I was proud of myself so all I had to do was go show my horse. She’s a massive stopper which is awesome and she can spin around so fast that you get dizzy,” McDaniel said of his 2011 mare. “I learned more about what she actually can do during my finals run.” While McDaniel calls CR Tuffs Magic Tonic ‘a great mare’ now, initially they had a tough time getting in-sync. “I didn’t have a chance to try her before we bought her, I’d just liked her on videos but I think that we finally clicked this year.” Clicking took hard work and McDaniel spent much of last summer up in Canada with trainer Cayley Wilson who taught him about horses and about attitude. “You shouldn’t ever give up,” McDaniel said. “I didn’t connect with my horse until the middle of the year when I went up there. I had lots and lots of practice and rode her nearly every day and spent time bonding with her.” McDaniel became interested in cow horses after he and his sister competed in ranch horse competitions. “I had a friend who started doing this and she convinced me to try it and I’ve gone from there,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel, Portland, Indiana, is a high school senior and in the week after his National Championship win, he was part of a team contesting the Indiana State Basketball championship. He plans on studying pre-med and may go to Texas Tech to do his undergraduate degree so he can compete on their ranch horse team. McDaniel thanks his parents, Lee Ann and Doug McDaniel, for their support over the past year.

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Jennifer Woodmansee/Chicody Leo* Jennifer Woodmansee’s goals were in a constant state of flux throughout 2018. When she achieved a goal, she’d set a new one. Riding Chicody Leo (Smart Chic Olena x Miss Topsail Okie x Topsail Cody), Woodmansee achieved the ultimate goal when she won both the $1,000 Non Pro Limited World and National Championships. “I’m overwhelmed. I didn’t have either of those expectations but I dreamed of something like this happening when I was a little girl—it’s fulfilling a lifelong dream,” Woodmansee said. “My actual goal in the first part of the year was to literally try to place at a local show. I didn’t have high expectations because it was my first year in cow horse. I just wanted good clean runs and to try to figure out my horse.” Woodmansee achieved her first goal at her first show when she placed sixth in her class. The next day she won the class and immediately reset her goal. At her second show, she realized that she could do ‘okay.’ “After that I wanted to be a finalist for the Colorado Reined Cowhorse Association and after that I wanted to make the finals at the NRCHA World Show,” Woodmansee said. “I feel like those titles are a great way to honor my awesome horse and my awesome trainer,

Jill Cook. I feel fortunate to be able to do this because my horse is not a young buck but he tries so hard and wants to please.” Woodmansee grew up running barrels and played collegiate polo. She later competed in versatility ranch horse events, which segued in to showing in reined cow horse. She spent much of 2017 looking for the perfect horse and believes she found it in the 2005 gelding, Chicody Leo. “I really enjoyed the reining and cow work portions of versatility and thought that reined cow horse was the avenue that I wanted to pursue,” Woodmansee said. “I was on a limited budget in cow horse terms and I searched for over a year. I chose him based off of liking the way he moved and then I looked up his show record and saw that he’d been consistent and he was very sound.” Chicody Leo can be moody but Woodmansee loves him anyway. “Priority number one for me was to have a great relationship with him and if we could put it together in the show pen then that was the cherry on top,” said Woomansee, who rides four or five days a week. Woodmansee, of Greeley, Colorado, is a product manager for a veterinary diagnostic company. She trains with Jill Cook of J&J Cook Performance Horses. “She has been a tremendous influence. She’s very patient and it’s been a big learning curve for me. Her attention to detail is spectacular and she can point out the finite things. The main thing we’ve worked on is me getting my horse collected and releasing him when I need to.”

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///////// 2018 NRCHA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Riding Soulanova (Soula Jule Star x Round Oak Annie x Smokum Oak), LannieJo won two World Championships—the Novice Non Pro Bridle and the Youth Bridle, and was named the Youth Bridle National Champion. “I can’t explain it; it’s amazing,” Lannie-Jo said at the conclusion of the 2018 season. “Finally getting it all back together and winning means a ton to me.” Lannie-Jo, 15, counts the Celebration of Champions and the horse show at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity as her best shows of year. “We were going through some rough stages trying to fix things and we finally got if put together,” said Lannie-Jo, who has been training with Todd Crawford for the past three years. “I knew the world show was going to be hard because there are so many tough kids with nice horses but I was hopeful that we could still have a chance in it.” Lannie-Jo was neck-in-neck with her friend Cutter McLaughlin in the National standings before the Celebration of Champions. With just four points separating them, she knew the title could go either way. “It came down to who did better in Fort Worth, but it was fun competing against him,” Lannie-Jo said. “It put pressure on me but I knew I had to do what I always do. ‘Bucket’ was feeling well, so I just hoped that we’d get a good cow.” Lannie-Jo has been riding her 2006 gelding, Soulanova, aka “Bucket,” for the past six years. Usually he’s at home with her in Colorado, but prior to the big shows he goes to Crawford for tuning. In 2019, Bucket will be the primary mount of Lannie-Jo’s younger sister, Landri Lisac, who shows in the boxing. “I can’t describe Bucket; he’s my best friend and he’s made all my dreams come true. I know I’ll never get another horse like him because he’s so honest

and always tries his best no matter what. If you ask him for more, he gives you more. If you ask him to keep down, he won’t take off or anything—he wants to do what you want to do.” Lannie-Jo thanks Todd and Pam Crawford and their staff for helping make the wins possible as well as her parents Wade and Timmi Jo Lisac; her sister; brother, Wade; and grandparents Tim and Cathy Miller, Dana Marrow, and Mike and Shelley Lisac for their support.

YOUTH LIMITED

Walt Aaron/Shiners Play Wright Walt Aaron doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t competitive with horses.

Aaron Ranch in Commerce, Texas. “I saw what he was doing and thought it was pretty cool and I wanted to do it. Cutter [McLaughlin] was out there doing it and I wanted to be able to make my horse do it too,” he said. “I wanted to be able to control a cow the way they did.” A 2007 gelding, Shiners Play Wright (Shining Spark x Play A Masterpiece x Freckles Playboy) was originally bought for Phillip Aaron to show but when he hurt his knee, Walt took over from his grandfather. “I think he’s a great horse,” Walt said. “He’s very laid back and easy going. He’s level headed and does what I tell him to. I don’t have to worry about him giving me

Walt Aaron and Shiners Play Wright

He’s always loved them and he likes winning, so at the start of the 2018 NRCHA season, he made a decision—Walt wanted to win the Youth Limited National Championship. “It was the best moment I’ve had in my entire life—I loved it,” Walt said of when he found out that he’d won the National award. “I was hungry for it. Last year I had a rough start, then I almost got it, but I lost it in the end. That made me even hungrier to get it this year.” Walt, 16, became interested in cow horse three years ago after Jay McLaughlin became the resident trainer at his family’s

any problems.” Whether he’s riding, grooming or hanging out at the barn, Walt tries to spend as much time with the horses as he can. “I’ve always been around horses. I was showing horses back when I was 2 in the little shows,” Walt said. “Now, after I come in from school I go to the barn and ride. We either rope or I hang out with the family.” Walt thanks his grandpa, his mom, Cresha Aaron; Jay, Wendy and Cutter McLaughlin; and Trey and Sandra Neal for their support throughout 2018.

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ELEBRATING

OUR   CHAMPIONS

The 2018 NRCHA World Champions were crowned at the Celebration of Champions.

By Bridget Kirkwood Photos by Primo Morales

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he National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions highlights the top contestants in each of their classes from across NRCHA’s eight geographic regions. Contestants qualified at regional shows throughout the year to enter the Celebration of Champions where they vied for the title of NRCHA World Champion. Points earned from this high-paying show also counted towards the 2018 NRCHA National titles. The 2018 Celebration of Champions was held February 14-23, 2019, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas in conjunction with the DT Horses / Hashtags’ World’s Greatest Horseman and Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby.

OPEN BRIDLE CHAMPION

B.J. Avila, Whitesboro, Texas, guided Dera Cat (Smooth As A Cat x Dera Dually x Dual Pep) to a score of 428.5 (R:212.5/C:216) to win the Open Bridle World Championship for owner Rainlynn, LLC. They collected $8,904.

OPEN BRIDLE RESERVE CHAMPION

Roy Rich, Temecula, CA, and the Rocking J Ranch’s 2011 gelding Very Smart Luck (Very Smart Remedy x Gunna Be Lucky x Gunna Smoke ) won the Intermediate Open Bridle and were second in the Open Bridle. In the Intermediate Open Bridle, they marked a 291 (R:143.5/C:147.5), for a $1,380 win check; and in the Open Bridle, they marked a 428 (R:208.5/C:219.5) for $6,996.

LIMITED OPEN BRIDLE CHAMPION

Kaleigh King, Overbrook, Oklahoma, won the Limited Open Bridle on her own 2012 mare, Scootin Jule Lee (Scootin Boon x Angelina Jule Lee x Soula Jule Star). She scored a 440 (R:218.5/C:221.5) and won $4,150.

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LIMITED OPEN BRIDLE RESERVE CHAMPION

NON PRO BRIDLE CHAMPION

Troy Koehl, Montgomery, Texas and The Magic Spark (Chics Magic Potion x Shinin Missy x Shining Spark) scored a 429 (R:215.5/C:213.5) to win $3,320 for being the Limited Open Bridle reserve champion. The 2008 mare is owned by John and Leah Smith of Conroe, Texas.

Karen Stallings, Camp Verde, AZ, rode Kevin Stalling’s 2012 mare Sheza Voodoo Dr (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Leapin Lindy Chex x NMSU Truckin Chex) to a score of 433.5 (R:216.5/C:217) to win the Non Pro Bridle and $5,130.

NON PRO BRIDLE RESERVE CHAMPION

INTERMEDIATE NON PRO BRIDLE CHAMPION

Lyle Proctor, Ravensdale, WA, added $4,104 to the record of his 2012 mare, SJR All Time Cash (One Time Pepto x Shesa Lota Cash x Nu Cash) when they marked a 428.5 (R:213.5/C:215) to become the Non Pro Bridle reserve champions.

Sareece Brown, Franklin, TN, rode the Yellow Creek Ranch-owned, 2007 mare, Very Smart Playmate (Very Smart Remedy x Gunna Be Mine x Gunna Smoke) to a score of 430.5 (R:212.5/C:218) to win the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle and $3,356. REINED COW HORSE NEWS | March/April 2019

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INTERMEDIATE NON PRO BRIDLE RESERVE CHAMPION

NOVICE NON PRO BRIDLE CHAMPION & YOUTH BRIDLE CHAMPION

Judy Fortenberry, Bulverde, TX, piloted Cold Hard Smart Cash (Big Chex To Cash x Smartin Up x Smart Little Lena), who she owns with her husband Philip Fortenberry, to the reserve championship in the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle. While they marked the equal top score of 430.5 (R:214.5/C:216) the cow work score determined the championship. They won $2,685.

Lannie-Jo Lisac’s longtime partner the 2006 gelding, Soulanova (Soula Jule Star x Round Oak Annie x Smokum Oak), marked a 433.5 (R:213.5/C:220) to win the Novice Non Pro Bridle and $3,135. The pair from Pueblo, CO, also won the Youth Bridle and $550 where they marked a 432 (R:213/C:219).

NOVICE NON PRO BRIDLE RESERVE CHAMPION

OPEN HACKAMORE CHAMPION

Nic It Chic (Nic It In The Bud x Montanas Smart Chic x Smart Chic Olena), a 2007 mare owned by Stephen & Jessica Cline of Taber, Alberta and shown by Stephen, scored a 423 (R:209/C:214) to win $2,508 and be the Novice Non Pro Bridle reserve champion.

Metallic Train (Metallic Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark), a 2013 mare owned by Beverly Vaughn, Durango, CO, was guided by Clayton Edsall, Oakdale, CA, to a score of 442.5 (R:222/C:220.5). They won the Open Hackamore championship and $9,000.

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OPEN HACKAMORE RESERVE CHAMPION

Todd Crawford, Blanchard, OK, partnered with Bet Lucky 13 (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Lucky Starlight x Grays Starlight), a 2013 stallion owned by Robert & Allysn Light of Oxford, NC, to claim the Open Hackamore Reserve Championship. They marked a 437.5 (R:218.5/C:219) and won $7,200 in the Open Hackamore Finals. They were also the reserve co-champions in the Intermediate Open Hackamore where they won $1,035 for marking a 290.5 (R:144/C:146.5).

LIMITED OPEN HACKAMORE RESERVE CHAMPION

Taylor Gillespie, Rosston, TX, rode Iconic Cat (High Brow Cat x Wood I Never x Zack T Wood) to a score of 424 (R:212/C:212) to be the Limited Open Hackamore reserve champion. Lesley Marshall, Tucumcari, NM, owns the 2014 stallion who won $2,575.

LIMITED OPEN HACKAMORE CHAMPION

Rebecca Sternadel, Bakersfield, CA, and her 2013 gelding SJR Smart Dancer (WR This Cats Smart x Like A Sundance x Like A Diamond), won the Limited Open Hackamore and $3,090 for scoring a 430.5 (R:216/C:214.5).

NON PRO HACKAMORE CHAMPION

Bobbys Playgun (Bobby Starlight x Handle It Playgun x Playgun), a 2013 gelding, marked a 428 (R:210/C:218) under the direction of his owner Sydney Davis, La Point, UT, to win the Non Pro Hackamore and $3,768.

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NON PRO HACKAMORE RESERVE CHAMPION

OPEN TWO REIN CHAMPION

Toni Hagen Heath, La Grande, OR, rode Daniel Heath’s Legend De Lena (Smart Peppy Doc x My Legend Del Cielo x Gallo Del Cielo) to a score of 425.5 (R:216/C:209.5) to be the reserve champion in the Non Pro Hackamore. They won $3,014.

Sippin Boons Farm (Smart Boons x Peppy Nicolena x Nic It In The Bud), a 2012 gelding then owned by Eric & Wendy Dunn, Norwich, KS, marked a 445.5 (R:220.5/C:225) for trainer Corey Cushing, Scottsdale, AZ, to win the Open Two Rein and $6,125.

OPEN TWO REIN RESERVE CHAMPION

NON PRO TWO REIN CHAMPION

Las Vegas, NV, owner, Gary Ewell’s 2012 mare, SJR Reygun (Dual Rey x Playguns King Badger x Playgun) marked a 439.5 (R:215.5/C:224) for trainer Brady Weaver, Enterprise, UT, to take home the Open Two Rein reserve championship and $4,812.

Morgan Holmes, Sarasota, FL, won $3,584 for marking a 431.5 (R:211/C:220.5) in the Non Pro Two Rein on The Smart Dun (Dun It Big x Poco Smart Oak x Smart Little Lena) who is a 2012 gelding.

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NON PRO TWO REIN RESERVE CHAMPION

NON PRO LIMITED CHAMPION

NON PRO LIMITED RESERVE CHAMPION & 5K NON PRO LIMITED CHAMPION

5K NON PRO LIMITED RESERVE CO-CHAMPION

Neil Taylor, Lenoir, NC, and Hickorys Prize Doll (Smokums Prize x Hickorys Poco Doll x Docs Hickory), a 2012 mare, marked a 428 (R:210/C:218) to place second in the Non Pro Two Rein. They won $2,816.

High school senior Douglas McDaniel Jr, Portland, IN, won $2,910 when he marked a 422 (R:212/C:210) on CR Tuffs Magic Tonic (Woody Be Tuff x Miss Oak Tonic x Little Peppy Oak) to be the 5K Non Pro Limited champion. The 2011 mare also carried him to the reserve championship in the Non Pro Limited where they earned $3,556 for marking a 428.5 (R:213.5/C:215).

Non Pro Limited Champion Kristin Bacchetti of Tracy, CA, scored of 434 (R:212/C:222) on her own horse, Heart Of A Remedy (Heart Of A Fox x SPD Remedys Response x Smart Peppy Doc). The 2007 gelding earned $4,445.

David Beckett, Cody, WY and his 2011 gelding Cuttin Wright Up (Hes Wright On x Isabellena x Quejanaisalena) tied for second in the 5K Non Pro Limited and won $2,182. They marked a 418 (R:205.5/C:212.5).

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5K NON PRO LIMITED RESERVE CO-CHAMPION

1K NON PRO LIMITED CHAMPION

Paula Francis, Bakersfield, CA, tied for second in the 5K Non Pro Limited on Roosters Zack (Gallo Del Cielo x The Zacktress x Zack T Wood), a 2006 gelding she owns with Daran Francis. They marked a 418 (R:212/C:206) and won $2,182.

Jennifer Woodmansee, Greeley, CO, took home $1,620 when she won the 1K Non Pro Limited on her 2005 gelding Chicody Leo (Smart Chic Olena x Miss Topsail Okie x Topsail Cody). They had a score of 424.5 (R:211/C:213.5).

1K NON PRO LIMITED RESERVE CHAMPION

YOUTH BRIDLE RESERVE CHAMPION

1K Non Pro Limited Reserve Champion Sue Schmitz, Phoenix, AZ, earned $1,296 on her 2010 gelding Smoking Red Pepper (Smokeelan x A Red Belle Pepper x Mister Dual Pep). They scored a 421.5 (R:203/C:218.5).

Trail Townsend, Earth, TX, claimed the Youth Bridle Reserve championship and $440 on TRR Lucky Playgun (Pepcid x Trr Ms Lucky Gun x Playgun), a 2009 gelding owned by his dad, Tripp Townsend. They marked a 431.5 (R:216.5/C:215)

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YOUTh liMiTED chaMpiON

Youth limited champion Quincee clark, Doddsville, MS, marked a 433.5 (r:211.5/c:220) on Vintage San (ricochet San x Shiney Vintage chic x Smart chic Olena), a 2012 gelding to win $635.

YOUTh liMiTED rESErVE chaMpiON

Youth limited reserve champion alex rose, Gallipolis, Oh, rode Kim Jividen-rose’s 2003 mare, peppys hickory Jane (peppys lil Wil x hickorys Jane x Docs hickory) to a score of 428.5 (r:213/c:215.5). They won $508.

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Gist Custom Buckle

Commemorative World Finals Jacket

RD

Monogrammed ZONE Wool Top Pad UltraCruz Liniment Wash, Travel Size

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Platinum Performance Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health Sponsored by CR RanchWear

YOUTH LIMITED RESERVE CHAMPION

NON PRO LIMITED 4TH-10TH PLACE

$1,000 NON PRO LIMITED 4TH-10TH PLACE

Monogrammed ZONE Wool Top Pad

Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Therapeutic Footwear

Commemorative World Finals Jacket

$5,000 NON PRO LIMITED CHAMPION

YOUTH BRIDLE CHAMPION

Custom Monogrammed Tooled Hat Can

OPEN TWO REIN 4TH-10TH PLACE

Sponsored by Saddle House and presented by Aaron Ranch

Sponsored by Saddle House and presented by Trey & Sandra Neal

Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Sponsored by Todd Bergen Performance Horses

OPEN TWO REIN 3 PLACE RD

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Commemorative World Finals Jacket

Saddle House Custom Saddle

Commemorative World Finals Jacket

Gist Custom Buckle

NON PRO TWO REIN CHAMPION

Western Legacy Company Stockman Cowboy Hat

Bob’s Custom Saddle

Presented by Carol Rose Quarter Horses

Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy

CR Morrison Trophy

Sponsored by Paul and Amy Bailey

Western Legacy Company Stockman Cowboy Hat Sponsored by Western Legacy Company

Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Western Legacy Company

CR Morrison Trophy

Sponsored by Paul and Amy Bailey

Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

10# UltraCruz Natural Vitamin E Plus

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Sponsored by Platinum Performance Sponsored by CR RanchWear

$5,000 NON PRO LIMITED RESERVE CHAMPION

NON PRO TWO REIN RESERVE CHAMPION

Sponsored by Brazos Valley Stallion Station

Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by Brazos Valley Stallion Station

Therapeutic Footwear

Therapeutic Footwear

Custom Monogrammed Tooled Hat Can Sponsored by Classic Equine

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Custom Monogrammed Tooled Hat Can UltraCruz Detangler Spray

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

NON PRO TWO REIN 3RD PLACE

Monogrammed ZONE Wool Top Pad Sponsored by Classic Equine

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

NON PRO TWO REIN 4 -10 PLACE TH

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

NON PRO LIMITED CHAMPION

DC Cow Horse Gear Custom Saddle Presented by Aaron Ranch

$5,000 NON PRO LIMITED 3 PLACE RD

Monogrammed ZONE Wool Top Pad Sponsored by Classic Equine

UltraCruz Calming Paste

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

$5,000 NON PRO LIMITED 4TH-10TH PLACE Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Gist Custom Buckle

$1,000 NON PRO LIMITED CHAMPION

CR Morrison Trophy

Presented by Performance Horse Digest

Sponsored by Mike and Kelly Warner - The Final Cut Sponsored by Paul and Amy Bailey

Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat Sponsored by Western Legacy Company

Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

UltraCruz Detangler Spray

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Saddle House Custom Saddle Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

CR Morrison Trophy

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat Sponsored by Western Legacy Company

$2,000 NRCHA Youth Scholarship Sponsored by NRCHA

DC Cow Horse Gear Custom Saddle Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

CR Morrison Trophy

Sponsored by Paul and Amy Bailey

Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by Brazos Valley Stallion Station Sponsored by Back On Track

Sponsored by Classic Equine

$750 NRCHA Youth Scholarship Sponsored by NRCHA

UltraCruz Foaming Medicated Shampoo, Travel Size

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

YOUTH LIMITED 3RD PLACE

Platinum Performance

Monogrammed ZONE Wool Top Pad

Horsepower Boots

Show Time Grooming Kit with Tote

Commemorative World Finals Jacket

UltraCruz Liniment Wash, Travel Size

YOUTH BRIDLE RESERVE CHAMPION

Commemorative World Finals Jacket

Sponsored by Brazos Valley Stallion Station

YOUTH LIMITED 4TH-5TH PLACE

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Sponsored by Rios Of Mercedes

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

Gist Custom Buckle

Therapeutic Footwear

Sponsored by Back On Track

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Sponsored by Back On Track

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Gist Custom Buckle

Commemorative World Finals Jacket

Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Sponsored by Back On Track

Show Time Grooming Kit with Tote

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Commemorative World Finals Jacket

Custom Monogrammed Tooled Hat Can

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

$1,000 NRCHA Youth Scholarship

Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Commemorative World Finals Jacket

YOUTH LIMITED 6TH-10TH PLACE

Sponsored by NRCHA

Sponsored by CR RanchWear

YOUTH BRIDLE 3RD PLACE

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Monogrammed ZONE Wool Top Pad

INTERMEDIATE OPEN BRIDLE 1ST PLACE

Show Time Grooming Kit with Tote

Sponsored by Back on Track

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Back on Track Fleece Blanket

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

Classic Legacy Front Boots

Sponsored by CR RanchWear

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate

Commemorative World Finals Jacket

YOUTH BRIDLE 4 -5 PLACE TH

Sponsored by Classic Equine Sponsored by KO Trading

TH

Show Time Grooming Kit with Tote

INTERMEDIATE OPEN BRIDLE 2ND PLACE

Commemorative World Finals Jacket

Sponsored by Back on Track

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches Sponsored by CR RanchWear

YOUTH BRIDLE 6TH-10TH PLACE

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

Back on Track Therapeutic Bell Boots

INTERMEDIATE OPEN HACKAMORE 1ST PLACE Back on Track Fleece Blanket Sponsored by Back on Track

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate Sponsored by KO Trading

Tooled Leather Notebook Sponsored by NRCHA

Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat Sponsored by Western Legacy Company

Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

UltraCruz Aloe Vera

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

Commemorative World Finals Jacket Sponsored by CR RanchWear

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NRCHA Celebration of Champions Awards continued INTERMEDIATE OPEN HACKAMORE 2ND PLACE

2019 Collegiate Challenge

Sponsored by Back on Track

NON PRO CHAMPION

2019 DT Horses/Hashtags’ World’s Greatest

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

CHAMPION

Back on Track Therapeutic Bell Boots

SELECT NON PRO BRIDLE 1 PLACE ST

Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat Sponsored by Western Legacy Company

$150 Farnam Gift Certificate

Gist Buckle

NON PRO RESERVE CHAMPION Gist Buckle

Sponsored by Farnam

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

SELECT NON PRO BRIDLE 2 PLACE ND

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate Sponsored by KO Trading

LIMITED NON PRO CHAMPION Gist Buckle

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

Tooled Leather Notebook

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

LIMITED NON PRO RESERVE CHAMPION Gist Buckle

SELECT NON PRO BRIDLE HIGHEST PLACING LADY

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

Sliding Shoe Pendant Necklace

NOVICE NON PRO CHAMPION

Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

SELECT NON PRO LIMITED 1ST PLACE

Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat Sponsored by Western Legacy Company

$150 Farnam Gift Certificate Sponsored by Farnam

SELECT NON PRO LIMITED 2 PLACE ND

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate Sponsored by KO Trading

Tooled Leather Notebook

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

SELECT NON PRO LIMITED 3RD PLACE

Sliding Shoe Pendant Necklace Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

YOUTH BRIDLE 13&UNDER 1ST PLACE

Back on Track Therapeutic Footwear Sponsored by Back on Track

YOUTH BRIDLE 13&UNDER 2 -3 PLACE RD

Show Time Grooming Kit with Tote

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

YOUTH BRIDLE 13&UNDER 4TH-5TH PLACE Garment Bag

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

YOUTH LIMITED 13&UNDER 1ST PLACE

Back on Track Therapeutic Footwear Sponsored by Back on Track

YOUTH LIMITED 13&UNDER 2 -3 PLACE RD

Show Time Grooming Kit with Tote

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

YOUTH LIMITED 13&UNDER 4TH-5TH PLACE Garment Bag

Sponsored by One Fine Vintage/Robertson Ranches

2019 High School Rodeo Invitational HIGH SCHOOL RODEO INVITATIONAL CHAMPION Bob’s Custom Saddle

Sponsored by Bob’s Custom Saddles

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO INVITATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION Gist Buckle

Sponsored by NRCHA

Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by DT Horses and Hashtags

Nile Crocodile Boots

Sponsored by Rios Of Mercedes

CR Morrison Trophy

Sponsored by DT Horses and Hashtags Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy

Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

RESERVE CHAMPION

Gist Buckle

CHAMPION TEAM

Classic Polar Fleece Coolers

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

RESERVE CHAMPION TEAM NRCHA Show Tote Bags

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

Classic Fit Front Boots

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Carroll Leather Jackets

Sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses

Commemorative Back Number

Sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses

ALL OWNERS

Classic Fit Front Boots

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Carroll Leather Jackets

Sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses

Commemorative Back Number

Sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses

$500 Gift Certificate

Monogrammed Fleece Cooler

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health Sponsored by Classic Equine

2019 Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby OPEN CHAMPION

Jeff Smith Custom Saddle

Sponsored by Jeff Smith Saddles and presented by Tres Osos Ranch

Gist Custom Buckle

Gist Custom Buckle Platinum Performance

Nile Crocodile Boots

$100 Gift Certificate

Sami Fine Finalist Pendant

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by DT Horses and Hashtags

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Rios Of Mercedes

Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy

Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

OPEN RESERVE CHAMPION

UltraCruz Liniment Wash

Monogrammed Fleece Cooler Sponsored by Classic Equine

3RD PLACE

Monogrammed Polar Fleece Cooler Sponsored by Classic Equine

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

PRESENTED BY TEXAS LIGHTING LLC

$300 Farnam Gift Certificate

OPEN 3RD–4THPLACE

CHAMPION

Sami Fine Finalist Pendant

Sponsored by KO Trading

Presented by Texas Lighting LLC

UltraCruz Equine Show Polish

Sponsored by Farnam

Bob’s Custom Saddle

Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

Serna Boots

Sponsored by Serna

Ultra Cruz Equine Foaming Shampoo

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

Monogrammed Fleece Cooler Sponsored by Classic Equine

4TH-5TH PLACE

Sami Fine Finalist Pendant

Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

RESERVE CHAMPION

Monogrammed Fleece Cooler

Sponsored by NRCHYA

Platinum Performance

Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by Classic Equine

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

Sponsored by KO Trading

6 -10 PLACE TH

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3 PLACE

Monogrammed Fleece Cooler

Sponsored by Texas Lighting LLC

Platinum Performance

RD

ND

Sponsored by Martin Saddlery and presented by DT Horses and Hashtags

NOVICE NON PRO RESERVE CHAMPION

Sponsored by NRCHYA ND

Martin Saddlery Custom Saddle

Ultra Cruz Equine Foaming Shampoo

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

2019 World’s Greatest Youth Horseman

SELECT NON PRO BRIDLE HIGHEST PLACING LADY

Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

Gist Buckle

Back on Track Therapeutic Footwear Sponsored by Back on Track

Custom Ring

ALL RIDERS

Custom Piece by Lundy’s Leather

RIDERS

Carroll Leather Jackets

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

HIGH SCORE PRELIMINARY HERD WORK

Sponsored by Bell, Rankin, Ralls

Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by Texas Lighting LLC

NCHA Trophy

Commemorative Number

Sponsored by DT Horses and Hashtags

Personalized Ball Cap

Presented by the National Cutting Horse Association

Sponsored by Texas Lighting LLC

LADIES PARTICIPANTS

Sliding Shoe Pendant Necklace Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

OPEN 5TH PLACE

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

OPEN TOP PLACING LADY

Sliding Shoe Pendant Necklace Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

INTERMEDIATE OPEN CHAMPION Gist Custom Buckle Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

$100 Gift Certificate

Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

INTERMEDIATE OPEN RESERVE CHAMPION Monogrammed Polar Fleece Cooler Sponsored by Classic Equine

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

INTERMEDIATE OPEN 3RD–4TH PLACE

HIGH SCORE PRELIMINARY REIN WORK

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate

Sponsored by DT Horses and Hashtags

Monogrammed Vest

Gist Custom Buckle

HIGH SCORE PRELIMINARY STEER STOPPING Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by DT Horses and Hashtags

HIGH SCORE PRELIMINARY COW WORK Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by DT Horses and Hashtags

ALL LADIES

Sliding Shoe Pendant Necklace Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

Sponsored by KO Trading

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

INTERMEDIATE OPEN 5TH PLACE Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

LIMITED OPEN CHAMPION Gist Custom Buckle Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

$100 Gift Certificate

Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

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///////// NRCHA CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS

NRCHA Celebration of Champions Awards continued LIMITED OPEN RESERVE CHAMPION

NON PRO 3RD–4TH PLACE

AMATEUR 3RD PLACE

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Sponsored by KO Trading

Sponsored by KO Trading

Monogrammed Polar Fleece Cooler Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate Monogrammed Vest

NON PRO 5 PLACE

Sponsored by KO Trading

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

TH

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

Monogrammed Vest

TH

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Monogrammed Vest

INTERMEDIATE NON PRO CHAMPION

LIMITED OPEN 5 PLACE

Gist Custom Buckle Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

$100 Gift Certificate

LEVEL 1 LIMITED OPEN CHAMPION

Monogrammed Vest

TH

UltraCruz Liniment Wash, Travel Size

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

LIMITED OPEN 3 –4 PLACE RD

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate

AMATEUR 4TH PLACE

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate Sponsored by KO Trading

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy

AMATEUR 5TH PLACE

Gist Custom Buckle Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

$100 Gift Certificate

Monogrammed Polar Fleece Cooler

Monogrammed Vest

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

INTERMEDIATE NON PRO RESERVE CHAMPION

AMATEUR TOP PLACING LADY

Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Monogrammed Vest

Sliding Shoe Pendant Necklace

NON PRO LIMITED CHAMPION

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

LEVEL 1 LIMITED OPEN RESERVE CHAMPION

INTERMEDIATE NON PRO 3 –4 PLACE

Gist Custom Buckle Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Sponsored by KO Trading

10# UltraCruz Natural Vitamin E Plus

Monogrammed Polar Fleece Cooler Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

RD

TH

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

LEVEL 1 LIMITED OPEN 3RD–4TH PLACE

INTERMEDIATE NON PRO 5TH PLACE

Sponsored by KO Trading

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

$100 Gift Certificate

Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy

Monogrammed Vest

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

NOVICE NON PRO CHAMPION

NON PRO LIMITED RESERVE CHAMPION

LEVEL 1 LIMITED OPEN 5 PLACE

Gist Custom Buckle Platinum Performance

Monogrammed Polar Fleece Cooler

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

$100 Gift Certificate

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

LEVEL 1 LIMITED OPEN TOP PLACING LADY

Monogrammed Vest

Monogrammed Vest

NOVICE NON PRO RESERVE CHAMPION

NON PRO LIMITED 3RD PLACE

TH

Monogrammed Vest

Sliding Shoe Pendant Necklace Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

$5,000 NOVICE HORSE CHAMPION

Sponsored by Platinum Performance Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Monogrammed Vest

UltraCruz Calming Paste Monogrammed Vest

$100 Gift Certificate

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Monogrammed Vest

NOVICE NON PRO 3RD–4TH PLACE

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate

$5,000 NOVICE HORSE RESERVE CHAMPION

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by KO Trading

Monogrammed Polar Fleece Cooler

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Monogrammed Vest

NOVICE NON PRO 5TH PLACEE

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

$5,000 NOVICE HORSE 3RD–4TH PLACE $100 KO Trading Gift Certificate Sponsored by KO Trading

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

$5,000 NOVICE HORSE 5TH PLACE

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

AMATEUR CHAMPION

Gist Custom Buckle Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

$100 Gift Certificate

Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy

Monogrammed Vest

5# UltraCruz Advanced Gastric Support

NON PRO CHAMPION

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Gist Custom Buckle Platinum Performance

Sponsored by KO Trading

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

NON PRO LIMITED 4TH PLACE

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate Sponsored by KO Trading

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

NON PRO LIMITED 5TH PLACE Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

NON PRO LIMITED TOP PLACING LADY Sliding Shoe Pendant Necklace Sponsored by Sami Fine Jewelry

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

AMATEUR RESERVE CHAMPION

Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health

$100 Gift Certificate

Monogrammed Polar Fleece Cooler

Monogrammed Vest

UltraCruz Aloe Vera

NON PRO RESERVE CHAMPION

Monogrammed Vest

Monogrammed Polar Fleece Cooler

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

$100 KO Trading Gift Certificate

Platinum Performance

Sponsored by NexGen Compounding Pharmacy

UltraCruz Detangler Spray

Monogrammed Polar Fleece Cooler Sponsored by Classic Equine

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

Sponsored by Classic Equine

Monogrammed Vest

Sponsored by Tres Osos Ranch

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The nationally-recognized Paso Robles Event Center is the premier location on California’s Central Coast to host events, large and small. Ideal for equestrian shows, trade shows, business seminars, wine events, parties, and weddings. Each summer, the Paso Robles Event Center plays host to the California Mid-State Fair. Come experience twelve full days of concerts, exhibits, carnival rides, 4-H and FFA animals and all the traditions of the classic county fair!

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///////// NRCHA CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS

2018 NRCHA FOUNDATION Scholarships for NRCHA Affiliate Youth Champions

2018 NRCHA National Top 5 Awards and Sponsors NATIONAL CHAMPIONS CR Morrison Trophy

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by Linda McMahon / McSpyder Ranch Sponsored by Cindy Warn / Smart Luck / Cable Creek Ranch

YOUTH BRIDLE - $500 SCHOLARSHIP

One Pair Lucchese Boots

Ryan Grey, Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association Kate Buchanan, Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association Elizabeth Clymer, Bluebonnet Country Reined Cow Horse Chance Leatherman, California Cow Horse Association Kenzia Krahn, Canadian Coast Reined Cow Horse Association Trevor Klind, Central Montana Reined Cow Horse Association Tylor Todd, Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association Ashlynne Blanton, Gulf Coast Cow Horse Association Ryley-Ray Wilson, Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association Garrett Lund, Midwest Reined Cow Horse Jesse Spence, Montana Reined Cow Horse Futurity, Inc. Jesse Spence, Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association Shaina Stanton, Panhandle Reined Cow Horse Association Tatum Olson, South Dakota Reined Cow Horse Association Kaylee Mason, Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association Lannie-Jo Lisac, Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Greyson Walsh, The Carolinas

Platinum Performance

YOUTH LIMITED - $250 SCHOLARSHIP Wyatt Patton, Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association Bryce Barkemeyer, Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association Alex Rose, Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Association Jadeyn Garrett, Bluebonnet Country Reined Cow Horse Kylie Haskins, California Cow Horse Association Douglas McDaniel Jr., Canadian Coast Reined Cow Horse Association Tatin Young, Central Montana Reined Cow Horse Association Breanne Faris, Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association Carolina Sanchez, Gulf Coast Cow Horse Association Macyn McCullough, Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association Tatum Olson, Midwest Reined Cow Horse Vanessa Wheeler, Montana Reined Cow Horse Futurity, Inc. Chloe Rourke, New York Reined Cow Horse Association Tyler Matko, North Central Reined Cow Horse Association Amber Riehl, Northeastern Reined Cowhorse Alliance Hunter Kugler, Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association Sabrina Williams, Panhandle Reined Cow Horse Association Callie Olson, South Dakota Reined Cow Horse Association Madison Miller, South Texas Reined Cow Horse Association Kaitlyn Holbrook, Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association Walt Aaron, Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Alex Rose, Tri State Ranch and RCHA

Sponsored by Lucchese Bootmaker Sponsored by Platinum Performance

Commemorative National Top 5 Jacket Sponsored by Osphos

NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPIONS Gist Custom Buckle CR Morrison Plaque

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

Commemorative National Top 5 Jacket Sponsored by Osphos

NATIONAL 3RD PLACE

YOUTH BRIDLE AND YOUTH LIMITED NATIONAL CHAMPIONS CR Morrison Trophy

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

Gist Custom Buckle

Sponsored by Cindy Warn / Smart Luck / Cable Creek Ranch

Horsepower Boots

Sponsored by Rios Of Mercedes

Platinum Performance

Sponsored by Platinum Performance

Commemorative National Top 5 Jacket Sponsored by Ospho

YOUTH BRIDLE AND YOUTH LIMITED NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPIONS Gist Custom Buckle CR Morrison Plaque

Sponsored by SDP Buffalo Ranch

Commemorative National Top 5 Jacket Sponsored by Osphos

Sponsored by Classic Equine

YOUTH BRIDLE AND YOUTH LIMITED NATIONAL 3RD PLACE

Sponsored by Osphos

Sponsored by Classic Equine

NATIONAL 4TH PLACE

Sponsored by Osphos

Monogrammed ZONE Wool Top Pad Commemorative National Top 5 Jacket

Monogrammed Tooled Toiletry Bag Sponsored by Classic Equine

Commemorative National Top 5 Jacket Sponsored by Osphos

NATIONAL 5 PLACE TH

Monogrammed Tooled Toiletry Bag Sponsored by Classic Equine

Commemorative National Top 5 Jacket Sponsored by Osphos

Monogrammed ZONE Wool Top Pad

Commemorative National Top 5 Jacket

YOUTH BRIDLE AND YOUTH LIMITED NATIONAL 4TH PLAC Monogrammed Tooled Toiletry Bag Sponsored by Classic Equine

Commemorative National Top 5 Jacket Sponsored by Osphos

YOUTH BRIDLE AND YOUTH LIMITED NATIONAL 5TH PLACE Monogrammed Tooled Toiletry Bag Sponsored by Classic Equine

Commemorative National Top 5 Jacket Sponsored by Osphos

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Aboard Shining CD Light, Corey Cushing’s score was bright enough to capture the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby Open Championship. 94 MARCH/APRIL 2019 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

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2019 NRCHA TRES OSOS DERBY OPEN TOP 10 Fort Worth, Texas – February 14-18, 2019 Horse/Rider/Pedigree/Owner/Score/Money 1. Shining CD Light; Corey Cushing; 14S (CD Lights x Jennys Spark x Shining Spark); Ophir Creek Stables LLC; 662 (H:220.5/R:221/C:220.5) $24,254.64. 2. Opus Cat Olena; Matt Koch; 14S (WR This Cats Smart x Opus Chic x Smart Chic Olena); Box O Quarter Horses; 657.5 (H:217.5/R:214/C:226) $17,871.84. 3. Smokum Every Time; Justin Wright; 15S (One Time Pepto x Smokums Dream x Smokums Prize); Daniel G. Heath; 655.5 (H:217/R:216/C:222.5); $14,680.44. 4-6. Metallic Chrome Cat; Corey Cushing; 14S (Metallic Cat x Teletrona x Little Trona); Kirk A. Johnson; 654.5 (H:222/ R:219/C:213.5) $9,999.72. 4-6. Metallic Cajun; Zane Davis; 14S (Metallic Cat x Jennys Spark x Shining Spark); Lightning 7 Cattle Co LLC; 654.5 (H:215.5/R: 215.5/C:223.5) $9,999.72. 4-6. Plain Catty; Jake Gorrell; 14S (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Plain Plain x Just Plain Colonel); Kevin G. Cantrelle; 654.5 (H:218/R:216.5/C:220) $9,999.72. 7. Cats Wooden Heart; Brad Lund; 14S (WR This Cats Smart x Gay Wooden Heart x Doctor Wood); Jack Bogart; 653 (H:217/R:212/C:224.5) $6,382.80. 8. CR Tuff Taffy; Ben Baldus; 15G (Woody Be Tuff x PeptoCandy x Peptoboonsmal); Sarijane Stanton/Bill Pinckard; 652.5 (H:216/R:215.5/C:221) $5,106.24. 9. CR Tuffles N Lace; Kelby Phillips; 15M (Woody Be Tuff x Calie Del Rey x Dual Rey); DT Horses LLC; 652 (H:210/ R:219.5/C:222.5) $3,829.68. 10-11. Metallica Lights; Chris Dawson; 14M (Metallic Cat x Delight Of My Life x Grays Starlight); Sheri L. Jamieson; 651.5 (H:216/R:216.5/C:219) $3,510.54. 10-11. MoonshineAndTwoAdvil; Shawn Hays; 14S (Metallic Cat x Little Short Stuff x Shorty Lena); Randy Massey; 651.5 (H:217.5/R:219.5/C:214.5) $3,510.54.Hickory Hill x Doc’s Hickory); Claire Armstrong; 422.5 (H: 141.5/R: 138/C: 143) $1,396

LEAR VICTORY Corey Cushing and Shining CD Light earn the first Open Derby title of the 2019 show year at the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby in Fort Worth.

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orey Cushing and Shining CD Light opened the 2014 stallion’s Derby year with a bright, blazing start. Cushing took the reins to show the horse in December, and in a few months, brought home a title and payout of $24,254.64 for owners Russell and Tiann Keegan of Ophir Stables from Washoe Valley, Nevada. In the herd work, a 220.5 score helped to kick off a successful show. When the three events wrapped, Cushing rode to a composite 662 and the win. “With this being the big show of the year, it only gives me hope and excitement for what’s to come,” said Cushing, who plans to show the stallion next in Las Vegas at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes. “I’m excited to see what the year has in store for him, win, lose or draw. He is enjoyable to ride and I’m hoping for big things.” Shining CD Light (CD Lights x Jennys Spark x Shining Spark) was trained and shown as a 3- and 4-year-old by Clayton Edsall before moving to Cushing’s Scottsdale, Arizona, barn. With a solid foundation, Cushing said the challenge was to get the right feel of the horse.

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Cushing credits the freedom Shining CD Light’s owners gave him to tailor the horse’s training schedule to what works for them as a team, which helped prepare for the Tres Osos Derby. “In any situation, especially with plans to show a Derby year, you need to have customers standing behind you,” said Cushing. “To build up on something might require going to a schooling show or do maintenance on a horse, and it can take going about things differently. I’m about 90-percent sure I’ve got it figured out but I can’t say I know his strongest event. Time will tell and we will see this year as we go on.” There were 120 entries in the NRCHA Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby. The reserve champion title went to Opus Cat Olena (WR This Cats Smart x Opus Chic x Smart Chic Olena), owned by BoxO Quarter Horses and ridden by Matt Koch. The pair scored a composite 657.5 to earn a $17,871.84 payout.

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inda Mars, Paula Gentry and Dave Mize partnered to form Tres Osos Performance Horses in Mimbres, New Mexico. Their enthusiasm for high-level, athletic horses led to the sponsorship of the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby, the first premier Derby for cow horses of the year. The event is close to the partner’s hearts and their desire to support developing a long-term finished cow horse. “Derby years show the horses that have the ability to stay in the sport,” said Mize. “The horses really change and progress. The [Snaffle Bit] Futurity is one show, the Derbies continue for two years, and that is where a horse can really make a name for themselves.” Mars became enthralled with reined cow horse through friend and trainer Sheri Gilkerson. Talking through a young horse’s potential was one of the most enjoyable things shared between Gilkerson and Mars. Though her friend passed, Mars continues to support reined cow horse because of the partnership between horse and rider that is evident in a winning team. “Watching a great cow horse run equals watching a horse like American Pharoah or Justify run,” Mars said. “Creating a great horse is a combination of genetics, heart, environment, training and riding. If any of those fall out you have a horse with flashes of greatness. Creating great horses to give you those runs takes a team—owner, trainer, vet, barn help—the horses have to enjoy what they do and want to do it. It takes a team.” The sentiment of supporting cow horse runs strong in Paula Gentry and Mize as well. “What makes cow horse our top choice? The horses are versatile and able to compete in three events,” Mize said. “The people in the cow horse industry really make it a place worth playing, with well broke horses that can go on and do anything.”

OPEN RESERVE CHAMPION

Matt Koch piloted BoxO Quarter Horse’s Opus Cat Olena (WR This Cats Smart x Opus Chic x Smart Chic Olena) to a composite 657.5 (H:217.5/ R:214/C:226) to claim the reserve title and earn $17,871.84.

The Tres Osos Performance Horses sponsorship of the Cow Horse Derby is currently promised for three years. Support from sponsors allows the NRCHA to continue to grow and evolve, maintaining its premier events for owners and riders.

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CR Tuff Taffy (Woody Be Tuff x PeptoCandy x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Sarijane Stanton and Bill Pinckard and piloted by Ben Baldus, scored a composite 652.5 (H:216/R:215.5/C:221) winning the Intermediate Open and $7,801.20 as well as an additional $5,106.24 in earnings for 8th place in the Open.

Rooster Cogboon (Once In A Blu Boon x Roosters Lucy x Gallo Del Cielo) ridden by Clayton Anderson and owned by Troop Quarter Horses, scored a 637 (H:214.5/R:209/C:213.5) to earn $2,978.64 and the Limited Open Championship.

Taking the Intermediate Open Reserve Champion title, Jordan Williams piloted Red Hotz (Sweet Lil Pepto x Doc NA Box x Bob Acre Doc) to a 645.5 composite score (H:214/R:214/C:217.5) for owners Wes and Sarah Williams.

Bet Hesa Traveln Cat (Bet Hesa Cat x Tejons Valena Sis x Travealena) and CJ Shopbell scored a 631.5 composite (H: 210/R:209.5/C:212) to take the Limited Open Reserve for owner Gary Miller, earning $2,340.36.

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Jill Cook piloted Bet Me Mister (Bet Hesa Cat x Misters Miss Remedy x Mister Dual Pep) to a 636.5 score (H:213/R:210/C:213.5) to earn owner Cheryl Swanson $3,800.16 and the Level 1 Limited Open Champion title.

Cats Wooden Heart (WR This Cats Smart x Gay Wooden Heart x Doctor Wood) ridden by Brad Lund for owner Jack Bogart, scored a composite 653 (H:217/R:212/C:224) winning the Open Novice Horse Champion title and $3,006.00 and an additional $6,282.80 for 7th place in the Open.

RKR ShakeYoMoneyMaka (Mamas Money Talks x Ill Be Lenas Legacy x Ill Be Smart) and rider Luke Hammerness scored a composite 627.5 (H:213/R:207.5/C:207) to earn the Level 1 Limited Open Reserve and $2,985.84 for owner Rockin’ K Remuda, LLC.

Suck It Up Buttercup (Metallic Cat x Shine Smartly x Shining Spark) and Shawn Hays scored a 646.5 (H:216/R:216/C:214.5) to earn $2,404.80 for owners Tammy Hays and Walter Greeman.

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Toni Hagen Heath and Legend De Lena stayed a consistent course to top the field and capture the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby Non Pro Championship, the first Non Pro win for both horse and rider.

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Toni Hagen Heath captured her first Non Pro Derby win and her gelding, Legend De Lena, stepped out of his half-sister’s shadow at the 2019 Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby.

hen Legend De Lena was given the chance to rise to the top of his peer group, the 2014 gelding did so in spectacular fashion. Pilot Toni Hagen Heath guided the horse to his and to her first Non Pro Derby championship during the 2019 Tres Osos Derby at the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas. “This is my first Non Pro win! I’ve won the Intermediate and the Amateur before and been second,” said Heath.” I’m a great one for placing along the way but this is my first big win being a straight Non Pro.” A true family horse, Legend De Lena (Smart Peppy Doc x My Legend Del Cielo x Gallo Del Cielo) was bred and is owned by Heath’s husband, Daniel. Daniel also bred My Legend Del Cielo. In 2018, Heath showed both the gelding and a halfsister in Derby events, with Legend De Lena consistently playing second fiddle to his older sister. “This was his year; he was here to prove something,” said Heath. “He is coming into his own. He is a long, gangly kind of a colt that’s a late maturer.

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When he does come into his own, it will be cool.” While Heath said the horse is still maturing, his performance in the Non Pro showed he already mastered the art of consistency in the show pen. The pair rode to a 213 in the herd work to split the round, then stayed in the running. “He was strongest in the reining. He was nice in the cutting but there was only so much I felt we could do because we were last out. In the fence work, he is coming on but it’s not his strongest suit at this point. But, he was nice, solid and soft with an average run on an average cow,” she said. “My goal this year is to build the fence work to keep getting better and better. It’s my intention to show him at the Stakes.” Taking the win at the first premier Derby event in 2019 gives Heath confi-

“I’m a great one for placing along the way but this is my first big win being a straight Non Pro.” –Hagen Heath dence going into the year; however, the veteran derby rider knows that anything can happen in cow horse. She works with trainer Shad Parkinson in the winter, but the Oregon-based rider maintains her horses at home for the most part. With less than a decade of showing National Reined Cow Horse Association events, Heath developed a love for derby-aged horses and sticks with them until time to move to the bridle, when most find a new home. “The 4- and 5-year-olds I really love; the 3-year-olds are ok and I’ve shown Futurity horses and made the Finals but it’s a lot of work. I’ve not showed much

in the bridle and I’m not great in the bridle,” Heath said. “I think this will be a building year. Last year we did good at the Stakes and the Derby, also. This year, the chance to make the finals again and do a little better is there.” Reserve Champion Non Pro was Paul Bailey, riding Stylish Daisy Duke (Stylish Rey Gay x Classy SmokinLena x Tangys Classy Peppy), a 2015 mare he owns with his wife, Amy. There were 30 entries in the Tres Osos Cow Horse Non Pro Derby, named for sponsor Tres Osos Performance Horses, which is located in Mimbres, New Mexico.

2019 NRCHA TRES OSOS DERBY NON PRO TOP 10 Fort Worth, Texas – February 14-18, 2019 Horse/Rider/Pedigree/Owner/Score/Money 1. Legend De Lena; Toni Hagen Heath; 14G (Smart Peppy Doc x My Legend Del Cielo x Gallo Del Cielo); Daniel Heath; 643 (H:213/R:217/C:213) $4,957.87. 2. Stylish Daisy Duke; Paul Bailey; 15M (Stylish Rey Gay x Classy SmokinLena x Tangys Classy Peppy); Paul and Amy Bailey; 642 (H:212/R:213.5/C:216.5) $3,966.30. 3. Lost Creek Heaven; Myles Brown; 15M (WR This Cats Smart x She Cat Seven x Seven From Heaven); Myles Brown; 641.5 (H:208/R:214.5/C:219); $2,974.72. 4. PRF ExceedinglySmart; Eric Freitas; 15S (WR This Cats Smart x Wild Francine x Peptoboonsmal); Eric Freitas; 639.5 (H:210/R:210.5/C:219) $2,379.78. 5. Chex Out Tuff; Brent Ratliff; 15G (Woody Be Tuff x Chex Out My Hiney x High Brow Cat); Brent Ratliff; 638.5 (H:213/R: 212.5/C:213) $1,983.15. 6. Sweet N Reycie; Carrie Volmer; 15M (Sweet Lil Pepto x Sheza Skeeto Rey x Red Rey King); Carrie Volmer; 637.5 (H:209/R:215.5/C:213) $1,586.52. 7. Robs A Smart Cat; Kenneth J. Schueller; 15G (Dual Smart Rey x Cat Mate x High Brow Cat); Kenneth J. Schueller; 637 (H:213/R:201/C:223) $1,189.89. 8. Hal On Ice; Tori Simons; 15M (Halreycious x Shes Icing Onthe Cat x High Brow Cat); Tori Simons; 633.5 (H:213/R:204.5/C:216) $793.26. 9. Sinful Merada; Parke Greeson; 14G (Cats Merada x Sinful Style x Docs Stylish Oak); Parke Greeson; 633 (H:212/R:211/C:210). 10. A Quick Remedy; Debbie Crafton; 14G (Very Smart Remedy x A Quick Prize x Smokums Prize); Debbie Crafton; 626.5 (H:209/R:200/C:217.5).

NON PRO RESERVE CHAMPION & INTERMEDIATE NON PRO CHAMPION

Paul Bailey and Stylish Daisy Duke (Stylish Rey Gay x Classy SmokinLena x Tangys Classy Peppy) scored a composite 642 (H:212/R:213.5/C:216.5) to take the reserve title and earn $3,966.30 in the Non Pro and an additional $2,135.70 for winning the Intermediate Non Pro title.

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The Intermediate Non Pro Derby Reserve Champion title went to Chex Out Tuff (Woody Be Tuff x Chex Out My Hiney x High Brow Cat); ridden and owned by Brent Ratliff. The pair placed fifth in the Non Pro and also earned $1,678.05 for the Reserve Intermediate Non Pro title.

Carrie Volmer piloted her horse, Sweet N Reycie (Sweet Lil Pepto x Sheza Skeeto Rey x Red Rey King) to a composite 637.5 (H:209/ R:215.5/C:213) to place sixth in the Non Pro and earn $1,586.52 and with the Novice Non Pro title and an additional $915.30.

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Novice Non Pro Reserve Champion Tori Simons piloted her horse, Hal On Ice (Halreycious x Shes Icing Onthe Cat x High Brow Cat) to a composite 633.5 (H:213/R:204.5/C:216) to earn $762.75 with the Novice Non Pro Reserve and to place eighth in the Non Pro, earning an additional $793.26.

Maebe Lucky (Metallic Cat x Scoot A Lil Closer x Smart Lil Scoot) carried rider and owner Garrell Reilly Williams to a composite 622.5 score (H:211/R:205.5/C:206) to win the Amateur Derby title and earn $1,957.50.

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Darleen Wood piloted her Cat Walks Into A Bar (WR This Cats Smart x Sue C Shiner x Shining Spark) to tie for the reserve place in the Amateur Derby with a composite 618 (H:190/R:210/C:218) and earn $1,468.13.

Katie Fox piloted Metallic Heritage (Metallic Cat x Dual Heritage X Dual Pep), owned by her father Dan Fox, to a composite 636.5 score (H:206/R:212.5/C:218) to take the Non Pro Limited title and $2,812.50.

Tying for Amateur Reserve, Jennifer Ostenson piloted her MetallicaLena (Metallic Cat x Isabellena x Quejanaisalena) to a composite 618 (H:209/R:207.5/C:201.5) and earn $1,468.13.

Carolyn Edson rode her gelding Dudley Doo Right (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Daphne Doo Right x Chex My Freckles) to a composite 633 (H:202/R:214/C:217) to take the Reserve Non Pro Limited and $2,250.00.

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Collegiate riders competed for individual and team awards at the fourth annual Reined Cow Horse Collegiate Challenge. By Abigail Boatwright | Photos by Primo Morales

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n the last day of the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s February Celebration of Champions, riders representing nine universities convened in the John Justin Arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in the association’s Reined Cow Horse Collegiate Challenge. While individual riders did represent some schools, most competitors were on three-person teams. Teams consisted of a non pro, a limited non pro and a novice rider, and were judged in rein work and cow work. Those scores translate to points awarded to the individual as well as the overall team score. After all 26 riders competed, North Central Texas College (NCTC) defended its 2018 champion team title with a cumulative 46 points for a back-to-back overall team championship. Texas Tech University col-

lected 41 points to take the reserve championship title. NCTC’s stock horse team coach, Cathy Luse, said the addition of collegiate and more youth classes at the Celebration of Champions is a positive step for the association. “All week long, I’ve been seeing how many right things the NRCHA is doing [to support youth],” Luse said. “I think with the high school rodeo competition, the collegiate competition and adding the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman competition—the association is incorporating and giving opportunities for everyone to compete. It’s so impressive, and we’re thankful for the opportunity to come here.” Luse has guided NCTC’s ranch horse team for two years. She took the team from the Gainesville, Texas, college to this event last year, and returned

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///////// CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS knowing her riders would be under the gun. “There was a little bit of pressure this year just to maintain what we have done,” Luse said. “And we did! It was basically in our own backyard right here.”

make the most of their time. “We just continue building on what we’re doing, staying correct and growing,” Luse said. “I have a limited amount of time with these students before they go on out into the workforce, become

“I have a limited amount of time with these students before they go on out into the workforce, become horse trainers; or they transfer to a four-year university. But we just try to do as quality work as we can. —Cathy Luse In addition to the NRCHA collegiate classes, the team competes in Stock Horse of Texas (SHTX) collegiate events. Last year, these riders were part of the SHTX world champion collegiate ranch horse team. The school is a two-year community college, so ranch horse riders have a shorter time frame to mesh as a team. Luse said this is a challenge, but they

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horse trainers; or they transfer to a fouryear university. But we just try to do as quality work as we can.” Looking at each rider’s performance, Luse was pleased. “I was so incredibly proud of all of them,” Luse said. “Josh [Briggs] went in the non pro with a new horse for him, and he competed in the World’s Greatest [Youth] with his usual mount. So I wasn’t

Brenna Braddock of West Texas A&M University, located in Canyon, Texas, won the limited non pro with James Hotz’s 2000 sorrel gelding The Boominator (Boomernic x Barbie Glo Jac x Mr Barbie Cody Jac). Braddock is from Nazareth, Texas. The team was awarded 146 for their rein work for first place, a 147—third place—for the cow work; and 16 points for the total score.

sure what to expect, but he was so solid in the rein work and the cow work. “Rieta [Duferrena] in the limited, I can always count on her for a big cow score, and she and her horse have incredible stops,” Luse continued. “She just stayed up with the bar.” Speaking of Monty Sperry, the team’s novice rider, Luse said he’s progressed from a ranch cowboy into an experienced show competitor. “I’m extremely proud of him, too,” Luse said. “He laid out a phenomenal correct pattern, and he and his little mare have no quit on the cow.”

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Josh Briggs has been leasing Colie Oak Cat for less than a year, and this show was his first time to compete with the six-year-old 2013 sorrel gelding. Briggs, a freshman equine science major from Pilot Point, Texas, trains with Steve and Carol Metcalf, who own the gelding.

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Monty Sperry, a student at North Central Texas College, won the novice class riding his horse, Hallmarks Tess. The 2011 bay mare is by Sr Hallmarked, out of Browsin Baywatch, by High Brow Hickory. Sperry, from Slapout, Oklahoma, scored a 137 to land in the rein work, 143.5 to top the cow work, for a total score of 15 points.

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///////// CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS “Steve just wanted this horse to be shown more, and I’ve already really liked him, so they set us up,” Briggs said. The gelding by Jazarell Cat, out of Colie Oak, by Docs Oak, is a bit silly, said Briggs, which is in keeping with his young age. “He’s a little immature—if he’s sitting tied up somewhere, he’s always chewing on something,” Briggs said. “But he tries hard. He really knows his job, and he likes to do it.” Briggs and “Four” scored a 144 in the rein work, which put them a half-point behind Texas A&M University’s Taylor Helms, and 147 in the cow work—second behind Texas Tech University’s Morgan Holmes—translating to 16 points to win the non pro class. “The reining was good—he’s a little greener, so I didn’t want to run too fast,” Briggs said. “I just kind of let him open

up in the big circles—not run—but some extended strides. He came down good in the slows, he ran true to all his stops and he turned well.” Briggs admitted a bit of rider error in the cow work, but was still proud of his horse. “We got a softer cow, made a big first turn and I kind of had to push the cow back to the second turn,” Briggs said. “We had a good second turn. Then he circled right. I had a little trouble switching sides on the circles. I was trying to find a better spot, and I passed up one that I probably should have taken, but it worked out anyway, because he stayed good and kept trying for me.” After the event, Briggs was impressed with the level of competition and glad to be a part of it. “I’ve never shown in the collegiate show, so I’m a little new to it,” Briggs

said. “I didn’t know quite what it takes, what kind of scores you’ll need. But the scores were big, and I was extremely happy with it.” Being part of a team is a different experience for Briggs, but he appreciated the support that format offers. “You show all year long in the cow horse, but it’s only on yourself and your horse,” Briggs said. “But now you have more people to support you and work with. I have Steve Metcalf to help me with my cow horses, but now I have an extra set of eyes with my coach Luse. There’s benefits to having more eyes watching you and helping you out.” Briggs also competed in the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman on his horse SV Whiskey Whiz (Paddy Irish Whiskey x Sure Enough Whiz x Topsail Whiz). They placed fourth and took home $972.

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Addison Coutts, of Temecula, California, rode her 2007 sorrel mare Peppys Please (Chic Please x Peppys Lena Limerick) to top the invitational high school challenge with an outstanding score of 290.

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Saturday, February 23, in John Justin Arena and featured 10 entries who had placed among the top 20 at the 2018 National High School Finals Rodeo Reined Cow Horse competition held in Rock Springs, Wyoming, in July of 2018. Addison Coutts, of Temecula, California, rode her 2007 sorrel mare Peppys Please (Chic Please x Peppys Lena Limerick) to the win with an outstanding score of 290. “I would like to thank my parents for all their support and help throughout this cow horse journey,” said Coutts, who is an incoming spring semester freshman attending North Central Texas College in Gainesville. Coutts earned her invite to the High School Rodeo Invitational when she qualified for the reined cow horse short go in Rock Springs last July, finishing 18th overall in the aggregate. Coutts worked hard to prepare for the Celebration of Champions where she was also qualified to compete in the Youth Bridle and Novice Non Pro Bridle divisions. She capitalized on her trip to Fort Worth, not only winning a custom trophy saddle by Bob’s Custom Saddles in the High School Rodeo Invitational, but also cashing in for third and $2,194.50 in the Novice Non Pro Bridle.

FINAL HIGH SCHOOL RODEO INVITATIONAL RESULTS (Rider/Horse/Owner/Score):   1. Addison Coutts, Peppys Please, Addison Coutts, 290   2. Colee C. Charlesworth, Smart Sugar Star, Colee C. Charlesworth, 288.50   3. Kasen York, Halslife, Thad & Kristen York, 287.50   4. LaRae Luis, High Brows Courage, Andrew MacArthur & Mark Luis, 287   5. Texie Buttars, Marmalade Sky, Sophia T. Buttars, 282.50   6. Natalie M. Leisinger, Tens Tees, Robert G. & Colleen Harris, 278   7. Dally Goemmer, Gotta Getta Goose, Shawn or Mindy Goemmer, 275   8. Amanda Mae Kanapilly, SCR Metallic Chic, Singleton Ranches, 274.50   9. Carson Wetsel, Lil Miss Wright, Carson Wetsel, 274 10. Elizabeth Clymer, High Skippin Cat, Sarah M. Clymer, 273.50

“My trainer, Sunni McCormick, has put countless hours into helping me become better each and every day,” said Coutts. “Also, Don Murphy coached me to help get me prepared for the World.” Earning reserve champion honors and a Gist custom buckle courtesy of the NRCHA was Colee Charlesworth, of Marathon, Texas, riding her 2011 APHA gelding Smart Sugar Star (Smart Sugar Badger x Telestar x Lenas Telesis) to a 288.50. Working closely with the NRCHA, the National High School Rodeo Association added reined cow horse to its event lineup in 2014 as an optional event and has experienced steady growth in entry numbers with each passing rodeo season. Of the High School Rodeo Challenge class at the Celebration of Champions NHSRA Reined Cow Horse Arena Director Ronnie Haslerig had nothing but glowing reviews. “Although who could enter was limited, the talent was not,” said Haslerig. “Some of the best youth cow horse competitors in the country were

Colee Charlesworth, of Marathon, Texas, riding her 2011 APHA gelding Smart Sugar Star (Smart Sugar Badger x Telestar x Lenas Telesis) to a 288.50 and the second place win.

entered because of their placings at the NHSRA Finals. “This is a great class for a contestant who has mostly rodeoed to be able to enter a major NRCHA cow horse event.” Haslerig is pleased with the results that the NHSRA and NRCHA partnership has produced over the course of the past five years. “It has always been the intent of the both organizations that the rodeo kids and the cow horse kids would be able to be competitive in both disciplines, not just another place for the cow horse kids to show. This was proven true when Trevor Hale, who is an outstanding roper, won the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman.” For more information on the high school rodeo program, rules, clinics and more, visit nrcha.com/nhsra-reined-cowhorse/. REINED COW HORSE NEWS | March/April 2019

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BREEDER DIRECTORY Call Me Mitch (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill x Doc’s Hickory), is a 2011 bay roan stallion with performance earnings of $173,000+. He has earned multiple reined cow horse and cutting championships and finals placings in the NRCHA, NCHA, and AQHA. He stands at Santa Lucia Farms, Santa Ynez, California. Call Me Mitch is owned by Estelle Roitblat and shown by NRCHA Professional Phillip Ralls and NCHA Professional Russ Westfall.

Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch of Tucson, Arizona, was founded by the Rogers family in 2005, starting out with just two personal horses. Since then, Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch has grown into a full service facility, breeding and showing some of the best Quarter Horses the industry has to offer. Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch also maintains an Organic Alfalfa operation and they raise Certified Organic Black Angus Beef. Learn more about them on the web at www.RogersHSR.com.

Dual R Smokin (Dual Rey x Smokin Pepto x Peptoboonsmal), a 2005 Quarter Horse stallion, is owned by J Five Horse Ranch in Weatherford, Texas. He has earned more than $220,000 in the National Cutting Horse Association, and his many titles include the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non Pro Championship. Dual R Smokin is a National Reined Cow Horse Association Subscribed Stallion. He is also nominated to the NCHA Super Stakes, Breeders Invitational, PCCHA Cutting/Gelding Stakes, Bonanza Cutting & Canadian Supreme. He stands at Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas. More information is available at www.JFiveRanch.com.

Metallic Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Rocking P Ranch, is a $25 Million Dollar Sire, National Cutting Horse Association Open Horse of the Year and the 2016 / 2017 NCHA Sire of the Year. He is the second highest money-earning stallion in the history of the NCHA. His latest milestone is becoming an NRCHA Million Dollar Sire, with more than $1.6 million in cow horse offspring earnings. For more information on Metallic Cat, visit metalliccat.com.

Holy Cow Performance Horses LLC, with locations in Santa Ynez, California, and Weatherford, Texas, has become a leading breeder and owner of reined cow horses, reining horses, and cutting horses. Breeding, raising and showing quality performance Quarter Horses is a passion at Holy Cow - dedicated to raising quality performers that are world class in their respective fields. Holy Cow is home to some of the finest broodmares in the industry, including top reined cow horse producer SHEZA SHINETTE. Their sponsorship and support of the NRCHA includes the $25,000 added to the Open Bridle Spectacular at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, $25,000 added to the CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular at the NRCHA Derby and $25,000 added to the Open Bridle class at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Learn more about Holy Cow Performance Horses at www.HolyCowPerformanceHorses.com.

Time For The Diamond (One Time Pepto x Diamonds With Style x Playin Stylish), owned by Triple D Ranches, is the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion. Trained and shown by NRCHA Professional Nick Dowers, Time For The Diamond has career earnings of nearly $150,000. His first foal crop will be 3-yearolds in 2019. Time For The Diamond stands at Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas. For more information, visit www.NickDowers.com.

Brother Jackson (Peptoboonsmal x Shes Icing Onthe Cat x High Brow Cat) is a 2009 AQHA Sorrel Stallion with multiple titles to his credit including 2017 CD Memorial Bridle Spectacular Champion. Dan Perez owns the stallion that has earnings of more than $140,000, he also has more than 100 AQHA points. He is trained and shown by Ken Wold and stands at Wolds’ Training Stables & Stallion Services in Wilton, California.

Matthews Cutting Horses, owned and operated by Jeffrey and Sheri Matthews, is the home of NRCHA Million Dollar Sire One Time Pepto (Peptoboonsmal x One Time Soon x Smart Little Lena). Matthews Cutting Horses is well known for superior performance horse bloodlines. The Matthews breeding program is built on extraordinary pedigrees and exceptional performance. His first foals came of show age in 2010, and in 2014, One Time Pepto was the #1 NRCHA Sire. In 2015, he was the leading sire of NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale horses. One Time Pepto’s performing foals have earned more than $10 million in all disciplines. Learn more about One Time Pepto at www.OneTimePepto.com.

SDP Buffalo Ranch - Where the Elite Are Found… For nearly 50 years, SDP Buffalo Ranch has paved a path of success in the horse industry. We know what it takes to be successful in breeding and performance at the highest levels. SDP Buffalo Ranch is all about the people. They are really in the people business, horses are just the product. SDP Buffalo Ranch are committed to excellence in stallion service, horsemanship and customer relations. Your success is their success! We offer full service Equine Reproductive services. See their stallion line up at http://www.SDPBuffaloRanch.com

Hickory Holly Time is a 2010 red roan stallion sired by One Time Pepto and out of Hickorys Holly Cee owned by DT Horses with LTE well over $225,000. His achievements span all the NRCHA disciplines: Snaffle Bit - 2013 NRCHA Intermediate Open Futurity Champion, 2014 NRCHA Open Derby Champion, Hackamore – 2015 NRCHA Open Hackamore Champion and now Bridle, 2018 World’s Greatest Horseman Champion. He is tested as 5 Panel N/N and is currently standing at Oswood Stallion Station. Visit him on the web at http://oswoodstallionstation.com/ hickoryhollytime, or on Facebook HickoryHollyTime or at www.dthorses.com/stallions.

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Western Bloodstock is the trusted name in performance horse sales, and is proud to produce and manage this year’s National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales! Visit them on the web at www. WesternBloodstock.com.

Metallic Rebel (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra x Abrakadabracre) is owned by Tom and Lisa Guinn, and trained by NCHA Multi-Million Dollar Rider Beau Galyean. Rebel’s accomplishments include 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, NCHA World Champion stallion, 13 aged event championships, three reserve championship titles and is a 33-time event finalist; accumulating over $420,000 in lifetime earnings. As he transitions from the show pen to the breeding barn, this sire’s first offspring, arriving in 2018, are displaying not only his tremendous character, but also his incredible confirmation. For more information, visit metallicrebel. com and follow him on Facebook.

Stevie Rey Von (Metallic Cat x Miss Ella Rey x Dual Rey), owned by Fults Ranch LTD, has $420,928 in lifetime earnings. This sire’s outstanding pedigree matches his moves in the show pen. At the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes, “Stevie” set an arena record-breaking score of 231 to win the class; along with many other championship titles, including the 2015 NCHA Open Futurity. Stevie’s first foal crop arrived in 2018, and they are definitely looking the part. For more information on Stevie follow him on Facebook or visit steviereyvon.com.

The skill and experience of Jeremy Barwick, Dr. Charlie Buchanan and staff make Brazos Valley Stallion Station in Stephenville, Texas, unique among breeding and performance horse establishments, and a vital center for horse owners, competitors and breeders. Find them on the web at http://www.brazosvalleystallionstation.com

Manion Ranch and Smooth As A Cat are proud to team up with the NRCHA. Already producing NRCHA offspring earnings in excess of $1.1 million dollars (as of 12/20/18) and named an NRCHA elite sire is only the tipping point of what is yet to transpire for this stallion who has NCHA lifetime earnings in excess of $500,000. He was an NCHA Horse Of The Year, is an NCHA Hall of Fame Horse; he also won multiple NCHA Championships and was a Finalist 43 times. Smooth As A Cat is High Brow Cat’s All-Time leading siring son, and is the only Horse Of The Year to sire two NCHA Open Horses Of the Year. Smooth As A Cat has been ranked 4th or higher of NCHA leading sires for 9 consecutive years. Smooth As A Cat’s offspring have won in excess of $26.5 million dollars and he has sired champions and money earners out of mares by 40 + plus different bloodlines and the list of accomplishments goes on. Smooth As A Cat stands at Weatherford Equine Breeding Center.

Smooth Talkin Style (Smooth As A Cat x Stylish Play Lena x Docs Stylish Oak), owned by Holmes and Hill, was a force to be reckoned with in the show pen, claiming numerous coveted titles including NCHA Open Horse of the Year, NCHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, Super Stakes Open Co-Champion and Breeders Invitational Champion. Stylish Play Lena, his dam, has produced more than $1.7 million dollars in earnings, with a staggering $95,000 average earnings per offspring. Smooth Talkin Style is Stylish Play Lena’s leading stallion offspring with earnings in excess of $305,000. According the NCHA, “Talker” is a recordsetting Open Horse of the Year, accumulating more than 700 points in less than 9 months of showing; thus, securing the coveted title of Horse of the Year by August of his 4-year-old year. Smooth Talkin Style retired to the breeding barn, completely sound, at the end of his 4-year-old year. This sire’s first foal crop arrived in 2017 and has exceeded our expectations. Smooth Talkin Style is 5-panel genetic tested as N/N. Follow Talker on Facebook and visit him at smoothtalkinstyle.com.

Legendary Quarter Horses and superior Black Angus cattle are hallmarks of the “Four Sixes,” a historic Texas ranch that is part of Burnett Ranches, LLC. The ranch stands some of the most well-respected Quarter Horse stallions in the industry, with elite broodmares that produce superior individuals for work and racing.

Wagonhound Land and Livestock, headquartered just south of Douglas, Wyoming, is a working ranch with some of the top American Quarter Horses and Red Angus cattle in the country. Its operations span more than 150,000 acres. Wagonhound Land and Cattle features one of the top horse breeding and training operations in the state. An outstanding broodmare band is housed there, and the ranch makes use of its own stallions – NRCHA Million Dollar Sire WR This Cats Smart and AQHA World Champion and NRCHA Open Two-Rein World Champion Genuine Masterpiece – as well as some of the other top cutting and cow horse stallions in the industry. The ranch’s operations include 2,500 of the finest Red Angus cattle in the market. They are selected and managed to produce high quality replacement heifers and the highest grade of beef. Visit www.Wagonhound.com for more information.

NRR Cat King Cole, owned by North Ridge Ranch, has National Cutting Horse Association earnings totaling more than $230,000, all of which were earned in Open divisions. After finishing the 2016 show year as NCHA World Reserve Open Champion and World Champion Stallion, he retired to stud completely sound. “Cole” is a multiple aged event champion and member of NCHA Hall of Fame. His first crops are just now hitting the show pen. North Ridge Ranch is excited to introduce NNR Cat King Cole to the cow horse world. With his attributes of quick- footedness, range of motion and good disposition, Cole’s foals will be a plus within this industry. Visit www.North–Ridge-Ranch.com for more information.

Hashtags (Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag) has lifetime earnings of $478,571. A 2018 NCHA Open World Champion and World Champion Stallion trained and shown by Tatum Rice, Hashtag’s first foal crop arrives in 2019. “Hashtags is just a great individual,” said Rice. “He makes it easy! Mind, heart, cow sense and strength.” The stallion is owned by Hashtag Ventures LP and standing at Brazos Valley Stallion Station in Stephenville, TX. For more information on Hashtags, follow him on Facebook or visit www. brazosvalleystallionstation.com.

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Reined cow horses are easily identified by their traditional Vaquero style gear. However, the training and maneuvers required in the event are also based in old world style.

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The West Coast was once home to the “best kept secret” in the equine industry—reined cow horses trained in the Vaquero tradition. The need for a welltrained working horse that could handle cattle was real. Many of the first trainers and showmen in the California Reined Cow Horse Association, the precursor

to today’s National Reined Cow Horse Association, were also ranchers. For Murphy, whose California-based family was immersed in ranching and showing, training was part of the daily work routine. Murphy, who grew up in northern California and is now based in southern Oklahoma recalled, “Back then, there were few registered Quarter Horses. Horses my dad trained came from the [Thoroughbred] farm that bred Seabiscuit. They were worked on ranches and shown at the same time. A horse then didn’t hit its prime until 9-or 10-years old.” The traditional process of starting a horse began, truly, in a hackamore then moved to the two-rein and, finally, to a straight-up bridle horse ridden in a spade bit. The horses were often older and tougher when started, and to soften a horse, it took a good bit of bitting up or around. “I remember places having padlocks on stall doors to keep you from looking at how they were training a horse,” Murphy said. “You had to get to be really good friends with someone before they would help you [train]. We called it ‘the school of hard knocks.’” Over the years, instead of training in secret, a camaraderie was born among those training and showing in cow horse events. Murphy said that in the 1980’s and 90s, riders began working together, starting the trend seen today of sharing ideas and training techniques. “A young trainer that wanted to learn used to try and hook up with an older trainer looking to retire,” said Murphy. “Then, you could get help. But a trainer trying to learn from a trainer about the same level, no one used to help. Now, we all work together.”

As the industry grew, trainers became more aware of the opportunities in reined cow horse and the competition outpaced the need for a horse to work a ranch, the process to train a cow horse also evolved. Roeser, who trains in Marsing, Idaho, said that breeding better horses and putting effort into better facilities helped to evolve the industry over the years. “While I don’t believe the idea of what a trained horse should be like has changed, I do believe that the competition is much more competitive. People work harder to make the horses able to compete,” Roeser said. “A couple of things really helped the horses and changed how the horse does its job: first is good ground and second is good shoeing.” An influx of horsemen from different areas of the industry, like reining or cutting, has shaped the industry. But, Roeser said that more importantly, train-

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Comparing a reined cow horse entry in the bridle class from the 1970s to an entry from the 2019 World’s Greatest Horseman you will find few similarities in the look. While horses today are bred and trained specifically intended for reined cow horse competition; the gear hanging from the horse’s head and the goal of the event remains the same. In the end, riders want to sit on a finely tuned cow-working athlete, just like those riders who started the National Reined Cow Horse Association. We asked long-time industry legends and NRCHA Hall of Fame Members Don Murphy and Dan Roeser to reflect back at how training a reined cow horse has evolved and to look toward a future where more horses are shown in the two rein and bridle. “The horses shown weren’t meant to be cow horses when this all started—there wasn’t such a thing as a cow horse bred horse in those days,” said Murphy. “My dad would say if you had five good horses in your lifetime, you were a good trainer. Now, though, if you don’t get a good horse a year, you’re not doing so well. The quality of horses has a lot to do with how people train these days.” From the start, reined cow horses in competition have shown the finesse needed to perform athletic feats with cattle, and that remains the goal of today’s show horses. The process to train a cow horse has changed, and the competitive arena is much tougher, but some things remain true to cow horse.


end and keep it under them,” he added. “Shoeing and better ground work together so the horse can use its hind end and not have it jerked out from under it.” Greater collection in today’s show horses is something Roeser credits with faster and more accurate maneuvers. But, that is not to say trainers didn’t understand collection decades back. “Our biggest focus is to have horses collected at all times and that helps in every single aspect of reined cow

Left: Showing a horse in a straight up bridle is the last and most advanced stage in training a reined cow horse. Bottom: California competitor Susan Modic rides with Hall of Fame trainer Lyn Anderson. Experienced but preferring older horses, Modic finished in the top of the Non Pro Two Rein finals at several NRCHA shows. Many non pro riders prefer not to compete in a snaffle bit. PRIMO MORALES

ers focused more on the horses. He said horses trained on good ground have it easier and better understand how to do their job. “Shoeing methods have improved in a way that allows a horse to use its hind

horse,” explained Roeser. “People realize how good the horse has to be and has to look to be competitive these days. The training and the horses have gotten so good, the industry is at a level it wasn’t 20 years ago.”

Both Murphy and Roeser agree more non pro riders are entering the industry as competitors and owners. While experienced non pros compete with younger horses, the bigger portion of that group has created a need for the traditionally trained cow horse that learned in the snaffle and hackamore, then was moved through the two rein stage and is a finished bridle horse.

SPREADING THE STYLE

The widening base of cow horse enthusiasts quickly increased the need for more finished bridle horses to compete in reined cow horse events. That, in turn, created a need for more education for today’s trainers, said Murphy. “The biggest change in training programs these days is that the horses go from snaffles, may get shown in the hackamore a few times, then the two rein a year, and are then put in the bridle,” he said. If you don’t put a horse in the hackamore good, it can’t work the tworein. Cost factor and time element have changed the industry. While our horses are bred better and don’t require as long to understand each step, the ultimate horse is supposed to be a bridle horse. If a trainer never went that far to feel what a finished horse rides like, then you don’t know the end goal.” It was moving the Snaffle Bit Futurity and the NRCHA World Show to a central location that helped the sport find a broader base, Murphy emphasized. “It was strictly West Coast but it’s worked its way across the country, keeping the Vaquero style going,” said Murphy. “Our influence is starting to show up more and more around these [central] states.” Roeser agrees, but explained that newer riders to the sport aren’t apt to learn on a horse in the snaffle bit. “Expansion of the cow horse industry into different parts of the country meant REINED COW HORSE NEWS | March/April 2019

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people want to learn to do it, and new [riders] have a hard time learning on a Futurity or Derby horse that has to be ridden two-handed,” Roeser said. “It has really put the bridle horse back in the forefront of the industry as far as what buyers look for.”

Murphy agrees with Roeser and sees an increased need for trainers to create bridle horses. “We are trying to focus on older horses and in my travels, I’ve seen more people putting a horse in the bridle than I have in years,” Murphy said. “Amateurs, non pros and kids are the heart of our business, and they want to ride a bridle horse.” As purses increase for two rein and bridle spectacular events, the draw for trainers to return to the industry’s root training program to take a horse in the two rein to the bridle is strong. The ultimate goal, the bridle horse, hasn’t changed since the NRCHA’s creation and the membership still clamors for that tra-

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Roeser travels extensively conducting clinics and competing in the NRCHA’s premier events and Murphy does the same, focusing on assisting trainers and NRCHA competitors by bettering their riding or cow handling ability. The one similarity both see around the country is an increase in wanting to understand and use the two- rein on a horse. “The two-rein is an important step,” said Roeser. “In that class, you can take a horse still green in the bridle and help it laterally to let the horse gain experience before showing straight up in the bridle. For many years, when the top trainers finished with a horse as a Futurity or Derby horse, the highly competitive horses didn’t have as big of purses to run at in the two-rein. “Owners that planned to show their Derby horse themselves were interested in having the horse in the two-rein and knew the horse would have a solid foundation for the bridle. A non pro can ride a horse that has been trained like that.”

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Right: A spade bit, often called a bridle bit, is the last stage with which a reined cow horse is trained to compete. Below left: A NRCHA Hall of Fame rider and trainer, Dan Roeser keeps the Vaquero tradition alive and well in his training program. Below right: Don Murphy travels the country working with trainers on bettering their horses and training program, in addition to teaching lessons with non pro and youth riders. His experience creating and showing reined cow horses has helped innumerous competitors achieve success.

ditionally trained horse. Both men agree that while the look of the competition is definitely different, the future not only looks bright for bridle horses but also for the continued success of the NRCHA. “Like every other part of the [equine] industry, NRCHA has gotten so competitive,” said Roeser. “The non pro classes are so, so very competitive. I believe people understand the value of a finished bridle horse that has been through all of the traditional training steps.”

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Collegiate ranch horse teams are popping up at more universities every year, offering students a chance to compete in four versatility classes: ranch pleasure, ranch trail, ranch reining and ranch cow work. To encourage college student participation in reined cow horse competition, the National Reined Cow Horse Association added this special event to the annual Celebration of Champions in 2015. The Reined Cow Horse Collegiate Challenge allows three-person university teams to compete in reined cow horse classes, earning points toward individual and team awards. This event has been a welcome addition for students, opening up additional avenues of competition and sharpening their riding skills.

Morgan Holmes from Texas Tech University (left) was proud to compete her senior year at the Reined Cow Horse Collegiate Invitational.

THE CONCEPT

The American Quarter Horse Association Director of Ranching is Kim Lindsey, but a few years ago she was the equestrian center director at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She initially hatched

the idea of adding collegiate classes to NRCHA events as a way to showcase university ranch horse teams. “These young people are our future, so anytime we can get youth and young adults involved, we’re making the future of reined cow horse events better,” Lindsey said. The NRCHA challenge collegiate events use Stock Horse of Texas class rules and patterns, and for each team there is one competitor in each of three divisions—the Non Pro, Limited Non Pro and Novice. The students can ride their own horses or, in the case of some schools, can ride the team’s ranch horses. Scores are given for rein work and cow work, and each rider’s performance is ranked against the others. For example, at the 2019 competition nine teams competed. The non pro with the highest score in reining earned nine points, and the second-place rider earned eight. The non pro with the highest-scoring cow work earned nine points, and so on. Each REINED COW HORSE NEWS | MARCH/APRIL 2019

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///////// NRCHA COLLEGIATE RIDERS competitor’s class points were added together for the individual placings, and also were combined with their teammates’ points for the overall team score. “NRCHA stepped up and got behind the idea, and the competition has grown unbelievably,” Lindsey said. “It’s great for the kids to have their competition on one of the big days of the Celebration of Champions and to receive great awards like Gist belt buckles. I’m thankful for NRCHA being so supportive.” The first competition was comprised of students from just a handful universities. Since then, more colleges have added ranch horse teams, and more teams have been able to compete at the Reined Cow Horse Collegiate Challenge in Fort Worth. In 2019 nine teams competed. Lindsay said the competition has grown in more than just numbers, though. “The quality of the horsemanship has gotten really good, really fast,” Lindsey said. “I think when these students get to see the top professionals in the world compete while they’re here, the students can see what they’re striving for. And I think that makes a huge difference.”

BUILDING CONNECTIONS

Jordan Shore is the University of Arkansas’ new ranch horse team coach. He started at the beginning of 2019, but the Fayetteville, Arkansas, school has had such a team since 2016. He said the teams and the collegiate cow horse competition are ideal for networking. “One of the main things is connections,” Shore said, “connecting not only with each other, but also connecting with members of the associations and industry professionals. Many times, riders from the ranch horse teams go into the horse industry. For those students, it’s great to build connections that could lead to future jobs.”

He stressed that not all riders are on a horse career track—some members are molecular biology majors heading toward the medical field. Others are engineering majors. “The students get to connect with each other, make lifelong friends and get that team experience that, really, everybody needs because they can carry that into the workplace later on in life,” Shore continued. “They work with each other,

Above: Halle Garrett of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is grateful to have one more competition with her 18-year-old gelding before he’s off to a new youth owner. Below: Halle ,and her sister, Jaqueline, both were Cal Poly’s first-ever cow horse entries.

encouraging each other, working through problems among themselves and with a 1200-pound animal that doesn’t speak English. Overcoming those obstacles gives them a sense of fulfillment.”

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PRESTIGE AND COMPETITIVE PRESSURE

Morgan Holmes is a senior agricultural communications major at Texas Tech University. Originally from Sarasota, Florida, she shows in cow horse outside of college, but this was her first year to join the ranch horse team. She was excited to participate in the Collegiate Challenge in Fort Worth with a horse named Dun It On Que, barn name “Nine.” “It’s really awesome,” Holmes said of the collegiate event. “It’s cool that we get to be highlighted at this show that is such a huge deal.” Even though she’s a seasoned competitor as an individual, Holmes said the smaller team size, as compared with the six-rider ranch horse team, has upped the ante. “It was more pressure [on me] than [when] competing for myself or at collegiate ranch horse competitions, because there’s only one person for each division, and it plays more of a role here,” Holmes said. “Not having trail and pleasure means the reining and cow horse scores are really important.”

Holmes appreciates the opportunity to compete at a high level thanks to the collegiate event. “It’s super cool that we get to show here,” Holmes said. “It’s great to be able to say we showed our horse in front of Corey Cushing or Chris Dawson; so, it’s really neat to have that exposure. These guys even see that our competition is tough, and they respect that we’re trying to be better horsemen and that we care about this sport. It’s a big deal.”

don’t usually have a team when you’re showing horses—it’s just you and your horse. But now I have teammates. So, it’s really cool.” Garrett rode her 18-year-old gelding, Short N Snakey, in the non pro competition. This was his last performance with Garrett—the gelding is going to a youth for his next chapter. “He still has a lot to teach,” Garrett said. “I’ve had him for three years. It’s his turn to teach another little kid.”

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REPRESENTING YOUR SCHOOL

Halle Garrett is a sophomore studying animal science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in California. Originally from Milwaukie, Oregon, she competed in stock horse competition growing up, and learned about cow horse from trainer Jim Spence. Interested in more chances to compete in cow horse classes, Garrett and her twin sister, Jaqueline, entered the individual events, representing Cal Poly. “This gives us more times to show in a little different format,” Garrett said. “And I get to represent Cal Poly. You

Nolan Self is a senior agriculture economics major at Texas A&M University located in College Station. The Pilot Point, Texas, native started his competitive career with stock horse classes when he was young, but after going to a cow horse show in 2010, he fell in love with the sport. He’s shown in reined cow horse shows ever since and was the NRCHA Youth President in 2015-2016. Self was at a Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association show in Ardmore, Oklahoma, when he was in high school. That’s when he saw his first collegiate stock horse team— from Texas A&M. “With my dad [Mark Self] being an Aggie and all, I thought it was pretty cool to see that A&M has that opportunity of the stock horse team, and I liked that I’d be able to get to do what I like to do on horses, but [as a] collegian,” Self said.

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///////// NRCHA COLLEGIATE RIDERS To join the Texas A&M ranch horse team, students fill out applications and try out at the beginning of every semester—even though they might have been on the team previously. Self joined his sophomore year—he wanted to settle in as a student his freshman year. “It’s been a lot of fun,” Self said of his experience on the team. “I really like showing with my friends and the people I go to school with. And I grew up with many of the team members at other schools, like Josh Valdez from West Texas A&M University, Morgan Holmes on the Tech team and my buddy Josh Briggs on the North Central Texas College team. So that’s fun. Sharing this with your friends and competing at a collegiate level, wearing that A&M logo on your back is pretty special, too.” Self is appreciative of the opportunity to represent his school, and the fact that Texas A&M offers school horses for riders who don’t have their own. He was surprised to learn that, despite years of showing in cow horse events, competing as a team is a bit different. “There’s so much more pressure there when you’re on a team,” Self said. “You’re not just showing as an individu-

///// UNIVERSITY COW HORSE COMPETITORS Students from the following universities competed at the 2019 NRCHA Reined Cow Horse Collegiate Challenge: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California Clarendon College; Clarendon, Texas Colorado State University; Fort Collins, Colorado North Central Texas College; Gainesville, Texas Northeastern Junior College; Sterling, Colorado

al. You don’t want to let your teammates down.” Unfortunately, Self suffered a fractured vertebra from a riding accident on Christmas Day. He is healing well and can ride again, but had to sit out the Collegiate Challenge.

HOW TO JOIN

If you are a student, or contemplating applying for a school, find out if the university already has a ranch horse team. Garrett suggests talking to professors in the animal science or equine science departments, if those are available. To bring a team to the Collegiate Challenge, you need to have three riders—one for each of the non pro, limited non pro and novice categories. “Talk to local horse trainers close to the school, to help you find other students,”

Texas A&M University; College Station, Texas Texas Tech University; Lubbock, Texas University of Arkansas; Fayetteville, Arkansas West Texas A&M University; Canyon, Texas

Garrett said. “That’s how I met my trainers, Tucker and Tina Robinson.” Consider your course load and other commitments before joining a ranch horse team. Shore and Self said the time commitment to being on a team can be significant. At the University of Arkansas, for example, riders practice two to five days a week. In addition to actual riding, Coach Shore said all team members help out at the barn and care for their horses. But if you need a reason to keep your horse at school, this can be another reason—competition at an elite level. “You’re at the barn on average probably three to four hours a day, taking care of your horse and practicing,” Self said. ‘And you also may have to miss school to go to the ranch horse shows. It’s a big commitment, but it’s worth it because you get to enjoy showing horses and being around other people who also enjoy showing horses.”

WHAT’S NEXT?

Nolan Self enjoys representing his university in collegiate competition.

Right now, the Collegiate Challenge at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions is the only reined cow horse competition in this format produced in conjunction with NRCHA shows. But Lindsay hopes to expand the competition to the affiliate level in the future. “I’d love to see collegiate challenges happen at affiliate competitions, and perhaps have this event at the Celebration of Champions be an event you qualify for—a championship,” Lindsey said. “We’re open to suggestions and we’ll just keep moving forward.”

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THE SELECTION AND USE OF PERFORMANCE HORSE SPURS What spur is right for you? Dennis Moreland talks to the Dawson’s about their preferences.

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irst developed during the time of the Roman Empire and brought to North America by the Spanish vaqueros, spurs are a popular piece of riding equipment and serve as a valuable tool to communicate with your horse—when used correctly. Dennis Moreland asked Chris and Sarah Dawson, of Dawson Performance Horses in Perrin, Texas, to share expertise on why they use spurs, how they are used and how to know what kind of spur is right for you. It’s a common misconception that spurs are solely used to encourage speed on a horse. Instead, with leg and ankle control, properly fitted spurs, that are appropriate for your experience level, allow you to refine the cues you give to your horse. When given correctly, spurs make light cues easier for the horse to understand and respond successfully to. “What we use our spurs for is to get more refinement out of our horses because we can get more specific with where we place our feet in relation to the body part we’re wanting to move,” explained Sarah. “Really, the speed is coming from our bodies and how fast we ride our horses, and we add the

spur for more refinement as we advance those horses along in their training.” An aspect to consider when using spurs is the length of your spur shank in proportion to your leg length. As Chris explained, people with shorter legs are going to need a shorter shank so the spurs aren’t so close to the horse’s midsection. On the other hand, Chris described how a longer legged person will have their feet farther away from the horse. This makes it beneficial for them to ride in spurs with a longer shank, so they don’t have to move their feet so far to make contact with their horse. Not only is your spur shank something to consider, but also the spur rowel. Sarah explained spur rowel selection is determined by what kind and length of spur shank you have, your leg length, and how advanced you are in your riding, including how much control you have over your legs.

Chris said how it all can be applied once you get on your horse. When communicating with a horse using his leg, one thing Chris said he pays attention to is going in slow with his feet and gradually increasing pressure as needed. “I want to start with my boot top, add my calf pressure, then add my spur, and as soon as that horse moves away, I want to remove the spur pressure but maintain my calf pressure,” he said. “That will teach him to move away from your leg without even having to put your spur on him.” With spurs that fit you, your style of riding and your experience level you can communicate better with your horse to add refinement to every move you ask of your horse. The right spurs, when used correctly, make cues easier for your horse to understand and respond successfully to.

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 Can Limited riders elect to keep work ing the cow even if the judge gave them the new cow option?    Answer: Yes they can, even though it rarely happens. Rule of thumb for limited riders: If the judge thinks a new cow is warranted, the odds are in your favor to accept his/her decision.

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  In the herd work, if the clock didn’t  start when the rider crossed the time line, does the exhibitor get a re-work? Answer: Yes, even if they have a major penalty they are entitled to a complete re-work.  

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 When do the 2-point B and reverse  1-point C penalties come into effect? Answer: The 2B penalty comes into effect when the horse is in the open field, going from one end of the arena to the other and the animal they are working gets within 3 feet on the end fence, between the 2-point markers, before it is turned. If the animal is turned before it gets within 3 feet of the end fence but gets within 3 feet of the fence between the 2-point and the 1-point markers, it is a reverse 1C

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 In the Limited Boxing at what time  does the 3-point L penalty come into play?

Answer: When the animal leaves the end of the arena that they are being boxed on, is ahead of the horse for at least three strides, lined out, and the horse has lost all working advantage.

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 During the herd work, the rider  hasn’t entered the body of the herd deep enough to satisfy the deep cut rule and they are attempting to cut their third cow. During this cut they ride deep into the herd, get some cattle out in front of them, the buzzer goes off before they have cleanly separated a single cow. Did they satisfy the deep cut rule? Answer: No. A cow must be cut cleanly and in working position for the rule to be satisfied on the third cut.

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 When attempting to change leads, how  many strides from the exact center can the horse be to receive credit for the circle and lead change? Answer: Rule of thumb is a stride before the exact center, a stride to change leads, and a stride after center are all in the credit earning “box.” If the change is before this box, it is considered an early lead change or out of lead and a one point penalty could be assessed. If the change of leads is beyond this box, and you are close to the side fence before you change leads, or are starting to circle in the opposite direction and you are still on lead from the previous circles, it is considered a late lead change, or out of lead, and a

one point penalty can be assessed. If the lead change is in a “gray” area—not clearly early or late but not accurate—dropping the maneuver evaluation by half-point is a fair way to address the situation.

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 What is the difference between a bad  stumble and a break of gait? Answer: When attempting the circling and lead change maneuvers, if the horse stumbles, detracting from the quality of the maneuver, but doesn’t break the cadence of the lope with the hind legs, it is a maneuver deduction. Any time the horse is required to be in the lope gait and cadence of the lope with the hind legs is not maintained it is considered a break of gait and a 2-point should be assessed.

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 What is the definition of a “open field”  turn? Answer: It is a cow horse turn in the open field part of the arena. To be considered a good open field turn the maneuver has to exhibit the qualities of a credit-earning turn. The three parts of a turn are: the entry, the turn itself and the exit. To be credit earning, all parts of the turn should exhibit good form, position and control. Until next time, Bill Enk NRCHA Director of Judges

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JUDGES LIST as of March 6, 2019

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City

Susan S. Abel Andy B. Adams Randall D. Alderson Blue R. Allen Jeff Allen Lyn Anderson Ron K. Anderson Karen R. Arlin Billy Arthur Lavert Avent David K. Avery B. J. Avila Bob C. Avila Jane A. Bagley Lance A. Baker Ben Baldus Margo Lea Ball Brad W. Barkemeyer Paul E. Barnes Francesca Baron Tomas Barta Maik Bartmann Jaime C. Beamer Michael W. Bednarek Chris C. Benedict Jerry M. Beukelman Darren N. Bilyea Adam L.R. Blackmon Mario Boisjoli Robin M. Bond Paul C. Bonnello Jan Boogaerts Ricky Bordignon John W. Boudreaux Roger A. Braa Sarah A. Bradley Donnie Bricker John Briggs Aaron C. Brookshire Brenda H. Brown Stephen F. Brown Monty L. Bruce Tom B. Buckingham Rod L. Burr Brandon C. Buttars Kathy Callahan-Smith Bill B. Campbell Antonino Cancellieri Marvin “Butch” Carse Joe A. Carter Allison Chapman (Blevins) Dolly R. Chayer Rick Chayer Justin K. Cherry Ian A. Chisholm Berry Clanton Bonnie Jo Clay Dale E. Clearwater Billy Cochrane Sandra M. Collier Jill L. Cook Dawn Coons Cal Cooper Debbie P. Cooper Abby Cosenza Marc A. Cosenza David B. Costello Camille H. Courtney Jeremy Cox Leigh Cragg Dee Craig Frank E. Craighead Todd Crawford Tom E. Crowley

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State Country Phone 775-753-3120 530-200-2229 765-432-9586 719-221-6098 402-657-6585 559-304-0930 403-249-8215 209-602-4987 910-290-3426 505-429-7180 806-679-0722 580-224-1242 503-784-2513 806-647-8303 806-683-4145 940-923-7255 970-227-8233 480-620-4759 775-267-5852 559-817-2002 (43) 650 201 8033 (49) 172 624 8016 940-902-5755 315-243-4387 682-333-4999 208-863-5769 780-273-0339 250-378-7677 805-217-4506 858-445-8857 530-903-0633 32 497589940 (39) 348 380 6676 337-356-6206 206-793-2681 765-969-9901 951-760-6992 940-368-5733 805-975-7190 951-491-4402 419-429-9359 507-456-0299 208-599-3611 209-648-2596 435-279-0772 909-229-5459 406-868-1413 (39)33987206 863-207-1240 519-732-0219 805-286-1102 918-625-8337 918-706-1043 208-602-1936 817-304-0289 760-937-2734 940-367-3245 306-544-7660 559-286-5600 805-350-1869 303-709-0276 979-732-4297 602-625-1643 480-363-3047 602-524-8571 602-524-8571 559-333-1470 720-390-8434 870-307-7810 (61) 0424 272 759 208-989-1299 817-565-5375 405-229-6053 651-380-9194

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Cindy Lapp Eugenio Latorre Teresa J. Lauth Fredy Laval Mark A. Lecy Patrice A. Lee Rick LeMay Bobby E. Lewis Matthew Livengood Tack Louthan Mike W. Lund Morgan R. Lybbert Tye MacDonald Manuela Maiocchi Richard Marine Gary J. Martinez Amy B. Marx George Maschalani Filippo Masi Mark P. Matson Rick D. Maxson Dan E. Mayer Robert Cody McArthur Tom McBeath Shaun T. McBride Jim McCarty John J. McCarty Tami L. McClure Sunni Ann McCormick Karen McCuistion Gretchen L. McDaniel Mike McEntire Chele A. McGauly Jay McLaughlin Kathleen L. McPhaul Jeremy Meador Alessandro Meconi Jack M. Mervin Rich Mervin Bonnie Miller Darren L. Miller Mike E. Miller Allen R. Mitchels Jacky Molliex-Donjon Alessandro Monaldi James L. Montgomery Peter A. Morgan John P. Murphy Tom E. Neel Ricky Nicolazzi Connie C. O’Brien Jamie L. Olson Gay Lynn Owens Bradley A. Pagh John S. Palleria John R. Pascoe Jason M. Patrick Bret J. Paulick Will E. Pennebaker Mike J. Perkins Styrbjorn Persson Jamie L. Peters Marilyn G. Peters Laurie S. Petkus Joakim Pettersson Jill Pierre John L. Pipkin Kenda G. Pipkin Samuele Poli Barberis Kim J. Pope Brown Billy Prather Smoky Pritchett Kenny E. Pugh, Sr. Gary W. Putman John J. Quinlan Shannon Quinlan Vicki K. Radtke Christian Rammerstorfer Marilyn K. Randall Wade J. Reaney Travis Rempel Trigg C. Rentfro Rhonda J. Replogle Anne M. Reynolds Gary Reynolds Roy A. Rich

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Enrico Righetti Cyndi L. Robbins Mary E. Robinson Dan Roeser Jon Roeser Fielding (Bozo) H. Rogers Pam R. Rose Sam M. Rose Rusty R. Ruby Cynthia R. Rucker Mark R. Russell Bill J. Sanguinetti Debby M. Sanguinetti Andrea Santini Patrick H. Sattler Brandi M. Scheer Lance R. Scheffel Markus Schopfer Zeph P. Schulz Pamela Scott Cori Shields Lance Shields Dennis H. Sigler Mark A. Sigler Andrea J. Simons Marty O. Simper Karl D. Smith John S. Snyder Jim W. Spence Cristian Sperandio Brandon T. Staebler Julie Stanley Gary S. Stark Shane L. Steffen Harvey D. Stevens Timothy W. Stewart Jimmy R. Stickler Christie L. Sutfin Peter Swales Mauro Taccia Anthony S. Taormino Carol L. Telford Jake A. Telford Becky A. Terrell Kim A. Thake Steve Thake Rod W. Thiessen Ryan M. Thomas Terry R. Thompson Les M. Timmons John C. Tuckey Tim Unzicker Jeffry J. Veitch Carlo Volpi Jonathan Vrabec Allen R. Walton Lori L. Walton Trevor P. Walton Brady E. Weaver Bill R. Weaver II Gary W. Webb Terry Wegener Gary Wells Larry E. Westmoreland Scott M. Whinfrey Wayne W. Whitehead Daniel A. Wildin Doug Williamson Todd D. Williamson Maryann Willoughby Betty O. Wilson Cayley R. Wilson Katie H. Wilson Richard W. Winters Deb S. Witty Ken L. Wold Debra J. Wright Nancie K. Wright Liz Younger Badasci

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NRCHA STALLION SUBSCRIPTION RULES 1. By nomination of a foal crop, offspring of a subscribed stallion from the nominated foal crop are eligible to show in the NRCHA Stakes both as 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds. 6-year-olds are also eligible in the Non Pro Limited Division only. 2. Any stallion of any breed may be subscribed to the NRCHA Stakes program, subject to provisions as set forth in these rules and stipulated on the entry form. 3. Nominations must be postmarked and paid by February 1 of the following year for each calendar year to avoid paying the higher fee of the following year. 4. Nomination fees will be as follows: a. Paid during the breeding year (the next year’s foal crop) - $1000 b. Weanling year - $1,250 c. Yearling year - $1,500 d. 2-year-old year - $1,750 e. 3-year-old year - $2,000 5. 4-year-old year: Nominations received between February 1 of the 4-year-old year and the final entry deadline for that NRCHA Stakes event will be accepted at the rate of $3,000. 5-year-old and 6-year-old foal crops that have not been previously subscribed may also be paid in for $3,000. 6. All nominators of stallions must be members in good standing of the NRCHA. 7. In the event the stallion owner or syndicate manager chooses not to enroll the stallion, nominators may be persons other than the owner or syndicate manager of the stallion. In the event that the nominator is someone other than the owner or syndicate manager of the stallion, the nominator represents that they are authorized to nominate the stallion. 8. All subscription fees will be made payable to the NRCHA in US funds or its equivalent. 9. The added purse for the NRCHA Stakes will consist of not less than the total stallion nomination fees received less 20% for NRCHA administration. The remaining 80% will be divided between the Open and Non Pro divisions in accordance with NRCHA Board policy. The NRCHA shall have the right to supplement the added-money purse for the event, but shall be under no obligation to do so. A minimum of 5% of the total purse will be used for the Stallion Nominator Award as described below. 10. There shall be no refunds of the nomination fee paid for any reason, and the fee (less 20% for NRCHA administration as set forth above) will become part of the purse for the NRCHA Stakes. 11. In the event a subscribed stallion changes ownership, any previously paid foal crops will remain eligible under the new owner. Nominator Awards will be paid to the original nominator unless otherwise specified in writing to the NRCHA and signed by both the original nominator and the new owner. 12. Stallion Nominator Award: The nominator of the stallion siring the winners of the NRCHA Stakes will receive a monetary award as set by the NRCHA Board of Directors. 13. A list of subscribed stallions nominated to this program and their eligible foal crops will be posted on the NRCHA website, and will be available upon request from the NRCHA. 14. These rules are subject to change at any time by the NRCHA Board of Directors.

NOMINATION FEES Nominated before Feb 1, 2020 Foal Crop..................................................Fee 2014.....................................................$3,000 2015.....................................................$3,000 2016....................................................$2,000 2017.....................................................$1,750 2018.....................................................$1,500 2019.....................................................$1,250 2020.....................................................$1,000

Nominated after Feb 1, 2020 Foal Crop..................................................Fee 2015.....................................................$3,000 2016....................................................$3,000 2017.....................................................$2,000 2018.....................................................$1,750 2019.....................................................$1,500 2020....................................................$1,250 2021.....................................................$1,000

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NRCHA STALLION SUBSCRIPTION CONTRACT (Must be postmarked by February 1 – annually) SECTION 1 – HORSE INFORMATION Horse Name: Breed: Registration #: Year Foaled: Year of First Foal Crop: Website:

SECTION 2 – OWNER INFORMATION Owner Name: Address: City / State / Zip: Phone Number / Best Contact: Email Address: o Display the above as contact information on the NRCHA website (only one is listed)

SECTION 3 – BREEDING INFORMATION / STANDING LOCATION Standing At: Address: City / State / Zip: Phone Number / Best Contact: Website: o Display the above as contact information on the NRCHA website (only one is listed)

SECTION 4 – NOMINATION INFORMATION / PAYMENT Name of Nominator (Will Receive Win Checks): Check 1 o Other Person / Company: o Same as Owner Address: City / State / Zip: Phone Number / Best Contact: Foal Crop Year(s): $ Amount: o Enclosed Check/Money Order o Credit Card* Credit Card Number: Exp. Date: CVC: Billing Zip Code: Payment is made to NRCHA in full on receipt of same by the nominator no later than February 1. Acceptance of payment by NRCHA is not to be considered approval of nomination until contract is complete and all rules are complied with. Traditional payment methods accepted are cash and check. *For your convenience, Visa and MasterCard are also accepted with a 3.5% convenience fee. I accept this offer to make the above-named stallion eligible to participate in the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program and agree to be bound by the conditions of the program. Nominator Signature:

Printed Name:

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NATIONAL REINED COW HORSE ASSOCIATION 2019 Membership Application Valid from Nov. 16, 2018 - Nov 15, 2019 Name: 

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ALL MEMBERS MUST SIGN HERE I, the undersigned, have read and understand the National Reined Cow Horse Association membership eligibility category definitions. I understand that the full responsibility concerning my eligibility rests solely on me. NRCHA, its officers, directors, employees are not held responsible for the burden of proof for my eligibility. Should I be found not eligible for said division after competing, all money, prizes, and points shall be forfeited and returned to the NRCHA office upon notification to me.

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NON PRO APPLICATION - Non Pro riders must sign this section and also complete a Non Pro Declaration every year o Non Pro Renewal    o New Non Pro I, the undersigned, have read and understand the National Reined Cow Horse Association Non Pro definitions and rules and will abide by them. I also understand that if there is a change in my status or eligibility that I must inform the National Reined Cow Horse Association within 30 days of that change. I understand that my Non Pro application will be reviewed by the Non Pro Committee and may be reviewed by the NRCHA Board of Directors and their decision shall be final.

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NON PRO DECLARATION Applicant Name (please print): _______________________________________________ Occupation: _____________________________ This form must be completed prior to entering applicant’s first NRCHA Non Pro class. In the case of a youth, the legal custodian must complete the declaration. Before submitting your application, please carefully read and answer the following statements, as well as read and sign the Non Pro Code of Conduct and Ethics. NOTE: If the following statements are not answered or it is not signed, your declaration will not be accepted and will be returned to you for completion. Non Pro status is extended on a temporary basis and is subject to revocation pending approval by the Non Pro Committee. Non Pro status will be null and void if it is determined that you do not qualify under NRCHA Non Pro conditions, as defined in the NRCHA Rulebook. A Non Pro Card will not be issued until all requirements are satisfied. 1) Have you earned more than $750 in earnings down the fence? (for eligibility)

m Yes

m No

2) Within the past 5 years, have you given lessons for remuneration?

m Yes

m No

3) Within the past 5 years, have you shown, trained, or assisted in the training of a horse not owned by you or an immediate family member for remuneration?

m Yes

m No

4) Within the past 5 years, have you accepted payment of entry fees and/or expenses for horse(s) that you have ridden that was not owned by you or an immediate family member?

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5) Do you reside on, work for, are publicly identified with or derive monetary remuneration, directly or indirectly, from a horse training facility or equine science program?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, please explain below with specific dates as to when you started and/or stopped any of the above. Please use a separate sheet of paper if necessary. A. Relationship to operation of a horse training facility: B. Explanation of any statements answered “yes” above:

NON PRO CODE OF CONDUCT & ETHICS I, the undersigned, agree to act with the utmost of integrity while participating in the sport of Cow Horse and NRCHA events. I understand that an NRCHA Non Pro Card is a privilege and not a right, and that I may be required to submit my card for review of applicability at any time. Furthermore, I understand that so long as I hold a Non Pro card, it is my responsibility to be aware of and abide by the most current Non Pro Conditions set forth in the NRCHA Rulebook. By signing this agreement, I specifically agree to: • Understand and be bound by all rules of the NRCHA as set forth in the annual NRCHA Rulebook. • Abide by the show conditions set forth at all NRCHA approved shows. • Act with honesty and transparency when purchasing horses as well as competing at NRCHA events. • Ensure the welfare of the horses I show and treat those horses humanely, and with dignity and compassion. • Refrain from violating the Non Pro Conditions as set forth in the annual NRCHA Rulebook. • Represent the NRCHA by refraining from any action that discredits the sport, or the association. • Accept the decisions set forth by the NRCHA Board of Directors. By signing below, I ACCEPT the rules and regulations relating to Non Pro membership in the NRCHA, and affirm the truth of all statements above. I also affirm that I have read and agree to abide by the Non Pro Code of Conduct and Ethics. Signature: Date: Return to: NRCHA  |  1017 N Hwy 377  |  Pilot Point, TX 76258  |  Fax 940-488-1499  |  Phone 940-488-1500  |  membership@nrcha.com REINED COW HORSE NEWS | March/April 2019

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Top Riders for Open Eligibility in 2019 Riders listed in the Top 25 (above the line) are NOT eligible for Intermediate Open LAE or HS in 2019. 3 Year Total is based on Lifetime Open Earnings.

Rank

Rider Name

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Corey D. Cushing Justin T. Wright Clayton M. Edsall Chris C. Dawson Kelby L. Phillips Sarah L. Dawson Zane P. Davis Todd A. Bergen John C. Swales Phillip J. Ralls Luke J. Jones Jake D. Gorrell Nicholas S. Dowers Shawn D. Hays Jay McLaughlin Tucker J. Robinson Randy J. Paul Ken L. Wold Clay Volmer Cayley R. Wilson Matt J. Koch Brad L. Lund Todd Crawford Brady E. Weaver Jake A. Telford Justin E. Lawrence Lance B. Johnston Boyd J. Rice Brandon C. Buttars Monica J. Caetano Dale E. Clearwater Shane L. Steffen Doug Williamson Lyn Anderson Erin L. Taormino Mark A. Sigler Robert Chown Russell A. Probert Ryan P. Gallentine EJ Laubscher Jordan W. Williams Anne M. Reynolds Shadd Parkinson Jim W. Spence Kyle Trahern Roy A. Rich Trent S. Pedersen Les D. Oswald Ricky Nicolazzi Daniel Sanchez

2016

2017

2018

Sum of Earnings

$198,574.61 $87,543.70 $63,217.99 $97,247.41 $135,940.55 $124,912.53 $39,529.66 $109,450.19 $91,564.26 $82,926.18 $74,672.04 $37,306.00 $133,421.24 $59,636.92 $101,919.16 $94,360.89 $44,051.62 $54,299.03 $22,959.58 $33,257.76 $90,548.12 $23,922.36 $36,500.32 $24,149.79 $53,178.11 $79,052.47 $16,252.91 $3,055.50 $51,887.15 $33,797.10 $32,682.53 $25,354.63 $57,539.59 $47,029.18 $21,756.17 $16,955.12 $19,491.67 $30,886.19 $15,840.08 $27,198.47 $19,570.09 $27,607.28 $13,061.28 $13,562.28 $17,954.54 $18,743.29 $22,177.98 $5,345.15 $4,454.50 $13,501.10

$133,515.82 $217,957.47 $61,798.65 $125,490.26 $34,461.82 $91,571.98 $195,030.95 $122,400.30 $118,004.93 $127,034.18 $101,318.03 $189,994.07 $22,998.20 $98,773.73 $58,696.32 $73,600.18 $90,261.86 $68,283.64 $82,912.95 $83,517.57 $28,546.67 $114,551.04 $20,784.09 $91,908.69 $39,226.96 $22,182.22 $61,028.63 $36,054.40 $34,721.19 $36,888.50 $27,560.80 $25,351.08 $36,457.62 $23,168.64 $38,810.06 $37,174.94 $36,318.06 $30,954.43 $30,638.76 $26,607.63 $2,396.00 $26,028.20 $23,375.56 $36,455.76 $26,454.98 $26,261.41 $28,596.75 $28,535.55 $31,814.50 $27,243.60

$304,953.77 $307,793.08 $325,715.20 $126,536.17 $159,599.49 $95,442.89 $72,075.72 $69,697.38 $72,340.78 $61,356.06 $89,548.35 $20,204.62 $90,652.43 $57,324.17 $53,006.96 $32,447.92 $58,021.42 $65,363.51 $80,927.79 $69,113.44 $64,604.05 $28,734.20 $94,897.37 $34,319.10 $42,542.40 $27,207.62 $50,782.89 $79,205.46 $22,269.04 $36,273.10 $46,299.09 $54,921.58 $4,369.74 $23,694.47 $27,380.44 $32,622.32 $29,710.91 $22,157.63 $34,077.75 $18,581.62 $49,330.85 $15,369.30 $30,763.62 $15,006.51 $19,897.19 $18,781.42 $11,062.83 $26,394.68 $21,449.07 $15,309.73

$637,044.20 $613,294.25 $450,731.84 $349,273.84 $330,001.86 $311,927.40 $306,636.33 $301,547.87 $281,909.97 $271,316.42 $265,538.42 $247,504.69 $247,071.87 $215,734.82 $213,622.44 $200,408.99 $192,334.90 $187,946.18 $186,800.32 $185,888.77 $183,698.84 $167,207.60 $152,181.78 $150,377.58 $134,947.47 $128,442.31 $128,064.43 $118,315.36 $108,877.38 $106,958.70 $106,542.42 $105,627.29 $98,366.95 $93,892.29 $87,946.67 $86,752.38 $85,520.64 $83,998.25 $80,556.59 $72,387.72 $71,296.94 $69,004.78 $67,200.46 $65,024.55 $64,306.71 $63,786.12 $61,837.56 $60,275.38 $57,718.07 $56,054.43

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Top Riders for Non Pro Eligibility in 2019 Riders listed in the Top 12 (above the line) are NOT eligible for the Intermediate Non Pro LAE in 2019. 3 Year Total is based on Open and Non Pro Limited Age Event Earnings (excluding Non Pro Limited).

Rank

Rider Name

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Hope A. Miller Myles Brown Jayson J. Fisher Bart F. Holowath Tammy Jo Hays Eric M. Freitas Laurie Richards Lanham W. Brown Toni M. Hagen Heath Sonya N. DiStefano Debbie R. Crafton Kenneth J. Schueller Kathy L. Ferguson Robert M. Miller Kathy L. Wilson Carmen Buckingham Clark W. Weaver Mark W. Parsons Bret J. Paulick Jennifer M. Newman Abbie Phillips Shannon M. McCarty Dave A. Ferguson Jesse J. Spence Clayton Hines Lyle G. Proctor Dillon Cox Jens G. Naglestad Kasen York Cori Shields Pete R. Rogan Carrie Volmer Wes R. Housler Ladona D. Emmons Ashley M. O Donnell Keri L. Hudson-Reykdal Sophia T. Buttars Jorge Luis Cid Diane L. Lorenzen Megan Ciana Jerry M. Beukelman Paul E. Bailey Parke S. Greeson Ashley R. Lembke Jennifer A. Neel Chris W. Bense Cynthia L. Bias Farrah Roberts Carrie A. Whisler Kristy Kay Miller

2016

2017

2018

Sum of Earnings

$10,587.84 $7,990.49 $10,735.86 $8,376.76 $11,291.65 $29,381.33 $8,377.76 $22,710.85 $3,055.28 $27,982.12 $4,433.97 $17,491.16 $30,039.25 $12,465.22 $16,392.20 $10,876.01 $6,749.64 $13,367.21 $1,738.04 $29,928.08 $0.00 $19,749.93 $11,553.17 $5,536.00 $8,400.03 $7,277.24 $0.00 $2,186.00 $898.85 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $9,439.01 $6,802.53 $14,797.28 $3,834.01 $0.00 $13,641.78 $9,137.34 $8,662.85 $1,866.65 $0.00 $1,926.75 $13,708.02 $2,673.95 $3,281.20 $4,462.83 $2,550.00 $5,061.58

$50,818.34 $50,350.20 $29,056.72 $21,507.09 $37,674.37 $10,222.34 $21,087.55 $26,267.65 $11,088.69 $1,594.60 $6,719.10 $11,243.30 $8,975.19 $0.00 $3,240.14 $11,681.33 $18,203.13 $6,553.50 $21,745.88 $491.65 $22,312.38 $3,654.25 $2,215.92 $14,578.05 $7,123.41 $12,710.12 $3,188.43 $8,132.34 $2,736.90 $15,510.00 $17,418.90 $9,377.62 $1,201.00 $0.00 $0.00 $882.00 $8,136.27 $12,272.88 $158.50 $3,745.42 $6,042.00 $11,928.25 $175.00 $4,548.84 $0.00 $6,374.44 $8,884.65 $5,029.51 $2,001.58 $3,900.94

$43,153.46 $18,604.19 $34,667.35 $35,713.47 $15,846.77 $13,720.07 $20,996.20 $344.25 $34,918.60 $16,460.15 $33,798.35 $15,943.48 $2,886.00 $26,374.99 $17,420.55 $13,979.86 $9,056.11 $12,513.08 $7,108.31 $0.00 $6,363.93 $3,036.45 $10,789.86 $1,983.00 $5,759.52 $0.00 $16,231.79 $9,045.09 $15,087.18 $2,331.00 $0.00 $7,703.00 $15,720.48 $6,737.25 $9,295.32 $75.60 $3,493.75 $2,942.67 $1,277.00 $1,865.91 $0.00 $0.00 $13,619.30 $7,269.15 $0.00 $3,664.55 $0.00 $2,545.60 $7,387.41 $2,534.03

$104,559.64 $76,944.88 $74,459.93 $65,597.32 $64,812.79 $53,323.74 $50,461.51 $49,322.75 $49,062.57 $46,036.87 $44,951.42 $44,677.94 $41,900.44 $38,840.21 $37,052.89 $36,537.20 $34,008.88 $32,433.79 $30,592.23 $30,419.73 $28,676.31 $26,440.63 $24,558.95 $22,097.05 $21,282.96 $19,987.36 $19,420.22 $19,363.43 $18,722.93 $17,841.00 $17,418.90 $17,080.62 $16,921.48 $16,176.26 $16,097.85 $15,754.88 $15,464.03 $15,215.55 $15,077.28 $14,748.67 $14,704.85 $13,794.90 $13,794.30 $13,744.74 $13,708.02 $12,712.94 $12,165.85 $12,037.94 $11,938.99 $11,496.55

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SHOW SCHEDULE as of March 6, 2019

LAE = Limited Aged Event, HS = Horse Show

  Date  Apr 12 - 14 Apr 13 Apr 13 - 14 Apr 22 - 28 Apr 24 - 28 Apr 25 - 28 Apr 26 - 28 Apr 26 - 28 Apr 26 - 28 Apr 26 - 28 Apr 27 Apr 27 Apr 27 - 28 May 3 - 5 May 4 May 4 - 5 May 4 - 5 May 4 - 5

Show  VOLRHA Spring Fling 406 Cow Horse Derby & Horse Show ARCHA @ Diamond 7 April Wild Rag Cattle Classic Sagebrush TS Ranch Cow Horse Classic & Derby Dust Off the Saddle Event Gilkerson Memorial Spectacular Cowgirl Classic #1 & #2 IRCHA Derby Santa Ynez Valley Cow Horse Show #3 Cow Horse Addiction GCCHA April Show Sinsheim Open 2019 CCHA Show #3 Good To Be Green #1 & #2 Cinco de Mayo French Spectacular Trophy - 2nd Round

May 11 May 17 - 19 May 18 - 19 May 18 - 19 May 22 - 26 May 18 - 19 May 23 - 26 May 24 - 26 May 24 - 26 May 25 - 26 May 25 - 26 May 31 - Jun 2 Jun 8 - 9 Jun 9 - 16 Jun 14 - 15

TCRCHA Special Event #2 Jimmy Flores Sr. Memorial Spectacular May Warm Up ARCHA @ Diamond 7 May Derby & 3rd Stage Championship Windy City Warm Up Drought Buster CCHA Spectacular, Derby & Show #4 & #5 Classic Derby & Horse Show GCCHA May Show Cajun Classic Heritage Days Classic Silver Spur Classic NRCHA Derby Hackamore Classic & 4th Stage Championship Jun 21 - 23 Winnemucca Stockhorse Classic& Derby Jun 27 - 30 Summer Spectacular Jun 28 - 30 Cowboy State Classic Jun 29 CCHA Show #6 Jun 29 - 30 ARCHA @ Diamond 7 June Jul 5 - 8 Firecracker Jul 6 - 7 French Spectacular Trophy - 3rd Round Jul 16 - 21 Ride of America Jul 13 - 14 Country Boil Jul 13 - 14 Summer Meltdown Jul 18 - 21 California Rodeo Salinas Jul 23 California Mid State Fair Jul 26 - 28 Cow Up On The Coast Futurity & Derby Jul 27 CCHA Show #7 Jul 27 - 28 Cowboy Classic Jul 27 - 28 Pre Futurity & 5th Stage Championship Aug 1 - 4 Mountain High Aug 12 - 18 Pre-Futurity & Horse Show Aug 14 - 18 Mid America Aug 17 - 18 Cowgirl Classic Aug 31 CCHA Show #8 Aug 30 - Sep 1 Labor Day Show & Futurity Sep 2 - 7 Futurity & Nations Cup & 6th Stage Championship Sep 19 - 22 Sep 21 - 22 Sep 28 - 29 Oct 5 - 6 Oct 5 - 6 Oct 6 - 20 Oct 26 Nov 7 - 10 Nov 8 - 10 Nov 9 - 10

Fall Finale September Classic GCCHA September Show One More Classic French Spectacular Trophy - 4th Round NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity & Hackamore Classic Santa Ynez Valley Cow Horse Show #1 Autumn Show & 7th Stage Championship CCHA Show #9 & #10 2019 Wrap Up

Type of event 

Location 

HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1

Memphis, TN Vaughn, MT Dillsburg, PA Fort Worth, TX Loveland, CO Winnemucca, NV Cannon Falls, MN Queen Creek, AZ Lynden, WA Travagliato, ITALY Santa Ynez, CA Las Vegas, NV Sarasota, FL Sinsheim, GERMANY Clovis, CA Fonda, NY Bryan, TX Bons En Chablais, FRANCE Lenoir, NC Temecula, CA Ilderton, CANADA Dillsburg, PA Cremona, ITALY Amarillo, TX McCook, NE Tulare, CA Nampa, ID Sarasota, FL Amite, LA Bryan, TX Fonda, NY Paso Robles, CA

HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1

Karpacz, POLAND Winnemucca, NV Ardmore, OK Riverton, WY Tulare, CA Dillsburg, PA Montrose, CO Valreas, FRANCE Wenden, GERMANY Temecula, CA Clinton, CANADA Salinas, CA Paso Robles, CA Chilliwack, BC Tulare, CA Fonda, NY Travagliato, ITALY Estes Park, CO Fort Worth, TX Loveland, CO Fonda, NY Tulare, CA Bryan, TX

HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/LAE/cat.1/cat.2 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1

Messe Augsburg, GERMANY Montrose, CO Temecula, CA Sarasota, FL Fonda, NY Valreas, FRANCE

HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/LAE/cat.1 HS/cat.1 HS/cat.1

Fort Worth, TX Santa Ynez, CA Verona, ITALY Tulare, CA Bryan, TX

Affiliate 

Secretary 

Phone 

Leslie Fluhr Jill Roberts Lashon Bussell Pam Humphreys Kelley Hartranft Laura Norman Jennifer Fjelstad Allison Walker Keri Croft Laura Ruffino Vercellino Carol Sutton Aubree Englert Claudia Nichols Sylvia Bate Laura Norman Cindy Pfeifer Tina McCleary

(502) 551-7955 lesfluhr@gmail.com (406) 538-7564 vjroberts@hughes.net (215) 285-3932 lashon.b@hotmail.com (405) 818-7556 entry@srcha.org (714) 267-5912 KelleyH@NRCHA.com (559) 760-2769 laura.saddleup@gmail.com (641) 590-1014 jenfjelstad@gmail.com (937) 725-1423 awalker1423@yahoo.com (503) 701-3305 dkcroft4@frontier.com (39347) 110-4168 spotlightnic@hotmail.it (805) 260-4535 syvcowhorse@verizon.net (702) 290-4231 aubree.rcha@gmail.com (772) 321-9637 claudia.horseshow@gmail.com 0049-160-8444813 sylvia.bate@web.de (559) 760-2769 kathy@saddleup-enterprises.com (585) 749-1764 ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com (979) 218-0633 southtexasRCHA@gmail.com

Otto De Fazio Susan Daniels Kelley Hartranft Cindy Pfeifer Lashon Bussell Otto De Fazio Nelle Murphy Allison Walker Laura Norman Nikki Francis Claudia Nichols Tina McCleary Tina McCleary Cindy Pfeifer Kelley Hartranft

(39338) 886-0657 (919) 894-2973 (714) 267-5912 (585) 749-1764 (215) 285-3932 (39338) 886-0657 (580) 276-0761 (937) 725-1423 (559) 760-2769 (208) 539-5410 (772) 321-9637 (979) 218-0633 (979) 218-0633 (585) 749-1764 (940) 488-1500

ercha@hotmail.it showsec@embarqmail.com socalrcha@aol.com ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com lashon.b@hotmail.com ercha@hotmail.it panhandlecowhorse@gmail.com awalker1423@yahoo.com kathy@saddleup-enterprises.com vpnikki@gmail.com claudia.horseshow@gmail.com stillcreektina@gmail.com southtexasRCHA@gmail.com ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com KelleyH@NRCHA.com

Canadian Coast RCHA California CHA New York RCHA European RCHA Colorado RCA Southwest RCHA Colorado RCA New York RCHA California CHA South Texas RCHA

Otto De Fazio Jennifer JJ Roemmich Pam Humphreys Nikki Francis Laura Norman Lashon Bussell Allison Walker Otto De Fazio Wolfgang Laves Kelley Hartranft Cindy Pfeifer Rose Ramos Elena Clark Allison Walker Laura Norman Cindy Pfeifer Otto De Fazio Kelley Hartranft Pam Humphreys Allison Walker Cindy Pfeifer Laura Norman Tina McCleary

(39338) 886-0657 (775) 397-2769 (405) 818-7556 (208) 539-5410 (559) 760-2769 (215) 285-3932 (937) 725-1423 (39338) 886-0657 (0172) 403-9160 (714) 267-5912 (585) 749-1764 (831) 775-3100 (805) 238-3509 (937) 725-1423 (559) 760-2769 (585) 749-1764 (39338) 886-0657 (714) 267-5912 (405) 818-7556 (937) 725-1423 (585) 749-1764 (559) 760-2769 (979) 218-0633

ercha@hotmail.it jjroemmich@gmail.com entry@srcha.org vpnikki@gmail.com kathy@saddleup-enterprises.com lashon.b@hotmail.com awalker1423@yahoo.com ercha@hotmail.it wolfganglaves@aol.com socalrcha@aol.com ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com sdurgan@carodeo.com elena@thegrid.net awalker1423@yahoo.com kathy@saddleup-enterprises.com ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com ercha@hotmail.it KelleyH@NRCHA.com entry@srcha.org awalker1423@yahoo.com ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com kathy@saddleup-enterprises.com southtexasRCHA@gmail.com

European RCHA Colorado RCA Southern California RCHA Gulf Coast CHA New York RCHA European RCHA

Otto De Fazio Keri Croft Kelley Hartranft Claudia Nichols Cindy Pfeifer Otto De Fazio

(39338) 886-0657 ercha@hotmail.it (503) 701-3305 crcaentries@yahoo.com (714) 267-5912 socalrcha@aol.com (772) 321-9637 claudia.horseshow@gmail.com (585) 749-1764 ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com (39338) 886-0657 ercha@hotmail.it

European RCHA California CHA South Texas RCHA

Kelley Hartranft Carol Sutton Otto De Fazio Laura Norman Tina McCleary

(940) 488-1500 (805) 260-4535 (39338) 886-0657 (559) 760-2769 (979) 218-0633

Central Montana Atlantic RCHA Southwest RCHA Colorado RCA North Central RCHA Arizona RCHA Northwest RCHA Italian RCHA Nevada RCHA Gulf Coast CHA California CHA New York RCHA South Texas RCHA European RCHA The Carolinas RCHA Southern California RCHA Northeastern RCHA Atlantic RCHA European RCHA Panhandle RCHA Colorado RCA California CHA Gulf Coast CHA Southern RCH Alliance South Texas RCHA New York RCHA European RCHA Southwest RCHA California CHA Atlantic RCHA Colorado RCA European RCHA Southern California RCHA Northeastern RCHA

Email

KelleyH@NRCHA.com syvcowhorse@verizon.net ercha@hotmail.it kathy@saddleup-enterprises.com southtexasRCHA@gmail.com

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ADVERTISERS INDEX 6666 Ranch................................................................IBC APHA...........................................................................57 Back On Track.............................................................85 Bloomer Trailers..........................................................93 Bob’s Custom Saddles............................................... 101 Brazos Valley Stallion Station......................................69 Buffalo Ranch..............................................................25 Cable Creek Ranches...................................................BC CCRCHA.......................................................................20 Center Ranch............................................................. 107 Cinch.............................................................................3 Classic Equine........................................................... 129 Cowtrac Systems.........................................................83 CR Ranchwear, LLC.................................................... 115 DC Cow Horse Gear......................................................89 Dechra Veterinary Products....................................... 152 Dennis Moreland Tack..................................................34 Don Rich Saddlery.......................................................89 DT Horses, LLC.......................................................... 125 El Cid Land & Cattle Co................................................17 Farnam........................................................................10 Fults, Alvin..................................................................73

This index is provided as a service. The publisher does not assume any liability for errors or omissions.

G & A Performance Horses...........................................11 Gist Silversmiths Inc....................................................40 GX Productions............................................................13 Hashtag Ventures LP..................................................6,7 Holmes & Hill................................................................9 Holy Cow Performance Horses................................... 109 J Five Horse Ranch......................................................53 Katz, Linda...................................................................23 Mac Coalson Real Estate.............................................35 Manion Ranch..............................................................67 Markel Insurance........................................................55 Martin Saddlery...........................................................22 Metallic Rebel.............................................................47 Noble Panels & Gates..................................................45 North Ridge Ranch.......................................................49 NRCHA........................................................................61 Nutrena Feed Division................................................ 137 Nutro Company, The....................................................30 Paso Robles Event Center............................................91 Perez, Daniel J.............................................................79 Platinum Performance, Inc..........................................63 Quarter Horse News....................................................56

Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity..............................................21 Rios Of Mercedes..........................................................5 Robertson Ranches......................................................33 Rocking P Ranch...........................................................1 Rocky Mountain Blues.................................................27 Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch..........................................31 Roitblat, Estelle......................................................... 131 Sami Fine Jewelry.......................................................97 San Juan Ranch...........................................................99 Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.............................................. 113 Standlee Hay...............................................................84 STRCHA.......................................................................12 The Saddle House........................................................77 Tom Balding Bits & Spurs.......................................... 114 Tongue River Ranch................................................... 133 Triple D Ranches........................................................ 105 Vaughn, Beverly...........................................................37 Vetoquinol Usa, Inc......................................................71 Wagonhound Land & Livestock....................................29 Western Bloodstock....................................................41

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Roy Hockensmith, Frankfort, KY Brian & Cynthia Holthouse,   San Juan Bautista, CA Babcock Ranch/Jim Babcock, Sanger, TX Brandon Johnson, Nebraska City, NE Bridgette Lanham, Eastover, SC Thera Myers, Oxnard, CA Steed Training/Rick Steed, Okeechobee, FL Jill Serena, Castaic, CA

Pompeo Capezzone, Castrocielo 03030, ITALY Riccardo Capezzone, Castrocielo 03030, ITALY Cody Christensen, Heber City, UT Tom Daughetee, Kemmerer, WY Shad DeGiorgis, El Dorado Hills, CA Laura Delfino, Martinez, CA Pat Faitz, Lakeland, FL Robert Frobose, Modesto, CA Miguel Gonzalez, Miami, FL

Vernon Smith, Santa Maria, CA Dream Cross/Susan Ray, TX Lazy T Shamrock Ranch/  Terry Malarkey, Star, ID Elizabeth Winkle, Sarasota, FL Don Stockman, Dayton, TX Mozaun McKibben, Whitesboro, TX Kinsey Dodson, Cleburne, TX

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