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☛ NRCHA Moves Celebration to FW – 6-24-13

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in COW HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS | 0 comments




Press Release from NRCHA
June 25, 2013

Ron Emmons and Olena Oak are the 2012 and 2013 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Champions. The World’s Greatest Horseman competition moves to Fort Worth, Texas, in 2014.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association is pleased to announce that its first Premier Event of 2014, the Celebration of Champions, will be held at the world-class Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, February 14 – 22, 2014.


“One of our primary goals for growth in the NRCHA is increased participation at our Premier Events. We anticipate  that the appeal of Fort Worth and the Will Rogers Equestrian Center, along with the convenience of the new date later in February, will substantially increase the number of entries at the Celebration of Champions next year,” said NRCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn.

In previous years, the Celebration of Champions schedule had overlapped the popular Arizona Quarter Horse Association Sun Circuit show and Super Bowl weekend.


“Moving the Celebration of Champions date to mid-February was a well-received schedule change which allows competitors to attend both the Sun Circuit and the Celebration of Champions,” Winborn said.


Established in 1988, the Will Rogers Equestrian Center hosts some of the most prestigious equine events in the world, including the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity. The complex includes 843 permanent stalls, with the ability to increase to 2,200 stalls during large events. The center is comprised of several arenas and buildings, including a 215,000 square foot building containing the 1,946-seat John Justin Arena and the 640-seat West Sale Arena. The Moncrief Building opened in 1996; it houses the 1,100 seat Watt Arena and space for up to 650 cattle or 260 horses.


The Will Rogers Equestrian Center’s location in family-friendly Fort Worth, known as “the City of Cowboys and Culture,” adds to the NRCHA Celebration of Champions event  appeal. Fort Worth is one of the largest cities in Texas and the 16th-largest city in the United States. It offers a world-renowned cultural arts district, rich Western heritage and major league sports. The Fort Worth Zoo is one of the top zoos in the nation, and other nearby recreation includes the Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium, Texas Motor Speedway and Six Flags.


“Fort Worth extended a very warm welcome to the NRCHA, and we look forward to an unforgettable Celebration of Champions in 2014,” Winborn said.


The Celebration of Champions includes a Derby for 4- and 5-year-old reined cow horses, as well as the World Championship Show, featuring the top qualifying horses and riders from the NRCHA’s eight geographic regions. Those riders will compete for World and National Championships in twelve different divisions.


Another Celebration of Champions highlight is the World’s Greatest Horseman, This thrilling and prestigious event is a grueling four-event contest. One horse and one rider compete in herd work, reined work, roping and fence work.

Editor’s Note: The NRCHA Celebration of Champions held in 2013 in San Angelo applied for $95,234 in state money; however, according to The Texas Trust Fund site, the money has not yet been funded.



he NRCHA has also signed an agreement to keep the Hackamore Classic at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colo., for 2014 and 2015.


“The Pueblo facility is popular for its central location. Five NRCHA regions are within a 15-hour drive, making the event more accessible to competitors who live farther east,” said NRCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn. “Colorado State Fairgrounds staff have been supportive and excellent to work with, and the facility has a relaxed, fun atmosphere that our NRCHA members enjoy.”


The NRCHA Hackamore Classic was first held at the charming Colorado State Fairgrounds in 2012. This Premier Event showcases the second stage of the traditional California Vaquero training style. Four- and five-year-old horses are shown in the hackamore, the bit-less headgear consisting of a braided bosal noseband and horsehair mecate rein. Horses are shown in herd work, rein work and fence work, with single go-round determining the Champions in nine Open and Non-Pro divisions. The 2013 event paid out more than $141,000, and featured two full slates of NRCHA -approved horse show classes.


The entertainment value is high at the Hackamore Classic, offering a free Friday night dinner with drinks and live music, sponsored by numerous members of the Pueblo community. The event also features a fun, rough-and-tumble Stray Gathering competition.



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☛ NRCHA Hackamore Classic 5-8-13

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in COW HORSE NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments





Information for article and photos from NRCHa
Pueblo, Colo. – May 8, 2013

Chris Dawson, Jacksboro, Texas, won the NRCHA Hackamore Open Classic in Pueblo, Colo., riding A Spoonful O Sugar (shown) and also took Reserve on Travelin Jonez.

Chris Dawson’s charmed show season continued at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic May 1-5 in Pueblo, Colo., when he won the Open Championship aboard Cryin Coyote Ranch’s A Spoonful O Sugar (Hes A Peptospoonful x Poco Smokum Oak x Smokum Oak) and took the Reserve Championship aboard his own horse, Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena).


“This is officially a lucky shirt. It’s not going anywhere,” Dawson said, when asked about his vivid pink shirt – the same one he wore to the winners’ circle at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions Derby and the NRCHA Stakes earlier this year. At the Derby, Dawson was first and second on the same two horses in reverse order, and he won the Stakes Championship on Travelin Jonez.


Dawson, Jacksboro, Texas, has often said either Travelin Jonez or A Spoonful O Sugar has the ability to win on any given day, and was happy to deliver the good news to Danny and Sherri Rumph of Cryin Coyote Ranch.


Both horses are 5-year-olds, and last year, they also did well at the Hackamore Classic, with Travelin Jonez placing 3rd and A Spoonful O Sugar finishing 5th. Dawson enjoys the single go-round format at the show; without a second chance in the finals, every run counts.


“The fun thing about this horse show, it’s all finals. You tell yourself when you walk in there the first day in the herd, that it isn’t ‘safety up and we get to play again in the finals.’ This is for the money, right here, today, so that makes it a really fun horse show.”


Dawson said he plans to show both horses at the NRCHA Derby in June.


Matt Koch, Douglas, was the Intermediate Open Champion riding SDP Blue Blood.

Matt Koch, Douglas, Wyo., was the Intermediate Open Champion riding SDP Blue Blood (Laredo Blue x SDP I Got Good Genes x TR Dual Rey), owned by Koch in partnership with his former employer, Haythorne Land and Cattle, earning a total of 432 and collecting $3,491.


Kelby Phiillips, Ashland, Kan., rode Shes Wright On (shown) to the Ltd. Open Championship. She ws also Reserve on Fancy Boons N All.

The Limited Open Champion was Kelby Phillips, Ashland, Kan., riding Shes Wright On (Hes Wright On x Sue C Shiner x Shining Spark). Phillips was also the Reserve Champion riding Fancy Boons N All (Peptoboonsmal x Smart Fancy Zan x Smart Little Lena). Both mares are owned by Phillips’ employer, Garth and Amanda Gardiner of Gardiner Quarter Horses.



Tammy Jo Hays won her second consecutive National Reined Cow Horse Association Premier Event title when she piloted Two Kitties (Smooth As A Cat x SR Jaguar x Doc O’Lena) to the Hackamore Classic Non-Pro Championship Friday, May 3 in Pueblo, Colo., barely a month after claiming the NRCHA Stakes Non-Pro win in Las Vegas, Nevada.


“I’m speechless. It hasn’t even sunk in that I won the Stakes, and then to win this too – I have to thank God, every time. Things like this don’t happen without God’s intervention,” she said.


Tammy Hayes, Nocona, Texas, won her second consecutive Premier Event Non Pro title riding Two Kitties to the Hackamore Classic Non-Pro title, after winning the Non Pro NRCHA Stakes in Las Vegas.

Hays, Nocona, Texas, and the 4-year-old mare she owns in partnership with her father, Walter Greeman, scored a 430 composite (141 herd/143 rein/146 fence). They took home a check for $2,827. She thanked her husband, professional horseman Shawn Hays, as well as Chris Dawson, Brandon Buttars and Brad Lund, who also helped her in the herd work. Next for the winning duo – a trip to the NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, Calif., in June.


Jennifer Neel, 24, Millsap, Texas won both the Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro titles riding Ze Kit Cat.

Jennifer Neel, 24, Millsap, Texas, won both the Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro titles riding Ze Kit Cat. The Neel family, including her father Tom Neel, a professional trainer, and her mother Lorna Neel, an avid non-pro competitor. The pair took home combined paychecks totaling $5,130.


The Amateur Champion was Donathon Archuleta, 18, Alamosa, Colo, riding Lilrowdyonetime (One Time Pepto x Oaks Rowdycat x High Brow Cat). The championship came with a check for $1,012.


Donathon has ridden her mare since she was a 2-year-old and showed her last year at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Archuleta rides under professional trainer Blue Allen. He graduates from high school later this month and plans to attend Adams College in Alamosa, with his goal being a career as a large animal veterinarian.


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☛ Chris Dawson wins NRCHA Stakes 4-1-13

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in COW HORSE NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS | 0 comments





Information and Photos from NRCHA
April 1, 2013

Chris Dawson, Jacksboro, Texas, claimed the NRCHA Stakes Open title at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday, March 30. Primo photo.

Chris Dawson, Jacksboro, Texas, claimed the NRCHA Stakes Open Championship Saturday night at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., aboard his own horse, Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena). Dawson piloted the 5-year-old stallion to a 664.5 composite score (221 herd/218 rein/225.5).

“Everything just came together. It was unbelievable,” Dawson said.


The Stakes win continued Dawson’s hot streak which began in January in San Angelo, Texas, when he won the NRCHA Celebration of Champions Derby on Travelin Jonez, and also piloted A Spoonful O Sugar (Hes A Peptospoonful x Poco Smokum Oak), owned by Cryin Coyote Ranch, to the Reserve Championship.


The NRCHA Stakes Championship paid $32,072 and came with a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist buckle and CR Morrison Trophy sponsored by the NRCHA; a pair of custom boots sponsored by Rios of Mercedes; and a $50 gift certificate and cooler bag from Santa Cruz Biotechnologies.


Travelin Jonez, a 5-year-old stallion by Smart Chic Olena out of Travelin With Sass by Travalena, was bred by Jim Babcock, Valley View, Texas, and sold as a 2-year-old to Stephen L. Roseberry, Urbana, Ohio. Dawson purchased the stallion in June of 2009 as a yearling. Dawson purchased the the stallion in November of 2010 as a 2-year-old.  According to the AQHA, the stallion has 13 AQHA points in cutting and cow horse competition, $851.76 in NCHA money and $42,660.56 in NRCHA money. In 2012, the pair qualified for Junior Cutting and Working Cow Horse at the AQHA World Show and earned his Performance ROM. The nominator of Smart Chic Olena, Travelin Jonez’s sire, will receive the NRCHA Champion Sire Award, a $4,000 check and CR Morrison Trophy.


While the Celebration of Champions Derby win in San Angelo was the 31-year-old horseman’s first major reined cow horse title, the Stakes Championship elevated Dawson’s game yet another notch – a payoff for a young horse trainer’s mandatory dues-paying years.


“I asked a guy, a pretty good trainer, for some advice once. He said, ‘Keep your head down, work your tail off and hope for a little luck.’ That’s kind of what I’ve done, and I’ve had a lot more luck than anything,” Dawson said.


Travelin Jonez earned the high-scoring herd work of the finals, a 221, from his eighth working position in the second set.


“We watched the cows really close in the herd, and I was kind of late in the set, but all had all our picks were still fresh so I went and cut them. They were good cows. I just kind of hung him out there,” Dawson said.


In the rein work, Travelin Jonez ran down at blistering speed to some huge stops, getting everyone’s attention, including the judges’, who scored the run a 218.


“The throttle stuck a little bit but the emergency brake worked every time, so it was all right. They were fast, by golly, but I told him before we went, ‘I’ll let you pick the speed, partner, as long as you do your job, I don’t really care.’ But it all worked out and he was good,” Dawson said with a smile.


With a decisive lead and everything on the line going into the last event, the cow work, Dawson banished thoughts of winning from his mind before he entered the arena. All that mattered was the cow, he told himself.


“You get in there and you’re leading the deal, and it’s going through your head – ‘Man, I need to be big, or I need to be safe,’ or whatever. No, you just need to work that cow for what it is, and that’s what we did,” he said. “I thought, there are no scores tonight. We’re working a cow, just like were at the house. We’ll work the cow for what it is and not try and force anything, not try to make anything happen, and it all worked out. We made four turns and marked a big score.”


Dawson thanked his support team and his mentors, NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Don Murphy and the late Harold Farren, who passed away last summer.


“I can’t thank Don Murphy enough. He’s done so much for me. And then Harold Farren, without that guy, I don’t know where I’d be. I feel like between Don and Harold and my two late grandfathers, I’ve got a lot smiling down on me.”


The Stakes Open Reserve Championship ended in a three-way tie that included the Stakes Intermediate Open Champion, SDP Blue Blood (Laredo Blue x SDP I Got Good Genes) shown by Matt Koch for K & H Performance Horses; Oh Cay Meriah (Light N Lena x Meradas Oh Cay), shown by Todd Crawford for Russ Mothershead; and Wanna Winna Prize (Smokums Prize x Ill Be A Winning Gal), shown by Justin Wright for Winston Moore. All scored a total 653 on three events to earn $19,358.



Matt Koch rode SDP Blue Blood to the NRCHA Stakes Open Intermediate division.

As Matt Koch rode SDP Blue Blood (Laredo Blue x I Got Good Genes) in the NRCHA Stakes finals in Las Vegas, Nev., Saturday night, he followed the advice and encouragement of his friend, Chris Dawson – a wise choice, as Dawson ultimately won the Stakes Open Championship. Koch also finished in fine fashion, piloting SDP Blue Blood, owned by K & H Performance Horses, to a total 653 score (219 herd/216.5 rein/217.5 cow), good for the Stakes Intermediate Open Championship and a three-way tie for Reserve in the Open.


“Chris kept saying, ‘It’s the finals, just let it all hang out!’ So, in the herd work, I cut my first cow and just put my hand down and cut one-handed, all three cows, and he was really good. Same thing in the rein work. I watched Chris go first, and he was wide-open and going, so we tried the same thing and it worked. We survived the cow work and ended up here! Chris has been here before, and I’m pretty new to it all, so I’m just listening and taking lessons,” Koch said, smiling.


The Intermediate Open Championship paid $5,400 and came with a Gist buckle and CR Morrison trophy from the NRCHA. The nominator of SDP Blue Blood’s sire, Laredo Blue, to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program will receive a $1,000 NRCHA Sire Award check. Koch collected another $19,358 for the Stakes Open Reserve placing.


Koch, 28, a Kansas native, started working for NRCHA Breeder Sponsor Wagonhound Land and Livestock, Douglas, Wyo., in February. SDP Blue Blood made the move with him; the stallion does a substantial amount of roping, ranch work and outside riding in addition to his show training.


“My girlfriend rides him outside on days I don’t get to him. It lets him get out and be a horse. For me it helps out because you can leave him off. Today, I didn’t ride him until an hour or two before the show started,” Koch said.


He thanked Dawson and his other herd help, Brad Lund, Robbie Boyce and Todd Crawford. The next stop for Koch and the roan stallion is the NRCHA Hackamore Classic in May.




Kelby Phillips rode Shes Wright On to the Limited Open Championship.

Riding Shes Wright On (Hes Wright On x Sue C Shiner) for owner/breeders Garth and Amanda Gardiner, Ashland, Kans., Kelby Phillips captured the Stakes Limited Open Championship with a total 642.5 score (208 herd/214 rein/220.5 cow).


The Limited Open title paid $3,218 and came with a CR Morrison trophy and Gist buckle from the NRCHA. The Gardiners also received the $1,000 Champion Sire Award for enrolling Hes Wright On in the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program. Shes Wright On also earned the Stakes Intermediate Open Reserve Championship, which paid another $4,320.


“In the herd work, she felt a little tired from the prelims. She was better in the prelims. She was still good, I just cut really soft cows, which left us with some ground to make up. In the reining, she was good the whole time. I’ve had a little bit of trouble with her running and stopping but she really started coming on the last few weeks. The fence work was the best she’s ever been at a show. She’s big down the fence at home, and it was nice to put it together here,” Phillips said.


As the resident trainer for Gardiner Quarter Horses, Phillips said he was pleased to ride a product of their breeding program into the winner’s circle. Shes Wright On is by the Gardiners’ stallion, Hes Wright On, and her mother, Sue C Shiner, is particularly special to Amanda.


“It was her first cow horse, the first horse she learned to show in the bridle, so we went overboard on breeding Hes Wright On to her. We have more of that mating than we do of anything else,” Garth Gardiner said. “It’s rewarding as an owner and a breeder to have a horse be successful, especially at a show like the NRCHA Stakes, where it’s all about the sire.”


Another Gardiner-owned mare, Fancy Boons N All (Peptoboonsmal x Smart Fancy Zan), also shown by Phillips, finished as the Stakes Limited Open Reserve Champion, earning $1,930 with a total 638.5 score (207 herd/217 rein/214.5 cow).


Phillips thanked the Gardiners and his herd help, Brad Lund, Brandon Buttars, Todd Crawford and Robbie Boyce.


“Most of all, I’d like to thank my fiancée, Abbie [Burtenshaw] for helping me. It’s been a long week. We haven’t slept hardly any, and I want to thank her for her help,” he said. The couple’s wedding is less than two weeks away.


Tammy Jo Hayes, Nocona, Texas, rode Two Kitties to the NRCHA Stakes Non-Pro Championship.

Tammy Jo Hays is an accomplished non-pro cow horse competitor with numerous titles on her resume, including the 2010 National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby Non-Pro Championship and the 2012 NRCHA Futurity Intermediate Non-Pro Championship. But the NRCHA Stakes had not historically been kind to the Nocona, Texas, horsewoman; she had never qualified for the Non-Pro finals at this event.


Hays broke her Stakes curse with a vengeance in Las Vegas, Nev., when she rode her mare, Two Kitties (Smooth As A Cat x SR Jaguar) owned in partnership with her father, Walter Greeman, to the Stakes Non-Pro Championship with a total 646.5, earning $6,474. The title also came with a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist buckle and CR Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA; a pair of boots sponsored by Rios of Mercedes; and a $50 gift certificate and cooler bag sponsored by Santa Cruz Biotechnologies.


“I’m thrilled! I’m blessed beyond my wildest dreams,” Hays said. “I’m really proud of my horse.”


The NRCHA Champion Sire Award, a $1,000 check and CR Morrison Trophy, goes to the Manion Ranch, who owns Two Kitties’ sire, Smooth As A Cat, and enrolled him in the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program.


Hays and Two Kitties won the Stakes Non-Pro preliminary round and continued to dominate in the finals. Though they drew last in the herd work, Two Kitties impressed the judges to the tune of a 220, the high score of the round. The stellar work helped steady Hays’ nerves, which she admitted were in overdrive as she prepared to compete.’


“I was more nervous than I have been in a long time, because I’ve never made the Non-Pro finals at the Stakes and I was last in the set,” she said. “I thank God, my husband and my herd help – Chris Dawson, Robbie Boyce, Jake Gorrell and Jon Roeser. The herd work was the score that put me over the top today, and you cannot do this well without good herd help.”


Following her help’s advice paid off for Hays. The cows she selected were ideal for her cowy, talented mare.


“There was nothing she didn’t do perfect. She was always in the right spot. If you get her in the right position in the herd, it’s easy to ride her,” Hays said.

In the rein work, Two Kitties spun and slid her way to a 213.5, again, the high score of the round. Hays said the stop is not the mare’s strongest maneuver, but she makes up for it in almost every other way.


“She turns around really big. I know that she’s so good in the herd and down the fence, that if I can just get along in the reining, and plus my turnarounds, it might save me. She worked really well for me today. She was honest and quiet,” Hays said.


The judges whistled Hays a second cow in the fence work, and she was pleased with how Two Kitties handled it.


“It was one I had picked in the herd, and I knew it was soft but would probably head. It did, to the left, and then we didn’t have the best right turn, which was my fault – I should have ridden by and committed to that turn a little more, but then she followed through on everything else and made a good run,” she said.


Hays bought the quirky mare, nicknamed “Whiskers” for her loathing of clippers, in a trade for another horse and a couple of yearlings. They won the NRCHA Futurity Intermediate Open Championship together last year, and next on their show schedule is a trip to the Hackamore Classic in Pueblo, Colo., in May.


Stuart Bozeman, Idalou, Texas, continued his winning ways in Las Vegas when he claimed the Non-Pro Stakes Reserve Championship, the Intermediate Non-Pro Championship and the Novice Non-Pro Championship. He kicked off his trip to the South Point Equestrian Center by winning the Stakes Amateur Championship on Thursday.
In today’s Non-Pro finals, rode Merada In Style 09 (Cats Merada x Stylish In White) to a total 639.5 score (213 herd/212.5 rein/214 cow) for a triple payday totaling $10,414.
Bozeman also won three Gist buckles and two CR Morrison Trophies sponsored by the NRCHA and a CowTrac mechanical cow system sponsored by CowTrac.
Because Bozeman personally nominated Merada In Style 09′s sire, Cats Merada, for the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program, he also collected the $1,000 Non-Pro Reserve Champion Sire Award and the $2,000 Intermediate Non-Pro Champion Sire Award checks.
Multiple division sweeps are already becoming familiar for Bozeman, 30, who just started showing cow horses last year under the guidance of NRCHA Hall of Fame Horseman Don Murphy. At the NRCHA Celebration of Champions Derby in San Angelo, Texas, in January, Bozeman and “Squiggy” swept five division championships – and the quiet-natured gelding takes all the showing in stride with minimal extra maintenance.
“I switched feeds after San Angelo, and he’s probably gained 100 pounds, and just filled out everywhere. When we got here, I just started feeding him three scoops instead of two, and if I go by the stall and see that he doesn’t have hay, I give him some hay,” Bozeman said. “I don’t think I’d show him this much if he didn’t act like he could take it. He’s laid back. Nothing bothers him. He”s never cranky.”
Bozeman, who farms and runs cattle on some leased ground in Idalou, used Squiggy for outside chores as part of the 4-year-old gelding’s early education.
“I go check cattle on him. When I first got him, I used him all the time because he wasn’t very far along [in training] and he was kind of lazy. I used him whenever it was time to go work, and he’s pleasant to go ride around, too.”



The reined cow horse world’s finest athletes, the bridle horses, claimed the spotlight Friday night, March 29, at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., as riders chased the National Reined Cow Horse Association Open and Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular Championships.


The three-event test, herd work, rein work and cow work, saw the industry’s leading NRCHA professional Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Ore., riding Smart Luck (Very Smart Remedy x Gunna Be Lucky) for owner Cable Creek Ranch, taking the Open Bridle title and the $6,650 paycheck that went with it. Shelly Franklin, Camarillo, Calif., rode A Dazzlin Prize (Smokums Prize x Two Be Dazzled, to the Non-Pro title and $3,420 paycheck. Both also received a CR Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA and a $50 gift Certificate and cooler bag from Santa Cruz Biotechnologies. Bergen also received a Gist Buckle from the NRCHA.


Bergen and the 7-year-old stallion Smart Luck scored a total of 659.5 on the three events (218 herd, 222.5 rein and 219 cow), showing together for only second time in the bridle. The pair’s first outing was in June 2012 at the NRCHA Derby where they won the Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular. The Las Vegas championship raised Smart Luck’s career earnings to nearly the $200,000 mark.


Bergen had two other horses in the Open Bridle Spectacular finals, with both being owned by Shannon and Hershel Reid. He finished third aboard Solano Cat (High Brow Cat x Smartest Solano) with a total of 653.5, earning an additional $3,591. They also took the $1,596 seventh-place check riding CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Olena x Shiners Missy Jay).


The Open Bridle Spectacular Reserve Champion was Skeets Oak Peppy (Skeets Peppy x Oak Ill Be), owned and shown by Clayton Edsall. They scored a 655 (217 herd, 217 rein and 221 cow) earning $5,320.



Shelly Franklin, Camarillo, Calif., rode her mare A Dazzlin Prize to the NRCHA stakes Non-Pro Bridle title.

On Friday, Franklin rode A Dazzlin Prize, nicknamed “Mitzy,” to a total of 637.5 score (212 herd, 216.5 rein and 209 cow) winning the NRCHA Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular Championship. Franklin also was the Intermediate Non-Pro Bridle Reserve Champion and collected an additional $1,075. The Intermediate Champion was Nichole Scott, Paso Robles, Calif., riding Nu Cash Prize, also sired by Smokums Prize out of Playgirl For Cash, scoring a total of 428.5 (213.5 rein, 215 cow), taking home a $1,290 paycheck. Nu Cash Prize is owned by Scott’s father, Mel Smith.


The Novice Non-Pro Bridle Champion was Stacy Duesterhaus, Lemoore, Calif., aboard Little Cielo (Gallo Del Cielo x Quiet Little Chic) with a 413.5 (213 rein and 200.5 cow), taking home $960.


Stuart Bozeman and Merada In Style 09 won the NRCHA Stakes Amateur Championship.

Surprises are always fun, especially when it means you win a class at the prestigious NRCHA Stakes that is currently being held March 26-30 at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev. That happened on Thursday morning when Stuart Bozeman, Idalou, Texas, riding Merada In Style 09 (Cats Merada x Stylish In White x Docs Stylish Oak) thought he had taken the Reserve spot of the Amateur Stakes but was excited to find that a judge had changed his score and he was the Champion.


The division included eight entries with Bozeman winning the go-rounds in all three divisions. For his championship, he took home $1,188, a Gist buckle and a C. R. Morrison trophy. He also collected the $1,000 NRCHA Champion Sire Award as he had enrolled Cats Merada for the NRCHA Subscribed Sire program.


The young man has had a brief but impressive cow horse show career. In January, he and Merada In Style 09, nicknamed “Squiggy,” swept the NRCHA Celebration of Champions Derby in San Angelo, Texas, winning five division championships. Bozeman could easily repeat his wins from the Derby as he is set to compete in the Level 1 Limited Open Stakes and has qualified for the Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro finals on Saturday.


Merada In Style 09 (Squiggy), is a 2009 bay gelding and was bred by cutting horse breeder James L. Eakin, Hondo, Texas. As a yearling, he sold to Donald J. Murphy, Burneyville, Okla., and Stuart purchased him in July of 2012.


The Reserve Champion Survive These Lips, a 2008 mare, was bred by Holy Cow Performance Horses LLC, Santa Ynez, Calif., and sold to Burkey also in December 2012. The pair collected $891. Burkey is running head-to-head with Bozeman, as they both are finalists in the Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and the Novice Non-Pro finals.



Two California sisters, Linda Wood and Polly Potocar, placed one-two at the NRCHA Non-Pro Limited Stakes.

Two California sisters, Linda Wood from Rolling Hills Estates, and Polly Potocar from Thousand Oaks, placed one-two at the NRCHA Non-Pro Limited Stakes – identical to how they placed at the 2012 NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, Calif.


Wood and her 2008 gelding Cee Mr Cats Merada (Cats Merada x Cee Miss Money Rio) scored a total of 624 (herd 205, rein 206, cow 213), while Potocar earned the high-scoring cow work, a 214, aboard the 2008 gelding Cats Smart Oak (WR This Cats Smart x Cookie Q Lena) on her way to a total of 615.5 for the Reserve title.


Linda picked up a $1,215 paycheck, a Gist buckle and C. R. Morrison Trophy, while  Polly collected $1,012. The amounts were larger than they were used to thanks to a new $1,000 added-money sponsorship from Gardiner Quarter Horses and Hes Wright On.


“We don’t want to go down the fence, but we wanted to do the herd work. We talked about going into cutting,” said Linda, “but now, with this division, we don’t have to go anywhere else.” Linda is excited about the new Non-Pro Limited Futurity at Reno this year. “I think it’s going to get bigger. I really do,” said Linda.


Both sisters ride with Mark Luis, Paso Robles, Calif., who keeps the geldings full-time. Since the horses are both 5 year olds, they are no longer eligible for Derby competition after this year, and they are considering selling them to make room for up-and-coming youngsters.


Cee Mr Cats Merada was bred by Michael Pressley, Merced, Calif., who sold him to Linda in September 2011 as a 3-year-old.  According to AQHA records, the pair has also competed in Amateur and Novice Amateur Boxing and $5,700 earned in NRCHA competition.


Cats Smart Oak was bred by Kathy Reiser Foote, Livingston, Mont., and transferred to Double S Quarter Horses, Rexburg, Idaho when he was born. Paula purchased the gelding in October 2011, as a 3-year-old.




Coming back from a 2010 horse accident that almost meant the amputation of her leg, Marje Robinson, Oak View, Calif., wife of NRCHA Hall of Fame Horseman Ted Robinson, rode her 2008 gelding Smart Circle Cat to the NRCHA Stakes Level 1 Limited Open Championship

Coming back from a 2010 horse accident that almost meant the amputation of her leg, Marje Robinson, Oak View, Calif., wife of NRCHA Hall of Fame Horseman and seven-time Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Ted Robinson, rode her 2008 gelding Smart Circle Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Circle N Show Girl), nicknamed “Woodrow,” to the NRCHA Stakes Level 1 Limited Open Championship. The pair scored a 646 composite score, consisting of a 214.5 herd, 217.5 rein and 214 cow). The scores also earned them a berth in the Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open Stakes finals on Saturday. They have already won a $1,351 paycheck, a Gist buckle and a C. R. Morrison Trophy.


“It’s a very emotional day,” said Robinson. “It’s so exciting to be able to ride and compete again. I just can’t believe it, and making the Open finals was something I never even considered.”


Following her crushing injury to her lower left leg, doctors recommended amputation and although the leg was saved, it has been very slow to heal. Robinson was unable to walk for 14 months, enduring six surgeries and a setback when the leg re-broke last fall. “The fact that I’m able to walk and ride is amazing,” she said.


Robinson used Chinese medicine, acupuncture and an improved nutrition program four months ago, which she feels helped her recovery, as she felt traditional medicine wasn’t working and the prescription drugs were wreaking havoc on her body and mind.


Woodrow, who was trained by Tucker Robinson, helped build her confidence een though she kept worrying about the fence work. “If a cow bumps my leg, because it was so long getting healed, or if I hit the fence – it was a big mental game for me to try and let go of all that and hope for the best,” she said following her run.



Carol Roberts, Ojai, Calif., won the Non-Pro Two-Rein class at the NRCHA Stakes aboard Oaks Dual Rey.

Carol Roberts, Ojai, Calif., arrived at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas pleasantly surprised to see posters of herself and her 2012 Non-Pro Stakes Champion, Oaks Dual Rey (TR Dual Rey x Docs Pearly Oak x Doc’s Oak), all around the casino, promoting the horse show.


“I like seeing my poster. I did have to take a picture of it and send it to my family, and tell them, ‘There’s a picture in Vegas, of me!’ That was kind of fun,” she said.


Roberts purchased the 6-year-old gelding from its breeder, Jamie Traiteur Lester, Smithton, Ill., sight-unseen from a YouTube video in November of 2008 when he was a yearling and the pair went on to win over $40,000 in NRCHA earnings. The gelding hit the winner’s circle again Thursday – this time in the Non-Pro Two Rein at the NRCHA Stakes. The gelding worked his way to scores of 142 in the rein work and 144 in the cow work, earning $680, a C.R. Morrison Trophy and a $50 gift certificate sponsored by Santa Cruz Biotechnologies.


“He was amazing. I was shocked that he was that good in the two rein. He felt good in the rein work, but the cow, I wasn’t sure. It was a little milk-nosed cow and usually those are my favorites and it kind of had no read to it. It had me thrown for a loop. My horse wasn’t totally hooking on to it like he usually does, so I just went down the fence and he nailed it. He was good, and he circled up really, really well, which I was happy with,” Roberts said.

“He’s probably the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some very nice horses,” Roberts said.  ”This horse is so physical and so athletic; he gives me so much confidence. It’s like you can’t wait to get in that pen and say, ‘Judges, watch this horse, he’s a cool horse!’”


Roberts also entered Oaks Dual Rey in Friday’s Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular, and she has his half-brother by Cats Merada, a 2-year-old, also purchased sight-unseen, showing great promise as he starts his training career.


“They’re very similar, very physical in the same way,” she said.



All of the other finals will be held on Saturday, March 30, starting at 9 a.m. The Non-Pro finalists have already been named, including Tammy Jo Hays and Two Kitties (646); Stuart Bozeman, Merada In Style 09 (639.5); Tyler Burkey, Survive These Lips (638); Heather Livingston, Ooh La La Soula (631); Kathy Ferguson, Cats Bandito (630.5); Deborah Wise, Get It Mister (630); Amanda Gardiner, Who Talks Money (628.5); Debby Sanguinetti, Call Me WR (626.5) and Cynthia Bias, Nu Sand Dollar (624.5).


The Intermediate Non-Pro finalists include Stuart Bozeman, Merada In Style 09 (639.5); Burkey, Survive These Lips (638); Heather Livingston, Ooh La La Soula (631); Kathy Ferguson, Cats Bandito (630.5); Deborah Wise, Get It Master (630); Debby Sanguinetti, Call Me WR (626.5) and Cynthia Bias, Nu Sand Dollar (624.5).


The Novice Non-Pro finalists include Bozeman, Merada In Style 09 (639.5), Tyler Burkey, Survive These Lips (638); Heather Livingston, Ooh La La Soula (631) Kathy Ferguson, Cats Bandito (630.5); Deborah Wise, Get It Master (630) and Debby Sanguinetti, Call Me WR (626.5).

Taking a 646 or better to qualify for the Stakes Open finals, the following are the finalists:

1. Tonettes Playgun/Corey Cushing (654.5); 2. Wanna Winna Prize/Justin Wright (654); 2. PRF Spoonful Of Gold/Corey Cushing (654); 4. Smart Dueling Chic/ToddBergen (635.5); 5. Red Moons Rising/Jake Telford (652); 6. Stylish Drifter/Jake Gorrell (651.5); 6. Dera Cat/Zane Davis (651.5); 8. Travelin Jonez/Chris Dawson (650); 8. Spooks Mariah/Tucker Robinson (650); 10. Smart Nu Annie/Jay McLaughlin (649.5);  11. Oh Cay Meriah/Todd Crawford (649); 11. One Fine Vintage/Ron Emmons (649); 11. Onetimeatbandcamp/Corey Cushing (649); 11. Very Black Magic/Anne Reynolds (649); 11. Esperanza/Jake Telford (649); 16. This One Time/Todd Bergen (648.5): 17. Smart Magic Trick/Anne Reynolds (648); 18. One Shiney Pistol/Todd Bergen (647.5); 19. High Roller Rey/Brandon Buttars (647); 20. Thecrowdlovesme/Shawn Hays (646); 20. SDP Blue Blood/Matt Koch (646); 20. Smart Circle Cat/Marjie Robinson (646).

To make the Intermediate Open finals, riders needed a 635.5 and above. They included:

1. SDP Blue Blood/Matt Koch (646); 1. Smart Circle Cat/Marjie Robinson (646); 3. Gotta go Get It/John Ward (643.5); 4. TF The Gus Man/Blue Allen (643); 5. Hot Pink Brakes/Smoky Pritchett (641.5); 6. Nics Black Gold/Brad Barkemeyer  (641); 7. Circles Nu Galaxy/Ted Robinson (637.5); 8. A Kiss Tatoo/Casey Branquinho (637) 8. Too Long Til Autumn/Sandy Collier (637); 10. Mr Spook Nic/Clayton Edsall (636) 10. Tootsie Rey Time/Les Oswald (636) and 12. Shes Wright On/Kelby Phillips (635.5)

In the Limited Open, three riders will return, with scores of 633 and above:

1. Smart Circle Cat/Marjie Robinson (646); 2. Shes Wright On/Kelby Phillips (635.5); 3. Fancy Boons N All/Kelby Phillips (633.5)


The NRCHA Stakes, one of the five NRCHA Premier events, boasts a payout of nearly $300,000 each year. Part of the event’s success is its tie to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program, where the stallion owners pay a fee every year and their 4- and 5-year-old offspring are the only horses eligible to show at the Stakes.


Stakes entries are shown in a snaffle bit or hackamore, competing in herd work, reined work and cow work. The event attracts many top Snaffle Bit Futurity horses from the past two years, as well as those who might have missed the Futurity but are now ready to perform competitively. Besides paying lucrative checks to the Stakes winners, the NRCHA also presents a monetary award to the nominator of the Stakes Champion’s sire in each division.


The NRCHA Stakes continues through Saturday March 30 and also features a full slate of NRCHA horse show classes, a Bridle Spectacular and AQHA-approved classes. For more information and full results go to

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☛ RSNC to hold Finals 3-23-13

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in COW HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS | 0 comments





By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 23, 2013
The Ranch Sorting National Championships Association is growing and expanding. With membership now over 18,000, along with over 400 booked shows, the association not only has a National Finals planed for Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center June 3-9, but will also have a Breeders Futurity and Maturity with $30,000 in added money.


According to President David Wolfe, the new agreement with Fort Worth will showcase Ranch Sorting until 2015 with options available for two additional years for both the South Central Regionals and Finals shows. RSNC expects more than 6,000 teams to participate in the National Finals.
Click here for National Finals schedule>>


Also, during the next two months , the Association will host four Regional Finals in four different areas of the country. Currently, the Eastern Regionals, are being held in the Great Smokey Mountains Expo Center in White Pine, Tenn., March 22-24.


Other Regional Finals include the North Central Region held April 5-7 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Douglas, Wyo.; North Eastern Regional, April 12-14 at Dream Park Equestrian Center, New Logan Township, N.J.; South Central Regional, April 26-28 at Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas, and the Western Regional, May 3-5 at the Carson City Fairgrounds, Carson City, Nev.


The group has also come up with a stallion program with a long list of stallions already enrolled.  The Breeders Futurities will have $10,000 in added money for 4 year olds, with $20,000 added to a Maturity for 5-year-olds and up in Pro and Non-Pro divisions. The sale company Western Bloodstock has become a major sponsor.


The above aged events will be for horses sired by nominated stallions. Stallion owners of Quarter Horse sires will pay a $500 fee and other breeds $250. Nomination fees for stallions owned by ranches is $1,000 for Quarter Horse stallions or $500 for other breeds. Nomination fees are due on or before April 1 of the current year with a $100 late fee for any stallion nominated after April 1. There will be a $200 late fee for any ranch nominating multiple stallions.


Proceeds from the stallion nomination fees will be 10 percent to the nominators of the sire of the highest-placing horse. The guaranteed added money or proceeds from the stallion nomination fees, whichever is greater will be paid as follows: All Quarter Horse stallion nomination fees will go into the overall pool, plus 50 percent of all stallion nomination fees from horses of other breeds. The remaining 50 percent of stallion nomination fees from all horses of other breeds will remain as an incentive pool for horses by stallions of other breeds.
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For a list of subscribed stallions, go to:

For further information on the Stallion Program contact Bob Day at 817-757-3524 or 817-594-9172 or e-mail him at For more on the sport of ranch sorting, go to or call 970-897-2901 or fax: 970-897-2921.


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☛ Master Remedy dies at 33 – 3-3-13

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in COW HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment



Article by Stephanie Duquette.
March 3, 2013

Master Remedy

A gifted performer and extraordinary sire with an incredibly kind nature – that is the legacy of Master Remedy, the Ward Ranch-bred and -owned stallion who died Feb. 14 of age-related natural causes. He was 33.

The 1980 stallion was one of only four horses to sire three National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champions, an elite group which also includes King Fritz, Nu Cash and Smart Chic Olena.


Master Remedy’s genetics were deeply intertwined with the legendary Ward Ranch cow horse program. His dam, Wininic, was by Sugar Vandy and out of the famous Ward Ranch foundation mare, Fillinic. Master Remedy’s sire, Docs Remedy, was a son of Doc Bar.


The bay stallion’s competitive career focused exclusively on the cutting arena, where he earned more than $194,000, according to Equi-Stat. He also became a superior sire of versatile performers, with 69 foals who earned $756,295 in reined cow horse, cutting and reining money.


“He was absolutely incredible,” John Ward said. John and his late father, Ward Ranch founder and NRCHA Hall of Fame Horseman Greg Ward, both showed Master Remedy during his decade-long show career.


“He had so much talent. To lope him around, it felt like you were loping on a cloud. As a performer, he was great. He had a breeding problem which wouldn’t be much of a problem today – it would be easier to manage than it was back in the ’80s. He has a limited foal crop, but he sired three NRCHA Open Futurity Champions and a Non-Pro Futurity Champion, and he was the sire of Sugar Babe Taffy, who is the dam of Black Pearl, the mare I won the Snaffle Bit Futurity on in 2008,” John said.


Master Remedy’s first Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion foal was Otoe Master, a 1987 stallion out of Sizzlin Otoe, a daughter of Tommy Otoe. Otoe Master, owned by Kibby Maxwell, won the 1990 Futurity Open Championship with Jon Roeser in the saddle.


The following year, 1991, another Master Remedy foal won the coveted NRCHA Futurity – this time it was the 1988 gelding Master Checks, out of Bueno Chex Kaweah, a Bueno Chex daughter. Master Checks was shown by Ted Robinson for owner Dee Fitzgerald. The gelding earned $30,000 for the title, and went on to win a career $65,201, making him the top-earning Master Remedy foal, according to Equi-Stat.


In 1994, two Master Remedy babies reached the winner’s circle at Reno. John Ward won his first NRCHA Futurity Championship aboard Masteroani, a 1991 stallion out of the Docs Fri Dee Bar mare Just Docs Socks. Another Master Remedy foal, Master Rani Chex, out of the the Bueno Chex mare Bueno Chex Rani, carried owner/rider Jody Gearhart to the Futurity Non-Pro Championship.


Master Remedy’s own show career began with an impressive 5th place finish at the 1983 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity with Greg Ward in the saddle.


“I was turning back for Dad,” John said, recalling Master Remedy’s electrifying performance. “That horse captivated people, because when he stepped into a cow, he started crouching, and I don’t mean just crouching a little bit. This horse could really get low. The cow’s standing there, and he’s standing there, and all of a sudden, he just starts to drop. I still have the tape of that NCHA Futurity run. As he starts dropping and getting lower, the crowd starts screaming louder.”


Master Remedy was part of some unforgettable early-career moments for John. When the young horseman was in his early twenties, he showed Master Remedy at the 1986 NCHA Classic, winning the go-rounds and placing 5th in the Open.


“I was just a kid, and to drive back there to Texas and mark a 224 in both go-rounds, and be the high-scoring horse going into the finals – it was incredible. In the finals, I had a cow run out and mess up my run, but still ended up 5th on him,” John said. “He was really something else.”


Outside the show arena, Master Remedy’s awesome athletic power was always ruled by his gracious heart, a quality not often found in a stallion.


“He was really majestic. He had the biggest, prettiest eye. He was physical – unbelievable, really. He was a contortionist. But for a stud, he was really gentle. He was such a nice horse, and fun to be around. He had such class, but he was so kind,” John said.


Master Remedy extended that gentle quality to even the smallest, most fragile residents of Ward Ranch.

“This might sound like a dumb, backyard story,” John said, smiling. “There are chickens on the ranch. One time, a hen with chicks went into his stall, and I saw him nose those chicks out of his stall. I saw it happen, and the kids working for me saw it happen. He was just a really kind horse.”


The Master Remedy legacy will be continued through his exceptional granddaughter, Black Pearl (Smart Little Pepinic x Sugar Babe Taffy x Master Remedy), John’s 2008 NRCHA Futurity Champion, who is producing future Ward Ranch winners.



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☛ Celebration of Champions 2-5-13

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in COW HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Articles and photos courtesy NRCHA
Feb. 5, 2013 


Robbie Boyce won the Open Bridle World Championship riding Mr Playinstylish for Kit & Charlie Moncrief. Ironically, the horse was trained by Boyd Rice.

The Celebration of Champions, an exciting cow horse event sponsored by the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), including the World’s Greatest Horseman, a Celebration of Champions Derby and a World Championship Finals, was held Jan. 25 through Feb. 2 at the Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas.


On Thursday, Jan. 31, Robbie Boyce, Purcell, Okla., guided Mr Playinstylish (Playin Stylish x Tari Chick Gay) to a berth in the World’s Greatest Horseman finals. Less than 24 hours later, on Friday, Feb. 1, the pair won the NRCHA Open Bridle World Championship by piloting “Gremlin” to scores of 220.5 in the rein work and 217.5 in the cow work. Their 438 composite score earned the $7,777 World Championship paycheck, a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Carol Rose Quarter Horses, a Gist buckle from Smart Boons/Kevin and Sydney Knight, a pair of boots sponsored by Rios of Mercedes, a $50 gift certificate from Santa Cruz Biotechnologies and a bandage bag from NRCHA.

Although Boyce often shows the 2005 stallion for the Moncriefs, Mr Playinstylish is a product of Boyd Rice’s training program. “Boyd’s always had him,” said Boyce. “I’m just showing him for Boyd here. Boyd’s trained him all the way. I’ve had an opportunity to show him in the past when Boyd couldn’t, so I know the horse pretty well.



Keith Vogel won the Ltd. Open Bridle and was Reserve in the Two-Rein riding Little Pistol Peach, owned by his fiancee Lauren Porter.

Keith Vogel won the Ltd. Open Bridle and was Reserve in the Two-Rein riding Little Pistol Peach, owned by his fiancee Lauren Porter.

Keith P. Vogel, Pueblo, Colo., won the Ltd. Open Bridle riding a 2006 mare Little Pistol Peach (Playgun x Lone Star Peach), owned by  his fiancee Lauren A. Porter, winning $2,985.  The pair were also Reserve in the Open Two Rein, collecting an additional $3,942 for a total of $6,927. Vogel, 28, calls the sorrel mare “Shooter.” Vogel and Porter bought the mare as a 4-year-old when her breeder decided to sell her, thinking she wouldn’t make it as a show horse. Vogel saw plenty of ability; however, in the hard-stopping, hard-working mare.


Vogel began his training career as an assistant to J. D. Yates, the champion rope horse trainer and cow horse competitor. He also thanked Don Murphy, Chris Dawson and Darren Miller for mentoring him and coaching him. It was the fourth year he had shown at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, but the first time he had reached the winner’s circle.


uzon Schaal, Calgary, Alberta, Canada won both the Non-Pro Bridle and Intermediate Non-Pro Bridle world Championships.

Suzon Schaal, Calgary, Alberta, Canada won both the Non-Pro Bridle and Intermediate Non-Pro Bridle world Championships riding Genuine Brown Gal (Listo Polito Lena x Genuine Emerald) in two days. The pair won a total of $5,985, with $3495 coming from their Non-Pro Victory and $2,490 from the Intermediate Non-Pro. Schall, who also won a Bob’s Custom Saddle and other awards, rides “Genna” herself with coaching from John Swales, a leading Canadian professional who had just one dryly worded question for Schall as she entered the show pen on Friday. He saidm “are you scared?” and she replied, “Yes.”


A dynamic competitor from Gainesville, Texas, Patty Ralls, was Reserve Champion in the Non-Pro Bridle riding Chromium Cowboy (A Chic In Time x Marvelous Miss), taking home $2,796, while Terri Holowath took the Reserve in the Intermediate riding Pickachiclet (Fantaschic x Stratos Pick), for a $1,992 payday.



Grant Lindaman II and Meradas Little Miss, nicknamed Missy, won the Novice Non-Pro Bridle World Champion title during their first trip to the Celebration of Champions.

Grant F. Lindaman II, 25, was experiencing his first trip to the Celebrations of Champions and also his first World Championship riding Meradas Little Miss (Meradas Money Talks x Missies Promise). The pair won the Novice Non-Pro Bridle world title with a total score of 436, taking home a $2,600 paycheck, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and other awards. Lindaman had purchased “Missy” from renowned Arizona horseman Jimmie Paul. He said, “Jimmie Paul ws the only person who had showed her before I got her. She’s a good mare. I was looking for a nice bridle horse and she’s a good fit for me. We had to pay our dues and practice and figure each other out, but we’re starting to click.”


Grant Lindaman II and Meradas Little Miss, nicknamed Missy, won the Novice Non-Pro Bridle World Champion title during their first trip to the Celebration of Champions.

Lindaman plans to move to his newly purchased Arizona ranch later this month, has several mentors in the industry, including Chris Dawson. “Be still and listen and try to absorb everything you can,” said Lindaman. “Stick with a program that works for you but always be open to learn and add to it or take away from it. More than anything, just go with your gut and trust the instincts that God gave you,” advised Lindaman.


The Reserve title went to Lia J. Savas riding Sanjos top Gun (San Ho Lena x Colonel Little Pistol), a 2001 stallion the Huntington, New York native owns.  The pair took home $2,080.



Lyn Anderson, Madera, Calif.

Lyn Anderson, Madera, Calif., professional trainer wo her second consecutive World Championship guiding Tuckers Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Smoke Time Tuck) to the NRCHA Open Hackamore World Championship. Anderson rode the 2007 gelding, owned by David and Barbara Archer, to the title, netting a $7,994 paycheck, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and a variety of other awards. Tuckers Smart Cat is out of the top-producing reined cow horse dam Smoke Time Tuck (Doc TomTucker x Ima Smoke, a 1985 mare who died just a short time before the Celebration of Champions. She had always had the same owner – Bar Eleven Quarter Horses of Eagle Point, Ore.


Reserve went to NRCHA million-dollar rider Doug Williamson, Bakersfield, Calif., riding the 2008 stallion ARC Sparkin Chics (Chic Please x Sailing Spark), owned by Rocking J Ranch. The pair won $6,281.




Dan Daponde won the Limited Open Hackamore World Championship aboard Pinchin Chics a gelding he owns in partnership with Sox & Sandals LLC.

Dan J. DaPonde had back surgery three months ago and was under doctor’s orders to stay out of the saddle until the week before the Celebration of Champions Show, but he jumped on Pinchin Chics (Nic It In The Bud x Smart Hippie Chic) , nicknamed “Rudy,” and won the Limited Open Hackamore World Championship. Riding the 2008 gelding he owns in partnership with Sox & Sandals LLC., he scored a 431.5 combined score, good for a $2,603 paycheck, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and a variety of other awards.


Deponde’s mentor and fellow trainer, NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Ted Robinson, Oakdale, Calif., rode Daponde’s show horses for him while he recovered. In fact, he showed four horses at the show and Teddy kept them going.


“I owe him a big round of thanks,” said Daponde. “I was literally still in the recovery room after surgery when Teddy called and said, ‘Do you need anything?’ ”


DaPonde started riding Pinchin Chics last year when he and his customer purchased him from fellow trainer Jake Gorrell. Asked about the strange name for the partnership, DaPonde said, “My customer showed up one day and had denim shorts on with low-cut black socks and Birkenstock sandals. I almost broke a rib laughing. She said ‘if you laugh like that, I’m going to make this an LLC.’ She made the Sox & Sandals LLC and  bought the horse!”


He credits Robinson, Gorrell, Don Murphy and Russell Dilday for helping him find his way in the Western Performance industry. Prior to reined cow horses, he showed Andalusians and Appaloosas in breed competition.


The Reserve title went to Christian Lybbert riding Elans A Chic (Elans Playboy x Starring A Chic), a 2007 gelding owned by Christian Lybbert. The pair tied LaPonde, but the tie-breaking cow work tipped the World title in Daponde’s favor. Lybbert took home a $2,169 paycheck, a Gist buckle and other awards.


Alexa Beaty, a 16-year-old Aubrey Texas high school sophomore rode Star Dustin Wrangler to the Non Pro Hackamore world championship.

Sixteen-year-old Alexa Beaty, a high school sophomore from Aubrey, Texas, rode Star Dustin Wrangler, nicknamed “Cinch” (Starlights Wrangler x Pines Dusty Model) to the Non-Pro Hackamore World Champion title, taking home $3,367, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and various other awards.


She has owned “cinch,” a 2007 gelding for two years but only began showing  him in the hackamore and derby events last spring. They had successful outings at two fall derbies in Colorado and Texas in 1012. But making the transition from showing a bridle horse one-handed to showing Cinch two-handed was a challenge, she admitted.


The Reserve title went to Toni Hagen Heath, LeGrande, Ore., riding Smokums Dream (Smokums Prize x I Dream Olena), a 2007 mare bred and owned by her husband Dan Heath. The pair won a $2,694 paycheck.




Jake Telford won the Open Two-Rein Championship

Million-dollar rider Jake Telford, Caldwell, Idaho rode Nabisco Roan (Boonlight Dancer x Crackin), a 2006 stallion owned by Nancy Crawford-Hall of California and Texas-based Holy Cow Performance Horses to the Open Two-Reining World Championship, taking home a $4,927 paycheck, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and a myriad of other awards.  It was the latest in a long strong of Open Two-Rein victories for Telford and the roan tallion who captured championships in that division at every NRCHA Premiere event in 2012.


The pair came close to winning an AQHA Working Cow Horse World title last November, narrowly losing a tie-breaking cow work-off to another NRCHA million-dollar rider, Corey Cushing, who won the title on on Rising Starlight. Telford has been riding Nabisco Roan, nicknamed Triscuit, since he was 3 and the stallion’s reining maneuvers have been strong throughout his career but his cow work took more time to develop.


“He’s been a little bit of a late bloomer, but he’s definitely capable and after this year, he’s got it fgured out pretty well,” he said. “I’m definitely going to show him in the bridle some more and take him back to the AQHA World Show again. ”


The Reserve title went to Keith Vogel, Pueblo, Colo., riding Little Pistol Peach (Playgun x Lone Star Peach), a 2006 mare owned by his fiancee Lauren Porter. The pair earned $3,942, a Gist buckle and other awards and also won the Limited Open Bridle world title for an additional $2,985, for a total of $6,927.


Scott and Darnell Trueblood. Scott won the Non-Pro Two-Rein World Championship riding Just Plain Hip.

It was the first time that Scott Trueblood, Ducor, Calif., had shown at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions and he made it a memorable trip, winning the Non Pro Two-Rein World Championship title aboard Just Plain Hip, nicknamed “Indy” (Hickorys Indian Pep x Miss Plain Plain), a 7-year-old gelding he raised and owns with his wife Darnell. The pair won a $1,950 paycheck, a Bob’s Custom saddle and many other prizes.


“I’m a little ‘western’ in the reining and it shows,” said Trueblood following his run. “The cow ran pretty hard and we had a really good first turn. The second turn, I saw a lot of cows go clear to the end and pass the marker on that second run. I was going to get way ahead of it and I kind of got hung out a little bit but it all worked out. And then,  Indy circled up really well like a good cow horse.”


Scott got started in cow horses with top NCHA professional Russell Dilday, who was the Trueblood’s neighbor until his recent move to Wynnewood, Okla. Dilday showed Just Plain Hip’s mother, Miss Plain Plain, for the Truebloods in years past, claiming two World’s Greatest Horseman Reserve Championships. The Truebloods also brand calves and gather cattle on Jus Plain Hip. “The horses have a job besides showing,” said Trueblood. “The experience outside really builds their confidence and makes them great horses.


The Reserve title went to Steve Bond riding Boons Mr. Milliennium (Boons Milliennium x Pies Lottie Lady) a 2006 gelding owned by Bond Ranch. The pair earned $1,625, a Gist buckle and other awards.




Non-Pro Limited Champion Mattie Neal and her trainer Jay McLaughlin.

When Mattie Neal first started riding three years ago,she vowed she would never work a cow. “Never say never.” Neal won the NRCHA Non Pro Limited World Championship on Wednesday, Jan. 30, aboard her gelding Instantee (Tejons Peppy Doc x Suddenly Shiney). The pair won $2,313, a Bob’s Custom Saddle, a Gist Buckle and a bevy of other awards.


Neal started riding at Carol Rose Q. H. with head trainer Jay McLaughlin when a broken finger sidelined her from college tryouts for her favorite sport, softball. She has come a long way from the nervous beginner who first visited Carol’s ranch three years ago.


“We went there to look for a horse and Carol had to put my foot in the stirrup because I was scared to get on. When I started riding with them, I told them I didn’t want to do any of the cow work. I was too nervous to do it. But they told me from day one, “You’re going to do the cow horse!” she said. “Now the cow work is my favorite part of my lesson.


The Non-Pro Limited Reserve World Champion was Dom Conicelli, Collegeville, Pa., who rode Smokum Chicy (Smart Chic Olena x Smokum Miss Doc Bar) to scores of 213.5 in the rein work and 220.5 in the cow work, for a total of 434 and an $1,850 payday,


LaDona Emmons, winner of the $5,000 Non-Pro Limited Division with her Worlds Greatest Horseman husband, Ron Emmons.

LaDona Emmons, wife of Ron Emmons, this year’s World Greatest Horseman, had her own day in the sun when she wrapped up her career in the $5,000 Non-Pro Limited Division by winning the $5,000 Non-Pro Limited class riding Anuther Mister 505, nicknamed “John” (Mister Dual Pep x Another Olena), a 2005 gelding she and Ron own. After her win, LaDona is no longer eligible for the $5,000 Non-Pro Limited, but the championship came with a $2,243 paycheck, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and other awards. LaDona and the gelding blazed a winning trail through the 2012 show season, earning championships in the Non-Pro Limited and $5,000 Non-Pro Limited divisions at the NrCHA Derby and Snaffle Bit Futurity. They also won the first-ever AQHA World Championship in Amateur Boxing.


Her experience showing in the Limited divisions has prompted LaDona to consider something she never thought she would try – showing down the fence. She plans to stay in the Limited for at least another year to take advantage of the new Non Pro Limited and Non-Pro Derby divsions, but fence work may be in her future. “I have anxiety about the fence work,” she admitted. “I thought I would never do it – ever – and after this year of showing, I feel like it’s a possibility for me, where brefore, I would say absolutely not.”


The Reserve title went to Garrell Reilly, Temecula, Calif., who guided Shootn Starlight (finalight x Miss Remachex) to a $1,755 paycheck.



Kelly Valdez, 13, Oakdale, Calif., the Youth Bridle Champion.

Kelly Valdez, 14, La Junta, Colo., admitted she was almost in nervous tears before riding Smart Tic Tack (Smart Mate x Tic Tackatoo) in the NRCHA Youth Bridle World Championship class. But when it came time to show, she regained her poise and piloted the 2003 mare to a winning score of 217 in the rein work and a sparkling 225.5 in the cow work. The 442.5 composite was good for $480, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and several other awards. It was the second year in a row that Valdez, who rides with NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Don Murphy, took the title. Smart Tic Tack, originally trained by Robbie Boyce, has also been successfully shown by Kelly’s mother, Betty Lou Valdez.

The Youth Bridle Reserve Champion was McKenzie Grimshaw, who rode Smart Bayou Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Docs Missy Command) to scores of 214 in the rein work and 220.5 in the cow work, earning $360, a Gist buckle and a bevy of other awards.

Adrianna Adams and Wynsome Chex, the Youth Limited World Champions.

In her first trip to the NRCHA Celebration of Champions Youth division, Adrianna Adams, 13, Oakdale, Calif., took the Youth Limited title on Wynsome Chex (Chex Out This Remedy x Miel Classic Tejon). Adrianna started showing cow horses two years ago after she met her trainer Clayton Edsall. She purchased “Bo” from Edsall, who had previously trained and shown the 2005 gelding.

“The hardest part of learning to show cow horses was learning to box the cow without letting it go down the fence,” said Adrianna. “My horse likes to go down the fence but I don’t want to do that right now.” dams won a $450 paycheck, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and other awards.

There was a tie for the Reserve Limited Youth title between Kailey Culligan, showing TF Montalena (Folks Montaluc x Peps Sissy Lena) and Rene Ferini on Soula Boom Star (Soula Julie Star x Savannah Lee 2000). Both riders scored a total of 425.5 points.


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