TOP CALF ROPERS BEING SUED BY RFD-TV EVENTS FOR RIGGING “THE AMERICAN” EVENT
TUF COOPER AND TIMBER MOORE CHARGED; REESE RIEMER SUES RFD-TV
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 11, 2016
Reese Riemer winning the 2015 “The American.” Riemer is suing RFD-TV for failing to pay him his winnings.
According to an Aug. 10 article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, two top Texas calf ropers are being accused of rigging the payout during the high-paying “The American,” held March 1, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
A civil lawsuit was filed Tuesday, Aug. 9 in Tarrant County, Texas, by RFD-TV Events, against Tuf Cooper, 26, a three-time PRCA World Champion from Decatur, Texas, and Timber Moore, Aubrey, 30, the current top-ranked PRCA roper in the world. RFD-TV Events promoted and hosted the event.
The suit states that the one-day event offered prizes of $100,000 for winners of seven competitions, featuring a bonus reward for cowboys who qualified for the event rather than being invited. Those “invited” were cowboys who were or had ranked high in their event. Qualifiers had to compete and win at special qualifying rodeos. A qualifier who won was eligible to earn up to $1 million from a side pot for winning any of the seven events.
RFD-TV alleges that Cooper and Moore, who were “invitees” to the tie-down roping competition agreed with Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, a qualifier, to “intentionally perform poorly” so that Riemer would have a chance to win the bigger prize. In exchange for the “fix,” Riemer would split his winnings with Cooper and Moore. The suit also said another competitor declined to participate in “the scheme.”
The lawsuit continued that the cowboys agreed to carry out the plan in the finals of the competition, after the field had been cut from 17 ropers to four. Riemer ended up winning the event, with Cooper finishing second and Moore finishing third.
As a result, Riemer won $100,000 for first place and $417,000 – for a total of $517,000, as part of the bonus reward available only to qualifiers. (He received only a share of the $1 million bonus because two other qualifiers had won their divisions.)
RFD-TV Events learned of the scheme and stopped payment on Riemer’s winning check of $517,000. However they say that Cooper “obtained and holds money and other assets” earned at the rodeo. He would have earned $25,000 for finishing in second place. RFD-TV Events is seeking “monetary relief of $100,000 or less” from Cooper and Moore.
PREVIOUS LAWSUIT FILED BY RIEMER:
Not mentioned in the Fort Worth Star Telegram article was the fact that on Feb. 24, 2016, Reese Riemer sued rodeo organizers Rural Media Group Inc. of Gretna, Nebraska, and RMG Events LLC of Nashville, Tennessee, for failing to pay his winnings from RFD-TV’s 2015 The American rodeo competition.
“The incredible thing about this case is the fact that, even as we sit here today, the RFD Network publicly acknowledges and proclaims Reese as the winner of the event,” said attorney John B. Thomas of the Houston-based litigation boutique Hicks Thomas, LLP, counsel for Mr. Riemer. “There is simply no legal justification for their failure to pay him.”
Following The American, Mr. Riemer was flown to Nashville for interviews on RFD-TV. It was only after the interviews were completed that officials notified Mr. Riemer that a stop payment was placed on the check for his winnings
The lawsuit says RFD-TV relied on rumors of an alleged agreement to split the purse when deciding to stop payment on the winner’s check. According to Mr. Riemer, he and other cowboys were threatened by RFD-TV CEO Patrick Gottsch.
“He called me saying he was going to stop payment on the check and threatened me with jail,” says Mr. Riemer
Mr. Thomas says, “There is no evidence that Reese agreed to share the proceeds, and certainly no basis to suggest that he did anything wrong.”
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As of this date, that lawsuit has not been settled. The case, filed in the Northern District of Texas, Amarillo Division, was referred to nonbinding mediation before Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 by United States District Judge Mary Lou Robinson.
The order, dated Aug. 3, 2016, stated, “The parties shall meet prior to mediation for the purpose of settling this case. After this meeting the parties are to tender to the Clerk of the Court a joint settlement conference status report on or before Friday August 19, 2016.”
It also said the parties to this action “shall convene a mediation conference on all claims and counter-claims – such conference and all subsequent conferences to be completed before Friday, September 16, 2016.
“This mediation process shall be private, confidential and privileged from process and discovery, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. The mediator shall not be a witness in this action, nor may the mediator’s records be subpoenaed or used as evidence without the express permission of the Court. No subpoenas, citations, writs, or other process shall be served at the location of any mediation session upon any person entering, leaving, or attending any session.”
It ended, saying “The fees for mediation are to be divided and borne equally by the parties unless agreed otherwise. They shall be paid by the parties directly to the mediator, and shall be taxed as costs.”
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KENNETH PLATT/MOMS STYLISH PLAYER MAKE IT 2-IN-A ROW
PAIR WIN NCHA OPEN DERBY FOLLOWING SUPER STAKES TITLE
Aug. 9, 2016
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Robert Tregemba, Castle Rock, Colo., hit a homerun when he purchased Moms Stylish Player, nicknamed Sprout, from Lawson Hadlock as a 2-year-old, on the advice of his trainer Kenneth Platt, Fort Lupton, Colo.
The gelding, sired by Lizzys Stylish Player out of Moms Stylish Babe, bred by the Drummond Land and Cattle Company, Pawhuska, Okla., scored a whopping 228 being ridden by Platt during the finals of the 211-entry NCHA Open Derby, held Saturday, Aug. 7 at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. The pair had previously won the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes with the identical score of 228, earning a $90,487 paycheck. This year’s Summer Spectacular Derby paid Tregemba $64,327, for a total of $154,814 in those two events. The NCHA Summer Spectacular was held July 16-Aug. 6 in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.
Platt opted not to buy Moms Stylish Player for Tregemba as a yearling because of his small size. However, when Hadlock, the gelding’s owner at the time, showed him the little gelding as a 2-year-old, Platt really wasn’t impressed with what he saw – until he rode him.
“I felt something in him that was different,” said Platt, who was the 2010 NCHA Futurity Limited Open Champion riding Downtown Smarts. “He’s been a tough horse to train – it hasn’t been a battle but he sure had to get trained every day. But it’s paid me back,” said Platt.
Platt has made seven semifinals in Will Rogers Coliseum. He made the Open semifinals at the 2015 NCHA Futurity; however, his Super Stakes win was the first NCHA Triple Crown win for either Platt or Tregemba. They’ve now made it two major NCHA Triple Crown wins in a row!
Reserve Champion, scoring a 223, was John Mitchell, Weatherford, Texas, riding MK Cats Kitty (Spots Hot x MK Cats Lil Kitty x High Brow Cat) owned by the Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch in Weatherford, Texas. The pair, also finalists at the Super Stakes, Abilene Spectacular, Bonanza and Arbuckle Mountain Futurity this year, earning more than $38,000, took home $35,234. The pair had been in the lead following the first two go-rounds with a 440.5 score.
Mitchell also rode TOF Smooth Operator (Smooth As A Cat x Rio CD Yadayadayada), also owned by the Slate River Ranch to the Derby finals, for an additional $7,628 paycheck
“Always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” could be Mitchell’s theme during the Summer Spectacular, as he also was Reserve Champion of the Classic/Challenge riding CR Tuff Lucy, also owned by the Slate River Ranch, with a 228 score being worth $23,516. He was also in the finals of the Open Classic Challenge riding Foxie Cat (That Sly Cat x Peptos Stylish Miss) for an additional $5,040 – for total earnings from the NCHA Summer Spectacular of $71,418. Not bad for a bridesmaid!
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DERBY JOHN DEERE DIVISION:
John Burgess, Cleburne, Texas, and Clay Cerny, Brazoria, Texas, tied with a 222 for the Championship of the John Deere Limited Open Division. Burgess was riding a gelding Littlemak (Starlights Gypsy x Justa Swinging Gal by Justa Swinging Peppy) for Steve Anderson, Victoria, Texas, while Cerny was riding Mare E Hughes (Thomas E Hughes x Short On Sass), owned by Don and Kathy Boone, West Columbia, Texas. They both took home a paycheck of $4,437.
Littlemak was bred by Joann Parker by her stallion, Starlights Gypsy. Burgess and his wife Traci, as well as Steve Anderson, have been successful in the cutting arena riding Littlemak’s full brother, PKR big Mac, earning over $167,000.
Burgess is training a 3-year-old full sibling to Littlemak that he bought as a 2-year-old from Parker. “He’s cowy, hard-stopping and moves good,” said Burgess, describing Littlemak. The Gypsys geta little strong minded sometimes, but they’re strong and they’re capable. They like what I do and I kind of like what they do. They’ll try their guts out.”
Burgess also qualified for the Open semifinals with Littlemak; however, failed to make the Open Finals. However, this was his third John Deere Division win. He won the 2015 Super Stakes Classic riding Gold From Home.
Clay Cerney was riding Mare E Hughes for his in-laws, Don and Kathy Boone, East Columbia, Texas. The mare was bred by Lake Gulch Cutting horses by Thomas E Hughes (owned by the Boones) out of Short On Sass, a Shorty Lena mare.
Cerney was a professional calf roper when he married Jodie Boone, the 1995 NCHA Youth World Champion and Non-Pro Hall of Famer. His in-laws, Don and Kathy Boone, are both in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, while his grandparents-in-law are the now-deceased Jim Reno, a seven-time NCHA President and Members Hall of Fame inductee, whose sculpture stands outside the NCHA and AQHA headquarters and Non-Pro Hall of Famer Mary Jo Reno Hawkins.
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Brazilian Armando Costa Neto became the first NCHA Non-Pro Triple Crown winner when he rode Watch Me Whip, a homegrown daughter of Playgun out of Look The Look, a High Brow Cat mare that Costa and John Mitchell rode to the Non-Pro and Open finals of the NCHA Futurity, culminating his fourth major win in Will Rogers Coliseum – the NCHA 131-entry Non-Pro Derby. Look The Look goes back to The Smart Look, a $1.7 million producer. Watch Me Whip, who picked up a $17,246 paycheck at the Non-Pro Derby, was also named the Non-Pro Horse Of The Year for 2016.
Costa also finished eighth in the Non-Pro Derby riding Super Sarahs Boon (Mr Boonsmal To You x Sarahs Super Cat), scoring a 216 and taking home and additional $8,094. He also tied for 12th in the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge riding Arosefirst (Sweet Lil Pepto x Arosesuchaclatter) taking home an additional $6,362 for total take-home pay of $31,702. Costa has now had four major wins in the Will Rogers Coliseum. In addition to this year’s Summer Spectacular Championship, he won the 2014 NCHA Derby riding Ms Regret.
The Reserve Championship went to A Smooth Satin Doll (Smooth As A Cat x Autumn Boon), owned by Tommy Manion, Aubrey, Texas, ridden by his son Kyle Manion, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee, to a 220. The pair earned $15,792.
The mare was bred by Karen Freeman, Clarksville, Tenn., who owns Autumn Boon, a $1.6 million producer.
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LIMITED NON-PRO DERBY:
Fifteen-year-old Ryan Rapp captured his first aged-event title, riding Tuff Julie (Woody Be Tuff x Missys Powder) to a 222, taking home an $8,533 paycheck. Rapp, the son of the winningest team of cutters, Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, who own Tuff Julie, took the title only a week after winning the Junior Youth World Finals riding Spookystimetoshine, which was also held during the NCHA Summer Spectacular at the Will Rogers Complex. Phil Rapp is currently the NCHA President,
Ryan also finished in a fourth-place tie in the Non-Pro Division of the Non-Pro Derby riding Tuff Julie, scoring a 218 to tie with Kelle Earnheart, Weatherford, Texas, riding Flash N Silver. Both picked up a $12,156 paycheck, making Rapp’s take-home pay $20,689 for the event. Not bad for a 15-year-old.! He was also a Limited Non-Pro finalist on the mare at the 2015 NCHA Futurity and placed third at the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes. He also made the Non-Pro and Limited finals at the Breeders Invitational
Reserve Champion was Teresa Padgett, Gainesville, Texas, riding Cutting In Black, sired by Third Cutting out of Miss Docs Command to a 216, earning $7,654. Padgett and Cutting N Black also finished 16th in the Non-Pro Derby Finals, scoring a 211 and taking home an additional $5,012, for a total of $12,666.
Padgett has also been Reserve of the 2010 NCHA Limited Non-Pro Futurity on Boonlight Fishn and NCHA Derby Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro finalist on Very Good Bourbon, a half brother to Cutting N Black.
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AMATEUR & UNLIMITED AMATEUR DERBY:
Scoring a 219, John Hulsey, 63, Gainesville, Ga., rode R Smokin Cat (Dual R Smokin x Playgirls Cat x High Brow Cat), to the championship of the Amateur Derby. The Amateur and Unlimited Amateur classes had 181 entries.
According to NCHA, Hulsey, who owns an environmental business that supports the agricultural community by reclaiming food waste to be used for biofuels and by feedmills, bred R Smokin Cat. He took home a paycheck of $7,812, which included $2,500 from Bar RR Ranches, taking his career earnings to over $36,000. His previous largest win was the All American Quarter Horse Congress Non-Pro Derby in 2009 on Cowgirls Paradise.
The Reserve title, scoring a 214, was Robert Thigpen, Jr., Chilton, Texas, riding Barbies Blue Cat (Metallic Cat x High Barbie). Thigpen collected $6,101 and was also a finalist in the Unlimited Amateur, taking home an additional $1,100.
The Unlimited Amateur Derby title went to Douglas P. Pritchett, Quinlan, Texas, riding Dual Glen Rey 012 (Dual Rey x Stylish Amanda) to a 219.5 and earning $8,274, including $2,500 from Bar RR Ranches. Pritchett has been a winner of Limited Non-Pro senior championships at the NCHA Futurity and Derby.
The Reserve Unlimited Amateur Derby title was tied between Bear Davis, Sacramento, Calif., riding Red Solo Catt (Metallic Cat x Amanda Starlight) bred by Rod and Mary Jane Kelley, and Susan Koser, Weatherford, Texas, riding DMAC Moveslikejagger (Smooth As A Cat x Cherry Chex Dually), bred by the Marvine Ranch. Cherry Chex Dually carried Jon Winkelried to the 2010 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Championship.
Both Davis and Koser scored a 218.5 and took home $5,423. Davis previously won the Unlimited Amateur at the Super Stakes and the Amateur at the Breeders Invitational on a related gelding. However Davis and Red Solo Catt were also finalists in the Amateur Division for an additional $1,732, earning a total of $7,155.
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CLASSIC/CHALLENGE OPEN DIVISION:
Gary Gonsalves, riding Reyzin The Cash for Tom Bailey’s Iron Rose Ranch, topped the 150-entry Open Division of the Classic Challenge, scoring a whopping 229, the highest of the entire aged events, for a $51,259 paycheck, which included $25,000 for the winner sponsored by Faith Mountain Ranch. According to the NCHA, Reyzin The Cash (Dual Rey x Spookys Cash) and Gonsalves joined Shakin Flo and Third Cutting as the only NCHA Derby/Classic Challenge winners in successive years since the 5-year-old and 6-year-old classes merged in 1995,
Gonsalves had previously ridden Reyzin The Cash’s dam, Spookys Cash, an earner of $285,000 and an Open finalist in the NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes, Super Stakes Classic and Classic Challenge. This win puts Spookys Cash over half a million in produce earnings.
Reyzin The Cash also won last year’s NCHA Derby, Pacific Coast Derby, NCHA Super Stakes Novice and this year’s Arbuckle Mountain Classic. He has now earned over $210,000.
Reserve Champion was John Mitchell riding CR Tuff Lucy (Woody Be Tuff x Lucindas Catolena), also owned by Slate River Ranch to a 228, earning $23,516. As mentioned above, he also rode Foxie Cat in the finals for an additional $5,040. His take-home pay from the event totaled $71,418.
CR Tuff Lucy was bred by Center Ranch. Tarin Rice showed her to fourth in the NCHA Futurity and the Reserve Championship of last year’s NCHA Derby. Mitchell was Reserve Champion with her in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic this spring and was also a finalist at the Abilene Spectacular, Cattlemen’s Derby and Arbuckle Mountain. She has now won more than $275,000.
Her owner, Glade Knight, also earned $4,350 more for placing in the Non-Pro Division of the Classic Challenge on CR Tuff Lucy.
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In the Senior Open Division of the Classic/Challenge, J. B. McLamb, Stephenville, Texas, took both first and second place. He won the division riding VR Cowgirl Kakie (Cowboy Cattylac x Ms Acre) owned by Paul and Carolyn Ritchie Middleton, Md., with a total of 432 in a total of two go-rounds, for a $1,602 paycheck. Second place, also ridden by McLamb went to Lil Pep N Time (One Time Pepto x Shortys Lil Pep) owned by Miller Wade Smith, Geary, Okla., with a total score of 430, earning $1,068.
JOHN DEERE OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Elite Cat (High Brow Cat x Little Swiss Miss x Haidas Little Pep), bred and owned by Jerry Durant, Weatherford, Texas, and ridden by Grant Simon, also from Weatherford, won the John Deere Limited Open Classic/Challenge Finals. The pair scored a 222 in the finals, taking home the $2,757 first-place paycheck. Simon, from Australia, came to the USA in the late 1990s and worked for John Mitchell for seven years. He won the John Deere Division of the 2005 NCHA Super Stakes riding Decimate. Prior to the NCHA Summer Spectacular, Elite Cat had previously won approximately $5,000.
The Reserve title went to Rosie Boon San (Boon San x Stylish Rosie), bred by Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, owned by Kelly Gates, Martinez, Ga., and ridden by Walt Erwin, Cleveland, Ga. Rosie Boon San’s dam, Stylish Rosie, was sired by Docs Stylish Oak and was Reserve Champion of the 2001 NCHA Derby with Eddie Flynn in the saddle.
The pair scored a 219 in the finals, taking home a $2,416 paycheck. The pair also won last year’s John Deere Division of the NCHA Derby.
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Stuart Bozeman, 33, Idalou, Texas, rode Checkers Live Oak (Im Countin Checks x Cats Live Oak x High Brow Cat) to the championship of the 110-entry Non-Pro Classic Challenge. The pair scored a 221, earning $17,180.
The mare was bred by Dale Stallkamp and Bozeman bought her from NRHA Hall of Famer Don Murphy, thinking she would make a good snaffle-bit horse, but after riding her on cattle, he discovered she would also be a good cutting horse. He was right!
Prior to the NCHA Summer Spectacular, the pair earned approximately $79,000 in the cutting arena and that amont added to their $17,180 paycheck as winners of the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro gives them lifetime earnings of close to $96,200. Plans are to now haul the mare to some of the Mercuria NCHA World Championship series.
Reserve Champion Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Texas, rode Meteles Cat (Metallic Cat x Teles Lies by Lenas Telesis) to a 218.5 for the Reserve title and a paycheck of $15,718. The pair also won the Western bloodstock Summer Showdown in Cowtown and the Breeders Invitational last year and The Ike and the Bonanza this year – pushing their lifetime earnings close to $400,000.
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LIMITED NON-PRO CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
The Limited Non-Pro division of the Classic/Challenge was taken by Judy Rogers, Rockdale, Texas, riding Dualin Cat Lena (Dualin Boon x Little Cat Lena), scoring a whopping 223 and taking home an $8,498 paycheck. Reserve went to Jaylee Hall riding High Brow CD Deuce (High Brow CD x WJ Pretty In Pink) to a 221 and earning $7,720.
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AMATEUR DIVISION OF CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Zachary Bahm, 27, Stillwater, Okla., won the Amateur division of the NCHA Classic/Challenge riding Metallic N Blue (Metallic Cat x Haidas Little Lass), owned by Dorvan Solberg, Ray, N.D., collecting a $9,465 paycheck for his 218.5 winning run. The 5-year-old mare, bred by Donald and Jane Wolf, Edmonton, Ky., had previously placed in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur and Unlimited Amateur and the Arbuckle Mountain Unlimited Amateur earlier this year. He was also Reserve Campion of the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Finals on Cat Duallin Doll.
Co-Reserve Champions were Sadye Simpson, Nemo, Texas, riding Metallic Little Cat (Metallic Cat x Seca Rey Lena), bred by Dr. David Hartman, with vet clinics at Gainesville, Texas, and Marietta, Okla., and owned by Rusty Simpson, along with Colton Wade Smith, Geary, Okla., riding Lil Pep N Time (One Time Pepto x Shortys Lil Pep), bred by Matthews Cutting Horses and owned by Miller Wade Smith, Geary, Okla. Both scored a 217 and took home $6,525.
Simpson won the Amateur and $25,000 Amateur Finals with Metallic Little Cat at last year’s Pacific Coast Derby, while Smith was Reserve Champion at the Cattlemen’s Classic and third at the Breeders Invitational with Lil Pep N Time earlier this year. There were 263 entries in the Amateur and Unlimited Amateur Division of the Classic/Challenge.
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UNLIMITED AMATEUR DIVISION OF CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
The Unlimited Amateur Classic/Challenge was taken by Von Sutten, 39, Fort Worth, Texas, riding One Stylish Pepto (One Time Pepto x Frecklesinstyle) with a 222, earning $11,598, which included $2,500 sponsored by Bar RR Ranches. The 5-year-old gelding was bred by Cows & Horses Etc., and his dam Frecklesinstyle is a multiple aged-event champion, earning $184,000.
Sutten was a Breeders Invitational finalist with One Stylish Pepto this spring. This was Sutten’s third major win in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum as he won the 2008 NCHA Amateur Super Stakes with Smartware and the 2013 Unlimited Amateur NCHA Derby with Whiskers and Rumors.
Reserve was Madalyn Colgrove, daughter of Joel M. Sr. and Jayne Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., riding One Catty Cupid, also sired by One Time Pepto out of ARC Catty Dual, bred by Arcese Quarter Horses, and Champion of the Pacific Coast Futurity. The pair scored a 221.5 for an $8,698 paycheck. The pair previously won the Unlimited Amateur at the Breeders Invitational this spring.
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NCHA YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP CUTTING:
A Senior and Junior Scholarship Cutting was held in conjunction with the NCHA Summer Spectacular.
A whopping 233 was scored by Lane Cooper in the Senior Division of the NCHA Youth Scholarship Cutting riding Holly Is Smooth (Smooth As A Cat x Holly N Zack) owned by the Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Texas. The Reserve title went to Regan Plendl riding C Spot Cut (Spots Hot x Ruby Duece), owned by Joe Wes Davis, Jr., New Franklin, Mo. Third was a tie between Marley Leeann Wood riding Donas Suen Boon (Boon Too Suen x Donas Cool Cat) owned by Kobie Wood, Stephenville, Texas, and Blakley Colgrove, riding SS Blacks Lil Kitty (Blue Bayou Boon x Show Biz Kitty) owned by Julie Jarma Weatherford, Texas. Both scored a 224.
In the Junior Youth, Katherine Queen, 12, won the division with a 220 riding Princess And The Pea (Halreycious x A Purrfect Cat) owned by Skip and Elizabeth Queen, Allendale, S.C. Skip Queen won multiple major events at Will Rogers Coliseum and Elizabeth Queen was the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion. Reserve, scoring a 218, was Jaycee Lowery riding Catarose (High Brow Cat x Rosies Playboy Lena), owned by Keith Waid, Gardendale, Ala.
Third was Cassie Cerny, daughter of Jodie and Clay Cerny, Brazoria, Texas, making her first Scholarship Cutting finals riding Belles N Bullets (Smart Lil Ricochet x Santa Belle). Her father is Clay Cerny, a roper-turned-cutter, who tied with Jon Burgess for the Championship of the John Deere Limited Open Division at this year’s Derby. She is a fourth generation cutter and is the great granddaughter of seven-time NCHA President, the late Jim Reno.
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NYCHA WORLD FINALS:
The NYCHA World Finals was also held during the NCHA Summer Spectacular, determining the NCHA World Champion youth. Kenli Marvin, the daughter of Tommy and Susan Marvin, Barnsdale, Okla., riding MK Vivian was the Senior Youth Champion with a total score of 231 following three go-rounds and a Finals. The Reserve title went to Chaser Ray Crouch, the son of Casey and Chelsea Crouch, Corsicana, Texas, and grandson of Janna Robinson of Boyd, Texas, riding GS Zans Cat. Chaser scored a total of 227 points.
Points were determined by placings in each go-round plus the finals added to their year-long points up to that time. Kenli had a 2 points in the first go for third, scoring a 217 and 3 points in the finals for second for a total of 5. That added to her year-long total of 226 points gave her 231 points for the year.
Chaser had 1 point in the first go for a 211.5, 2 points for a tie for fourth place, a 220.5 for a third in the third go and 2 points for the finals – also earning a total of 5 points. With year-long points of 222 at the start of the year, those 5 points gave Chaser 227 total points for the Reserve title for the year.
Third place went to Austria Arnold, daughter of Kenneth and Carroll Arnold, Terrell, Texas, who was unable to compete as she was showing in Australia for an American Youth Team title. She retained her total of 173 points for the year.
Fourth went to Christina Huntley, daughter of E. J. Huntley, Houston, Texas, riding Smart Frosty Cat. The pair had 120 points prior to the finals and earned 15 points in the finals after finishing second in the first go and winning the second and third go-rounds as well as the Finals, for a total of 15 points – giving her a grand total of 135 points.
In the Junior Youth World Finals, Lexington Brooke Slaughter, daughter of Bryant & Jeanine Slaughter, Hempstead, Texas, won the title riding Frecky Lena Pep to a grand total of the 147 points she had come into the Finals with, as she failed to gain any additional points during the Finals.
The Reserve title went to Claire Shelton, daughter of Daryl and Johnna Shelton, Krum, Texas, who came into the Finals with 122 points and failed to earn any additional points during the Finals.
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Some information for this article was taken from the NCHA website.
NRCHA DERBY CHAMPIONS NAMED
Press release from NRCHA
June 20, 2016
Todd Bergen and Some Kinda Merada claimed the NRCHA Derby Open Championship. NRCHa photo
The best 4- and 5-year-old reined cow horses in the country put their talents on display at the Paso Robles Events Center Saturday, June 18, in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack & Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby Finals. Champions in three Open and three Non Pro divisions were crowned at the NRCHA’s largest Premier Event for derby age horses, which paid out nearly $300,000 and attracted the industry’s elite horsemen and -women.
Derby Open Champion
Leading National Reined Cow Horse Association professional Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Oregon, added another Premier Event title to his impressive resume when he guided Some Kinda Merada (Cats Merada x Ima Fern Believer x Peptoboonsmal) to the NRCHA Derby Open Championship.
Bergen and the 2011 mare, owned by Cable Creek Ranch, Aurora, Oregon, earned $30,767 when they scored a 670.5 (218 herd/225.5 rein/227 cow).
How did Bergen feel about another big win?
“It never gets old,” he said. “This event has gotten so tough and so deep. Everybody’s always rooting for each other. We could run this whole thing again tomorrow and it could change around completely. Any time you come out on top, it’s a thrill. I don’t care how many times you show or compete, it’s always gratifying.”
Bergen, a NRCHA 2 Million Dollar Rider, had piloted Some Kinda Merada to just over $24,000 in reined cow horse earnings since he bought her for Mike and Cindy Warn’s Cable Creek Ranch as a 3-year-old. While Bergen never doubted the mare’s abilities, a major win had eluded her until her performance in Paso Robles.
“I have to thank Justin Wright and Eric Freitas for selling me this mare, and I’m sorry it took me so long for me to show everybody what she could be,” Bergen said, “I’ve always believed in her. This has been a great mare for a long time, and I just have never got it all put together. I was starting to scratch my head and wonder why. I told myself to trust her, and just do it, so that’s what I did, and it worked,” Bergen said.
Some Kinda Merada was in a three-way tie for first place after the herd and rein work finals. She needed a big score down the fence to move into the lead, and when the judges marked the run a 227, the resulting 670.5 composite score proved untouchable.
The last time Bergen won the NRCHA Derby Open Championship, it was in 2010, and he was riding another horse owned by Cable Creek Ranch: Smart Luck (Very Smart Remedy x Gunna Be Lucky x Gunna Smoke), a 2006 stallion who has gone on to be a brilliant performer with more than $245,000 in reined cow horse and reining money on his record.
“That goes to show you how great a customer Cindy [Warn] is. She supplies me with good horses and trusts my program and trusts my judgment about what to do with these horses and where to go with them. I can’t thank her enough. This mare just got an embryo flushed out of her about a month ago to Smart Luck, so hopefully, in a few years, we’ll be riding that baby,” Bergen said.
The Derby Open Championship prize package included a Scottsdale Western World and Silver Spurs Equine saddle sponsored by Eric Freitas and Korie Baker; a Gist buckle; boots from Rios of Mercedes, and gift certificates from San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health and Platinum Performance.
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Smooth Bellingrah and Nick Dowers were the Open Derby Reserve Champions. NRCHA photo
Derby Open Reserve Champion
The Derby Open Reserve Champion was Smooth Bellingrath (Smooth As A Cat x Very Special Peppy x Peppy San Badger), shown by Nevada professional Nick Dowers for Triple D Ranches.
Dowers and the 2011 stallion had the high score in the preliminary composite, and in the finals, they had the high rein work score on their way to an overall 664.5 (217 herd/226.5 rein/221 cow). They took home $23,283, as well as a pair of boots from Rios of Mercedes and gift certificates from Farnam and Platinum Performance.
Intermediate Open Champion
Justin Lawrence and Dualinn Stargun were the Intermediate Open Champions. NRCHA Photo
Dualin Stargun (Dual Rey x Amanda Stargun x Playgun) and Justin Lawrence, Alzada, Montana, are two-for-two at National Reined Cow Horse Association Premier Events in 2016. At the NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, Nevada, in April, the pair won the Intermediate Open Championship and qualified for the Open finals. They did the same thing in Paso Robles, scoring a 661.5 composite (220 herd/218 rein/223.5 fence) to win the Intermediate Open title and finish fifth in the Open.
“I was excited at the Stakes, and probably more excited now, because you wonder if it was a one shot deal. He was better this whole trip. Better in the prelims, better in the finals. It was such a tough finals, with great horses and great riders. I’m pretty stoked!” Lawrence said.
The Intermediate Open Championship paid $6,583, and Lawrence collected another $11,641 for their top 5 Derby Open finish. He and his wife, Kelcie, own the 2011 stallion with another couple, John and Heather Kennedy, as the Dualin Stargun Partners.
“They [the Kennedys] make everything possible. I don’t know if we’d venture that far on our own paycheck, and they’re always there and always supportive, and it makes it easier to go to the shows,” Lawrence said.
The little gray stallion may barely make 14 hands in height, but Lawrence says he possesses the grit and heart of a horse three times his size – and proved it again in Paso Robles. Lawrence was most proud of their fence work in the preliminaries and in the finals.
“In the prelims cow work, we were a 224.5. The cow – I’ll be the first to say wasn’t the fastest cow — but it was 100 pounds bigger than he was, and he pushed it around. Today in the finals, the cow was faster, and he stepped up and handled it. I’ve waited a while to have one like this that’s so consistent and gives me his heart,” Lawrence said.
Besides the two paychecks, Lawrence took home a Gist buckle and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance.
Click here for the finals fence work video by Dualin Stargun and Justin Lawrence.
The Intermediate Open Reserve Champion was Metallic Masterpiece (Metallic Cat x Kings Masterpiece x Peppy San Badger), shown by Kyle Trahern, Walsh, Colorado, for owner Silver Spur Operating Co. LLC. They scored a 651.5 (214.5 herd/221 rein/216 cow), earning $4,851.
Limited Open Champion
Ryan Thomas and Magicat, Limited Open Champions. NRCHA photo
The 2016 NRCHA Derby was the first time for Ryan Thomas, King Hill, Idaho, to make the finals at a National Reined Cow Horse Association Premier Event. He marked the occasion by winning the Limited Open Championship and finishing 8th in the Intermediate Open aboard Magicat (Metallic Cat x Magical Lena x Little Lenas Legend).
Thomas and the 2011 mare worked their way to a 646.5 composite in the finals (211 herd/215.5 rein/220 cow), winning the Limited Open Championship by a 26.5 point margin. Their combined paychecks totaled $6,930. Thomas also took home a Gist buckle and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance.
“I’m just happy I did it right,” Thomas said. “It’s only my second time to show her, and I didn’t get her shown very well the first time [at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas]. I’m grateful to be able to show her, especially at two major events.”
For the past four-and-a-half years, Thomas has worked as an assistant trainer to NRCHA Hall of Fame Professional and Million Dollar Rider Anne Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho. Magicat was raised and trained at Reynolds’ Why Worry Ranch. She is owned by Reynolds’ mother, Joyce Pearson, as part of the mother-and-daughter team’s joint breeding program.
“There are a lot of real good horse trainers who have trained on her, and I just got to capitalize on that this week,” Thomas said. “Nick Dowers started her and Nic Brunelli [Reynolds’ former assistant] rode her ,and Annie rode her, and Gusti [Buerger, another former assistant to Reynolds] rode her a little bit. Now I get to show her – how lucky am I?” Thomas said, smiling.
Thomas acknowledged the mare’s particular talent for the fence work, and noted that their rein work performance in the preliminary round, where they scored a 218, was a personal best and a mental victory for him.
“She’s a machine down the fence, as long as she’s relaxed, and she was super relaxed here,” he said. “The fence work was fun, in the prelims and in the finals.The prelims rein work was awesome for me as well because I never have scored a 218 at a major event.”
He thanked Reynolds and Pearson, and also appreciated the motivation and coaching from two other mentors in particular.
“I’m grateful to Annie for letting me show her, and to Joyce for raising awesome horses, and all my help – Jake Telford is an inspiration, and Nick Dowers is an inspiration, and I’m fortunate to be around those guys as much as I am.”
Click here for video of Magicat and Ryan Thomas in the Derby finals fence work.
Derby Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Champion
Keri Hudson Reykdal and SLR Won Smart Wolf Won the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro divisions. NRCHA photo
Canadian competitor Keri Hudson Reykdal guided SLR Won Smart Wolf (Paddys Irish Whiskey x Smart Miss Wolf x Smart Trip Olena) to a clean sweep of the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro divisions.
Reykdal, a veterinarian from Ashern, Manitoba, Canada, piloted her 2011 gelding to a 642.5 composite (215 herd/211 rein/216.5 fence), and her three paychecks totaled more than $12,000!
“I really lucked out with a good draw in the herd. My trainer, John Swales, I believe is the best help here for picking cows. Between him and Cody [McArthur] and Cayley [Wilson], they always pick me awesome cows, always, so I knew I could count on them for that. In the rein work, we’re still struggling and just trying to get through, so I was happy to mark over a 210 again. This horse is amazing down the fence, so I know I can count on him. He was a little hot today and wanted to go, but we were able to make it through, so I was happy,” Reykdal said.
The Non Pro division was sponsored by Pony Tail Sportswear. For winning all three divisions, Reykdal collected a pile of prizes including a Scottsdale Western World and Silver Spurs Equine saddle; boots from Rios of Mercedes; a triple stack of Gist buckles; multiple gift certificates from Platinum Performance and San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health; and a pair of Pony Tail Sportswear underwear for riders. The Non Pro divisions also received award sponsor support from the City of Fort Worth, Texas.
Click here for video of the finals fence work by Keri Hudson Reykdal and SLR Won Smart Wolf.
Click here for complete 2016 NRCHA Derby results, schedule and information.