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☛ NSHA Futurity/Derby 8-24-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Photos from NSHA
Aug. 24, 2016

Duals Lucky Charm and Kelby Phillips claimed the 3-year-old Open Futurity title.

Duals Lucky Charm, a 2013 sorrel gelding sired by Dual Smart Rey out of TRR Ms Pepcid Olena by Pepcid) owned by Mike and Robyne Stewart, Munday, Texas, and ridden by Kelby Phillips, claimed the 3-Year-Olds Open Futurity title during the National Stock Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity held Aug. 16-21 in Paso Robles, Calif. The gelding was bred by Carolyn and Mark Murray, Dallas, Texas, who sold him, as a 2-year-old in February 2015, to William Roden, Ovalo, Texas. Roden sold him to the Stewarts in December 2015.


With 86 entries and a total purse of $86,517.60, the Phillips and Duals Lucky Charm scored a composite of 660 points in the three events, taking home a $16,438.34 paycheck.  Phillips also rode Hickory Holly Time in the World’s Richest event, earning an additional $3,036.000 – giving him a total from the show of $19,474.34. However, Phillips was not the leading money-earning rider of the event; he was the third highest earner.


The highest money-earning Open Rider Justin T. Wright finished second in the Open Futurity riding Step To The Light. He also placed second in the Open Derby and won the World’s Richest Open and Intermediate classes.

The highest money-earning Open Rider was Justin T. Wright, who finished second in the Open Futurity riding Step To The Light, for $12,112.46; second in the Open Derby riding Lil Bay Hawk for $4,842; and won the Worlds Richest riding Talkin Prize for $3,795 and the Worlds Richest Intermediate for $3,795 – totaling $23,803.46.


Step To The Light, bred and owned by Mark and Kelly Gowing, Lompoc, Calif., and ridden by Justin T. Wright to a 658 composite score, taking home $12,112.46. The palomino stallion is sired by CD Lights out of Shinersdiamondjackie by Shining Spark.


Third in the Open Futurity was Nicholas S. Dowers, riding High Stressin Cat for Bill Stevenson, Buellton, Calif, scoring a 657.50 and earning  $9,949.52. However, that was Dowers’ only paycheck for the show.


Cory Cushing also cashed in with more total money than Phillips , $21,196.82 to be exact , when he placed five horses in the Open Futurity finals: Metallic Train for fourth for $8,651.76, Attracted To Royalty for fifth and $6,488.82; Maliblu Barbie to ninth for $2,595.53, Moonstruck One Time to tenth for $2,595.53 and Metallic Look to 18th for $865.18.



The 56-entry Intermediate Open Division, a class-within-a-class, paying out $18,649.50, was won by Shiney Smart Remedy, owned by Anne M. Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho, and ridden by Randy J. Paul to a composite score of 653.50, earning $3,729.90. The amount helped Paul become the fourth leading money-earner in the Open classes, with a total of $17,071.84. Paul finished sixth in the Open Futurity for $5,191.06 and second in the World Richest Intermediate for $2,545.00 riding Shiney Smart Remedy; fifth in the Open Derby riding CD Highlights for $2,421.00; third in the World’s Richest riding Lenaliltothewright for $2,277.00 and third in the Intermediate Open Derby  riding CD Highlights again for $907.88.


The Reserve Intermediate Open title went to Poppys Troubudour, owned by Lois George and Jean Sander, ridden by Tucker J. Robinson, to a 651.50 composite score, taking home $2,564.31. The pair had finished seventh in the Open Futurity, taking home an additional  $3,893.29 for a total of $6,457.60 for the entire show.



The 16-entry Limited Open Division, also a class-within-a class, paying out $8,696.39, was won by My Gun Goes Boom, owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank, Phoenix, Ariz., and ridden by Tyson Ray Benson to a composite score of 638.50. The pair, who also placed in the Intermediate Open, winning $186.50, collected a $2,608.92 paycheck, for a total of $2,795.42 for the show. The Reserve Limited Open title went to Stylish Tallica, owned and ridden by Billy J. Martin, Aromas, Calif., to a 629 composite score, collecting his only check of $2,087.14.


There was a tie in the 8-entry Level 1 Limited Open Futurity, also a class-within-a-class, paying out $5,466.51, with both top-scoring contestants scoring a 624.50 composite score and taking home $1,913.28.  The champions included Metal Cat, owned by Quinton and Sandy Kersh/Brandon Clark, ridden by Clark and Very Blu, owned by Beverly Vaughn, Durango, Colo., and ridden by Nic Howard. Both entries tied for 4th place in the Ltd. Open Futurity, where they also took home $913.12 each. Both Howard and Clark took home a total of $2,826,40 in the Limited Open classes.

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Phillip Ralls rode Metallic Star to the Open Derby title.

The 4-Year-Old Open Derby title, with 27 entries and a total payout of $24,210, went to SJR Metallic Star, a red roan gelding sired Metallic Cat out of Starlights Rhonda by Grays Starlight, owned by the Billie Jo Ralls Trust, Paso Robles, Calif., and ridden by Phillip J. Ralls to a 659 combined score on the three events, earning $6,052.50. The gelding was bred by the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and was sold to Phillip Ralls as a yearling in October 2013 and transferred to the trust in December 2013.


Ralls was the eighth leading Open rider in the show, winning a total of $8,852.46. He also finished 16th in the Open Futurity riding Bens the Boss, $1,018.00 riding One Fine Vintage for fifth in the World Richest Intermediate and eighth riding Pepe Le Wright for $484.20 in the Open Derby.


Reserve went to Lil Bay Hawk, a bay gelding owned by Stephen Silva, Atascadero, Calif., and shown by the show’s leading Open rider Justin T. Wright to a 658.50 score, winning $4,842. The gelding, sired by Catty Hawk out of Little Gray Freckles by Playgun, was bred by the Cowan Ranch Inc., Ardmore, Okla., and sold to Silva in December 2014.



Clayton Edsall rode Shiners Lil Nickle to the Intermediate Open Derby.

The 20-entry Intermediate Open Derby was a class-within-in class, with the title taken by Shiners Lil Nickle, owned by Michelle Cannon, Waxahachie, Texas, and ridden by Clayton M. Edsall to a 652.50 composite score, taking home $1,513,13 of the $5,043.76 total purse.  The pair also captured third place in the Open Derby on Shiners Lil Nickle, earning $3,631.50; 13th in the Open Futurity riding Uno What Time for $1,730.35; fifth in the Intermediate Open Futurity riding Uno What Time for $1,243.30;,Short N Catt to fifth in the Intermediate Open Derby for $453.94 and 13th in the Intermediate Futurity riding Lidem Up, earning $372.99.


The Reserve title, with a 652 composite score, went to One Time Merada, owned by Debbie J. Proctor, Ravensdale, Wash., ridden by Lance B. Johnson, taking home $1,210.50. The pair also finished fourth in the Open Derby, for an additional $2,905.20. for total take-home pay of $4,115.70.


With six showing in the Limited Open Derby (a class-within-a-class), and a total purse of $2,690, MI Smart Ichi Girl, owned by Mary F. Hobbs, Novato, Calif., took the top spot and $1,345 first-place paycheck ridden by Daniel Sanchez, with a 627.50 composite score. Reserve went to Gunna Smokum Alittle, owned by Linda Tayne and also ridden by Sanchez, to a 614 total score, collecting $807.


The same two horses and riders won the Level 1, Limited Open Derby with 4 entries paying out a total of $1,681.55 for the class within a class. Mi Smart Ichi Girl took home $1,008.75 in this division, while Gunna Smokum Alittle won $672.50 – giving Sanchez a total of $3,833.25 for the show.

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Sam, an unregistered horse, owned and ridden by Shannon M. McCarty, took the Non-Pro Futurity title.

Nine entries were vying for a part of the $8,442.50 total purse in the Non-Pro Futurity, with an AQHA unregistered horse named “Sam” coming out on top, owned and shown by Shannon M. McCarty, Solvang, Calif. The pair scored a 624.50 composite score, taking home the first-place paycheck of $3,377.


The Reserve title went to Genuinely Roo, a bay mare sired by Gallo Del Cielo out of Genuinely Nu, bred by Kathryn H. and Tim T. Murphy, Arroyo Grande, Calif. , and shown by Shawn B. Renshaw, Pismo Beach, Calif.. The couple sold the mare to Shawn and his wife Kimberly  in May of 2016. The pair was one point under the championship, scoring a 623.50 and taking home $2,532,75.


Genuinely Roo and Shawn B. Renshaw were Reserve Champions in the Non-Pro Futurity, making Renshaw the highest money-earning non-pro.

Genuinely Roo picked up an additional $1,681.25 for winning the 5-entry Intermediate Non-Pro, a class-within-a-class that hosted a $3,362.50 total purse, giving Renshaw a total of $4,214.00, and the title of the highest Non-Pro money earner.


The Reserve title of the Non-Pro Futurity went to Ill Be A Super Cat, owned and shown by Carol D. Roberts, Ojai, Calif, scoring a 615.50 for a $1,008.75 paycheck. The pair also finished third in the Non-Pro composite for $1,688.50 for total take-home pay of $2,697.25.


The two-entry Novice Non-Pro Futurity (a class-within-a class) was won by Smart N Shiney Cat, owned by Randy and Celia Gamble, Prineville, Ore., and ridden by Randy to a 596 composite score, taking home the $1,445 paycheck. The pair also finished third in the Intermediate Non-Pro Futurity, for an additional $672.50, giving him show earnings of $2,117,50.


Austin L. Miller won the Amateur Futurity riding Cats Genuine Shiner.

The Amateur Futurity, with six entries, was won by Cats Genuine Shiner, owned and ridden by Austin L. Miller, Catheys Valley, Calif. The pair took home $1,770 of the $3,540 total purse. Reserve went to Tangly Lil Time, owned and ridden by Murray G. Thompson, Atwater, Calif., with a 595 score, taking home $1,062.


The six-entry Non-Pro Limited Futurity, with a $3,540 total purse, showed there was a tie between SH Powder Cat, owned and ridden by Jessica D. Wright, Oakdale, Calif., and Slicker Than Nic, owned and ridden by Claire E. Hanssen, Solvang, Calif., with both receiving a 618 composite score. (Note: Results showed Jessica Wright taking first for a $1,770 paycheck and Hanssen finishing second for a $1,062.00 paycheck).

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Eric Freitas and Maverick Rey won the Non-Pro Derby.

With nine entries in the Non-Pro Derby and a $5,085.50 purse. Maverick Rey, owned and shown by Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., to a 642, the pair took home a $2,034.20 paycheck. Maverick Rey is a 2011 chestnut stallion sired by Dual Rey out of Shiners Goldielocks by Shing Spark. He was bred by the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and sold as a yearling to Mark Broeckel, Chico, Calif, who sold him as a 2-year-old to Cable Creek Ranch, Aurora, Ore. Freitas purchased the stallion in July 2014.


Reserve Champion was Shadyrools, a 2012 sorrel gelding sired by Shady Lil Starlight out of Sheza Roo by Gallo Del Cielo, owned by Kathy Ferguson, Cottonwood, Calif., and ridden by Dave A. Ferguson to second in the composite with a 634.50. The pair took home a $1525.65 paycheck.



Maverick Rey also won the 5-entry Intermediate Non-Pro Derby (a class within a class) with Freitas in the saddle. With a total purse of $2,017.50, the pair took home an additional $1,008.75, giving the pair a total of $3,042.95 for the show.


The Reserve Champion of the Intermediate Non-Pro Derby was Shining Mirabelle, owned and shown by Dylan Sponseller, Alturas, Calif. The pair picked up $605.25, plus $1,017.10 for third in the Non Pro Derby composite, $460.20 for winning the Novice Non-Pro Derby and $1,425 for the Championship of the Amateur Derby. The Novice Non-Pro Derby had 4 entries and the Amateur Derby had 5 shown. Sponseller earned a total of $3,507.55 for the four clases.


Cash For Diamonds, owned and ridden by Vanessa Lawrence, Paso Robles, Calif., took Reserve in both the Novice Non-Pro Derby for $306.80 and Amateur Derby for $855.00, as well as third in the Intermediate Non-Pro Derby for $403.50 – taking home a total of $1,565.30. The pair also finished sixth in the Non-Pro; however, that was out of the money.

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Justin T. Wright, the event’s richest rider, rode Talkin Prize to the World’s Richest Horse title.

The World’s Richest horse in the Open Horse Show, with 17 shown and $5,000 added money and a $12,650 purse, was Talkin Prize, owned by Stephen Silva, Atascadero, Calif., and ridden by the leading money earner of the show – Justin T. Wright – with a 439 total score and a $3,795 paycheck. The Reserve went to Hickory Holly time, owned by DT Horses LLC, Bend, Ore., ridden by Kelby Phillips. For their 437.50 composite score, the pair won $3,036.


Talking Prize also picked up an additional $3,054 in the $5,000 added, 14-entry Intermediate Horse Division of the Worlds Richest, for the class-within-a-class event. Talkin Prize won a total of $6,849 for Wright in the two Worlds Richest classes.


Third in the Open and second in the Intermediate Horse Division of the World’s Richest was LenaLilToTheWright, owned by Linda S. Katz, Bell Canyon, Calif., and ridden by Randy J. Paul to a 436 in the Open for $2,277 and $2,545.00 in the Intermediate.


The World’s Richest Non-Pro class-within-a-class, with three entries and $5,000 added, was taken by Very Smart Rico, owned and ridden by Hope Miller to a 410.50. The pair took home $3,324.00 of the $5,540 total purse. Second, with a 204, was TF Cats Lilypad, owned and shown by Molly Russell, Creston, Calif., taking home a $2,216 paycheck.

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There were also several NRCHA Open and Non-Pro classes, as well as a NSHA Greener Than Grass and Youth classes. A Performance Horse Sale was also held on Aug. 20.


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The National Stock Horse Association was founded in 2004 with the goal of producing premier stock horse competitions, while promoting the sport, their Western heritage and the rich history of the stock horse and its origination from the Spanish Vaquero tradition.


In 2016, the NSHA strove to grow the stock horse industry through the production of added programs, events and competitions. Programs such as the newly developing year-end awards program will benefit all levels of riders from professional and non-professionals to beginning youth and adults. This awards program will allow members to earn more points toward year-end awards through other year-end awards through other local, regional and national clubs and organizations. To increase participation in these competitions, the NSHA says they will continue to increase the pay-out purses for their events. Also, they say their Board of Directors is dedicated to continually pursuing new ways to increase exposure for their industry and sponsors.


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☛ Two cowboys sued by RFD-TV; another sues them 8-11-16






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.



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 win NCHA Summer Spectacular 8-9-16

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments





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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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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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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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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 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.



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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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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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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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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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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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.

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☛ Jayde Adkins wins NHSFR RCH title 7-23-16




Press release from NRCHA
July 23, 2016

Jayde Adkins, Broken Bow, Neb., shown riding Sonitas Last Dual to the NHSFR Reined Cow Horse title.

Jayde Atkins, 18, of Broken Bow, Nebraska, celebrated a gratifying end to her High School Rodeo career when she won the Reined Cow Horse Championship at the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming.

“I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet,” Atkins said, when asked how she felt about being a National Champion. I’m still in in the ‘Ah, is this real?’ stage. But it’s cool so far! Because it’s the last time I get to compete at the high school level, and having good memories, all that’s pretty awesome.”
Atkins dominated throughout the Reined Cow Horse competition in Gillette, winning the high scoring buckle in the first and second go-rounds, which gave her a 7.5 point lead coming into the short go on Saturday, July 22. Even with that substantial margin, Atkins knew she was facing 19 other tough competitors in the short go, and had no room for error.
“The short go, loping into the arena, I kept telling myself to be calm. With all these kids who were throwing out big scores, it was pretty nerve wracking. I knew I was ahead, but I wanted to keep it. Coming through my pattern, I was worried about my horse a little too much. When I got through my first circles, changed leads, and went to my second set of circles, I decided to trust him, and I put my hand down, and he worked even better,” she said. “Our stops were awesome. He always stops huge. The cow work was the fun part we all love, and for me personally, I felt it was the best I’d ever done. It was just awesome. It’s so much fun, and an adrenalin rush, and I came out not being able to breathe!”
Her 146.5 in the short go rein work and 150.5 in the short go cow work not only earned Atkins a total 884.5 in the average for the National Championship; they also garnered prizes from the NRCHA and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). For her high scoring cow work, Atkins took home a plaque from the NRCHA. For her high scoring rein work, she won a $2,500 scholarship from the Reining Horse Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA); and a Morrison bronze from the NRHA.
“My horse is more of a fence horse, not a reining horse, and watching some of the kids who scored higher reining scores than I did in the first two go-rounds, I figured  that in the short go, I would try to have a solid reining score, have a big cow score, and hopefully win it. Winning both the rein work and the cow work is very humbling, and it proved to me that I can do it, and my horse is that good, and it’s just really cool. I’m excited,” Atkins said.
Atkins rode her family’s 2003 gelding, Sonitas Last Dual (Dualin Jewels x Sonitas Ann x Sonitas Last), known as “Harry” around the barn. Jayde and her parents have a history with reined cow horses; her parents have trained and showed cow horses in the past, and Jayde showed them early in her youth career. When Jayde got older, the family’s focus switched to high school rodeo, and the Atkinses were happy to merge the two disciplines when Reined Cow Horse became a National High School Rodeo event in 2015.
“We all jumped on the boat right away, and I was excited because I hadn’t gotten to do reined cow horse in years. My first cow run at our state finals last year was really really good, and I was hooked – again. It was tons of fun,” Atkins said.
She thanked her parents, and reined cow horse trainer Jeremy Knoles of Nebraska, who also helped coach her.
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☛ Reined Cow Horse News 6-26-16




By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 26, 2016



It’s time to consigned your horses to the 2016 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Reno, Nev., in conjunction with the NRCHA Futurity. The entry deadline is July 15. Entry forms and sale requirements are available on The sale company will be Parnell Dickinson. For more information on the NRCHA go to:



The 2016 National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity is scheduled for Aug. 16-20, 2016 in Paso robles, Calif. The Open Futurity Champion will receive a new Logan Riot, two-horse, slant, bumper-pull trailer sponsored by All American Trailers.


The Non-Pro Limited Futurity and Derby Champions will receive a beautiful Mark Luis Cow Horse Trophy saddle, crafted by Cactus Saddlery and sponsored by Chandler Ranch.


For more information on the NSHA, go to or call 559-789-7007.


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☛ Jake Gorrell NRCHA Bridle Champion 6-22-16

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments




Press release from NRCHA
June 22, 2016 

Jake Gorrell shown riding Smooth N Cash beat 13 other elite equines to win the CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular. NRCHA photo

The show day at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack & Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby in Paso Robles, California, began with the herd work finals for 4- and 5-year-old horses, and wrapped up with a thrilling display of the older, seasoned bridle horses in the $50,000 added CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular, sponsored by Holy Cow Performance Horses.


CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular

Bridle Spectaculars at NRCHA Premier Events deliver some of the best cow horse action a reined cow hose fan will ever see. The bridle horses are the veterans of the NRCHA, with all the ingredients: talent, training and years of experience.


The CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular, named in honor of the late, great stallion owned by NRCHA sponsor Holy Cow Performance Horses, is a $50,000-added contest that never fails to thrill spectators, year after year.


A perennial crowd favorite horse rose to the top of the field of fourteen elite equines, ridden by the NRCHA’s most accomplished professionals, to win the Champoinship.


Shown by Hanford, California, professional Jake Gorrell, the gritty 2005 gelding Smooth N Cash (Smooth As A Cat x Dox Gavacash x Miss N Cash), claimed the $22,350 championship check when he scored a 662 composite (222 herd/220 rein/226 cow), winning the title by a six point margin. Smooth N Cash had the high score in the herd work, and the second high score in the rein and fence work.


It was the first time for Gorrell and the little sorrel he calls “Gadget,” owned by Roloff Ranch, to win this particular coveted title, although they have come close before.


“It’s awesome. It’s nice to put it all together, finally. Last year I fell down [in the fence work], the year before I had a switch [penalty in the herd work], came back and marked a 232 [down the fence] and almost got a check, but this was the first time for me to win it,” Gorrell said.


The CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular paycheck elevates Smooth N Cash’s NRCHA earnings right to the $230,000 mark. They also took home a Gist buckle, a CR Morrison Trophy, product from Platinum Performance and San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health, and they will have their names inscribed on the perpetual CD Survivor Memorial Trophy.


Over his long and successful career, Smooth N Cash has won the hearts of many fans due to his particular flair for the fence work. His grit and ability in that event shined again in Paso Robles.


“He fell on the first turn, and he almost fell down. He still gathered himself up and ran down there and made a turn in the middle. There’s no better horse. I’ve never trained one like that. I’ve never had one train ME like that,” Gorrell said, laughing. “He’s like my best friend. I started him. My clients who own him are the best in the world.”


Click here to watch the 226 fence work by Smooth N Cash and Jake Gorrell.


Gorrell had unlimited admiration for his fellow competitors and their horses, and he thanked Nancy Crawford-Hall of Holy Cow Performance Horses for providing the outstanding showcase for bridle horses.


Doug Williamson riding High Brow Shiner scored the highest fence score of the night and was Reserve Champion of the Bridle Spectacular. NRCHA photo

The big 226 fence work by Gorrell and Smooth N Cash was goosebump-inducing, but it wasn’t the highest fence score of the night. That particular honor belonged to the CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular Reserve Champion, High Brow Shiner (Shining Lil Nic x High Brow Meow x High Brow Cat), a 2009 stallion shown by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Doug Williamson for owner Belle Meade Ranch.


The pair scored a 228 down the fence, an exceptional wrap-up to their other performances, a 216 in the herd work and 218 in the rein work. The 662 composite came with a $18,625 paycheck.


“That’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on!” Williamson said, laughing, after the tremendous run on the fancy palomino he calls a natural at the fence work.


“That horse is such an amazing fence horse. He just loves his job, and I go along for the ride,” the NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman and two-time Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion said. “A great bridle horse has to have heart. That horse has so much grit, so much heart. I’ve showed his wheels off, every time I go someplace, and he’s quiet. If a cow attacks him, he says, ‘No way can you beat me.’ He just has it in him. He’s such a great horse.”


Click here to watch the 228 fence work by High Brow Shiner and Doug Williamson. 







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