Ward and Roeser tie for first in Derby Open Herd, Reynolds Leads Non Pro

The SRCHA Derby commenced the Bayer Legend® NRCHA Celebration of Champions events as the Open, Non Pro and Amateur exhibitors competed in herd work Saturday, February 19. John Ward, Kingsburg,The SRCHA Derby commenced the Bayer Legend® NRCHA Celebration of Champions events as the Open, Non Pro and Amateur exhibitors competed in herd work Saturday, February 19. John Ward, Kingsburg,

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The SRCHA Derby commenced the Bayer Legend® NRCHA Celebration of Champions events as the Open, Non Pro and Amateur exhibitors competed in herd work Saturday, February 19. John Ward, Kingsburg, California, posted a 148 in the herd riding Magic Reminic (Reminics Pep x Spring Plain) owned by his mother, Laura Ward. Ward tied with Jon Roeser, Lemoore, California, riding Clear Lake Land & Cattle’s Ima Smart Response (Smart Little Lena x Remedys Response). Ward and Roeser each earned a $1,691 check for their effort in the herd.

Roeser’s presence at Lone Star Arena couldn’t go unnoticed as the trainer also earned the third-place check riding Heart Of A Fox (As Smart As The Fox x Tivios Reminic), owned by Twisselman and Roeser, to a 147.5 and finished in a four-way tie for fourth by scoring a 146 on Mister Smart Remedy (Mister Dual Pep x Ima Smart Remedy) for owners Larry and Sharon Rose.

Phillip Ralls is leading the Intermediate Open riding Captain Star Cruiser (Captain Nice x Copos Oak) for Frances Greene. Ralls marked a 144 and was followed by a three-way tie for second with Corey Cushing on Chickasha Smart (Arc Matt O Lena x Son Ofa Doc Maria), owned by Jose Bravo, Lance Johnston on Cee Mr Hickory (Docs Hickory x Miss Cee Nita) for JBD Family Enterprises, and Steve Metcalf with Carolyn Edson’s Vintage Tejonshine (Tejons Peppy Doc x Suddenly Shiney) each scoring a 143.5.

In the Limited Open Herd, Chris Littlefield and Seven S Fiesta (Playgun x Two T Magnolia), owned by Terry Stuart Forst, finished in a three-way tie with Mark Matson riding Smart Little Whizard (Whizard Jac x Smart Blonde Chic) for Loren and Debi East and Chris Dawson riding Shiney Missy (Shining Spark x Missy Lena) owned by Lyle Lovett. Each duo posted a 142.

Anne Reynoldsâ day started off right with a win in the Non Pro Derby herd work. She rode Shirley Shine to a 146, the same score the duo earned later in the afternoon in the Open. Nelle Murphy and Stylish Rey Gay followed Reynolds with a 144 for a three-way tie for third and also picked up the Intermediate Non Pro win. Nelle tied in the Non Pro with Michelle Cowan riding Color My Lucky Star (Color Me Smart x Ms Sugar Bob) and Mike Miller on Play Fire N Cash (Freckles Playboy x Firecat Cash).

In the Amateur division, Jim Babcock and Olena Buggins (Dun Buggins 086 x Lena Pudden Head) marked a 142 to lead the pack. In the spirit of derby ties, Debbie Hubbert, Robin Ross and Heather Livingston each cut a 140 to tie for second place.

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