The preliminary rounds are complete at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby in Paso Robles, Calif. The herd, rein and cow work prelims not only determine who will advance to the clean-slate finals on Saturday, June 14; they also decide the champions in the Open Novice Horse, Level 1 Limited Open, Amateur, and Non Pro Limited divisions.
Twenty-one Open competitors will return for a shot at the Derby Championship; it took a 648 composite to qualify. In the Intermediate Open, 19 riders with scores of 638.5 and above advance to the finals. Seven Limited Open competitors will vie for the title; the bubble score in that division was 636.
The high score in the Open prelims, a 666.5 (219.5 herd/220 rein/227 cow), belonged to Blind Sided (Peptoboonsmal x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark), shown by Jay McLaughlin and owned by Aaron Ranch.
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DERBY OPEN COW WORK PRELIMS
In the Non Pro, 11 riders qualified for the finals, with a minimum score of 631. The Intermediate Non Pro bubble score was also 631, and eight riders advance. The Novice Non Pro competitors needed at least a 625.5, and seven will compete for the Championship .