2015 NRCHA Stakes Champions Crowned

The preliminary rounds wrapped up Wednesday, April 1 at the NRCHA Stakes. The prelims not only determined who will compete in the clean-slate Open and Non Pro finals on Friday andSaturday; they also crowned champions in four divisions. 

 
Open Novice Horse
 
The Open Novice Horse Champion was Smart Crackin Cat (High Brow Cat x Smart Crackin Chic x Smart Chic Olena), a 2011 mare shown by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing for owner Eric Dunn. Smart Crackin Cat scored a total 652.5 (214 herd/216.5 rein/222 cow), earned $2,970 and took home gift certificates from Farnam and Platinum Performance. Cushing and the mare also qualified for the Stakes Open finals. 
 
Click for the video: Smart Crackin Cat and Corey Cushing – 2015 NRCHA Stakes Open Novice Horse Champion
 
Level 1 Limited Open
 
Jason Gay piloted Remedys Shinin Cash (Very Smart Remedy x Cashs Shining Spark x Shining Spark) to the Level 1 Limited Open Championship, scoring a 637 (209 herd/211.5/216.5). The Championship paid $4,661 and came with a Gist custom buckle sponsored by the Neal family; a C.R. Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA; a Cow Trac system sponsored by Cow Trac; and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance. They also advanced to the Limited Open finals.
 
A Sire Award check for $500 went to Anne M. Reynolds, who owns Remedys Shinin Cash's sire, Very Smart Remedy, and nominated him to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program.
 
Click for the video: Remedys Shinin Cash ridden by Jason Gay – 2015 NRCHA Stakes Level 1 Limited Open Champion
 
Amateur Champion 
 

The Amateur Champion was Jamie Schrack, riding Goldies Boss Man (CD Lights x Shiners Goldielocks x Shining Spark) to a 634 score (215.5 herd/214 rein/204.5 cow). The Championship paid $1,269 and came with a Gist buckle and C.R. Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA, and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance. Goldies Boss Man also earned a $1,000 Sire Award check for Winston Hansma and Danny Motes, who own his sire, CD Lights, and nominated him to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program. 

 

Click for the video: 2015 NRCHA Stakes Amateur Champion – Jamie Schrack, riding Goldies Boss Man

 

Non Pro Limited Champion
 
In the Non Pro Limited, the herd work/rein work/boxing division, the champion was Farrah Roberts McArthur, who guided Reys Stylish Bell (Dual Rey x Blues Stylish Bell x Docs Stylish Oak) to a 638.5 (213 herd/213.5 rein/212 cow). The Championship paid $1,782 and came with a Gist buckle and C.R. Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA, and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance. 
 

 

The Non Pro Limited Sire Award check for $500 went to Linda Holmes, the owner/nominator of Dual Rey.
 
 
NRCHA Open Stakes Finalists Determined
 
Twenty-two Open contestants will advance to the clean-slate Stakes finals on Friday andSaturday. It took a 647.5 score and above to make the Open finals, and the high score of the preliminaries, a 659 (222 herd/218 rein/219 cow) belonged to Call Me Mitch (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill x Docs Hickory), shown by Paso Robles, California, professional Phillip Ralls. 
 
Ralls and the 2011 stallion, owned by Estelle Roitblat, won the herd work go-round on their way to the finals. etermined
 
 
In the Intermediate Open, 20 horses will advance to the finals, with a minimum 638.5.
 
In the Limited Open, seven horses with a score of 636.5 and above will compete for the championship.
 
 
 
NRCHA Stakes Non Pro Finalists Determined
 
It took a 631.5 to qualify for the Stakes Non Pro clean slate finals. Twelve competitors will advance, led by Oregon horseman Bubba Petty, who topped the prelims riding Pepinics Lil Outlaw (Smart Little Pepinic x Pand Delight x Grays Starlight) to a 651 composite (217 herd/215.5 rein/218.5 cow). 
 
 
Petty also led the Intermediate Non Pro division, where eight riders will compete for the championship. In the Novice Non Pro, six finalist will ride for the Stakes title.
 
 
 
Open Two Rein Champion 
 
Wednesday's schedule in Las Vegas included the first of the horse show classes, and the Open Two Rein Champion was Too Long Til Autumn (Autumn Acre x Lil Lena Long Legs x Smart Little Lena), shown by Clayton Edsall for owner Lisa Krogh. They scored a 295.5 (144.5 rein/151 cow) for the championship, which paid $2,660. The win also came with a C.R. Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA and a gift certificate from Santa Cruz Animal Health.
 
Click for the video: Too Long Til Autumn ridden by Clayton M. Edsall – 2015 NRCHA Stallion Stakes (Open Two Rein) 
 

 
 
The NRCHA Stakes resumes Thursday, April 2, at 8:00 a.m. Pacific. See all the action via LIVE webcast from official videographer Equine Promotion at www.NRCHA.com.