Clinched by a 228 cow work that he called a personal best, National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Million-Dollar Rider Todd Bergen, of Eagle Point, Ore., claimed the 2014 NRCHA Stakes Open Championship April 5 at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., riding This One Time (One Time Pepto x Katie Starlight x Grays Starlight), owned by Pamela Bailey.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association's most impressive equine athletes, the bridle horses, shined brighter than the lights of the Las Vegas strip at the South Point Equestrian Center, as the competition wrapped up in the $25,000-added Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular at the South Point Equestrian Center.
At the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes in Las Vegas, Nev., competitors faced the second leg of preliminary competition, the herd work. Eight sets of Open riders tested their 4- and 5-year-old horses' skills Monday, March 31, with the remaining two Open sets scheduled for Tuesday, April 1. The Stakes Non Pro competitors and the Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular competitors also work out of the herd April 1.
One Time Pepto, a 2001 stallion sired by Peptoboonsmal and out of the Smart Little Lena daughter One Time Soon, has joined the elite group of National Reined Cow Horse Association Million Dollar Sires. One Time Pepto offspring have earned a total of $1,004,906 in NRCHA competition.
True to form, the National Reined Cow Horse Association World's Greatest Horseman Championship Saturday, Feb. 22 in Fort Worth, Texas, came down to the very last fence run. The showdown in Cowtown ended with Spearman, Texas, professional Boyd Rice capturing the $25,000 World's Greatest Horseman Championship by a half-point aboard Oh Cay N Short (Oh Cay Quixote x Bit Of Shorty x Shorty Lena). His composite 877.5 score on four events (226 herd/214.5 rein/221 steer stopping/216 cow) earned the coveted World's Greatest Horseman title.
Cow horses took center stage in Cowtown as 31 National Reined Cow Horse Association World's Greatest Horseman contenders showed in the final two preliminary events, the steer-stopping and the cow work, at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. The herd and rein work phases of the four-event contest were completed earlier in the week.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions, Feb. 14 - 22 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, began with the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic, a three event herd work, rein work and cow work derby for 4- and 5-year-old horses, shown in the snaffle or hackamore.
In only his second time to show at a major National Reined Cow Horse Association limited age event, Parke Greeson, Lubbock, Texas, won the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Amateur Championship at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions aboard Checkn Out The Ladys (Im Countin Checks x No Lady Wood x Zack T Wood).
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the 2014 National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions is no exception! The event will be held Feb. 14 - 22 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Tammy Jo Hays has won the Non-Pro Championship at every National Reined Cow Horse Association Premier Event except one: the Snaffle Bit Futurity. That all changed Friday, Oct. 4 when Hays claimed the Futurity Non-Pro title on SDP Got Fancy Genes (RC Fancy Step x SDP I Got Good Genes x Dual Rey), a mare she owns with her father, Walter Greeman.
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