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.
In his first trip to the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals, Nick Dowers, Dyer, Nev., claimed the $100,000 Championship aboard Time For The Diamond (One Time Pepto x Diamonds With Style x Playin Stylish), a horse he owns under the name of his family's Triple D Ranches, LLC.
They cut in the herd work, they spun and slid in the rein work, and they galloped full-throttle down the fence. Now, the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity preliminaries are over, and Open riders know who will compete in the clean slate finals this Saturday, Oct. 5. Blind Sided, shown by Jay McLaughlin, won the rein work preliminaries and the preliminary composite in the Futurity Open.
Sheza Roo Retires on a High Note, Winning the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Bridle Championship
Standout performer Sheza Roo (Gallo Del Cielo x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark), owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses, Weatherford, Texas, made her final trip around the show arena in Reno, Nev., Tuesday.
When Tara Sagniere, of Canyon, Texas, brought her homebred mare and first futurity horse, Spark A Sunrise (Lena Spark x Kona Sunrise x SMF Lenas Award) to the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity, she never dreamed she would bring home the Amateur Championship.
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