The National Reined Cow Horse Association's top money earning American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund Horses earned big rewards in 2004 both for their ownersThe National Reined Cow Horse Association's top money earning American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund Horses earned big rewards in 2004 both for their owners
The National Reined Cow Horse Association’s top money earning American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund Horses earned big rewards in 2004 both for their owners and for the owners of their sires!
In 2003 the AQHA created the Big Five Alliance Bonus for the National Reined Cow Horse Association, along with similar programs for the National Reining Horse Association, Palomino Horse Breeders Association, National Cutting Horse Association and National Snaffle Bit Association. A $5,000 purse is presented to each association, compliments of the AQHA Incentive Fund.
To spread the rewards, 50 percent of the bonus is given to the top AQHA Incentive Fund-nominated horse in each division and 50 percent to the owner of the sire of each top horse.
This year’s top money earning AQHA Incentive Fund horse in NRCHA Non Pro competition is Shiners Dulena, exhibited by Dema Paul of Scottsdale, Arizona. The 4-year-old palomino gelding is by Shining Spark and out of Docs Sulena. Shiners Dulena earned $40,000 for winning the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Championship. Jim and Dema Paul and Carol Rose of Gainesville, Texas, owner of Shining Spark, each receive $1,250.
The Open NRCHA Big Five Alliance Bonus winner is A Chic In Time, owned by Sharon Babcock’s Broken B Ranch and shown to the 2004 World’s Greatest Horseman title by Ron Ralls. A Chic In Time is a 1993 stallion by Smart Chic Olena and out Paula Tari. Besides his cow horse accomplishments, A Chic In Time was the 2000 American Quarter Horse Association Senior Reining World Champion and has earned over $100,000 in National Cutting Horse Association sanctioned competition. Both Broken B Ranch and Jim Babcock, owner of Smart Chic Olena, receive $1,250.
Only horses nominated to the AQHA Incentive Fund are eligible for the Big Five Alliance Bonus. This year’s winners will be recognized during the annual National Reined Cow Horse Association Awards Banquet, set for February 27, 2005 in Stephenville, Texas. Alex Ross, AQHA Executive Director of Judges, will present the award checks on behalf of the AQHA.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association, the 56-year-old governing body of cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse. Through the support of a Corporate Partner family, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today’s equine industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA Official Web Site at www.nrcha.com.