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).
"I was fortunate enough to have three good runs," the polite 21-year-old horseman said. "He stopped pretty decent in the reining. In the fence work, the cow ran a little bit but he headed good both directions."
Greeson and the 2010 gelding earned a 644.5 (210.5 herd/215 rein/219 cow), and their prize paycheck, including go-round money, totaled $3,154. He also collected a custom Gist buckle and monogrammed jacket, both courtesy of the Derby title sponsor, Aaron Ranch. Greeson also won the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro preliminaries, and will advance to Monday's fence work-only finals in those divisions.
Greeson bought Checkn Out The Ladys last February from leading professional and NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Boyd Rice. Greeson's first NRCHA limited age event was the 2013 Snaffle Bit Futurity, where he earned a check in the Level 1 Limited Open.
Greeson's parents showed cutting horses in the past with Boyd Rice's father, Sonny Rice. Greeson particularly thanked Boyd for helping him develop as a horseman.
"He's just taken me in and let me hang out with him, and that's been a blessing," he said. "I wouldn't have won anything if it wasn't for him and Matt Koch."
The top nine Non Pro; top eight Intermediate Non Pro; and top seven Novice Non Pro riders in the preliminaries will advance to Monday's fence work-only finals.