First on the schedule in Fort Worth: The NRCHA Cow Horse Classic Derby, a rein work/herd work/cow work triathlon for 4- and 5-year-old horses, shown two-handed in a snaffle bit or a hackamore.
Jumping out to an early lead in the Derby Open rein work was the 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion team of Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRr Miss Pepcid Olena x Pepcid) and NRCHA Professional Kelby Phillips, Scottsdale, Arizona. Phillips guided the 2013 gelding to a 149.5 score. Duals Lucky Charm is owned by Mike and Robyne Stewart.
In the Derby Intermediate Open, the high scoring run, a 149, belonged to Bet He Sparks (Bet Hesa Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark), shown by California professional Clayton Edsall for owners K & L Phillips, LLC.
The lead in the Limited Open division belongs to The Smokin Fox (Heart Of A Fox x Miss Tibar Pep x Mister Dual Pep), shown and owned by Chase Trahern. They scored a 145.5.
National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks, of Tioga, Texas, crossed over into the reined cow horse arena to lead the Derby Level 1 Limited Open aboard Bodees Star (Dual Rey x MH Bodees Starlena x Bodee Boonsmal), owned by Michelle Hanson. The pair scored a 144.