The first day of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby is complete, as we crowned spectacular and horse show class champions at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. Today, many of our horses and riders marked big scores throughout the cow horse triathlon of herd work, rein work and cow work.
Oakdale, California professional Clayton Edsall qualified four horses for the 2018 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open and Intermediate Open Finals, and won the Championship in both divisions riding Metallic Train (Metallic Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark), owned by Beverly Vaughn of Durango, Colorado, and bred by Gardiner Quarter Horses, of Ashland, Kansas.
In a field of 10 World's Greatest Horseman finalists that many reined cow horse industry veterans described as the toughest in recent memory, Scottsdale, Arizona, professional Kelby Phillips won the coveted title riding Hickory Holly Time, owned by DT Horses.
The record high number of 50 entries in the DT Horses World's Greatest Horseman took to the arena on Tuesday night, February 13, in Fort Wort, Texas, hoping to spin and slide their way to the high score in the second of four preliminary events, the rein work.
Reined cow horse derbies are specifically for 4- and 5-year-olds, shown two-handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore and judged in three events: herd work, rein work and cow work. At the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions on Monday, February 12 in Fort Worth, Texas, winners in five Open divisions of the NRCHA Cow Horse Classic Derby were determined as competitors went down the fence in the last, and most thrilling, phase of this cow horse triathlon.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions and DT Horses World's Greatest Horseman got underway Friday, February 9 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Check out the Rundown From Cowtown for a quick preview of what to expect over the next week's worth of exciting, action-packed cow horse competition:
On his quest to win the biggest trophy in the sport of reined cow horse, Jake Gorrell has taken care of the little things with the hope that one day, the big things would take care of themselves. That's exactly what happened last night in Fort Worth when Gorrell marked a composite score of 657.5 (214.5 herd/218 rein/225 fence) on Plain Catty to win the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship and $125,000. Bet Hes Black, owned by C Ranches Inc and ridden by Zane Davis marked a 654.5 to bank...
Life may be about the journey, but sometimes one stop along the way will eclipse all others. That's what happened last night in Fort Worth for National Reined Cow Horse Association Professional Brad Lund and the 3-year-old mare, Ima Smart Catt, when they won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity CINCH Intermediate Open Championship. Their composite score of 652 in the three events of herd work, rein work and cow work, earned them $30,000.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro preliminaries are complete in Fort Worth, Texas. The top 16 riders will advance to the clean slate finals and a chance at the nearly $21,000 top prize on Friday, October 13, in the historic Will Rogers Coliseum.
Metallic Rays, shown by Ricky Nicolazzi, wins the go-round with a 223.5