Cayley Wilson & CR Tuffs Magic Tonic Claim Two Titles

Randy Paul and CD Highlights (High Brow CD X Go Little Starlight X Grays Starlight) Randy Paul and CD Highlights (High Brow CD X Go Little Starlight X Grays Starlight) Photo Courtesy NRCHA
April 03, 2019

It was a fierce day of competition for riders of all the levels at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes. Non pro riders brought their A-game to the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following a morning of Non Pro and Non Pro Limited Stakes rein work, Open riders returned to the main arena for the start of the horse show classes.

To say Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, California, is on a roll would be an understatement. Following his go round win in the Non Pro Stakes preliminary herd work yesterday, Freitas piloted Cat Snacks (Cats Full Moon X Chic Snacks X Snackbox) to an incredible score of 222, winning the preliminary rein work today. The California non pro is sitting in first and second place heading into the fence work preliminaries.

Non Pro Limited Stakes riders boasted large scores in the rein work. In the first of three sets, Shelby Walker, San Luis Obispo, California, set the bar high. The California cowgirl marked a 220 in the rein work aboard SJR Katmandoo (Smooth As A Cat X Shiners Diamond Girl X Shining Spark), securing the go round win.

After two events, Anne Albert leads the Non Pro Limited Stakes with a composite score of 433.

Canadian horseman Cayley Wilson captured two championship titles under the bright lights of Las Vegas. Wilson rode CR Tuffs Magic Tonic (Woody Be Tuff X Miss Oak Tonic X Little Peppy Oak) to the Open Two Rein Spectacular and Open Two Rein win. The pair scored a 218 in the herd work, a 221 in the rein work and a 223.5 down the fence. Wilson collected $8,099 in winnings for owner Douglas McDaniel Jr.

Open Bridle
The well-known pair CD Highlights (High Brow CD X Go Little Starlight X Grays Starlight) and Randy Paul clinched the Open Bridle championship title after a coin toss broke the tie for first place.
Paul piloted Linda Katz's 7-year-old stallion to a 146 in the rein work and 148 down the fence. The 294 composite score came with a $2,340 win check.
Intermediate Open Bridle
Winning $480 in the Intermediate Open Bridle was past NRCHA youth member and current NRCHA professional Wyatt Fisher, Paso Robles, California.
Fisher piloted Prize Winning Gal (Smokums Prize X Ill Be A Winning Gal X Ill Be Smart), owned by Jayson and Teresa Fisher, to a composite score of 294 (146 rein/148 cow).
Limited Open Bridle
The trip from Overbrook, Oklahoma, paid off Kaleigh King and her mare, Scootin Jule Lee (Scootin Boon X Angelina Jule Lee X Soula Jule Star).
The dynamic duo won the Limited Open Bridle with a composite score of 281 (141 rein/140 cow). The champion title is accompanied with a $1,300 paycheck.

This is the third premier event win in a row for King and Scootin Jule Lee.
On Wednesday, April 3, all Stakes entries will compete in the third and final go round - the cow work. Open and non pro finalists will be determined and the first Stakes champions will be crowned. In the Priefert Pavilion, the Non Pro Bridle and Non Pro Two Rein Spectaculars will get underway with the herd work - the first of three phases of competition. For the free, live webcast, provided by award-winning videographer Equine Promotion, visit

Click here for the complete list of results.

The NRCHA Stallion Stakes is the second of four NRCHA premier events, and it pays out more than $600,000 in prize money. The event's success is largely due to its tie to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Subscribed stallion nominators pay a fee so 4- and 5-year-old offspring can be eligible to compete in the limited aged event portion of the show. Besides paying lucrative checks to the Stakes winners, the NRCHA also presents an incentive checks to the nominator of the Stakes Champion's sire in each division.

In addition to the Stakes divisions, the event offers a full slate of horse show classes, and several Spectaculars, including the $25,000 added Open Bridle Spectacular sponsored by Holy Cow Performance Horses.

By NRCHA Press Release