NRCHA Derby Finals complete in Paso Robles, California

Kyle Trahern & Peptos Stylin Time, Derby Intermediate Open Champion Kyle Trahern & Peptos Stylin Time, Derby Intermediate Open Champion Photo courtesy by NRCHA/Primo Morales

A thrilling day of reined cow horse action on Saturday, June 15, wrapped up the main event at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby, presented by Cats Picasso. Open and non pro riders took center stage at the Paso Robles Event Center, in Paso Robles, California. The top combined score rode away with the prestigious NRCHA Derby Champion title and a share of more than $340,000.

Derby Open Champion

While Clayton Edsall has many championship titles under his belt, winning the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby was a first. The NRCHA professional, from Oakdale, California, rode Bet He Sparks (Bet Hesa Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark) to a 220 in the herd work, a 219.5 in the rein work and a 222 in the fence work. The 5-year-old gelding is owned by K & L Phillips, LLC.

In addition to the hefty $30,173 pay day, the team also received a DC Cow Horse Gear saddle, Gist Silversmiths
buckle, boots by Lucchese, Platinum Performance gift certificate and product from UltraCruz.

Metallic Freckle (Metallic Cat x Jasmin Sweet Freckle x Widows Freckles) and Tucker Robinson, the reserve champions, earned $22,834 for owner Anna Lisa Luna.

Derby Intermediate Open Champion

Claiming the Derby Intermediate Open win was Kyle Trahern aboard Peptos Stylin Time (One Time Pepto x Stylin Jewel x Docs Stylish Oak). Trahern, from Saratoga, Wyoming, earned $9,718 for his 653.5 composite (214.5 herd/ 219.5 rein/ 219.5 cow). The 4-year-old stallion is owned by Peptos LLC.

Red Hotz (Sweet Lil Pepto x Doc NA Box x Bob Acre Doc) and Jordan Williams earned the Reserve Intermediate Open championship and $7,475 for owners Wes and Sarah Williams.

Derby Limited Open Champion

Horse shows have always been a family affair for the Fishers, and this week was no exception. Wyatt Fisher, of Nipomo, California, guided his parents, Jayson and Teresa Fisher's, TravalinOnMoonshine (Cats Moonshine x Travalin Miss Mosa x Travalena) to a 637 composite (212.5 herd/ 212.5 rein/ 212 cow). The win was accompanied with a $6,796 paycheck.

Mc CowHammer (Metallic Cat x GunSmart Gay x Playgun) and Trevor Carter took the Limited Open reserve championship and $4,077 home to New Mexico for owner Bogle Brothers LLC.

Derby Non Pro Champion

Hope Miller captured her second National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby Non Pro championship title. The non pro from Washington piloted Sparking Metallic (Metallic Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark) to a 652 composite in the clean-slate finals. Miller lead the herd work finals with a 219, then took the top score in the rein work finals with a 221.5. Her 211.5 fence work sealed the deal on the win and $7,495.

Finishing reserve in the Non Pro Derby was Debbie Crafton aboard A Quick Remedy (Very Smart Remedy x A Quick Prize x Smokums Prize),earning $5,996.

Derby Intermediate Non Pro Champion

Kathy Wilson and Ima Prizcee Hickory (Cee Mr Hickory x Nu Prize x Smokums Prize) were crowned the Intermediate Non Pro champions. Wilson piloted her 4-year-old gelding to a 209 in the herd work, 213.5 in the rein work and 219.5 down the fence. The 642 composite earned the California non pro $3,459.

Derby Novice Non Pro Champion

Thanks to a 640 composite, Mandy Lizama and San Master Peppy (Smart Little Pepinic x Masters Miss Pici x Master Remedy) rode away with the Novice Non Pro champion and Intermediate Non Pro reserve champion titles. The non pro competitor from Stevinson, California, scored a 213 in the herd work, 211 in the reining and 216 in the cow work, earning more than $4,200 in the finals.

Auspicious Storm (Auspicious Cat x Xtra Smart Swiss x Smart Little Lena) and Lori Conrow claimed reserve and $1,153.

$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Caroline Whyler and My Bets In (Bet Hesa Cat x Just Playin Stylish x Playin Stylish) topped the 28-entry $5,000 Non Pro Limited with an impressive 293.5. The California non pro piloted her 2014 mare to a 145.5 in the rein work and 148 in the cow work, collecting $775.

$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Linda Katz is back in the saddle, again, and in a big way. She piloted her gelding, LenaLilToTheWright (Lenas Wright On x Shining Survivor x Shining Spark) to first place in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited. The 287.5 composite (144 rein/ 143.5 cow) was accompanied with a $420 win check and plethora of prizes.

The NRCHA Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby, presented by Cats Picasso, is one of the most prestigious events for 4- and 5- year-old reined cow horses. Shown two-handed in a snaffle bit or a hackamore, horses are judged in three preliminary events: rein work, herd work and cow work. In additional to the popular Limited Aged Event, the Derby also offers a full slate of NRCHA-appproved horse show classes and several spectaculars.

The entire show can be viewed via the free, live webcast, provided by NRCHA's Official Videographer Equine Promotion, at

By NRCHA Press Release