NRCHA Celebration of Champions World Championship Classes Come to a Close

As action unfolded on Friday at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions as six NRCHA World Champions were crowned in John Justin Arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Through the course of the 10-day Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, a total of 15 World and National Championships have been determined.

On Saturday, February 22, a champion will emerge from among the DT Horses and Hashtags' World's Greatest Horseman top 10 scoring finalists. The MARS Equestrian World's Greatest Youth Horseman herd work begins at approximately 1 p.m. in Will Rogers Coliseum and is followed by the World's Greatest Horseman finals herd work. Following the herd work, action moves to John Justin Arena where reined work, steer stopping and fence work take place.

Kelly Warner and her horse Metallic Pearl (Metallic Cat x Precious Lil Pearl x Travalena) earned the $1,000 Non Pro Limited world championship thanks to scores of 210.5 in the reined work and 216 on the cow for a 426.5 composite. Warner earned $1,860 plus first-class awards courtesy of NRCHA sponsors. Warner was awarded a Don Rich CowHorse Gear custom saddle, Gist custom buckle sponsored by One Fine Vintage and Robertson Ranches, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, C.R. Morrison trophy sponsored by Aaron Ranch, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

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Emerging as the Youth Limited world champion, it was Alex Rose riding Kim Jividen-Rose’s Cruz Mode (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Lassie Chick x Smart Chic Olena) to the top of a talented field of riders. Rose scored a 430.5 (214 rein/ 216.5 cow). Rose earned $830, plus a Jeff Smith’s Saddlery custom saddle, Gist custom buckle and C.R. Morrison trophy all of which were sponsored by One Fine Vintage and Robertson Ranches; Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., $1,250 NRCHA Youth Scholarship, commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, Platinum Performance, UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health, custom spurs from RT Bit and Spur, and duffle bag courtesy of the National High School Rodeo Association.

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In the Non Pro Hackamore, a strong performance by Hope Miller and her horse Sparking Metallic (Metallic Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark) produced scores of 220.5 in the reined work and 218 on the cow for a 438.5 composite, which was worth $4,020. Miller and Metallic Train were the 2019 NRCHA Derby Non Pro champions in Paso Robles, California. Miller was awarded a Saddle House custom saddle, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Rent A Stall Mat, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, C.R. Morrison trophy sponsored by Aaron Ranch, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

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Champion of the hotly contested Youth Bridle division was Emily Kent riding Callme Mister Mister (Mister Dual Pep x Travelin With Sass x Travalena), owned by Leslie Kent. Emily marked a 216 in the reined work and 222 on the cow for a 438 composite worth $625. She was awarded a Saddle House custom saddle sponsored by Aaron Ranch, Gist custom buckle sponsored by One Fine Vintage and Robertson Ranches, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., $2,000 NRCHA Youth Scholarship, commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, C.R. Morrison trophy sponsored by One Fine Vintage and Robertson Ranches, Platinum Performance, UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health, custom spurs from RT Bit and Spur, duffle bag courtesy of the National High School Rodeo Association, and Horsepower Boots from Rios Of Mercedes.

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Working from the final draw position of the Non Pro Finals it was Wendi Lund and her 2006 gelding Smooth As Tamulena (Smooth As A Cat x Miss Tamulena Thermo x Tamulena) who earned the Non Pro Bridle world championship. Lund was a 210 in the reined work and rock-solid 221.5 on the cow for a 431.5 composite worth $5,299. Lund was awarded a Don Rich custom saddle sponsored by Walter and Jocelyn Greeman’s Hat 6 Ranch, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Rent A Stall Mat, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, C.R. Morrison trophy sponsored by One Fine Vintage and Robertson Ranches, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

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The crowning of NRCHA World Champions culminated today with the Open Bridle. A stellar performance by Shiney Outlaw (Shiners Nickle x Mereyda x Dual Rey), ridden by Jay McLaughlin for Michelle Cannon, produced the winning composite of 444.5 (221.5 rein/ 223 cow), worth $9,350. Shiney Outlaw had amassed NRCHA earnings in excess of $109,826 before the Celebration of Champions. The Open Bridle world champion was awarded a Don Rich custom saddle sponsored by San Juan Ranch, Gist custom buckle sponsored by One Fine Vintage and Robertson Ranches, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, C.R. Morrison trophy sponsored by One Fine Vintage and Robertson Ranches, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

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The World Championship classes held here in Cowtown determined the 2019 NRCHA National Champions. This evening in the Round Up Inn, the top five riders of each class – in the Nation – were recognized for their achievements with the presentation of year-end awards.

The tenth and final day of the NRCHA Celebration of Champions will get underway at 8 a.m. in the John Justin Arena with the National High School Rodeo Association Reined Cow Horse Challenge, followed by the Intercollegiate Challenge featuring 10 teams.

On Friday the annual NRCHyA Youth Meeting was held at which time student officers brought more than 500 pounds of canned goods to donate to the Fort Worth HOPE Center as the recipient of their community outreach program. Youth members elected new student officers and representatives today who will work on special youth initiatives, fundraising efforts, and community outreach ideas for the coming year.

Finalists Determined for the DT Horses and Hashtags' World's Greatest Horseman

Friday 21 - It was a day of epic equine performances (read more to watch the runs) at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions, all of which culminated with an elite field of DT Horses and Hashtags' World's Greatest Horseman contenders battling for a position in the finals. The enthusiastic crowd that gathered in John Justin Arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, was treated to a night of high scores in both the steer stopping and the cow work as the final two phases of preliminary round action in the four-event bridle horse contest came to a close. It took an 870.5 to make the cut for the finals, which takes place on Saturday, February 22 with herd work in Will Rogers Coliseum followed by reined work, steer stopping and fence work in the John Justin Arena.

Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Ms Pepcid Olena x Pepcid) owned by JB6, LLC, and ridden by Kelby Phillips find themselves in the driver's seat of the DT Horses and Hashtags' World's Greatest Horseman competition going into Saturday's finals with their 886.5 composite (218.5 herd/ 222.5 rein/ 222.5 steer/ 223 cow). Duals Lucky Charm and Phillips earned the 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open Championship.

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This evening's high score in the cow work prelims for the DT Horses and Hashtags' 2020 NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman went to Shine Smarter. Owned by Linda Mars and ridden by Chris Dawson, Shine Smarter scored a 225 and is second in the composite with an 884 (219 herd/ 220 rein/ 220 steer).

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High score of the DT Horses and Hashtags' World's Greatest Horseman steer stopping prelims was a 227.5 put up by Wranglered (Starlights Wrangler x Snow White Dun It x Hollywood Dun It), ridden by Luke Jones for Dell and Terri Hendricks.

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Leading the MARS Equestrian World's Greatest Youth Horseman is the team of TRR Lucky Playgun (Pepcid x TRR Ms Lucky Gun x Playgun) and Trail Townsend. Townsend has a total after three runs of 288.5 (143 rein/ 143 cow/ 145.5 steer). Youth World's Greatest competitors will have their herd work in Will Rogers Coliseum on Saturday, February 22 beginning at approximately 1 p.m.

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The first NRCHA world championship of the day was awarded this morning in the Novice Non Pro Bridle to Neil Taylor riding Hickorys Prize Doll (Smokums Prize x Hickorys Poco Doll x Docs Hickory) to a 433 composite (215.5 rein/ 217.5 cow) to earn $3,330. Taylor is going home with a Don Rich custom saddle, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Trey and Sandra Neal, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, CR Morrison trophy sponsored by One Fine Vintage and Robertson Ranches, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Earning the $5,000 Non Pro Limited world championship today was Jeffrey Heyer riding PaddysStarlightChic to a 430.5 (211.5 rein/ 219 cow). The 2010 mare owned is by Self Shine and out of RN Starlights Chic by Smart Chic Olena. Heyer was awarded $3,350, plus a host of great awards including a Saddle House custom saddle, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Hes Wright On and Fults Ranch, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., Commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, CR Morrison trophy sponsored by Aaron Ranch, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

In the Coliseum today, Youth Limited preliminaries were held featuring a field of 49 strong competitors. In order to advance to the 12-horse Youth Limited finals on Friday, February 21, it took a 286.

Following the Youth Limited, the Non Pro Bridle took place with 35 Celebration of Champions qualifiers vying for a spot among the top 10 finals qualifiers. A score of 288 was needed in order to advance, which resulted in an 11-horse finals which includes a ties for the last qualifying position.
 
Preliminaries for the Youth Bridle took place in the John Justin Arena, running concurrently with the reined and fence work portions of the MARS Equestrian World’s Greatest Youth Horseman. A score of 277 was needed in order to advance to Friday’s Youth Bridle Finals.

The RECAP: Finals Qualifiers Chase National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championships at the Celebration of Champions, Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Wednesday 19 - The first NRCHA world championship of the day was awarded this morning in the Limited Open Bridle with You CD Signs (High Sign Nugget x Big CD Lights x Play Mia CD) ridden by Cody Crow for Ardith Alcorn celebrating the win. Putting up a 433 (213.5 rein/ 219.5 cow), the team earned $3,940 plus a host of fabulous awards including a Tad Sanders Custom Saddle sponsored by Todd Bergen Performance Horses, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Silver Spurs Equine, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, CR Morrison trophy sponsored by Walter and Jocelyn Greeman’s Hat 6 Ranch, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from San Juan Animal Health.

In the Open Two Rein a dominant performance by Sinfully Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Sinful Style x Docs Stylish Oak) ridden by Wade Reaney produced a world championship against a tough field of competitors. Owned by Karen Olson, Sinfully Smart Cat and Reaney put up a 440 (214 rein/ 226 cow) to earn $6,447. In addition to their paycheck the winning team received a Saddle House Custom Saddle, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Silver Spurs Equine, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, CR Morrison trophy sponsored by Cannon Quarter Horses, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from San Juan Animal Health.

Katherine G. De Haan, DVM, rode Shiners Lil Nickle (Shiners Nickle x Lil Lena Long Legs x Smart Little Lena) to the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle title with a 432 composite (214.5 rein/ 217.5 cow) to earn $3,438. De Haan’s beautiful 2011 buckskin boasts NRCHA earnings prior to the NRCHA Celebration of Champions of $79,361. De Haan was awarded a Don Rich Custom Saddle sponsored by Reined Cow Horse Training Online, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Trey and Sandra Neal, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, CR Morrison trophy sponsored by One Fine Vintage and Robertson Ranches, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from San Juan Animal Health.

MoonShineAndTwoAdvil (Metallic Cat x Little Short Stuff x Shorty Lena), ridden expertly by Shawn Hays for owner Angela Massey, put on a fence work clinic today in John Justin Arena. Hays teamed with MoonShineAndTwoAdvil for a massive 228 in the cow work to capture the Open Hackamore World Championship with their cumulative 443 (215.5 rein). The win was worth $9,000, plus a Don Rich Custom Saddle sponsored by Reined Cow Horse Training Online, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Rent A Stall Mat, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, CR Morrison trophy sponsored by One Fine Vintage and Robertson Ranches, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from San Juan Animal Health.

Open Bridle prelims were also held today in the John Justin with the cutoff for the Open Bridle finals being a 286.5.

In Will Rogers Coliseum, the preliminaries were held for the Non Pro Hackamore with a score of 283 being the number needed to advance to Saturday’s finals for the top 10. Following the Non Pro Hackamore, it was the $5,000 Non Pro Limited and $1,000 Non Pro Limited riders vying for a position in the finals. The cutoff for the $5,000 Non Pro Limited finals on Thursday was a 285. The $5,000 Non Pro Limited will be a 14-rider finals featuring the top 12 scores, including two ties. It took a 283.5 to be among the 13 highest scores advancing to the $1,000 Non Pro Limited finals on Friday. A field of 16 will ride in the finals, which includes ties.

Todd Bergen and Smartly Starstruck lead DT Horses & Hashtags' World's Greatest Horseman aggregate
Monday 17 - A full day of Celebration of Champions action continued today here at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Qualifiers in pursuit of National Reined Cow Horse Association world championships competed in preliminaries for the Open Hackamore, Limited Open Bridle, Open Two Rein, and Intermediate and Novice Non Pro Bridle classes, while the Non Pro Limited finals produced a world champion.

The DT Horses and Hashtags 2020 NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman reined work prelims closed out an action-packed day here in cow town with LenaLilToTheWright (Lenas Wright On x Shining Survivor x Shining Spark) ridden by Randy Paul for owner Linda Katz thrilling the crowd with a stellar 223.5 as the last horse to work in the fourth and final set.
 
Smartly Starstruck (Very Smart Remedy x Katie Starlight x Grays Starlight) and Todd Bergen are leading the aggregate with a 442.5 (219.5 herd/ 223 rein). The 2012 stallion is owned by McSpyder Ranch.

The third world championship of the week was awarded in the Non Pro Limited division today in John Justin Arena. It was Barbara Cox aboard Shiners Darby (Shining Spark x Tari Darlin x Taris Catalyst) with a 428 (211 rein/ 217 cow) who took the world title home to Mineral Wells, Texas, along with $4,120. Cox was awarded a DC Cow Horse Gear Custom Saddle, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Mike and Kelly Warner and The Final Cut Ranch, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat from the Western Legacy Company, commemorative NRCHA World Finals jacket from CR RanchWear, a CR Morrison trophy donated by Aaron Ranch, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz prize pack from San Juan Ranch and Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Open Hackamore and Limited Open Bridle preliminaries were held this morning in the John Justin Arena. The cutoff to advance to the Open Hackamore finals is 290.5. It took a 278 to make the cut in the Limited Open Bridle. A 278 made the finals in the Open Two Rein, which was held in the Coliseum. Also in the Coliseum, the Intermediate Open Bridle finals cutoff was 280.5, while it took a 283 in the Novice Non Pro Bridle in order to advance. Championships in these divisions will be decided on Wednesday, February 19, except for the Novice Non Pro Bridle, which runs Thursday, February 20.

First World Championships awarded at NRCHA Celebration of Champions

Sunday 16 - Tres Osos Derby Open and Non Pro action, which began on Thursday, February 13 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, came to a close today in John Justin Arena with the crowning of champions across all divisions. In true reined cow horse fashion, it all came down to the fence work with elite 4- and 5-year-old reined cow horses gunning for a piece of the $295,011 awarded across all Derby divisions. 

Hott Rod (Hottish x Sugars Smart Kitty x High Brow Cat) and Corey Cushing scorched the competition with 668 (225 herd/ 226 rein/ 217 cow) to earn $27,874 for owner Lynne Wurzer. Cushing needed to be no less than a 215.5 in the cow work to tie with eventual reserve champion Kreyzy Horse (Dual Rey x Shes Twice As Smooth x Smooth As A Cat). Kreyzy Horse was ridden by Kelby Phillips for DT Horses, LLC, to a 666.5 (220 herd/ 227 rein/ 219.5) worth $20,539.

The Derby Open champion was awarded a Jeff Smith’s custom saddle courtesy of Tres Osos Ranch, a Gist custom buckle courtesy of Branding Iron Boutique, Platinum Performance product, a monogrammed jacket from the Tres Osos Ranch, and UltraCruz prize pack from San Juan Ranch and Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Duallicious (Dual Spark x Unos Charm x Smart Little Uno) owned by Becky Smith and ridden by Robert Smith III scored a 651.5 (207 herd/ 220 rein/ 224.5 cow) worth $8,517 to top the Derby Intermediate Open. The win came with a Gist custom buckle courtesy of Branding Iron Boutique, Platinum Performance product, and a monogrammed jacket from the Tres Osos Ranch.

With a silky smooth 222.5 in the cow work, it was Reyny Day Nickle (Shiners Nickle x Tootsie Rey x Dual Rey) and Daniel Sanchez who took the Derby Limited Open championship for owner Donna Russo. Reyny Day Nickle and Sanchez put up a cumulative 650 (216 herd/ 211.5 rein) worth $3,362. The win came with a beautiful Gist custom buckle courtesy of Branding Iron Boutique, Platinum Performance product, and a monogrammed jacket from the Tres Osos Ranch.

Earning the Derby Level 1 Limited Open title was Half Past Boon (Half Time Report x Boonalicious x Peptoboonsmal) with a 641.5 (210 herd/ 219.5 rein/ 212 cow) to bank $3,924. Half Past Boon is owned by Rocking J Ranch, Inc., and ridden by Jesus Roman. The win came with a Gist custom buckle courtesy of Branding Iron Boutique, Platinum Performance product, a monogrammed jacket from the Tres Osos Ranch, and UltraCruz prize pack from San Juan Ranch and Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Holding down the top spot in the Derby Open Novice Horse composite was SJR Diamond In Style (CD Diamond x Stylish Little Oak x Playin Stylish) ridden by Jake Gorrell for San Juan Ranch to a cumulative 656 (217 herd/ 218.5 rein/ 220.5 cow) worth $3,636. Gorrell and SJR Diamond In Style also won Platinum Performance product and a monogrammed jacket from the Tres Osos Ranch.

Topping the Derby Non Pro division to earn $4,924 was Myles Brown riding Rob A. Brown’s Twice In A Blu Moon (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x Little Trona). Brown scored a cumulative 658 (217 herd/ 214.5 rein/ 226.5 cow) to also earn a Gist custom buckle courtesy of Hes Wright On and Fults Ranch, Platinum Performance product, a monogrammed jacket from the Tres Osos Ranch, and UltraCruz prize pack from San Juan Ranch and Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Dillon Cox and TimeForLightening (One Time Pepto x SDP Gretchens Kitty x Hydrive Cat) won both the Intermediate and Novice Non Pro Derbies thanks to a 642 composite (209 herd/ 213 rein/ 220 cow). Cox earned $2,368 in the Intermediate and another $1,061 in the Novice, plus two prize packages including Gist custom buckles courtesy of RT Bit and Spur, Platinum Performance product and monogrammed jackets from the Tres Osos Ranch.
 
Sibling rivalry was on display with Dillon’s brother Dakota riding Meradas Cash Bar (Ktz Rey Of Cash x Meradas Bar Star x Meradas Money Talks) to reserve honors in the Derby Intermediate and Novice Non Pro divisions. Dakota earned the Derby Amateur composite and $1,863 thanks to his 637 (205 herd/ 212.5 rein/ 219.5 cow). Dakota was awarded a Gist custom buckle courtesy of RT Bit and Spur, Platinum Performance, monogrammed jacket from the Tres Osos Ranch, and UltraCruz prize pack from San Juan Ranch and Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Crowning of Limited Open Hackamore and Non Pro Two Rein world champions took place today in John Justin Arena. Earning the Limited Open Hackamore world championship was Half Past Boon (Half Time Report x Boonalicious x Peptoboonsmal) ridden by Jesus Roman for Rocking J Ranch. Roman scored a 436.5 (214.5 rein/ 222 cow) to earn $4,060, plus a custom saddle, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Trey and Sandra Neal, a Cow Trac System, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat from the Western Legacy Company, commemorative NRCHA World Finals jacket from CR RanchWear, a CR Morrison trophy donated by Hes Wright On and Fults Ranch, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz prize pack from San Juan Ranch and Santa Cruz Animal Health.

The Non Pro Two Rein world champion was Colorado cowgirl Lannie-Jo Lisac riding LooksLikeLuckToMe (Smart Boons x Dual Lookin Pep x Dual Pep ) with a 435 (219 rein/ 216 cow). Lisac earned $3,255 and was awarded a custom saddle courtesy Carol Rose Quarter Horses, a Gist custom buckle from Trey and Sandra Neal, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat from the Western Legacy Company, commemorative NRCHA World Finals jacket from CR RanchWear, a CR Morrison trophy donated by Cannon Quarter Horses, Platinum Performance product, and UltraCruz prize pack from San Juan Ranch and Santa Cruz Animal Health. 

Forty eight Non Pro Limited Celebration of Champions qualifiers took their turn today in Will Rogers Coliseum with the top 12 scores (including ties) qualifying for tomorrow’s final round in John Justin Arena where the world championship will be determined. The cutoff to make the finals was a 285.5.

 

Derby rein work underway at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions!
Saturday 15 - Just one event remains before a Tres Osos Cow Horse Classic Derby champion will be crowned at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Leading the Derby Open with a 451, thanks to scores of 225 out of the herd and a rock-solid 226 in the reined work, is Hott Rod (Hottish x Sugars Smart Kitty x High Brow Cat), ridden by Corey Cushing for owner Lynne Wurzer.

Scooter Kat (Kit Kat Sugar x Scooters Daisy Dukes x Dual Smart Rey), ridden by Justin Wright for Eric Freitas, is second in the aggregate with a 447.5 (225 herd/ 222.5 rein). Kreyzy Horse (Dual Rey x Shes Twice As Smooth x Smooth As A Cat), a 2015 stallion ridden by Kelby Phillips for DT Horses, LLC, topped the reined work preliminaries with a massive 227 to pair with a 220 out of the herd for a 447.

In true reined cow horse fashion the title will be determined when these elite 4- and 5-year-old equine athletes go “down the fence” for the next two days. The Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby began on Thursday, February 13, and concludes on Monday, February 17. Champions are determined at the conclusion of the cow work based upon the highest composite scores, at which time $295,011 is estimated to be paid out across all Derby divisions.

Tuff Marshall N Town (Woody Be Tuff x CR Too Catty x Cat T Masterson) ridden by Ben Baldus for owners Sarijane Stanton and Bill Pinckard scored a 223 in the reined work to take the lead in the Derby Intermediate Open with a 440 (217 herd).

Leading the Derby Limited Open is Hes Pistol Packin (Smooth As A Cat x Shiners Lil Pistol x Shining Spark), shown by Clint Allen for owners David and Stacie McDavid to a 431.5 (216 herd/ 215.5 rein).

Holding down the top spot in the Derby Open Novice Horse composite is Short On Sugar 016 (Kit Kat Sugar x Shiney Shorty x Shorty Lena), shown by Clayton Edsall for K&L Phillips, LLC with a 438 (220.5 herd/ 217.5 rein).

Leading the Level 1 Limited Open is Half Past Boon (Half Time Report x Boonalicious x Peptoboonsmal) with a 429.5 (210 herd/ 219.5 rein). Half Past Boon is owned by Rocking J Ranch, Inc., and ridden by Jesus Roman.

Following completion of the Open reining, a field of 24 Non Pro Limited Derby riders took their turn at the reined work in John Justin arena. Tying for the top spot with identical scores of 423 were Cassandra Krieg and Get N Wicked (Smart Little Pepinic x Got Mister x Mister Dual Pep) and Lori Frampton-Crafton and Candy Rap (Rap Cat x TR Dual Gal x TR Dual Rey).

On Sunday, February 16 action gets underway with Tres Osos Derby Open cow work, all Non Pro and Amateur reined work, plus world championship prelims get started with the Limited Open Hackamore followed by the Non Pro Two Rein.
 
The highly anticipated DT Horses and Hashtags’ World’s Greatest Horseman preliminary herd work gets underway Sunday, February 16 in historic Will Rogers Coliseum at 4 p.m. with 50 horse and rider teams that you won’t want to miss!

Also Sunday, join us in the John Justin Sale Arena during the lunch break for fellowship and music by Kristyn Harris, testimony by Ben Baldus and an encouraging service by Richard Winters. Complimentary lunch will be served after the service.

Derby herd work complete at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions!

Friday 14 - Action at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions is well underway, kicked off by the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby. Friday, February 14 saw limited aged event herd work continue from the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. When the final four sets of Derby Open herd work concluded in Will Rogers Coliseum, a tie for the top spot with identical scores of 225 was shared by Scooter Kat (Kit Kat Sugar x Scooters Daisy Dukes x Dual Smart Rey), ridden by Justin Wright for Eric Freitas, and Hott Rod (Hottish x Sugars Smart Kitty x High Brow Cat), ridden by Corey Cushing for owner Lynne Wurzer.

Derby Open competitors ride in the second phase of competition on Saturday, February 15 at 8 a.m., when the reined work gets underway in John Justin Arena and the race for a portion of the $295,011 to be paid out across all Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby divisions continues to heat up.

Ridin A Metallic (Metallic Cat x Sweet Shorty Lena x Shorty Lena), owned and ridden by Sam Gallaher, held the lead in the Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open herd work with a 219.

The top spot in the Derby Open Novice Horse herd work belonged to Short On Sugar 016 (Kit Kat Sugar x Shiney Shorty x Shorty Lena), shown by Clayton Edsall for K&L Phillips, LLC to a 220.5.

Following the Open herd, the Derby Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Novice Non Pro, Amateur and Non Pro Limited divisions got underway.

Leading the way in the Derby Non Pro after completion of the herd work is Myles Brown riding Rob A. Brown’s Twice In A Blu Moon (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x Little Trona) with a 217.

McKenzie Merrill and her 2016 gelding, Suen To Love (Boon Too Suen x Mamas Love Ducles x Dulces Smart Lena), scored a 216 in the herd work, placing them at the top of the Intermediate Non Pro Derby.

Katie Keenan took top honors in the Novice Non Pro herd riding Cat LeDoux (Cats Merada x Cobys Soula x Soula Jule Star), owned by Katie Keenan and Sage Lehman. Keenan scored a 215.

In the Amateur herd work, the win was shared by Nicole Westfall riding Time To HonkyTonk (One Time Pepto x Honkytonk Diva x Royal Fletch), and Don Maston riding Shesa Metallic Boon (Once In A Blu Boon x Shesa Metallic Star x Metallic Cat). Westfall and Maston each posted scores of 209.

Cassandra S. Krieg topped the Non Pro Limited herd work riding Get N Wicked (Smart Little Pepinic x Got Mister x Mister Dual Pep) to a 213.  

The Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby features 4- and 5-year-old reined cow horses shown two-handed in a hackamore or a snaffle bit competing in the herd work, reined work and cow work triathlon unique to NRCHA competition. No finals takes place in any of the limited age event divisions held during the Celebration of Champions. Champions are determined at the conclusion of the cow work based upon the highest composite scores. The Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby boasts $76,000-added across all divisions.

The highly anticipated National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions got underway Thursday, February, 13 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, with the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby Open herd work preliminaries.

Working second in the third set, it was Scooter Cat (Kit Kat Sugar x Scooters Daisy Dukes x Dual Smart Rey), ridden by Justin Wright, Santa Maria, California, for owner Eric Freitas that set the pace with their score of 225. Wright teamed with the talented cow horse to capture the 2018 Open Snaffle Bit Futurity © Reserve Championship as well as the 2019 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open Derby title. Skooter Cat has NRCHA lifetime earnings to date of $174,660.

Hott Rod (Hottish x Dual Smart Kitty x High Brow Cat) ridden by Corey Cushing, Scottsdale, Arizona, for owner Lynne Wurzer, worked eighth in the same set to put another 225 on the board. Hott Rod and Cushing were third at the 2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.

In the Derby Intermediate Open herd, the high score thus far is a 219 put up by Ridin A Metallic (Metallic Cat x Sweet Shorty Lena x Shorty Lena) owned and ridden by Sam Gallaher. Gallaher and Ridin A Metallic also lead the Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open herd.
 
Leading the Derby Open Novice Horse is Short On Sugar 016 (Kit Kat Sugar x Shiney Shorty x Shorty Lena), shown by Clayton Edsall for K&L Phillips, LLC to a 220.5.

Four sets of Open Derby remain and will wrap up on Friday, February 14, from Will Rogers Coliseum. Upon conclusion of the Open herd, Derby Non Pro, Amateur and Non Pro Limited competitors will take their turns.
 
The Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby features 4- and 5-year-old reined cow horses shown two-handed in a hackamore or a snaffle bit competing in the herd work, reined work and cow work triathlon unique to NRCHA competition. No finals takes place in any of the limited age event divisions held during the Celebration of Champions. Champions are determined at the conclusion of the cow work based upon the highest composite scores. The Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby boasts $76,000-added across all divisions.
 
Visit www.NRCHA.com for the latest results and free, live broadcast provided by NRCHA Official Videographer Equine Promotion.

About the NRCHA Celebration of Champions
The NRCHA Celebration of Champions is three shows rolled into 10 days of competition.
 
Although the calendar says 2020, the World Championship portion of the Celebration of Champions marks the official conclusion of the 2019 show season, by determining World and National Champions in 15 different Open and Non Pro divisions. World Championship qualifiers earned an invitation to compete in Fort Worth by qualifying at NRCHA-approved shows last year. The World Championship contestants will show in a preliminary round, with the top 10 in each division advancing to the clean slate finals for a shot at the title.
 
Other action at the Celebration of Champions includes the NRCHA Tres Osos Cow Horse Classic Derby for 4- and 5-year-old horses; special National High School Rodeo and Collegiate Invitational cow horse classes; and the crowd-pleasing World’s Greatest Horseman, a grueling four-event test of the ultimate cowboy or cowgirl and their cow horse, sponsored by NRCHA Corporate Partner DT Horses and Hashtags. For the second consecutive year, the NRCHA will proudly produce the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman, presented by MARS Equestrian™.
 
The NRCHA Celebration of Champions offers more than just good watching. Spectators can shop till they drop at the NRCHA Sponsor Showcase throughout the week, or at the Winter Premier Horse Sale, held on Saturday, February 22. And last, but certainly not least, on Friday, February 21, NRCHA National Champions will be recognized and celebrated during the Year End Banquet in the Round Up Inn banquet room at 7:30 p.m.

By NRCHA Press Release