NRCHA Stallion Stakes Daily Update

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NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open & Non Pro Champions Awarded

Six set of finalists put on a show worthy of the Las Vegas lights on Saturday, April 3, at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center for the 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open and Non Pro Finals! When the last cow was circled Erin Taormino and Hazardouz Materials, owned by Linda Mars, were the Open Champions, and Hope Mills and A Gritty Kitty took home the Non Pro Championship.

The event saw riders of all levels compete in reined cow horse classes in three arenas at the South Point. It was a record number of entries this year, and while a large show, the cow horse family spirit was still as evident as ever. On Satruday afternoon, NRCHA professional Shadd Parkinson, of Scottsdale, Arizona, donned an Easter Bunny suit to entertain the youngest of our youth enthusiasts during an egg hunt immediately before the Finals began.

Though there were minimal bodies in the stands due to COVID-19 restrictions in place in the state of Nevada, every seat emptied when cow crew boss Lloyd Faria carried the American flag to John Wayne’s classic “America, Why I Love Her.” NRCHA member Lexi Kastanis sang the National Anthem to kick of the Finals and that uplifted spirit carried into the Non Pro, and then Open, rein work.

The night wrapped with the crowd favorite fence work. The top three from each division—Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro as well as Open, Intermediate Open and Novice Open—reentered the arena to learn who was taking home top titles.

In addition to awarding the horse, rider and horse’s owner, the NRCHA Stallion Stakes pays an incentive to the stallion owner that subscribed to the NRHA Subscribed Stallion Program. The program is open to any breed stallion and stallion nominator must be NRCHA members in good standing. Stallion owners can annually nominate that stud’s foal crop so that it can be eligible for the incentive that pays as a portion of the Stakes event’s added money.

The Stallion Stakes has $198,970 in added money for the events. Horses entered in the limited age event must be sired by stallions nominated into the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Though the event is closed to the general public and only admitting cow horse participants, enthusiasts can watch the live, free webcast daily at www.NRCHA.com. All results are also available online.

Open Stallion Stakes Champion
Winning $43,789.40 as your 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Derby Open Champion is Erin Taormino riding Linda Mars’ 2016 stallion Hazardouz Material (Metallic Cat x Scooters Daisy Dukes x Dual Smart Rey). The red roan and the Lipan, Texas, NRCHA professional scored a whopping 666.5 composite score to best the reserve horse and rider team by a half-point.

“I kept telling myself to work with what [cow] they kick out; work with what you get and that’s what I did,” she said of her fence run. “That cow was good and my horse felt phenomenal.”

Receiving the win was emotional for Taormino, whose son joined her in the saddle for her dirt floor interview with Russell Dilday after the event. She was brought to tears discussing her support system.

“I couldn’t do it without them, they’re amazing people. They’re the reason I can do this,” Taormino said through tears. “My family hasn’t been able to come down from Canada [because of COVID-19] my friends, my family, I have the best support system in the world.”

Yesterday, Friday, April 2, Taormino rode the stallion to a 218.5 in the herd work. In the Finals rein work a 224 and a matching 224 down the fence carried the win. There were big scores during the four sets of cow work, but it was Hazardouz Material who saved a show for near to the end of the night, with his go in the fourth set.
 
Open Stallion Stakes Champion was awarded a Bob’s Custom Saddle and a Gist buckle from the NRCHA, a straw hat from Western Legacy, a gift certificate for product from Platinum Performance and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

The Stallion Stakes champion sire, Metallic Cat, receives $3,500 from the Subscribed Stallion Incentive and a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy.

In reserve was Saddling At Sunrise (WR This Cats Smart x Sunshine Ingredient x Mr Sun O Lena), a 2016 stallion owned by the Burnett Ranches LLC, winning $32, 263.66 for the title with Kelby Phillips, of Weatherford, Texas, in the saddle. Their composite score of 666 (Herd 219 /Rein 221.5 /Cow 225.5) included the high cow score of the night. Phillips was reserve and third place in the Finals. The Reserve Champion received a Gist buckle from the NRCHA, a $300 gift certificate from Farnam for product, an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health and a pair of DyNo Turn fleece bell boots from the NRCHA.

The sire of the reserve champion, GunnaTrashYa, receives $2,000 from the Subscribed Stallion Program incentive.

Non Pro Stallion Stakes Champion
Hope Mills riding A Gritty Kitty (Chiquita Cat x Scooters Daisy Dukes x Dual Smart Rey) topped a deep Non Pro field of talented horses and riders to capture the 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Non Pro Derby Champion title. Mills and the 2017 mare scored a 653.5 (Herd 217/Rein 216.5/Cow 220) for the win.

Having only purchased the mare right before the Celebration of Champions in February, Mills brought her to the Stakes as a trial run. To say A Gritty Kitty passed the test is an understatement.

“This is our first big horse show together, so I am super happy that everything worked out,” Mills said. “She is super special because she gives me so much and tries so hard. We are still trying to get meshed together. My expectations weren’t high because we are getting to know each other. She just gave it all to me.”

Conincidently, A Gritty Kitty was shown by Erin Taormino as a 3-year-old, and is a half-sister to the Open Champion, sharing a dam in Scooters Daisy Dukes.

Mills has a lot more confidence going into their next big event, the DT Horses Western Derby in June, she said.

The Non Pro Champion is awarded $8,207.55 and receives a custom Bob’s Saddle and Gist buckle from the NRCHA, a straw hat from Western Legacy, a gift certificate for product from Platinum Performance and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

The stallion nominator for Chiquita Cat receives a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy and $1,500 from the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program Incentive.

Non Pro Reserve Champion Julia Winders also rode to the Intermediate Non Pro Champion title aboard Dual Smarty (Dual Smart Rey x Cats Gabriella Acre x Cats Merada), a 2017 stallion.

For the 648 (Herd 217.5/Rein 218.5/ Cow 212) that finished reserve, Winders pockets $6,556.04 and receives a Gist buckle from the NRCHA, an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health, a $300 gift certificate from Farnam and a pair of DyNo Turn fleece bell boots from the NRCHA.

Siring the Reserve Champion is Dual Smart Rey, whose nominator receives $1,000 from the Subscribed Stallion Program.

Complete results for the event are at www.NRCHA.com/scoring/.

Youth Cow Horse Spectacular

The Youth took center stage in the Main Arena at the 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes with the Youth Limited Spectacular and the Youth Cow Horse Spectacular kicking off Finals Saturday on April 3. In the Youth Cow Horse Spectacular, Trail Townsend and 2009 gelding TRR Lucky Playgun (Pepcid x TRR Ms Lucky Gun x Playgun) marked a half-point higher than the reserve run, winning the title.
 
For his 437 (Herd 142/Rein 145/Cow 150), Trail and his father, Tripp Townsend who owns the horse, earned $450.  It was the young man from Earth, Texas’ first time to show at the Stallion Stakes and he said iits his new favorite show. Showing both his bridle horse TRR Lucky Playgun and also TRR Lucky Brazos in the Derby, Trail did double duty for the show.
 
“I had a little bit of trouble earlier in the week in the Derby,” Trail said. “It was a relief to jump on this horse and go have fun!”
 
Trail is the 2020 MARS Equestrian™ World’s Greatest Youth Horseman and has had consistent success on TRR Lucky Playgun over the years.
 
“I don’t ride him extremely hard at home, just enough to keep him in shape for the shows,” he said. “I try to take the best care of him as possible. I also ride him outside a lot to keep his mind fresh and give him something to think about besides competing.”
 
In addition to the added money, Trail took home a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a Classic Equine embroidered sheet, gift certificate from Platinum Performance for product and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Reserve Champion Catelyn Walker and her 2013 gelding Playin Motown (Mr Playinstylish x Mo Flo x Mr Peponita Flo) marked a 436.5 and earned $375. She was also awarded a pair of Classic bell boots and front boots and a Classic bag from the NRCHA, and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

In the Youth Limited Spectacular, Laney Fjelstad was the first champion awarded of the day. She rode 2006 gelding Mini Mes Mercedes (Mini Me Merada x Spooks Hickory x Olenas Command), owned by her sister Addison, to a 436.5 (Herd 145/Rein 144.5/Cow 147) to earn $520. She was also second place in the Youth Limited, earning another $162. She received a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a Classic Equin embroidered sheet, a gift certificate for product from Platinum Performance and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Reserve in the Youth Limited Spectacular was Caroline Buchanan riding 2010 gelding A Time For Jazz (One Time Pepto x Starlight And Jazz x Grays Starlight), owned by her mother, Anne Buchanan. Caroline earned $390 and was awarded a Platinum Performance bag and Back on Track headband and socks from the NRCHA and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Horse Show Highlights
Landri Lisac and 2013 mare LooksLikeLuckToMe earned the Youth Limited Champion & the Youth 13 & Under first place awards today with a 293 (Rein 144/Cow 149) to earn $202.50 in the Youth Limited.

Catelyn Walker piloted her 2013 gelding Playin Motown (Mr Playinstylish x Mo Flo x Mr Peponita Flo) to a 292.5 (Rein 146.5/Cow 146) to earn the Youth Cow Horse Champion title and $165, and combined with her herd work 144 score, the pair were Reserve in the Youth Cow Horse Spectacular, earning another $375.

Elise Mason rode her 2006 mare Sheza Haillion (Shine Like Hail x Sheza Playgun Too x Playgun) to the $5,000 Limited win at the 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes, earning $793.75.

Alexandra Vipham rode 2014 stallion Uno Im Wright (Hes Wright On x Uno What Weeno x Smart Little Uno), owned by Michael Vipham, to a 290.5 and the $1,000 Limited win and earned $412.50.

Jill Flint rode her 2014 mare Champ Sunshine (PA Oh Cay Champ x Jazzys Baby Bob x Bob Acres Reward) to the Beginning Fence win with a 287. She earned $787.50.

Nicki Marmelzat piloted her 2014 mare Quintallic Cat to the Select Non Pro Limited win with a 290.5 composite and earned $427.50.

NRCHA Stallion Stakes Champion Round-Up
Today at the 2021 National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes our Derby finalists showed in the herd work portion of the clean slate Finals in the Priefert Arena. The rein work and cow work Finals begin at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 3, with the Non Pro finalists going first.

The Non Pro Hackamore class was the first award today, then it was a full day of Spectacular events in the Main Arena. The Open Bridle Spectacular completed the night with three sets of talented bridle horses on display.

The Open Stallion Stakes finals are on Saturday, April 3. Watch from home on the live, free webcast provided by Equine Promotion on www.NRCHA.com. Compete results are available at www.NRCHA.com/scoring/.

The Stallion Stakes has $198,970 in added money for the events. Horses entered in the limited age event must be sired by stallions nominated into the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Though the event is closed to the general public and only admitting cow horse participants, enthusiasts can watch the live, free webcast daily at www.NRCHA.com. All results are also available online.

Hip Hoppin' Victory for Landri Lisac

The Non Pro Limited Spectacular showed in the Main Arena today in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the  South Point Arena & Equestrian Center. With 41 entries showing, 13-year-old Landri Lisac and her 2014 gelding Cat Walks Into A Bar (WR This Cats Smart x Sue C Shiner x Shining Spark) took the Non Pro Limited Spectacular title with a 431.5 (Herd 143/Rein 143/Cow 145.5).

Landri, from Pueblo, Colorado, has been riding “Grasshopper” for a year-and-a-half to much success. The gelding has helped both Landri and her older sister, Lanni Jo, to numerous NRCHA wins.

“He is a very good horse,” Landri said. “He is always trying his best, giving it his all. He is calm and helps me through it. The herd went really well and it was the best I’ve ever done on him in the herd. That was the biggest accomplishment this week.”

For the win, Landri earned $3,940 and a slew of awards including a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a one-ear headstall with rawhide and silver from Dennis Moreland Tack, a gift certificate for product from Platinum Performance and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

In reserve was Ruth Jackson aboard her 2012 gelding Master Of The Seas (Yellow Roan Of Texas x Sugar Babe Taffy x Master Remedy) with a 428.5 (Herd 145/ Rein 141/Cow 142.5), which earned $3,152.  She also went home with a certificate for one Salt Water Spa session from Oklahoma Equine Hospital, a pair of Classic Fit boots from the NRCHA and an UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Good to the Last Draw: Todd Bergen & Smartly Starstruck Win Open Bridle Spectacular
Tonight's Open Bridle Spectacular finished in a tie. The third, and final, set of the event dazzled the crowd with the two highest scores, and it also resulted in a tie for the win. However, the very last draw, Todd Bergen aboard Smartly Starstruck (Very Smart Remedy x Katie Starlight x Grays Starlight) marked the high score of the night, a 222.5. The composite 667 included three strong performances: 221.5 in the herd work and a 223 in the rein work.
 
Though there were minimal people in the stands of the Main Arena of the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center, the cheers were massive. The 2012 stallion had $76,725.16 in NRCHA earnings prior to winning $10,320 for the Open Bridle Spectacular win. Bergen and the stallion have been a team for some time, competing to tie for fourth place in the 2020 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman and win the 2019 Open Bridle at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity®.
 
Owner Linda McMahon of McSpyder Ranch in Bend, Oregon, was on-hand for the win and, in a happy coincidence, received an early birthday present with her horse’s new title. She also received a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a Classic Equine embroidered sheet from Classic Equine, a gift certificate for product from Platinum Performance and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.
 
Sarah Dawson's 667 (Herd 225/Rein 221/Cow 221) on Shine Smarter (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark), owned by Linda Mars, was more than enough for the reserve and a check for $8,256. The third-place horse was 4.5 points lower in composite score. The mare recently received the American Quarter Horse Association Top Producing Dam. While still competing herself, the mare’s offspring have earned $130,656.75. Reserve also received a Classic saddle pad and pair of DyNo Turn Fleece bell boots from the NRCHA and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.
 
The Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular Champion Randy Paul rode his tried-and-true partner LenaLilToTheWright (Lenas Wright On x Shining Survivor x Shining Spark), a 2007 gelding owned by Linda Katz, to the title with a 660 to earn $2,688. For the win they earned a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a one-ear headstall with rawhide and silver buckles from Dennis Moreland Tack and a gift certificate for product from Platinum Performance.

Wade Reaney and Sinfully Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Sinful Style x Docs Stylish Oak) to Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular. The 2013 gelding earned $2,112 for owner Karen Olsen with a composite 657 (Herd 214/ Rein 218.5/Cow 224.5). The 224.5 tied with Kelby Phillips on Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Ms Pepcid Olena x Pepcid) for the high cow work score. Reserve champion received a Classic saddle pad from the NRCHA, a Salt Water Spa session from Oklahoma Equine Hospital and a pair of DyNo Turn fleece bell boots from the NRCHA. 

Horse Show Highlights
The Non Pro Hackamore Champion is Brittany Factor riding 2016 mare Nickles Playgirl (Shiners Nickle x SDP Driven With Mom x Hydrive Cat) to a 285 (Rein 142/Cow 143) to earn $1,292. Factor Performance Horses owns the mare.

Shelby Sorenson and her 2015 gelding Smokin Masterpiece (Spark Master x Love To Boom x Boomernic) won the Non Pro Limited with a 239 (Rein 145/Cow 148) and earned $1,500.

NRCHA Stallion Stakes Finalists Decided & Champions Awarded
An Amateur Champion was named today at the 2021 National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following the Open Hackamore class, the Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular and class, and the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular and class contestants were on center stage in the Main Arena.

In the Priefert Arena, the Non Pro Limited Spectacular riders completed their herd work before the Open Bridle Spectacular contestants took their turn in the herd. The rein and cow work for the Non Pro Limited completes tomorrow, Friday, April 2. The Open Bridle Spectacular is planned to start at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Tune in to the live, free webcast to watch from home—visit www.NRCHA.com.

The Open Stallion Stakes finals are on Saturday, April 3. The Non Pro riders that qualified for the finals scored equal to or higher than the following: Non Pro, 641.5; Intermediate Non Pro, 644; Novice Non Pro, 637.5. Compete results are available at www.NRCHA.com/scoring/.

The Stallion Stakes has $198,970 in added money for the events. Horses entered in the limited age event must be sired by stallions nominated into the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Though the event is closed to the general public and only admitting cow horse participants, enthusiasts can watch the live, free webcast daily at www.NRCHA.com. All results are also available online.

Riding Time To Lay It Down, 17-Year-Old Landon Luce Captures the Amateur Stakes Title

It was no April Fools for 17-year-old Landon Luce on Thursday, April 1, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The young man from Cathlamath, Washington, and his 2016 mare Time To Lay It Down (One Time Pepto x Katies Kitty x High Brow Cat) topped the 18-rider field in the Amateur division to take home their first premier event title, the 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Amateur Championship.

A composite 645 (Herd 212/Rein 215.5/Cow 217.5) garnered the win, topping the reserve champion by 7.5 points. Their score was also high enough to secure a spot in the Non Pro Finals on Saturday, April 3.

Trent Pederson helped Landon get together with “Kitty,” after Andrea Luce purchased the mare at the 2020 Derby through Andy Kurtz.

“She is amazing; she can do it all! I am super excited to show her in the finals here and show what she can do,” Landon said. “She is just an awesome mare, a blast to ride, easy going and has a really good mind set. I can’t say enough about her. Kitty takes care of me.”

Landon previously earned $3,376.75 in NRCHA and with this win, adds $1,296. For the win, Landon takes home a Gist buckle, a one-ear headstall with rawhide and silver buckles from Dennis Moreland Tack, a Platinum Performance gift certificate, and an UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

As Time To Lay It Down’s sire, One Time Pepto receives $1,000 Sire Award. 

Reserve Amateur Champion Justine Munns and her 2017 stallion The Lena Look (Light N Lena x Look The Look x High Brow Cat) had a stellar performance at the Stallion Stakes. Their composite 637.5 earned $1,036.80, and was the high herd score for the Novice Non Pro, earning $70.15, and in the Amateur, earning another $80. Prizes include a $300 Farnam gift certificate, a pair of DyNo Turn Fleece Bell Boots from the NRCHA and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Simply Spectacular: The Non Pro Two Rein & Non Pro Bridle Entertain
The first of two Non Pro Spectacular titles awarded today went to Kat De Haan, DVM, in the Non Pro Two Rein. It was truly a family affair for the De Haan’s and 2015 gelding Smooth Dera Max (Smooth As A Cat x Dera Dually x Dual Pep ). De Haan’s father, Harry, who owns the gelding, purchased Dera Dually because of her offspring, Dera Cat, that had been so successful for him.

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“Dad looked up the mare and bought her, sight unseen, and she had a breeding to Smooth As A Cat, which would be a full brother to Dera Cat,” De Haan said. “I had just come home from veterinary school when [Smooth Dera Max] was born and I actually delivered him. That’s kind of cool! I’ve had him for a solid year and we’ve been very successful in the derbies.”

Though their names were atop several smaller shows win lists, this is the first premier event for De Haan and “Max” to earn a title. She credits coach and NRCHA Hall of Fame rider Dan Roeser, of Marsing, Idaho, for getting she and Max to the show and through the two rein event.
 
“Dan Roeser helped me get him in the bridle,” said the equine veterinarian from Nampa, Idaho. “His tips have been so helpful and he’s got so much knowledge. I used my dad’s bosalita and Dan’s bridle, so it all came together today.It was really sweet we were able to put it together today because my dad and my mom are here. It’s really a family affair.”

The pair also earned the Non Pro Two Rein class win today, pocketing $1,350. For the Spectacular, the composite score of 431 (Herd 143.5/Rein142/Cow 145.5) helped De Haan ride away with $2,760 in earnings and a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a one-ear headstall with rawhide and silver buckles from Dennis Moreland Tack, an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health and a gift certificate for Platinum Performance.

Reserve Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular Champion Debbie Crafton and 2015 gelding Metallic Flame (Metallic Cat x Scooby Dooby Dual x Dual Pep ) finished with a composite 430.5 (Herd 143.5/Rein 143/Cow 144), earning $2,208 in the class. The Ordway, Colorado, Non Pro also finished second in the Non Pro Two Rein class, adding $1,137.50 to their winnings. Prizes for reserve were an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health, a salt water spa session from Oklahoma Equine Hospital and a pair of DyNo Turn Fleece Bell Boots from the NRCHA.

Thirty-six horse and rider teams competed in the 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Non Pro Bridle Spectacular for the $10,000-added event. A familiar face was at the top of the scoreboard: Cutter McLaughlin and CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark). With a composite 441 (Herd 148/Rein 144.5/Cow 148.5), Cutter and “DVD” finished a point-and-a-half higher than the reserve champion.

The 2005 gelding has NRCHA earnings of $263,380.12, prior to adding this paycheck of $5,024 to his earnings. Cutter has $100,413.64 in earnings, and was named the 2021 MARS Equestrian™ World’s Greatest Youth Horseman Champion, riding DVD. The event was a goal Cutter aspired to for some time. Now, showing DVD anytime is just an added bonus for the Clarendon, Texas, rider.

“I am so lucky to have such a talented horse that can go from such a high-pressure situation at the Youth World’s Greatest to another prestigious event,” said Cutter. “My best moments [at the Stakes] were my cutting and my fence work because I am so blessed to ride an amazing athlete that takes such good care of me and loves my job.”

The dynamic duo also topped the Non Pro Bridle class adding another $2,200. For the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular, Cutter received a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a Classic Equine embroidered sheet, a Platinum Performance gift certificate and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Taking reserve in the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular and also second in the Non Pro Bridle is Addison Fjelstad riding 2006 gelding Mini Mes Mercedes (Mini Me Merada x Spooks Hickory x Olenas Command). Her composite 439.5 (Herd 147/Rein 144.5/Cow 148) earned $4,019 in the spectacular and $1,760 in the horse show class. She took home an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health, a salt water spa session from Oklahoma Equine Hospital and a pair of DyNo Turn Fleece Bell Boots from the NRCHA.

NRCHA Stallion Stakes Names Champions
Two arenas started the day at the 2021 National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the Priefert Arena, the Non Pro riders competed in the Bridle Spectacular and the Two Rein Spectacular herd work. The rein and cow work completes those classes tomorrow, Thusrday, April 1.

In the Main Arena, the day started off by naming the Non Pro Limited Champion (see below). Then 15 sets of cow work entertained those at home watching and those in Las Vegas for the remainder of the day. The Level One Limited Open and Open Novice Horse Champions were named (see below).

The Open Stallion Stakes finals are on Saturday, April 3. The bubbles for the finals are: Open, 658.5; Intermediate Open, 649.5; Limited Open, 643. Compete results are available at www.NRCHA.com/scoring/.

The Stallion Stakes has $198,970 in added money for the events. Horses entered in the limited age event must be sired by stallions nominated into the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Though the event is closed to the general public and only admitting cow horse participants, enthusiasts can watch the live, free webcast daily at www.NRCHA.com. All results are also available online.

Denille LePlatt & Hannas Metallic Rey Earn First-Ever Title

In the Non Pro Limited, Denille LePlatt and her 2016 mare Hannas Metallic Rey (Metallic Cat x Rehanna x Dual Rey) were a consistent duo, riding to the championship after three successful go-rounds. Scoring a 657 (H:218/R:217/C:222), the pair topped the division by three points, earning LePlatt her first major event win.

“My goal has been to win a major event and I’ve been so close, so many times,” said the southwest Colorado competitor. “This is tough competition!”

LePlatt teamed up with Hannas Metallic Rey just before the 2020 Stallion Stakes, in August, and made the move to Andy Kurtz training barn. It paid off with consistent runs, but nothing has compared to winning her first premier event title.

“For right now, I’m just trying to enjoy the moment,” said LePlatt. “It feels like a relief. I’m going to show at the Derby in Scottsdale and I’m starting to do Beginning Fence Work.”

For the win, LePlatt took home $3,412.80, and $189.60 for the high herd work score, $126.40 for tying for the second-highest rein work score and $110.60 for tying for second-highest cow work score. In addition, she received a Gist buckle, one-ear headstall with rawhide and silver buckles from Dennis Moreland Tack, a gift certificate for product from Platinum Performance and an UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health. 

As the champion’s sire, Metallic Cat will receive $500 for the Sire Award. 

Reserve Non Pro Limited Stallion Stakes Champion Calley Rae Satriana rode her 2016 mare Smooth Cat Voo (Smooth As A Cat x Voodoo Chic x Smart Chic Olena) to a composite 654 (Herd 215/ Rein 217/ Cow 222). She earned $2,730.24 for the win, $110.60 for tying for the second highest herd work score and $126.40 for tying for the second highest rein work score. As reserve champion, she received and UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health, a gift certificate for $300 for Farnam product and DyNo Turn Fleece Bell Boots from the NRCHA.

Level 1 Limited Open Champion Sarah Murphey & HQ Wilma Gotta Kitty Finally On Top
Sarah Murphey earned her first premier event title in Las Vegas, Nevada, aboard HQ Wilma Gotta Kitty (Meteles Cat x Wilma Gotta Gun x Spooks Gotta Gun). Murphey and the 2016 mare have been so close but until this show, hadn’t grabbed that golden ring.

Murphey credits a cow that was fast enough to hook the mare with their coming out on top with a composite 649 (Herd 214/Rein 215/Cow 220). The roan had $10,479.11 in NRCHA earnings, prior to this win, and added $3,694.32 for the championship and $195.47 for the high cow work score in the division.

“She is consistently good down the fence and with the cow, I know I can trust her,” Murphey said. “I was really thankful that I got that cow [tonight].”

The trainer from Lipan, Texas, never wanted anything other than to train and began working toward that goal at 15 years old with NRCHA professional Luke Jones. She worked for Jones until she graduated high school and moved to Texas where she worked with Boyd Rice and Bill Freeman, then with Todd Bergen and rope horse trainer J.D. Yates. All the time as an assistant helped Murphey gain a solid background in the cow horse. Now she is on her own as a trainer and HQ Wilma Gotta Kitty’s owner Reid Hockenson supports Murphey’s business with a couple of horses for her to show.

“I’ve been assistant training a long time and I was ready to start showing,” she said. “I also have a mare I consistently show in the cutting [for the Hockenson’s]. I met them through Luke [Jones] and they have opened a lot of doors for me.”

Awards in the Level One Limited Open include a Gist buckle, a one-ear headstall with rawhide and silver buckles from Dennis Moreland Tack, a gift certificate for product from Platinum Performance and an UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health. 

As the champion’s sire, Meteles Cat will receive $500 for the Sire Award. 

Finishing in reserve with a composite 645 (Herd 218/Rein 214.5/Cow 212.5) is SJR Sparkin Metal (Metallic Cat x Cd Sparkle x CD Olena) owned by Erica McNaney and shown by Cody McNaney. The 2016 stallion added $2,902.68 to his lifetime earnings and also received an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health, a gift certificate for $300 for Farnam product and DyNo Turn Fleece Bell Boots from the NRCHA.

Open Novice Horse Champion Heza Rowdy Cat & Clayton Edsall
Clayton Edsall and Heza Rowdy Cat (Bet Hesa Cat x Dear Little Boon Bar x Boon Bar) earned the top spot in the Open Novice Horse through three solid performances in the 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes derby preliminaries. The composite 661 (Herd 215/Rein 221.5/Cow 224.5) was enough for the win.

Earlier this year, the 2016 stallion previously placed eighth in the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby held during the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas.

“I just got him in November and showed him in Fort Worth for the first time,” Edsall, of Oakdale, California, said. “They canceled some shows before we left [for the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby] so I didn’t get a chance to show him much. We kept going to get him ready here. I didn’t get him through the herd work like I liked but he was really good in the reining and the fence work.”

There were 15 sets of cow work today, with the high score of the entire Open division cow work coming when Edsall and Heza Rowdy Cat were the first horse out in the twelfth set, marking a 224. With $7,282.39 in lifetime earnings, the payout from the Open Novice Horse gives the stallion, owned by Kim Basterrechea, a boost with $6,313.32 and also $2,560.61 from the Open cow work high score.

“I thought he was an awfully good horse because he got me out of a bind in Fort Worth with a really fast cow, and this 100 percent confirmation,” Edsall said. “He has a lot of stop—a lot of stop—and really wants to go with the cow.”

Awards include a gift certificate for product from Platinum Performance and an UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health. 

As the champion’s sire, Bet Hesa Cat will receive $500 for the Sire Award. 

Reserve Champion Open Novice Horse Me And Mrs Jonez (Travelin Jonez x Shine Smarter x WR This Cats Smart), a 2017 mare owned by Wendy Buehler and shown by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Chris Dawson, was one-point behind the champ, with a composite 660 (Herd 217.5/Rein 220/Cow 222.5). In addition to $4,984.20 Me And Mrs Jones receives an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health, a gift certificate for $300 for Farnam product and DyNo Turn Fleece Bell Boots from the NRCHA.

NRCHA Stallion Stakes Champions Crowned
The National Reined Cow Horse Association crowned the first 2021 Stallion Stakes event champions today at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event began on Friday, March 26, with the limited age derby event Open division rein work and showcased those 4- and 5-year-old horses in rein and herd work for the first four days of competition.

On Monday, March 29, the entries in the Open Two Rein Spectacular first stepped foot in the herd work arena. Today, those entries completed the rein and cow work, resulting in our first Stallion Stakes champion title. In addition, the Open Bridle and Intermediate Open Bridle classes is complete.

This is the largest group of entries in the Stallion Stakes history. The Open division of the limited age event sees 165 horse and rider teams vying for the title through the week. In the Non Pro divisions, 50 4-and 5-year-old horses are entered. The Non Pro Limited, a fast-growing entry-level division where riders do not go down the fence but rather box the cow, 38 horse and rider pairs are in the hunt for the Stallion Stakes win.

The Stallion Stakes has $198,970 in added money for the events. Horses entered in the limited age event must be sired by stallions nominated into the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Though the event is closed to the general public and only admitting cow horse participants, enthusiasts can watch the live, free webcast daily at www.NRCHA.com. All results are also available online.

Im So Stunning & Erin Taormino take Two Rein Spectacular
The first horse and rider duo to earn a 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes champion trophy were Im So Stunning (Metallic Cat x Absolutely Stunning x Smart Little Lena) and Erin Taormino in the Open Two Rein Spectacular. With a 662 composite (H:221/R:218/C:223), the 2015 roan gelding and Erin Taormino topped the 33-horse Spectacular field by a point and a half.

Taormino has trained the roan since late in his 2-year-old year. Prior to this win, the horse had earned $28,466.80 in reined cow horse competition.

"We've made finals and he's never won anything big but has been a steady horse," Taormino said. "We gelded him this winter and he really loves the gelding life."

When she learned of the win, Taormino was all smiles.

"He's a really fun horse to train," she said. "The two rein class, the competition in it is incredible. The horses are amazing and the riders are amazing. To win [this class] in such a fabulous group is just an honor."

Owner Jennifer Ostenson earned $5,520.00 for the win. In the Open Two Rein, held concurrently with the Spectacular, the duo were second which earned another check for $2,144.00. In addition, the champion received a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a one-ear headstall with rawhide and silver buckles from Dennis Moreland Tack, a Platinum Performance gift certificate, and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health. For reserve in the Open Two Rein class, they won a pair of Classic Fit Boots from the NRCHA.

Reserve Champion Clayton Edsall and Stylish In Socks (Metallic Cat x Stylish In Stockings x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Beverly Servi, scored a composite 660.5 (H:223/R:215/C:222.5). For reserve, the pair earned $4,320.00 and prizes that include an UltraCruz prize pack, a saltwater spa session from Oklahoma Equine Hospital and a pair of DyNo Turn Fleece Bell Boots from NRCHA.


Matt Koch & Smart Ladies Sparkle top Two Rein Class
At the 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Matt Koch and Smart Ladies Sparkle (WR This Cats Smart x Shiners Diamond Lady x Shining Spark) earned the Open Two Rein class win with a composite 441. Tying for the composite, the big 224 cow work score pushed the 2015 mare to the win; in the rein work, the duo scored a 217. 

Prior to the Stallion Stakes, the mare had earned $28,259.26 in NRCHA. Owner Myra Koch pocketed $2,680.00 for the class win. Along with the check came C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a Platinum Performance gift certificate and a Classic Equine embroidered sheet.

In reserve was Im So Stunning and Erin Taormino. The pair’s 218 in the rein and 223 in the cow was rewarded owner Jennifer Ostenson with $2,144.00 and Classic Fit Boots from the NRCHA. 


Mr Comin In Hot & Luke Jones Earn Open Bridle Win
The popular Open Bridle class completed tonight after more than 60 competitors took a turn around the Main Arena at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center. Coming out above the group was Allerton, Iowa, professional Luke Jones piloting Kit & Charlie Moncrief’s 2015 gelding Mr Comin In Hot (Mr Playingstylish x Lil Sally Cat x High Brow Cat) with a composite 295.5 (R:145.5/C:150). The gelding earned $2,688.00 for the win, and a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, Classic Equine sponsored Classic Equine embroidered sheet and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance for product.

Mr Comin In Hot and Jones previously competed in the 2021 DT Horses and Hashtags’ World’s Greatest Horseman, finishing eighth. The horse has earned $37,512.50 in NRCHA competition, prior to this event.

Taking second place in the Open Bridle class was Sarah Lyn Kennedy aboard 2013 gelding Ill Bet Cha (Bet Hesa Cat x Kiss Me A Little x Sart Little Pepinic), owned by Riley Valin. The duo rode to a 294. The score topped the Intermediate Open Bridle class to earn $570.00, and was second in the Open Bridle for another $2,112.00. In the Open Bridle, reserve was also awarded a set of Classic Fit Boots from the NRCHA. 

As the Intermediate Open winner, Kennedy and Valin received a one-ear headstall with rawhide and silver buckles from Dennis Moreland Tack and a $150 Farnam gift certificate. Prior to this event, Ill Bet Cha had earned $15,240.50 in NRCHA. Kennedy, from Auburn, California, is an NRCHA judge and has earned more than $34,000 in the NRCHA.

Second place in the Intermediate Open Bridle was Wyatt Fisher aboard Prize Winning Gal (Smokums Prize x Ill Be A Winning Gal x Ill Be Smart), owned by Jayson and Teresa Fisher. The duo rode to a 291.5 (R:144.5/C:147) to earn $475.00. They were also in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Open Bridle, earning an additional $896.00. For their second place in the Intermediate Open, Fisher won a pair of Classic Equine Boots from the NRCHA.

Lisa Kittel and her 2013 mare Lucky Lil Lena Dr (Autumnator x Smoky Lucky Lena Dr x Mr Smoky Lena) won the Limited Open Bridle class. She also a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a Classic Equine sponsored embroidered sheet and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance for product. Kittel, of Adrian, Oregon, has approximately $5,300 in NRCHA earnings, prior to this event, but adds $1,725.00 here in Las Vegas. 

Moms Attractive CD (Moms Stilish Cat x Attractive Wipeout x CD Olena) and owner-rider Alanna Starkovich earned second place. The 2016 gelding scored a 286 to earn $1,380.00 and a pair of Classic Fit Boots from the NRCHA.

For complete results visit www.NRCHA.com.


About the NRCHA Stallion Stakes
The National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes features 4- and 5-year-olds by NRCHA Subscribed Stallions competing in snaffle bits and hackamores. The competition includes many of the top Snaffle Bit Futurity® horses from the previous year, as well as those who might not have been ready for the Futurity, but who are now able to perform competitively. For our Non Pro Limited riders entered in the derby event, this includes their 6-year-old mounts. The Subscribed Stallion Program is open to any breed stallion and the stallion nominator’s must be NRCHA members in good standing. Stallion owners can annually nominate that stud’s foal crop so that it can be eligible for the incentive that pays as a portion of the Stakes event’s added money. 
          
The National Reined Cow Horse Association is headquartered in Pilot Point, Texas. For information regarding membership resources, event schedules, the NRCHA Hall of Fame and more visit NRCHA.com.