Natalie Rector, Rogersville, Mo., scored 220.5 points on Smooth Reyn, by Smooth As A Cat, to win the NCHA Transwest Western Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro championship on Thursday night. Garth Bullis, Garden City, Kan., was reserve champion with 218 points on Reyality Check, by Dual Rey. Jessica Floyd, Booker, Tex., and Sheri Kuehney, Elmore City, Okla., tied for third with 216 riding Smooth Smart N Sweet and Draggin A Hawk, respectively.

The 2019 and 2020 NRHA European Affiliate Championship, managed by the Norwegian Reining Horse Association NRHA.NO and the Danish Reining Horse Association NRHA.DK, will be hosted in Denmark at the Tuse Creek Ranch facility.

Though it will all be about reining, the sun shines bright on the upcoming CS Ranch summer. The beautiful ranch situated in Givrins, Switzerland, is not only the home of champions; it is where champions are made!

Little Jackson Cat, reserve champion of Sunday’s $25,000 Novice Finals, scored 221 points on Tuesday, as champion of the NCHA Transwest Western Nationals, presented by 6666 Ranch, Open Finals. The win represented the third in three days for rider Mike Wood, who also showed Hesa Belle Cat to win the $5,000 Novice Finals and Peeptos Cat to win the $25,000 Novice Finals.

On Sunday, June 23, Peeptos Cat scored 221.5 points to win the NCHA Transwest Western Nationals, presented by 6666 Ranch, $25,000 Novice championship under Mike Wood, who also showed reserve champion Little Jackson Cat, with a score of 221. Gettin Hott In Here placed third with 219 points under Ryan Moore.

Belgian Gudrun Patteet became the third woman to win a Longines Grand Prix in the Longines Masters series following Pénélope Leprévost of France in 2011 and Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander in 2018. Leprévost and Tops-Alexander both took the title in Paris, but Patteet has now secured one for the women in Lausanne. Perhaps it was the brisk mountain air or the magnificent view of Lake Geneva that gave Patteet an extra boost of inspiration, for it was a ride as perfect as the setting. Second place went deservingly to Italian Giulia Martinengo Marquet.

The 2019 National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance provided a week of thrills and excitement for exhibitors, owners, sponsors, and spectators, escalating to a crescendo on Open finals night, Saturday, June 22. The Jim Norick Coliseum at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds was filled with an enthusiastic reining crowd that watched climbing scores and outstanding performances.

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