Smart Chic Dot Com is one busy horse! He qualified for the Finals at the National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championship Show presented by John Deere in three events. In the $5K Non Pro Limited owner Kris Troxel rode him to a fifth place tie. The 11-year-old cow horse came back in the very next class - the Limited Open Bridle - with trainer Christina Allen to win the World Championship!
The pair marked a 214.5 in the rein work and a 214.5 in the cow work for a total score of 429, taking home a check for $3,738. They also received a Bob's Custom Saddle, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Rios of Mercedes boots, a World Finals vest sponsored by Gist Silversmiths, a C.R. Morrison trophy and a C.R. Morrison commemorative medallion.
"The rein work was really good - he stopped hard," noted Allen. "The cow tried us a couple times and then we went with it. He nailed all three turns and I couldn't have asked it to be better." Allen thanked Don Murphy, Russell Dilday, and Jake Gorrell.
Owner Kris Troxel, of Nampa, Idaho, had her eye on Chic (Smart Chic Dot Com) for a while before purchasing him four years ago. "He was raised and trained by Anne Reynolds, and I thought he was the coolest horse," Troxel said. She added that everything this year was about figuring out how to manage Chic's time. "We body clipped him because he got so tired last year. He only got about five minutes of warm-up before I showed him, and then we just swapped saddles and did another light warm up for Christina," said Troxel of the gelding by Smart Chic Olena out of Smokateena. "We just want to do the easiest thing for him."
Allen added, "He's a really good, finished bridle horse, so we don't have to ride him too hard. This might be one of the last times I show him, because Kris has won out of the $5K Non Pro Limited, and we're trying to convince her to show down the fence. He's the kind of horse you want to have to learn on."
Tucker Clark piloted Peppy Prize Freckle to the Limited Open Bridle Reserve Championship for Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch of Tucson, Arizona. Clark and Peppys Prize Freckle, by Smart Peppy Lena out of Freckles Prize, marked a 424. They won $2,937, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Kevin and Sydney Knight, a pair of custom spurs from Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, an ESP saddle pad from Classic Equine, a commemorative World Finals vest from Gist Silversmiths, and a C.R. Morrison commemorative medallion.
The NRCHA Celebration of Champions, held at the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas, features the Circle Y Ranch Derby, the NRCHA World Championship Show presented by John Deere, and the NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman. The show in its entirety can be seen free of charge thanks to NRCHA Official Videographer Galloping Video. To view the live webcast, visit the NRCHA website or Galloping Video's website at www.gallopingvideo.com.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association, now in its 62nd year, is the governing body of cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse. Through the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Adequan, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, John Deere, Markel Insurance Company, Nutrena, Pfizer Animal Health, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Running W Designs, the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, and Merial products UlcerGard and EQUIOXX, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA Official Web Site at www.nrcha.com.