The National Reined Cow Horse Association's new Derby division, the Non Pro Limited, offers a place for riders who want to compete in a three-event format without the ultimate challenge of going down the fence. The herd work, reined work and boxing division attracted 11 entries, and a pair of sisters - Linda Wood and Polly Potocar - celebrated each other's victory as Linda won the Championship and Polly took Reserve honors in Paso Robles today.
"It was great! We have so much fun together," Polly said.
Linda won the Non Pro Limited Derby Championship on her gelding, Cee Mr Cats Merada, a five-year-old by Cats Merada and out of Cee Miss Money Rio. They scored a 213 in both the herd work and the reined work, and then earned a 214 in the boxing. Their total 640 score earned a Gist Silversmiths buckle, a C.R. Morrison Trophy and a check for $1,351.
"The cow gods were with us, and we did really good. I had good herd help, and our trainer, Mark Luis, just does a wonderful job with us," Linda said. "We just love the fact that the NRCHA has this class where we don't have to go down the fence. We love to do the herd work, and the reined work and then the boxing on three different days."
Polly piloted Cats Smart Oak, a WR This Cats Smart gelding out of Cookie Q Lena, to a 633.5. They earned a 204 in the herd work, a 210.5 in the reined work and then won the boxing round with a 219, winning $1,126.
"My reined work was fun to do - it was my personal best, and then I was lucky and got a good cow. It's all about that cow," she said, smiling.
Polly lives in Thousand Oaks, California and Linda lives in Los Angeles. The sisters keep their horses at Luis's barn in Paso Robles full time. They travel north as often as they can to ride and to visit their mother, who has a ranch in nearby Creston, California.
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 Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, John Deere, Markel Insurance Company, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, Merial products UlcerGard and EQUIOXX and Clinton Anderson's Downunder Horsemanship, 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.