The finals of the Open Two Rein World Championships kicked off finals weekend at the 2011 National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions. The 2010 NRCHA World Championship Show presented by John Deere is held as part of the Celebration of Champions, and exhibitors show year round to qualify to compete in San Angelo.
Gainesville, Texas, trainer Jay McLaughlin rode Genuine Masterpiece to the Open Two Rein World Championship with a 436.5 total score, earning $3,892. Genuine Masterpiece, owned by Wagonhound Land and Livestock of Douglas, Wyoming, is by Shining Spark and out of Kings Masterpiece.
The rein work was first, and McLaughlin and the flashy palomino stallion executed a run that resulted in a 221. Soon that was supplemented by a 215.5 in the cow work to garner the championship. "He was really good today - he was right on. I didn't draw the cow I needed - this one was a little numb - but G-Man (Genuine Masterpiece) made it work," said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin and G-Man have qualified for the finals at every major event they've entered, and were the 2010 American Quarter Horse Association Junior Working Cow Horse World Champions and were eighth in the Junior Reining - but just days later, the 6-year-old stallion underwent colic surgery - and wasn't ridden until just a week before making the trek to San Angelo. "This final's cow work was only his second since the World Show - and the preliminary run was the first!" McLaughlin added, "We swam him after the surgery so he was in shape. He's a good soul."
For the World Championship, McLaughlin received a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by Bill and Janiejill Tointon, who owned the 2009 NRCHA Open Two Rein World Champion Shining Lil Nic. He also took home a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Kevin and Sydney Knight, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, a World Finals vest sponsored by Gist Silversmiths, a C.R. Morrison trophy and a C.R. Morrison commemorative medallion.
Jake Telford and Kiss My Shiny Lips won the Open Two Rein Reserve Championship - just two points behind McLaughlin with a 434.5. They won $3,244, 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.
Kiss My Shiny Lips, owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses of Santa Ynez, California, is by Shining Spark and out of Lipschic. The 7-year-old mare and Telford were the 2010 NRCHA Hackamore Classic Open Two Rein Champions.
Jake Telford is now less than $20,000 from becoming the NRCHA's next Million Dollar Rider - and with entries in the Open Hackamore, Open Bridle, and the World's Greatest Horseman, that milestone could be reached while in San Angelo.
Complete results can be found on the NRCHA website at www.nrcha.com.
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.
Photo of Jay taken from Carol Rose Quarter Horse -http://www.carolrose.com/home.html- where Jay is the trainer.