Jenny Sherbo is on a roll. Less than a week ago, she won the title of "Next Great American Horsewoman" at the Project Cowgirl competition in Sacramento, Calif.. Today, she claimed the Level 1 Limited Open Championship at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby in Paso Robles, CA.
Riding Priceless Chic, a 5-year-old mare she owns, Sherbo worked her way to a 217 in the herd, a 214 in the reined work and a 211 in the cow work. The 642 composite score was good for a Gist Silversmiths buckle, a C.R. Morrison Trophy, a check for $1,842, and a berth in the Intermediate Open and Limited Open Derby Finals on Sunday. "It's been a great experience. I feel really blessed," the Acampo, CA, trainer said.
She started Priceless Chic as a 2-year-old for her prior owners, Bradford Quarter Horses. After some success in the futurities in 2010, "Chic" sustained an injury that forced her to miss her entire 4-year-old season last year. When the Bradfords decided to sell the mare, Sherbo jumped at the chance to buy her.
"It's her first year back, and I've been taking her to quite a few reinings. We haven't worked in the herd for a while, but she was real good here. At the reinings, she's gotten used to skating on that hard-pan ground, and here, she had to push a little bit, so she could've stopped better in the reined work, but she spun and circled good. We had just an all right run down the fence, but overall, she's a really nice horse."
Priceless Chic, by Smart Chic Olena and out of Camolena Badger, is currently in foal to Spooks Gotta Gun for a 2013 baby. "She's double duty right now, pregnant and showing," Sherbo said, adding that she plans to stop riding "Chic" after the first of the year and put her on full-time maternity leave.
Sherbo knows the feeling of being a working mom - she and her husband, Trevor, have three young boys - Dean, age 7, Lane, age 4 and Ty, age 2. "I thank my husband for taking care of everything while I'm gone, and my mom for helping me with the kids here at the show. I have a great support team," Sherbo said.
The Level 1 Limited Open Reserve Champion was Day In The Saddle, shown by Erin Taormino for owner Matt Day. Taormino piloted the 5-year-old gelding by Smart Zanolena and out of Saddle Me Cash to a total score of 637.5. The Reserve Championship came with a check for $1,382.
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.