National Reined Cow Horse Association Million Dollar Rider Jon Roeser won the NRCHA Stakes Open Championship by 4.5 points - earning a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by Julie-Anne O'Rear, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, a $50 gift certificate from Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, and a C.R. Morrison medallion. Roeser was riding Heart Of A Remedy, by Heart Of A Fox out of SPF Remedys Response. The pair started out with a 219 in the herd work, and followed that with a 219 in the rein work. "I drew well in the herd. After that I just had a feeling about the day. He was so soft and responsive in everything we did," said Roeser, of Lemoore, California.
But the 5-year-old stallion and the veteran trainer weren't finished. When Roeser saw his cow for the fence work, he knew they had a chance to score big. "I liked the cow from the herd work - I knew it was good. We didn't stay long on the end. We got a good right turn and got out good for another big left turn. The cow still had a little gas so we circled really fast - it was great," he said. The judges agreed and rewarded the pair with a 227 - the highest cow work of the event!
Roeser owns Heart Of A Remedy's sire, Heart Of A Fox, with Karen Twisselman. "We won about $120,000 on him. He was a really nice horse and had a good career even though he had some bad luck," he explained. Roeser said, "I thank my wife, Tanya, and my son, Clay, for everything."
It was an emotional day for Doug Williamson, who won the Open Stakes Reserve Championship on ARC Sparkin Chics, owned by Barbara Hastings. Unfortunately Hastings, who had been battling breast cancer, succumbed to the disease during the event. "Barbara gave me the opportunity to ride several great horses. She was a wonderful person, friend, and customer. Her absence will leave a void in our barn and hearts," Williamson said.
The Reserve title came with a check for $18,560, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, and a C.R. Morrison medallion. ARC Sparkin Chics is a 4-year-old stallion by Chic Please out of Sailing Spark. Prior to the Stakes, ARC Sparkin Chics had lifetime earnings of nearly $57,000.
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, 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.