The 2010 National Reined Cow Horse Association Fort Dodge Animal Health Celebration of Champions got off to an exciting start on January 30. The first of the three headline events – the Circle Y Ranch Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Derby – saw 148 entries compete in the herd work competition. With the First Community Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas, hosting the event, Boyd Rice piloted Mr Playinstylish to the high score of the Open division.
Mr Playinstylish is owned by Kit and Charlie Moncrief of Fort Worth, Texas. The 5-year-old stallion is by Playin Stylish and out of Tari Chick Gay. With Rice at the reins, Mr Playinstylish marked the high score of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Herd Work, and finished eighth in 2008.
Boyd, who is a National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame Inductee, has won over $2.1 million in cutting competition, but he’s become known as a tough to beat reined cow horse competitor. Along with his 2007 Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship, he also earned the Reserve title in 2005 and 2009.
Leading the Intermediate Open division is Shiners Playful Pet, who marked a 144 under the guidance of Jeremy Knoles. Shiners Playful Pet, an Intermediate and Limited Open Snaffle Bit Futurity finalist in 2009, is owned by Cross Mountain Ranch. Shiners Playful Pet is by Shining Spark and out of Playboys Pet.
Mozaun McKibben and SLJ Smart Like Hen currently lead the Limited Open division after marking a 145. SLJ Smart Like Hen, owned by McKibben/H. Zimmerman, is by Smart Like Juice and out of What A Hen.
In the Novice Horse division, Shawn Hays piloted Cowgirl Curly to a 144 to lead the field of 16. Owned by the partnership of Greeman/Hays, Cowgirl Curly is by Smart Little Lena and out of Curly Rode Her Ma.
The competition for the Circle Y Ranch SRCHA Derby continues Sunday with the rein work, and wraps up Monday, February 1, with the cow work. Following the conclusion of the Derby, the preliminary competition for the 2009 NRCHA World Championship Show, presented by John Deere, begins with the Open and Non Pro Two Rein.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association, now in its 61st 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 Markel Insurance Company, Wide World of Horses, John Deere, Adequan®, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Quarter Horse News, Fort Dodge West Nile Innovator, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and EQUIOXX, Running W Designs, and the Silver Legacy Hotel, 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.