The first leg of competition in the Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular, the herd work, wrapped up this afternoon. Leading the field with a score of 224 is Smart Luck, shown by Eagle Point, Ore., professional Todd Bergen. The 6-year-old stallion, sired by Very Smart Remedy and out of the mare Gunna Be Lucky, by Gunna Smoke, is owned by Cable Creek Ranch, Aurora, Ore. Smart Luck and Bergen already have achieved two major NRCHA event wins together. They claimed the NRCHA Derby Open Championship in 2010, and then came back in 2011 to win the NRCHA Stakes Open title.
The $50,000 added Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular, featuring the CD Survivor Memorial Trophy, is the largest NRCHA-produced three-event contest for the highly -trained, finely-tuned bridle horses.
Contestants in the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular also rode to the herd today, and the high score, a 214, belonged to Doug Granade, Shingle Springs, Calif., riding Wright On Ned. The 8-year-old gelding is by Lenas Wright On and out of the mare Smart Sally. Granade and "Ned" teamed up in 2011 to win dual championships in the Novice Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Bridle classes at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.
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 newest Corporate Partner, Clinton Anderson 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.