One Fabulous Time didn't have a magnificent start to his career - but his trainer, Todd Crawford, didn't give up. On Friday, March 23, Crawford and One Fabulous Time won the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes Novice Horse Open division. "I got him early in his 3-year-old year, and showed at the Snaffle Bit Futurity, and we just missed making the finals," said Crawford, the NRCHA's only $2 Million Rider. "But he's been really good and really talented, and I'm hoping I get to keep showing him because he's doing so well in all three events."
The Novice Horse Open is a one go-round division that is run concurrently with the Stakes preliminaries. Along with winning the title, Crawford and One Fabulous Time's composite score of 655 earned a spot in the clean-slate finals. "He was really good all week. I was just a little disappointed in the herd work - we had a 212," Crawford, who serves as President of the NRCHA, said. "Then he was excellent in the rein work with a 222.5 and a 220.5 in the cow work."
One Fabulous Time, a 4-year-old stallion, is by One Time Pepto out of Cat Mist. The win netted a check for $3,087, a Gist Silversmiths buckle and a C.R. Morrison trophy.
Corey Cushing and PRF Spoonful Of Gold took the Open Novice Horse Reserve Championship with a 654.5. PRF Spoonful Of Gold is a 4-year-old stallion by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Sons Miss Sprat, owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank. The Reserve title was worth $2,426.
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