National Reined Cow Horse Association Million Dollar Riders Todd Bergen and Todd Crawford dominated the rein work of the NRCHA Stakes preliminaries. Bergen piloted two horses - The One Time and Shiners Dun Juan - to a score of 222.5, while Crawford posted an identical marking to create a 3-way tie for the lead with One Fabulous Time. With Shiners Dun Juan, Bergen, of Eagle Point, Oregon, won the 2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship. The 4-year-old gelding, by Smart Shiner out of Cremes Chic Olena, is owned by Janiejill Tointon of Longmont, Colorado.
Bergen's other entry, The One Time, is a 4-year-old stallion that was also a finalist at the 2011 Snaffle Bit Futurity. The One Time, owned by Camela Essick of Clements, California, is by One Time Pepto out of Love Em N Lena. Bergen and The One Time lead the Open Stakes preliminaries with a 436.5 going into the cow work, having marked a 214 in the herd work on Wednesday.
Crawford, the NRCHA's leading all-time money earner, piloted another One Time Pepto foal - One Fabulous Time - to not only tie for the high rein work score in the Open, but also in the Novice Horse division. One Fabulous Time, out of Cat Mist, is owned by One Fabulous Time LLC.
Topping the Intermediate Open division with a 218.5 was Clayton Edsall and Mr Spook Nic. Mr Spook Nic, owned by Adrianna Adams, Oakdale, California, is a 4-year-old stallion. He is by Smart Spook out of Miss Nica Dual.
Edsall leads the Intermediate Open preliminary composite on his other entry, Skeets Oak Peppy, with a 433.5. Edsall and Skeets Oak Peppy, a 5-year-old gelding by Skeets Peppy out of Oak Ill Be, marked a 216.5 in the rein work, as well as a 217 in the herd work.
Becky Hurst and Nics The Smart topped the Limited Open division. Hurst and the 4-year-old stallion, by Nic It In The Bud out of Shining Smartly, marked a 212. Nics The Smart is owned by Lyndon Farms, of Wasilla, Alaska.
Jeff Veitch and Fifth Avenue Lena lead the Limited Open composite with a 425. Fifth Avenue Lena, a 4-year-old mare by Lenas Wright On out of Fifth Avenue Cash, is owned by Coal Creek Ranch of Ridgeway, Colorado. Veitch and Fifth Avenue Lena marked a 214 in the herd work and a 211 in the rein work.
In the Level 1 Limited Open division, which is decided in one go-round, Jason Gay and Cures All not only topped the rein work with a 210.5 - they also took the lead of the composite with a 416.5. Cures All is a 4-year-old gelding by Peptoboonsmal out of Lenas Lacy Moon, and is owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight of Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Photo: Todd Crawford by Primo Morales in 2011.