National Reined Cow Horse Association leading rider Todd Crawford has made history once again, becoming the association's first $2 Million Rider. Crawford, who won the 2006 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, has also been named the American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman of the Year. His earnings in the National Reining Horse Association exceed $866,000, and he is a two-time United States Equestrian Federation Champion.
In the reined cow horse world, Crawford passed the million dollar mark in 2006, when he won the Snaffle Bit Futurity on Smart Crackin Chic, and was the association's leading open rider in 1999, 2005-2007, and 2009. He achieved $2 million rider status at the 2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, and he now has NRCHA earnings of $2,012,000. Crawford won over $75,000 on five horses during the Snaffle Bit Futurity, led by Cat Can Dew with $38,875. He also won money on Fancy Boons N All, Sinful Cat, Hes A Stylish Rey, and Ill Be Skeets.
Crawford, who began showing cow horses in the late '80s, noted, "You try be competitive at every event you show in, and, for me, that's where the excitement comes from. Winning this much is just a bi-product of doing what I love."
He was quick to give credit to his wife, Pam, and his family, for being a large part of his success. He added, "I also have a great group of sponsors who support me. Over the years I've been blessed with wonderful owners who have given me the opportunity to have some very talented horses. All of them deserve a big thank you as well."
Crawford has been involved in the reined cow horse industry as an executive board member in the past, and has just been re-elected to the Board for 2012.
The NRCHA, now in its 62nd year, is the governing body of reined cow horse competition. The NRCHA 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, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Cinch, Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, John Deere, Markel Insurance, Merial products ULCERGARD and EQUIOXX, Nutrena, Pfizer Animal Health, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, San Juan Ranch - A Division of Santa Cruz Biotechnology, and the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, 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.
Photo: Todd Crawford by Primo Morales.