Two legs of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby Open Preliminary competition are in the books. The rein work phase of the competition took place Friday, October 28. Todd Crawford and Moms Silverado Cat had the high score of the rein work, marking a 222.5. The go-round win was accompanied by a check for $900. Moms Silverado Cat, by High Brow Cat out of Moms Stylish Pepto, is owned by Rhodes River Ranch.
While Crawford, an NRCHA Million Dollar Rider, had the high rein work score, Zane Davis and Reymanator are leading the Open Composite with a 444. Davis and Reymanator had the high herd work score - a 224 - and came back with another solid performance in the rein work to mark a 220. Reymanator, owned by John Semanik, is by Dual Rey and out of Savannah Hickory.
The high score of the Intermediate Open rein work belonged to Ron Emmons and Reygans Smart Lena, who had a 221.5. Owner Doug Granade received $250 for the win. Emmons and Reygans Smart Lena, by Dual Rey out of Smart Fancy Lena, also lead the Intermediate Open composite with a 438, having marked a 216.5 in the herd work.
Limited Open rein work and composite accolades go to Jason Romney and Judge Boon, who marked a 219.5 in the rein work to take home $75. The pair also had the high score of the Limited Open herd work, a 217.5, for the high Limited Open composite score of 437.
The Open, Intermediate Open, and Limited Open Finalists will be decided Saturday morning following the cow work.
Complete results can be found by visiting www.nrcha.com. The entire event is being webcast live thanks to NRCHA Official Videographers Galloping Video. To view the webcast, visit www.gallopingvideo.com.
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 taken earlier in the year.