Tucker Robinson and Smart Circle Cat bested 66 other entries to take the top spot of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes Open preliminary herd work. Competing at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek, Arizona, Robinson and the 4-year-old cow horse impressed the judges to the tune of 219. Smart Circle Cat, by WR This Cats Smart out of Circle N Show Girl, is owned by Duane and Denise Gragg, of Lincoln, California. The pair also leads the Open Novice Horse division. Robinson, of California, is a former NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion, with lifetime earnings nearing $400,000.
Edsall and Parkinson Tie for Intermediate Open High Herd Work Score
Clayton Edsall and Shadd Parkinson marked identical scores of 217 for the high score of the Intermediate Open divisions. Edsall, Oakdale, California, marked the score on his horse, Skeets Oak Peppy, a 5-year-old gelding by Skeets Peppy out of Oak Ill Be. Parkinson is competing on TR Spooky Cat, another 5-year-old gelding by TR Dual Rey out of Haintscatsnholycows. TR Spooky Cat is owned by Christa Hampton of Cave Creek, Arizona.
Jeff Vetich Marks High Limited Open Herd Work Score
With a score of 214, Jeff Vetich and Fifth Avenue Lena topped the Limited Open division. Vetich was riding the 4-year-old cow horse for Coal Creek Ranch of Ridgeway, Colorado. Fifth Avenue Lena is by Lenas Wright On out of Fifth Avenue Cash.
Hansen and Gay Lead Level 1 Limited Open Division
The Level 1 Limited Open Division championship is decided in one go-round - and Stacey Hansen and Jason Gay lead the class with identical scores of 206. Hansen was riding Survive These Lips, owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses LLC of Santa Ynez, California. Survive These Lips is a 4-year-old mare by CD Survivor out of Lipschic. Gay, competing for Kevin and Sydney Knight of Scottsdale, Arizona, was riding Cures All. Cures All is a 4-year-old gelding by Peptoboonsmal out of Lenas Lacy Moon.
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