It was a full day of herd work at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby, held at the picturesque Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center in Queen Creek, Arizona. The preliminaries for the Open divisions were held first, and a familiar team held court at the top of the leaderboard.
Fresh off an Open Hackamore Championship at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, Zane Davis and Reymanator took a half-point lead in the preliminary round, marking a 224. Davis and Reymanator, by Dual Rey out of Savannah Hickory, were the 2009 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champions, and have won over $140,000. The 5-year-old gelding is owned by John Semanik of Jacksonville, Florida.
Marking the high score of both the Intermediate and Limited Open divisions was Jason Romney and Judge Boon with a 217.5. The 5-year-old stallion, by Peptoboonsmal out of Missuma, is owned by Cache Valley Stallion Syndicate LLC.
Currently leading the race for the Level 1 Limited Open Derby Championship, which is decided in one go-round, is Matt Hoekenga and IX Smart Starlight with a 204. IX Smart Starlight, by Dox White Rabbit out of Amys Pic, is owned by Liz Younger.
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: Shawn Hayes taken in April of this year.