The National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakesaction continued on Sunday, March 31, at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Open Stakes entries made their way through the second leg of preliminary competition, the herd work.
As the day came to an end in the Priefert Arena, California horseman Justin Wright not only took the lead in the go round, but also took the lead in the composite. Wright piloted Scooter Kat (Kit Kat Sugar x Scooters Daisy Dukes), owned by avid non pro competitor Eric Freitas, to the high herd work score of 224. In addition to the 220 the pair earned in the rein work yesterday, they now lead the composite with a 444. It was just a few short months ago Wright captured the 2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open reserve championship aboard Scooter Kat.
The second day of herd work will resume in the Priefert Arena at 8:00 a.m. Pacific time on Monday, April 1. Following one set of Level One Limited Open and Novice Horse Stakes entries, Non Pro and Non Pro Limited Stakes exhibitors will walk through the herd. The day will end with the robust Open Two Rein Spectacular herd work. For the free, live webcast, provided by NRCHA Official Videographer Equine Promotion, visit www.NRCHA.com.
The NRCHA Stallion Stakes is the second of four NRCHA premier events, and it pays out more than $600,000 in prize money. The event's success is largely due to its tie to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Subscribed stallion nominators pay a fee so 4- and 5-year-old offspring can be eligible to compete in the limited aged event portion of the show. Besides paying lucrative checks to the Stakes winners, the NRCHA also presents an incentive checks to the nominator of the Stakes Champion's sire in each division.
In addition to the Stakes divisions, the event offers a full slate of horse show classes, and several Spectaculars, including the $25,000 added Open Bridle Spectacular sponsored by Holy Cow Performance Horses.