Open and non pro riders took center stage at the Paso Robles Event Center, in Paso Robles, California. The top combined score rode away with the prestigious NRCHA Derby Champion title and a share of more than $340,000.
While Clayton Edsall has many championship titles under his belt, winning the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby was a first. The NRCHA professional, from Oakdale, California, rode Bet He Sparks (Bet Hesa Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark) to a 220 in the herd work, a 219.5 in the rein work and a 222 in the fence work. The 5-year-old gelding is owned by K & L Phillips, LLC.
Metallic Freckle (Metallic Cat x Jasmin Sweet Freckle x Widows Freckles) and Tucker Robinson, the reserve champions, earned $22,834 for owner Anna Lisa Luna.
Derby Limited Open Champion
Horse shows have always been a family affair for the Fishers. Wyatt Fisher, of Nipomo, California, guided his parents, Jayson and Teresa Fisher's, TravalinOnMoonshine (Cats Moonshine x Travalin Miss Mosa x Travalena) to a 637 composite (212.5 herd/ 212.5 rein/ 212 cow).
Derby Intermediate Non Pro Champion
Kathy Wilson and Ima Prizcee Hickory (Cee Mr Hickory x Nu Prize x Smokums Prize) were crowned the Intermediate Non Pro champions. Wilson piloted her 4-year-old gelding to a 209 in the herd work, 213.5 in the rein work and 219.5 down the fence. The 642 composite earned the California non pro $3,459.
Derby Novice Non Pro Champion
Thanks to a 640 composite, Mandy Lizama and San Master Peppy (Smart Little Pepinic x Masters Miss Pici x Master Remedy) rode away with the Novice Non Pro champion and Intermediate Non Pro reserve champion titles. The non pro competitor from Stevinson, California, scored a 213 in the herd work, 211 in the reining and 216 in the cow work, earning more than $4,200 in the finals.
Auspicious Storm (Auspicious Cat x Xtra Smart Swiss x Smart Little Lena) and Lori Conrow claimed reserve and $1,153.
$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion
Linda Katz is back in the saddle, again, and in a big way. She piloted her gelding, LenaLilToTheWright (Lenas Wright On x Shining Survivor x Shining Spark) to first place in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited. The 287.5 composite (144 rein/ 143.5 cow) was accompanied with a $420 win check and plethora of prizes.
CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular Champion
Bridle spectaculars at NRCHA premier events were created to showcase the ultimate reined cow horse - the bridle horse. These seasoned veterans have spent years in programs that follow the traditional Vaquero training methods.
The CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular, named in honor of the late, great stallion owned by NRCHA breeder sponsor Holy Cow Performance Horses, is a $25,000-added event that is filled with some of the best horses and horsemen and women in the country.
Before the score was announced, the crowd gave timeless horseman Doug Williamson a standing ovation for his flawless fence work. Remaining on their feet poised for the score, when a 231 was announced the crowd cheered wildly for the California cowboy. At 77 years young, the NRCHA Hall of Rider earned a 77 cow work score from each of the five judges.
The 2019 Holy Cow Performance Horses CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular championship belonged to Doug Williamson and ARC Sparkin Chics (Chic Please x Sailing Spark x Shining Spark). Williamson, of Bakersfield, California, piloted the 2008 stallion, owned by the Rocking J Ranch, to a 665 composite (216 herd/ 218 rein/ 231 cow).
ARC Sparkin Chics has spent his entire show career in Williamson's program, since the age of two. At the 2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity ® the duo finished fourth place in the Open Finals. Over the years, Williamson and the buckskin stallion have been a fierce and staple competitor in the spectaculars and bridle classes, but tonight's accolade was a first for both horse and rider.
Finishing reserve in the $25,000-added CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular was Zane Davis showing Rubys Radar (One Time Pepto x Ruby Bagonia x Peppy San Badger) for owner C Ranches. The NRCHA Million Dollar Rider, from Blackfoot, Idaho, piloted the 2010 stallion to a 218.5 in the herd work, a 222.5 in the rein work and a 218.5 in the cow work. The 659.5 composite scored the duo a $9,480 win check.
Derby Open Novice Horse Champion
It was Kelby Phillips and Kreyzy Horse (Dual Rey x Shes Twice As Smooth x Smooth As A Cat) that rode away with the Derby Open Novice Horse title. The 2015 stallion, owned by DT Horses, scored a 219 in the herd work, a 219 in the rein work and 215 in the cow work. The 653 composite earned the team $2,655 for the win and spot in the clean-slate Open Finals.
Derby Level One Limited Open Champion
Sunni McCormick and Just Call Me Earl (Once In A Blu Boon x CP Peekn Sneakn Blue x Peeka Pep) were crowned Derby Level One Limited Open champions at the 2019 NRCHA Derby, presented by Cats Picasso. The California horsewoman piloted Devon Camilleri's 2014 gelding to a 645 composite (216 herd/ 215.5 rein/ 213.5 cow).
Non Pro Bridle Spectacular Champion
Lindsey James and Maximum Spoonful (Hes A Peptospoonful x PG Maxine x Playgun) captured the NRCHA Derby Non Pro Bridle Spectacular championship with a 645.5 composite. James, from San Luis Obispo, California, piloted her gray gelding to a 219 in the herd, a 206.5 in the reining and a 220 down the fence.
Select Non Pro Bridle First Place
Winning the Select Non Pro Bridle, with a 426.5 composite (210.5 rein/216 cow), was Diane Shaffer and her long-time equine partner ARC Sparked Interest (Chic Please x Sailing Spark x Shining Spark). The duo also tied for second place in the Novice Non Pro Bridle.
Open Two Rein Spectacular & Open Two Rein Champion
Topping the popular Open Two Rein Spectacular and Open Two Rein was Jay McLaughlin and Shiney Outlaw, owned by Michelle Cannon. The NRCHA Million Dollar Rider, of Clarendon, Texas, rode the 2012 stallion by Shiners Nickle out of Mereyda, by Dual Rey, to a 662.5 composite (217 herd/ 220.5 rein/ 225 cow).
Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular & Non Pro Two Rein Champion
The Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular and Non Pro Two Rein championship titles belong to Jamie Roberts and Catzby (High Brow Cat x Reymanising x Dual Rey). Roberts, from Visalia, California rode Catzby, owned by her parents, Jim and Linda Schrack, to 207 in the herd work, a 219 in the rein work and a 222.5 in the cow work.
Open Bridle Champion
NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Phillip Ralls was crowned the NRCHA Derby Open Bridle Champion aboard Short N Catt (Sophisticated Catt x Shortys Sugar Sue x Shorty Lena). The Paso Robles, California, horseman scored a 145.5 in the rein work and 148 down the fence for a composite of 293.5 for owner Sarah Davis.
Intermediate Open Bridle Champion
Wyatt Fisher, of Nipomo, California, rode Prize Winning Gal (Smokums Prize x Ill Be A Winning Gal x Ill Be Smart), owned by his parents Jayson and Teresa Fisher, to first place in the Intermediate Open Bridle. The 291 composite score (144.5 rein/ 146.5 cow).
Limited Open Bridle Champion
Claiming the Limited Open Bridle championship, for owner Dana Jones, was Mallory Holland Valdez aboard She Takes The Prize (Smokums Prize x Bellota Cash x Nu Cash). Valdez earned a 275 composite.
Derby Non Pro Limited High Rein Work & Composite Score
Adrianna Adams topped the chart of the Non Pro Limited Derby rein work. Adams piloted Nu Kid On The Block (Dual Smart Rey x Special Nu Kitty x High Brow Cat) to a 219 in the rein work. Combined with her 211 in the herd work, the pair lead the composite heading into Thursday's cow work.