Tres Osos Derby Open and Non Pro action, which began on Thursday, February 13 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, came to a close in John Justin Arena with the crowning of champions across all divisions.
In true reined cow horse fashion, it all came down to the fence work with elite 4- and 5-year-old reined cow horses gunning for a piece of the $295,011 awarded across all Derby divisions.
Hott Rod (Hottish x Sugars Smart Kitty x High Brow Cat) and Corey Cushing scorched the competition with 668 (225 herd/ 226 rein/ 217 cow) to earn $27,874 for owner Lynne Wurzer. Cushing needed to be no less than a 215.5 in the cow work to tie with eventual reserve champion Kreyzy Horse (Dual Rey x Shes Twice As Smooth x Smooth As A Cat). Kreyzy Horse was ridden by Kelby Phillips for DT Horses, LLC, to a 666.5 (220 herd/ 227 rein/ 219.5) worth $20,539.
Duallicious (Dual Spark x Unos Charm x Smart Little Uno) owned by Becky Smith and ridden by Robert Smith III scored a 651.5 (207 herd/ 220 rein/ 224.5 cow) worth $8,517 to top the Derby Intermediate Open.
With a silky smooth 222.5 in the cow work, it was Reyny Day Nickle (Shiners Nickle x Tootsie Rey x Dual Rey) and Daniel Sanchez who took the Derby Limited Open championship for owner Donna Russo. Reyny Day Nickle and Sanchez put up a cumulative 650 (216 herd/ 211.5 rein) worth $3,362.
Earning the Derby Level 1 Limited Open title was Half Past Boon (Half Time Report x Boonalicious x Peptoboonsmal) with a 641.5 (210 herd/ 219.5 rein/ 212 cow) to bank $3,924. Half Past Boon is owned by Rocking J Ranch, Inc., and ridden by Jesus Roman.
Holding down the top spot in the Derby Open Novice Horse composite was SJR Diamond In Style (CD Diamond x Stylish Little Oak x Playin Stylish) ridden by Jake Gorrell for San Juan Ranch to a cumulative 656 (217 herd/ 218.5 rein/ 220.5 cow) worth $3,636.
Topping the Derby Non Pro division to earn $4,924 was Myles Brown riding Rob A. Brown’s Twice In A Blu Moon (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x Little Trona). Brown scored a cumulative 658 (217 herd/ 214.5 rein/ 226.5 cow.
Dillon Cox and TimeForLightening (One Time Pepto x SDP Gretchens Kitty x Hydrive Cat) won both the Intermediate and Novice Non Pro Derbies thanks to a 642 composite (209 herd/ 213 rein/ 220 cow). Cox earned $2,368 in the Intermediate and another $1,061 in the Novice.
Sibling rivalry was on display with Dillon’s brother Dakota riding Meradas Cash Bar (Ktz Rey Of Cash x Meradas Bar Star x Meradas Money Talks) to reserve honors in the Derby Intermediate and Novice Non Pro divisions. Dakota earned the Derby Amateur composite and $1,863 thanks to his 637 (205 herd/ 212.5 rein/ 219.5 cow).
Lori Frampton-Crafton and Candy Rap (Rap Cat x TR Dual Gal x TR Dual Rey), owned by Debbie Crafton, earned the Non Pro Limited Derby Championship and a check for $2,620 thanks to their cumulative score of 643 (209 herd/ 214 rein/ 220 cow).
Earning the Limited Open Hackamore world championship was Half Past Boon (Half Time Report x Boonalicious x Peptoboonsmal) ridden by Jesus Roman for Rocking J Ranch. Roman scored a 436.5 (214.5 rein/ 222 cow) to earn $4,060.
The Non Pro Two Rein world champion was Colorado cowgirl Lannie-Jo Lisac riding LooksLikeLuckToMe (Smart Boons x Dual Lookin Pep x Dual Pep ) with a 435 (219 rein/ 216 cow).
Barbara Cox aboard Shiners Darby (Shining Spark x Tari Darlin x Taris Catalyst) with a 428 (211 rein/ 217 cow) took home the title of Non Pro Limited world championship along with $4,120.
World Champion in Limited Open Bridle is You CD Signs (High Sign Nugget x Big CD Lights x Play Mia CD) ridden by Cody Crow for Ardith Alcorn celebrating the win. Putting up a 433 (213.5 rein/ 219.5 cow), the team earned $3,940.
In the Open Two Rein a dominant performance by Sinfully Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Sinful Style x Docs Stylish Oak) ridden by Wade Reaney produced a world championship against a tough field of competitors. Owned by Karen Olson, Sinfully Smart Cat and Reaney put up a 440 (214 rein/ 226 cow) to earn $6,447.
Katherine G. De Haan, DVM, rode Shiners Lil Nickle (Shiners Nickle x Lil Lena Long Legs x Smart Little Lena) to the world championship Intermediate Non Pro Bridle title with a 432 composite (214.5 rein/ 217.5 cow) to earn $3,438.
MoonShineAndTwoAdvil (Metallic Cat x Little Short Stuff x Shorty Lena), ridden expertly by Shawn Hays for owner Angela Massey, received a massive 228 in the cow work to capture the Open Hackamore World Championship with their cumulative 443 (215.5 rein). The win was worth $9,000. 3rd place went to Bet Hesa Boon (Bet Hesa Cat x Flo N Blu Boon) ridden by Clayton Edsall for owner Beverly Servi.
World champion Novice Non Pro Bridle went to Neil Taylor riding Hickorys Prize Doll (Smokums Prize x Hickorys Poco Doll x Docs Hickory) to a 433 composite (215.5 rein/ 217.5 cow) to earn $3,330.
Earning the $5,000 Non Pro Limited world championship is Jeffrey Heyer riding PaddysStarlightChic to a 430.5 (211.5 rein/ 219 cow). The 2010 mare owned is by Self Shine and out of RN Starlights Chic by Smart Chic Olena. Reserve went to Chelsea Edsall riding Skeets Oak Peppy.