Four NRCHA Stakes Champions and the Open Two Rein Champion Crowned In Las Vegas

The preliminary herd work, rein work and cow work go-rounds at the National Reined Cow Horse Association wrapped up Tuesday, April 2 at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The preliminary scores not only determine who will advance to the clean-slate finals on Saturday; they also determine Stakes Champions in four divisions: Open Novice Horse, Level 1 Limited Open, Amateur and Non Pro Limited.
Wednesday’s schedule of events also included the first of the Stakes horse show classes, the Open Two Rein.
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Erin Taormino won the Stakes Level 1 Limited Open on Shes Wright On.
Her winning run.

Shes Wright On/Erin Taormino from NRCHA Video on Vimeo.

Stakes Level 1 Limited Open Champion
Erin Taormino, resident trainer at Gardiner Quarter Horses, Ashland, Kans., won the NRCHA Stakes Level 1 Limited Open Championship on Shes Wright On (Hes Wright On x Sue C Shiner x Shining Spark). The 2009 mare is bred and owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner.
Taormino piloted Shes Wright On to a total 638 score (213 herd/214.5 rein/210.5 cow), earning $3,192. The title also came with a Gist buckle and C.R. Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA, and Platinum Performance product sponsored by Platinum.

“She’s been really consisten the whole show. I cut good cows for her out of the herd. In the rein work, I was really happy with the pattern she ran. I got a little excited in the fence work. I wanted to go really fast – probably faster than the cow! We’ll get another chance to go at it in the finals and I will slow down,” Taormino said, smiling.

Shes Wright On is one of three Gardiner-owned horses Taormino qualified for Saturday’s Stakes Limited Open and/or Intermediate Open Finals. She will also be showing Wrightin Chex (Hes Wright On x Miss Shiney Cash x Shining Spark) and Hearts Satin Fox (Heart Of A Fox x Satin Playboy x Freckles Playboy). The latter two horses are the Gardiners’ Non Pro show horses who Taormino rode in the Open due to the couple’s scheduling conflict.

“This is the first time i’ve showed them. I found out three weeks ago that I would be showing them. Garth and Amanda unfortunately couldn’t stay for the whole Stakes so they decided to let me show them, which is fantastic. I’m thankful that I got to show them,” Taormino said.

She and her husband, Anthony, both worked for NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Ore., for five years. They started with the Gardiners at the beginning of December 2013.

“We love it. it’s scary doing my own thing. This is the biggest horse show I’ve been to yet [since starting at the Gardiners’] and I was worried about falling on my face, but so far, so good. Garth and Amanda have been awesome. They’re giving me lots of opportunities which is what I want and need,” she said.

The Level 1 Limited Open Reserve Champion was Coco Before Chanel (Smart Little Pepinic x Montanas Fox), shown by Chris Krieg for owner Cassandra Biller, with a 634.5 (212 herd/211.5 rein/211 cow). Krieg collected a $2,660 paycheck and a $300 Farnam Prize Pack.

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Stakes Open Novice Horse Champion
The Novice Horse division was created to provide an opportunity for horses with modest lifetime earnings – less than $5,000 – to win more limited age event money. This division at the 2014 Stakes drew a big group of 34 entries.

The best score of the bunch belonged to Very Red Remedy (Very Smart Remedy x Flo N Blue Boon x Pretty Boy Boon), owned by Sheri Jamieson and shown by Nicolas Barthelemy. The 2010 mare worked her way to a total 646 on three events (215.5 herd/218 rein/212.5 cow).
The Championship paid $3,188 and came with a Gist buckle from the NRCHA and product sponsored by Platinum Performance.
Barthelemy, who operates Barthelemy Performance Horses in Ramona, Calif., qualified Very Red Remedy for the clean-slate Stakes Open finals on Saturday. The pair will also advance in the Intermediate Open, after claiming the high score in that division’s preliminary round.
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Stakes Amateur Champion
Wilder Jones, King Hill, Idaho, claimed the Stakes Amateur Championship aboard Very Bright (Very Smart Remedy x Shiners Miss Hickory x Shining Spark), a 2010 gelding bred and owned by his mother, NRCHA Million-Dollar Rider Anne Reynolds.
Jones scored a combined 625 (208 herd/204.5 rein/212.5 cow), earning a check for $1,188. He also collected a custom Gist buckle and C.R. Morrison Trophy sponsored by the NRCHA; a Cow Trac system from by Cow Trac, and Platinum Performance product.

Very Bright/Wilder Jones from NRCHA Video on Vimeo.

The Stakes Champions in most of the divisions also win a separate Sire Award check, which goes to the person who nominated their horse’s sire to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. In this case, the $1,000 Sire Award stayed in the family; Reynolds owns Very Bright’s sire, Very Smart Remedy, whose offspring have won more than $1 million in the NRCHA arena.
“My horse worked awesome. I could have been better in the reining because I fell out of lead. I could have worked better in the herd because I cut slow and only worked two cows. Down the fence, I should have had a better hold of my reins because they came out of my hands. They were crossed over when I went in, and when I came out, they were on the same side. There was some chaos in the first turn, but it was awesome, and he’s awesome,” Jones said of Very Bright, known as “John” around the barn.
Jones, a sophomore at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, began showing reined cow horses when he was in high school, and though college now prevents him from riding year-round, his enthusiasm for the sport has only increased.
“I always rode during the summer. My mom presented the opportunity to show these two horses if I came home and rode for spring break, so a week and a half ago I came home for ten days and rode and got prepared for the show, and got caught up with school to take the time off,” he said.
The biology major is new to the NRCHA limited age events, and admits showing a younger horse two-handed comes with some challenges.
 “Using both hands, that’s something I wasn’t accustomed to, especially in the cutting, and with younger horses, they’re not necessarily on the same page as you. You have to be more of a participant,” he said.
Jones thanked his mother and his grandmother, Joyce Pearson. He also credited his mother’s capable assistants, Ryan Thomas, Nic Brunelli and Gusti Buerger, for their help.
The Amateur Reserve Champion was Parke Greeson, riding Checkn Out The Ladys (Im Countin Checks x No Lady Wood x Zack T Wood). His composite 625 score (210 herd/212.5 rein/202 cow) was identical to Jones’s, but the first-place tie breaker, the cow work score, put him in the Reserve position. Greeson collected $891 and a $300 Farnam Prize Pack for the placing.
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Tangy Chexinic/Nicole Petty from NRCHA Video on Vimeo.

Stakes Non Pro Limited Champion
Roseburg, Ore., horsewoman Nicole Petty and her 2010 gelding, Tangy Chexinic, make a formidable team. They debuted together at the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, where they won the Non Pro Limited Championship, and Petty added another Premier Event title, the Stakes Non Pro Limited, to the pair’s resume in Las Vegas.
Petty scored a 634 (208 herd/211 rein/215 cow), earning $1,242. Her prizes were a Gist buckle and C.R. Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA.

“He was really good in the rein work. He kind of spooked down at the end where they let the cattle in so he was kind of worried after my first stop and after the first turnaround he wanted to blow, but I got him pulled back around and then he was good. He’s really, really good in front of a cow,” she said.

After carrying Petty to her Snaffle Bit Futurity title last fall, he enjoyed a well-deserved winter break and came back as steady as ever.
“We turned him out until January first. He got to stay out and be a horse. When we brought him back in, he pretty much felt the same. He’s really broke for a 4-year-old. My kids ride him, which makes him pretty special – a horse I can go show and that the kids can ride. I’m afraid that he may never leave. My son would never forgive me if I sold him,” Petty said.
The labor and delivery nurse and her husband, Bubba, have three children, aged 8, 3 and 2. For Nicole, leaving them at home with relatives was the hardest part of showing at the Stakes.
“I said if I didn’t win, I’m going to be really mad, because then it wouldn’t be worth leaving my kids,” Petty said, laughing. “I’ve never left them before.”

Bubba, also an avid reined cow horse competitor, won the Stakes Non Pro Preliminaries aboard the couple’s other 4-year-old gelding, Pepinics Lil Outlaw. Husband and wife do all their own training from their home in southwestern Oregon.

“We go and get help from [California professional trainer] Lance Johnston, and [Oregon professional trainer] Si Haaby helps us with our rein work, but only a couple of times a year. It’s hard for us to prepare for early spring shows because of the rain – we just have an 80 x 80 covered pen and we get tired of loping small circles. We have a big outdoor pen, but for the winter we’re 80 x 80 which makes it a little tough to get down the fence and lope big circles,” Petty said.

Schedule permitting, she hopes to show in the Non Pro Limited division at the NRCHA Derby in June.

“I think the Non Pro Limited division is awesome. I think it’s great for the NRCHA, and it gives horses who maybe aren’t good enough for the open or for the higher level non pros a place to go, and it gives us non pro limited riders a chance to show in the three-event deal,” she said.

The Stakes Non Pro Limited Reserve Champion was Linda Wood, riding Blessed Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Little Miraclena x Smart Little Lena). Their 630.5 composite (209 herd/202.5 rein/219 cow) earned $931.50 and a $300 Farnam Prize Pack.

More info at nrcha.com/shows-in-progress/

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Kelby Phillips and Hickory Holly Time at the 2013 Snaffle Bit Futurity
NRCHA Stakes Finalists Named
Hickory Holly Time (One Time Pepto x Hickorys Holly Cee x Doc’s’ Hickory) proved unstoppable in the Stakes Open preliminaries, and leads the field of 20 entries who will advance to Saturday’s clean slate finals.
The 2010 stallion, owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner, won the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Intermediate Open Championship under Phillips’ saddle.
A highlight of his performance in the Stakes preliminaries was his 222 rein work, which tied for the high score in that event.
NRCHA Stakes Open Finalists
1 Hickory Holly Time One Time Pepto Hickorys Holly Cee Phillips;Kelby Gardiner;Garth & Amanda 216.0 222.0 224.5 662.5
2 Jackies Sparkle Nic It In The Bud Shinersdiamondjackie Ralls;Phillip J. Roitblat;Estelle 219.0 219.0 218.5 656.5
3 Brother Jackson Peptoboonsmal Shes Icing Onthe Cat Davis;Zane Semanik;John 217.0 217.5 220.5 655.0
4 One Shiney Pistol One Time Pepto Shiners Lil Pistol Bergen;Todd A. Koepsell;Roxanne 216.5 220.5 215.5 652.5
5 Lil Shiny Long Legs Shining Spark Lil Lena Long Legs Davis;Zane Cannon;Michelle 213.0 221.0 218.0 652.0
6 – 7 Lenas Buddy Nic Nic It In The Bud Dual Lena Buttars;Brandon Siebel;Judy 214.0 217.5 220.0 651.5
6 – 7 Rubys Radar One Time Pepto Ruby Bagonia Davis;Zane Filippini;Billie 215.5 217.0 219.0 651.5
8 Lenas Last Time One Time Pepto Lenas Peppy Cutter Cushing;Corey D. Frank;Cathy Corrigan 218.5 216.0 216.5 651.0
9 Oh Cay Meriah Light N Lena Meradas Oh Cay Crawford;Todd Mothershead;Russ 216.0 216.0 218.5 650.5
10 Time For The Diamond One Time Pepto Diamonds With Style Dowers;Nick Triple D Ranches LLC 213.5 221.0 215.0 649.5
11 High Roller Rey Dual Rey Peptos Royal 001 Buttars;Brandon Davis Bros Perf Horses, LLC 212.0 217.0 219.5 648.5
12 This One Time One Time Pepto Katie Starlight Bergen;Todd A. Bailey;Pamela S. 215.5 221.0 211.0 647.5
13 Miss Sierras Song Doc At Night Sierras Lullabye Williamson;Doug Rivera;Victoria 211.0 219.0 217.0 647.0
14 – 17 Camilla The Cat WR This Cats Smart Bit Of Starlight Telford;Jake A. White;Newt 214.0 216.0 216.0 646.0
14 – 17 Very Red Remedy Very Smart Remedy Flo N Blu Boon Barthelemy;Nicolas Jamieson;Sheri 215.5 218.0 212.5 646.0
14 – 17 Peptos Shiney Pistol One Time Pepto Shiners Lil Pistol Bergen;Todd A. Koepsell;Roxanne 214.0 218.0 214.0 646.0
14 – 17 Cd Sparkle CD Olena Whiz N Spark Gorrell;Jake San Juan Ranch 210.0 211.0 225.0 646.0
18 – 20 Smart Nu Kash Quejanaisalena Nu Cash Box Emmons;Ron Fischer Farms 209.0 219.0 216.5 644.5
18 – 20 Nic It Starlight Nic It In The Bud Okie Starbella Barkemeyer;Brad W. Truex DVM;Barbara W. 214.5 211.0 219.0 644.5
18 – 20 Magicality Very Smart Remedy Magical Lena Reynolds;Anne Pearson;Joyce 214.5 222.0 208.0 644.5
NRCHA Stakes Intermediate Open Finalists
1 Very Red Remedy Very Smart Remedy Flo N Blu Boon Barthelemy;Nicolas Jamieson;Sheri 215.5 218.0 212.5 646.0
2 Nic It Starlight Nic It In The Bud Okie Starbella Barkemeyer;Brad W. Truex DVM;Barbara W. 214.5 211.0 219.0 644.5
3 Roany Red Boonlight Dancer Starlights Sally Roeser;Jon Dalton;Kim 213.0 213.0 216.5 642.5
4 – 5 Blessed Chic Smart Chic Olena Little Miraclena Luis;Mark Wood;Linda 216.0 210.0 215.0 641.0
4 – 5 Smooth Spring Smooth As A Cat Just A Plain Spring Edsall;Clayton Menini;Patrice 214.5 213.5 213.0 641.0
6 – 7 Too Long Til Autumn Autumn Acre Lil Lena Long Legs Collier;Sandy Fink;Tammy 207.0 214.0 219.5 640.5
6 – 7 Real Smooth Cat Smooth As A Cat Real Plain Jane Wold;Ken Perez;Daniel 211.0 219.0 210.5 640.5
8 Johnny Isalena Quejanaisalena Dual Train Edsall;Clayton Barney;Chelsea 206.0 216.0 217.5 639.5
9 A Starlit Diamond CD Lights Shiners Diamond Girl Robinson;Tucker San Juan Ranch 207.0 216.0 215.5 638.5
10 Shes Wright On Hes Wright On Sue C Shiner Taormino;Erin Gardiner;Garth & Amanda 213.0 214.5 210.5 638.0
11 Diesel Cat WR This Cats Smart Jenny Lee Pep Collier;Sandy Fink;Tammy 213.0 214.0 210.5 637.5
12 Its Bingo Time Peptos Lil Bingo Bbr Perfect Timin Nicolazzi;Riccardo Davis;Sarah 207.0 213.0 215.5 635.5
13 Coco Before Chanel Smart Little Pepinic Montanas Fox Krieg;Chris P Biller; Cassandra 212.0 211.5 211.0 634.5
14 – 15 Peptos Smart Remedy Peptoboonsmal Ima Smart Remedy Roeser;Jon Sprig Haven Farms 216.5 216.0 201.5 634.0
14 – 15 Kick Up The Lights CD Lights Kickback Nic Reaney;Wade Prudden;John 210.0 212.5 211.5 634.0
16 Full Throttle Pepnic Smart Little Pepinic Peppys Rockin Angel Daponde;Dan Scheck;John 206.0 215.5 211.5 633.0
NRCHA Stakes Limited Open Finalists
1 Shes Wright On Hes Wright On Sue C Shiner Taormino;Erin Gardiner;Garth & Amanda 213.0 214.5 210.5 638.0
2 Its Bingo Time Peptos Lil Bingo Bbr Perfect Timin Nicolazzi;Riccardo Davis;Sarah 207.0 213.0 215.5 635.5
3 Coco Before Chanel Smart Little Pepinic Montanas Fox Krieg;Chris P Biller; Cassandra 212.0 211.5 211.0 634.5
4 Full Throttle Pepnic Smart Little Pepinic Peppys Rockin Angel Daponde;Dan Scheck;John 206.0 215.5 211.5 633.0
5 – 7 Little One Time One Time Pepto Hicks Little Diamond Lee; Flint D. Lee;Kenny Or Tammy 208.0 206.5 217.0 631.5
5 – 7 Wrightin Checks Hes Wright On Miss Shiney Cash Taormino;Erin Gardiner;Garth & Amanda 207.0 210.0 214.5 631.5
5 – 7 Coloradoboonsmal Peptoboonsmal Miss Playboys Josie Vogel;Keith Swanson;Conrad T. 209.0 215.5 207.0 631.5
8 Nics Shiney Dresser Nic It In The Bud Shiney And Dressy Daponde;Dan Jeppesen;Dallan 200.0 214.5 216.5 631.0
NRCHA Stakes Non Pro Finalists
1 Pepinics Lil Outlaw Smart Little Pepinic Pand Delight Petty;Bubba Petty;Bennirus Or Nicole 213.0 216.5 214.0 643.5
2 Two Kitties Smooth As A Cat SR Jaguar Hays;Tammy Jo Greeman/Hays 213.5 217.0 208.0 638.5
3 Smart Shiney Pistol Smart Chic Olena Shiners Lil Pistol Ferguson;Dave A. Ferguson;Dave A. 207.0 213.5 214.0 634.5
4 Bless Your Hart Heart Of A Fox Oaks Jewel Doll Wilhite;Tish Wilhite;Tish 207.0 208.5 217.0 632.5
5 Hick Olena Hick Chicaroo Miss Ann Oleana McCarty;Shannon McCarty;Shannon 211.0 211.0 209.0 631.0
6 Uno What Time It Flo Uno What Time It Is Dew It Flo Kania;Elizabeth Dubois;Renee 213.0 209.0 208.0 630.0
7 Smart Peppy Doc Doll Smart Peppy Doc Docs Miss Baby Hall Heath;Toni Hagan Heath;Dan 213.0 211.5 204.0 628.5
NRCHA Stakes Intermediate Non Pro Finalists
1 Pepinics Lil Outlaw Smart Little Pepinic Pand Delight Petty;Bubba Petty;Bennirus Or Nicole 213.0 216.5 214.0 643.5
2 Hick Olena Hick Chicaroo Miss Ann Oleana McCarty;Shannon McCarty;Shannon 211.0 211.0 209.0 631.0
3 Uno What Time It Flo Uno What Time It Is Dew It Flo Kania;Elizabeth Dubois;Renee 213.0 209.0 208.0 630.0
4 Smart Peppy Doc Doll Smart Peppy Doc Docs Miss Baby Hall Heath;Toni Hagan Heath;Dan 213.0 211.5 204.0 628.5
5 Checkn Out The Ladys Im Countin Checks No Lady Wood Greeson;Parke Greeson;Parke 210.0 212.5 202.5 625.0
6 Dera Cat Smooth As A Cat Dera Dually De Haan;Harry De Haan;Harry 209.0 208.0 202.0 619.0
NRCHA Stakes Novice Non Pro Finalists
1 Pepinics Lil Outlaw Smart Little Pepinic Pand Delight Petty;Bubba Petty;Bennirus Or Nicole 213.0 216.5 214.0 643.5
2 Hick Olena Hick Chicaroo Miss Ann Oleana McCarty;Shannon McCarty;Shannon 211.0 211.0 209.0 631.0
3 Checkn Out The Ladys Im Countin Checks No Lady Wood Greeson;Parke Greeson;Parke 210.0 212.5 202.5 625.0
4 Dera Cat Smooth As A Cat Dera Dually De Haan;Harry De Haan;Harry 209.0 208.0 202.0 619.0
5 Chex Out My Tomcat Tomcat Chex Freckles Award Wilson;Kathy Wilson;Kathy 206.0 214.5 197.0 617

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Doug Williamson Wins Open Two Rein Championship on ARC Sparkin Chics

Perennial champion Doug Williamson, Bakersfield, Calif., left no doubt in the Open Two Rein class, winning the Championship aboard ARC Sparkin Chics (Chic Please x Sailing Spark x Shining Spark) by a wide 7-point margin. The 2008 stallion is owned by Rocking J Ranch.
The eye-catching buckskin delivered the high score in both the rein work and the cow work as he laid down an untouchable 441 composite (219.5 rein/221.5 cow).
The Championship paid $2,220. Williamson also won a C.R. Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA and a $50 gift certificate and cooler tote bag sponsored by Santa Cruz Biotechnologies.
ARC Sparkin Chics and Doug Williamson’s winning run.

ARC Sparkin Chics/Doug Williamson from NRCHA Video on Vimeo.

The Open Two Rein Reserve Champion was Hot Pink Brakes (Peptoboonsmal x Sticky Brakes x Grays Starlight), shown by Dan Daponde for owner John Scheck. They scored a combined 434 (216.5 rein/217.5 cow), earning $1,776.
Pictured at right: Doug Williamson, his wife, Carol and ARC Sparkin Chics after winning the Open Hackamore Championship at the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.