Shinin Peaches and Jay McLaughlin win Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Open Novice Horse Title
Shinin Peaches (Shining Spark x Ima Smart Remedy x Smart Little Lena), shown by Jay McLaughlin for owners JT and Sandra Neal, won the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Open Novice Horse Championship Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
McLaughlin, who is the Aaron Ranch head trainer, piloted the 2010 mare to a 644.5 composite score (216 herd/216.5 rein/212 cow), earning $1,999. McLaughlin also collected a Gist buckle, monogrammed jacket and a $50 gift certificate from NRCHA Corporate Partner Santa Cruz Biotechnologies.
“It was great to win on this horse,” McLaughlin said, explaining that Shinin Peaches had some tough luck at the 2013 Snaffle Bit Futurity, barely missing the Open finals. The talented buckskin mare is sired by NRCHA $3 Million Sire Shining Spark and out of a full sister to NRCHA Million Dollar Sire Very Smart Remedy.
Shinin Peaches and McLaughlin also earned a berth in the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Open Finals Monday, February 17. The finals this year consist of fence work only, with that score added to the previous three scores in the preliminaries to determine the winners.
The top 20 Derby Open riders, plus ties, advance to Monday’s finals. In the Intermediate Open, the top 16 plus ties will move on, and 10 finalists will compete for the Limited Open title.
Shinin Peaches and Jay McLaughlin won the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Open Novice Horse Championship and advance to the Open finals Monday, Feb. 15.
Mark Sigler, Yep Pretty Purdy Win Derby Level 1 Limited Open
Yep Pretty Purdy (Pretty Boy Cat x Purdy Pistol x Peppy San Badger), a 2009 mare shown by Mark Sigler, Collegeville, Pa., and owned by Dom Conicelli, came back strong in the fence work to capture the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Level 1 Limited Open championship. Sigler guided her to one of the top fence scores of the day, a 220, topping off a 634 composite score and winning $1,783, including the first-place go round money in the fence work.
Sigler admitted he felt less than ready to show Yep Pretty Purdy in Fort Worth because harsh weather made it difficult to maintain his show horses over the winter.
“We haven’t been able to ride outside since November,” he said. “My indoor is real small. I really came very unprepared, and it showed in the in the reining and in the cutting, but down the fence, she’s always been plenty good.”
Sigler and Yep Pretty Purdy also earned a berth in Monday’s Intermediate and Limited Open Finals.
Parke Greeson Wins Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Amateur Championship
In only his second time to show at a major National Reined Cow Horse Association limited age event, Parke Greeson, Lubbock, Texas, won the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Amateur Championship aboard Checkn Out The Ladys (Im Countin Checks x No Lady Wood x Zack T Wood).
“I was fortunate enough to have three good runs,” the polite 21-year-old horseman said. “He stopped pretty decent in the reining. In the fence work, the cow ran a little bit but he headed good both directions.”
Greeson and the 2010 gelding earned a 644.5 (210.5 herd/215 rein/219 cow), and their prize paycheck, including go-round money, totaled $3,154. He also collected a custom Gist buckle and monogrammed jacket, both courtesy of the Derby title sponsor, Aaron Ranch. Greeson also won the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro preliminaries, and will advance to Monday’s fence work-only finals in those divisions.
Greeson bought Checkn Out The Ladys last February from leading professional and NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Boyd Rice. Greeson’s first NRCHA limited age event was the 2013 Snaffle Bit Futurity, where he earned a check in the Level 1 Limited Open.
Greeson’s parents showed cutting horses in the past with Boyd Rice’s father, Sonny Rice. Greeson particularly thanked Boyd for helping him develop as a horseman.
“He’s just taken me in and let me hang out with him, and that’s been a blessing,” he said. “I wouldn’t have won anything if it wasn’t for him and Matt Koch.”
Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Amateur Champion Parke Greeson and Checkn Out The Ladys.
The top nine Non Pro; top eight Intermediate Non Pro; and top seven Novice Non Pro riders in the preliminaries will advance to Monday’s fence work-only finals.
Jim Lane Wins Derby Non Pro Limited
Jim Lane, Whitesboro, Texas, went shopping for his first new belt in almost six years after winning the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Non Pro Limited Championship aboard his 2010 mare, Chics Stylish Oak (Smart Chic Olena x Smart Stylena x Doc’s Stylish Oak).
“I’m just happy. I’m excited. This is great! I only buy a new belt when I win a buckle, and I won my last one in 2008,” he said.
Lane scored a 616.5 (205 herd/204.5 rein/207 cow), winning $1,238, including go-round money. A reining competitor since 1993, Lane decided it was time for a change, and became serious about reined cow horses last year. He bought Chics Stylish Oak from one of his insurance clients and showed her at the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, under the guidance of Jacksboro, Texas, professional Chris Dawson.
“I enjoy the cow horse so much. There’s nothing more exhilarating than stepping up to a cow, because you never know what’s going to happen,” he said.
Competing in the historic Will Rogers Coliseum was a particular thrill, Lane said.
“Just to walk in that arena, and to think of the horses that have walked down that tunnel and been under those lights – it is very cool. Every time I walked in there, I stopped to think, probably every horse on her extended pedigree has walked into that arena at some point. I loved it.”
Jim Lane won the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Non Pro Limited Championship.