It was an emotional win for National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Million Dollar Rider and two-time NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Corey Cushing as the Scottsdale, Arizona-based horseman rode Cathy Corrigan Frank’s PRF Spoonful Of Gold (Hes A Peptospoonful x Sons Miss Sprat x Sons Rushette) to the Championship at the Kalpowar World’s Greatest Horseman event, held Feb. 21 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Cushing jumped out to an early lead in the composite after two events, marking a 222 in the herd work and winning the rein work round with a 226. He and PRF Spoonful Of Gold scored another 222 in the steer stopping, holding the lead after three events. The duo secured the Championship after marking a 219 in the fence work.
The Kalpowar World’s Greatest Horseman Championship paid $25,000 and came with a Bob’s Custom Saddle and Gist buckle sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses; a C.R. Morrison Trophy sponsored by NRCHA Official Videographer Equine Promotion; a gift card from Santa Cruz Animal Health; custom ostrich boots from Rios of Mercedes; a prize packet from Farnam; a gift certificate from Platinum Performance; and a monogrammed saddle pad from Classic Equine.
Cushing and the Michael Schraeder-bred horse, known around the barn as “Rock Star,” won over the hearts of the packed house in Fort Worth, Texas’ John Justin arena, earning big ovations as they built steadily toward the coveted World’s Greatest Horseman title.
The Reserve Championship, worth $17,000, went to Phillip Ralls, of Paso Robles, California, and Dom Dualuise (Dual Rey x Smart Little Xx x Smart Little Lena), owned by Chris Larson, of Park City, Utah. The Bettina Jary-Mathis-bred gelding and his trainer earned an 886 total on four (218.5 herd/217 rein/225 steer/225.5 cow).
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