At the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions, Monday, February 16, it all came down to one more trip down the fence for finalists in the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby. The champions were determined when their fence work-only score was added to their three-event composite from the preliminaries.
Open Champions Shiney Nu Annie (Shining Spark x Annies Nu Lena x Nu Cash) and Chris Dawson, of Burneyville, Oklahoma, came into the finals in fourth place after the first three events, 7 points behind preliminary leader A Lil Dab Will Do (Cat Man Do x Dainty Little Step x Wimpys Little Step), bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate, of Vernon, Texas, and shown by Robert Chown of Gainesville, Texas, for the Barker Family Trust, of Whitesboro, Texas. Shiney Nu Annie turned in a gritty fence run, earning a big 150 from the judges to take home the winning paycheck of more than $12,300.
Shiney Nu Annie, a 2011 mare bred by Carol Rose, of Gainesville, Texas, and owned by Wagonhound Land and Livestock, of Douglas, Wyoming, was the 2014 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Champion with Dawson.
Another big 150 fence work score moved Jackson Land & Cattle LLC-bred stallion All That Boon (Peptoboonsmal x All That N Cat x High Brow Cat), shown by Nicolas Barthelemy, of Ramona, California, and owned by Sheri Jamieson, of La Jolla, California, into the top spot in the Derby Intermediate Open and Reserve in the Open. Barthelemy guided All That Boon to a composite 584 (142.5 herd/144 rein/147.5 cow/150 finals), claiming paychecks in excess of $12,000.
Rockys Surprize CD (That CD Rocks x Tangys Been Sunkist x Tangys Classy Peppy) and Mark Sigler, of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, collected three paychecks in the Aaron Ranch Derby, placing seventh in the Open, third in the Intermediate Open and winning the Limited Open Championship with a 577 (143 herd/144.5 rein/146.5 cow/143 finals). Their combined paychecks totaled more than $6,600.
Rockys Surprize CD is a 2011 mare owned by Dominic Conicelli, of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and bred by Robbie Ann Humphreys, of Clovis, California. This win more than doubled Rockys Surprize CD’s lifetime Equi-Stat record.
Hillsboro, Oregon, cowgirl Elizabeth Kania celebrated triple championships in Fort Worth, Texas, winning the Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro Derby riding Uno What Time It Flo (Uno What Time It Is x Dew It Flo x Mr Peponita Flo). The 2010 mare is owned by her mother, Renee Dubois, also of Hillsboro.
Kania scored a total 571.5 on four events (143.5 herd/144 rein/148 cow/136 finals), winning combined paychecks in excess of $4,200. Uno What Time It Flo was bred by Julie Vestal Gibbons, of Highlandville, Missouri.
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