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Jake Telford Leaves His Mark at Celebration of Champions

NabiscoRoan JTelfordOpen Bridle World Champions Nabisco Roan and Jake Telford • Photo by Kelsey PecsekCapping off an incredible week of National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions action and earning his second World Championship of the day, Idaho horseman Jake Telford teamed with Holy Cow Performance Horses’ Nabisco Roan for the prestigious Open Bridle win.

Nabisco Roan (Boonlight Dancer x Crackin x Smart Little Lena) and his trainer accumulated a 441.5-point score (216.5 rein/ 225 cow), worth $7,912. Telford, who has a long history with the 10-year-old Polo Ranch-bred stallion, credits Nabisco Roan for some of the most thrilling fence runs of his career, yesterday’s being no exception. 

“I’ve had some of the most amazing fence runs ever on this horse,” he said. “I won the [Open] Two-Rein on him when this show was in San Angelo, [Texas,] and that was probably to this day one of the most picture-perfect fence runs I’ve ever had. He runs so hard and he stops so huge. Once he figured it out, he really figured out the fence work.”

Now Telford is cultivating the talent of reined cow horse prospects sired by Nabisco Roan, as well. 

“It’s fun for me to know how this horse was to train and to then train some of his colts. I get excited to go to the barn and see how they’re progressing and to know what I went through with him. It’s a fun process.”

Telford credited the stallion’s owners at Holy Cow Performance Horses for their faith in his training and for providing him with good horses to show.

“I can never thank Nancy Crawford-Hall enough,” Telford said. “She took a chance on me when I wasn’t really well-known, and she raised my training to the level that it is now. She provided me with some horses that just made a world of difference. I just can’t ever thank her enough.” 

The Open Bridle Reserve World Championship was split between Truckin Chics Rule (NMSU Truckin Chex x A Nic O Chic x Smart Chic Olena), ridden by Tucker Clark for owner Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch, and High Brow Shiner (Shining Lil Nic x High Brow Meow x High Brow Cat), ridden by Doug Williamson for Belle Meade Ranch. Each horse-and-rider team earned 433-point composites and a $4,272 paycheck.

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