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Smart N Smokin Rey Tops Limited Open Bridle

SmartNSmokinRey BJohnsonLimited Open Bridle World Champions Smart N Smokin Rey and Brandy Johnson • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

The Limited Open Bridle Championship came down to the very last run last night at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions, held Feb. 14-20 in Fort Worth, Texas. In the end, it was Smart N Smokin Rey and Brandy Johnson who grabbed the World title.

Working from the 10th position in the draw, Johnson, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, guided her 7-year-old gelding Smart N Smokin Rey (Dual Smart Rey x Smart Little Nina x Smart Little Lena) to a total 432 composite (218 rein/214 herd), winning the title by a 2-point margin.

It was the first World Championship for Johnson, who arrived in Fort Worth with a little more than $1,700 in prior NRCHA earnings. Her Limited Open Bridle World Championship paid $3,468 and came with a long list of other prizes. This win pushes Smart N Smokin Rey’s lifetime earnings to more than $45,000, according to Equi-Stat.

The Limited Open Bridle Reserve World Champion was Elans A Chic (Elans Playboy x Starring A Chic x Smart Chic Olena), shown by Danielle Lybbert, of Valley View, Texas.

Lybbert guided the 2007 gelding, owned by Christian Lybbert, to scores of 215 in both the rein work and cow work for a 430 composite and a $2,774 payday. She also received a Gist buckle, boots from Rios of Mercedes and a notebook from Classic Equine.

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