It may have been April Fool’s Day, but it was serious business in the show pen at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes, with the first phase of Stakes finals competition, the herd work, at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas.
In the first leg of finals competition, Justin Lawrence, of Alzada, Montana, led the Open and Intermediate Open divisions with a 223 aboard Dualin Stargun (Dual Rey x Amanda Stargun x Playgun), owned by the Dualin Stargun Partners.
The Limited Open leader was Tucker Clark, riding A Smooth Pepto (Smooth As A Cat x Pepto In Pieces x Peptoboonsmal) to a 213.5 for Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch.
Solvang, California-based Shannon McCarty topped the herd work in the Stakes Non-Pro riding Chicaroos Cat (Hick Chicaroo x Kat Five x High Brow Cat) to a 218. In the Intermediate Non-Pro, Debby Sanguinetti piloted Chelano (Dual Rey x Starlight Playgirl x Grays Starlight) to a 216.5 for the lead. And the Novice Non-Pro high score in the herd work, a 214, belonged to Cutter McLaughlin and Sioux Wii (A Shiner Named Sioux x What A Time We Had x A Chic In Time).
The NRCHA Stallion Stakes action wraps up tomorrow, April 2. For complete coverage of the event, subscribe to Quarter Horse News.