The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby kicked off with the Bridle Spectaculars and horse show classes in Paso Robles, California.
Past Derby champion Meredith Graber and CSR Lay Down Sally (Dual Spark x Look At Her Glo x CD O Cody) came very close to a clean sweep in the Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular divisions. She and the 2011 mare, aka “Sally,” topped the leader board in the Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro Bridle.
The pair scored a 142 in the herd work, a 141.5 in rein work and a 144.5 down the fence. They earned more than $6,000.
Last year, the resident of Cannelburg, Indiana, and her mare won the NRCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited Championship.
Non-Pro Two-Rein Spectacular
Canadian Terri Holowath piloted SDP Blu Rey (TR Dual Rey
x Sues Lil Dusty x Meradas Blue Sue) to the Non-Pro Two-Rein Spectacular and Non Pro Two Rein championships. This dynamic duo took control in the cow work scoring a big 149 down the fence. Terri co-owns the 2011 stallion with her husband, Bart.
Youth Bridle Spectacular
Our Youth Bridle Spectacular champion comes to us from Powell Butte, Oregon. Haydin Steffen and Nics Chica Lena (Tejons Lena Nic x Ms Bonanza Anna x Major Bonanza) made their second appearance in a Youth Bridle Spectaular, marking a composite of 421.
Youth Limited Spectacular
Another team taking home two wins are Lauren Langbaum and Little Soldado (Sophisticated Catt x Miss N Suzana x Miss N Cash). Lauren and her 2012 gelding clinched the Youth Limited Spectacular and Youth Limited titles with a 142 in the herd work, a 141 in the rein work and a 144 in the cow work.
The show continues through June 17.