National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby Open finalist Travelin Miss Jonez (Travelin Jonez x Playin With Rubies x Lactic Playboy) and NRCHA Professional Sarah Dawson, Perin, Texas, had the high score of the Open fence work preliminaries, a 226.
Owned Stephen Roseberry of Circleville, Ohio, Travelin Miss Jonez finished the prelims with a composite of 662.5 (216 herd/ 220.5 rein/ 226 cow). That put her in second place in the preliminary round.
It took a 631.5 score and above to qualify for the Derby Non-Pro finals, with nine riders advancing to a clean slate to run at the $7,602 Championship paycheck on Saturday.
The high score in the Non-Pro preliminaries, a 647.5, belonged to Clark Weaver, Scottsdale, Arizona, riding Lillys Vaquero (Cat T Masterson x RS Lilly Starlight x Grays Starlight). Weaver and his 2013 stallion also won the preliminary cow work go-round, scoring a big 220.5.
In the Intermediate Non-Pro, seven riders with preliminary scores of 631 or better will have a shot at the Championship on Saturday.
There will be six Novice Non-Pro finalists, and it took a 625 and above to qualify.
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