Travelin Miss Jonez and Sarah Dawson earned the high cow work score in the NRCHA Derby prelims. She and the mare (shown at the NRCHA Stakes) and other finalists will kick off the finals with the herd work on Friday. • Photo by Molly Montag.

Dawson, Travelin Miss Jonez Take NRCHA Derby Cow Work Prelims

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 650 score and above to qualify for the Derby Open Finals. Twenty horses qualified for a chance to win the $30,989 Open Championship paycheck on Saturday, June 16.
 
The high score in the Open preliminaries belonged to Shiners Diamond Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Shiners Diamond Lady x Shining Spark), who marked a 665.5 (222/223.5/220) The mare was shown by NRCHA Professional and defending NRCHA Derby Open Champion Justin Wright, of Santa Maria, California, for owners Mike and James Draper. 

Non-Pro

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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