Peppys On Time and Randy Paul kicked off the year in a big way with a wire-to-wire performance at the Lucas Oil Dirt & Diamonds Derby in Rancho Murieta, California.
Paul, of Los Olivos, California, and Linda Katz’s One Time Pepto gelding led the charge from the get-go, marking a 146 in the reined work, held the lead with a 145.5 in the herd work and sealed off the win with a 144.5 down the fence for the top composite of 436.
The Derby, held Feb. 5-7 at Murieta Equestrian Center, hosted a roster of top 4- and 5-year-old cow horses. It was sponsored by Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest and the stallion Brother Jackson.
Jerry Alvord, NRCHA Representative, said the event featured quality horses and judging in 2020. It also had events for spectators, featuring a welcome party hosted by Lucas oil and a party overlooking the arena action during the finals fence work, he said.
For their win in the Open, Peppys On Time and Paul took home the silver trophy, crystal medal, UltraCruz products and a check for $3,500. The winnings boosted horse’s lifetime Equi-Stat record to more than $30,000. Bred by Equis Equine LLC, the 2015 gelding is one of 11 earners out the $397,000-plus producer Quixote Lena Peppy (by Paddys Irish Whiskey).
Hot on their heels were Reserve Champions Lyn Anderson riding Genuinely Irish for owners Billy & Jeannie Shipley. Consistently marking high in all three events, this team had a combined score of 433.5. They took home prizes, UltraCruz products and a check for $2,750.
Consistency was key to the Dirt & Diamonds Derby Non-Pro title, as Champions Cara Hencratt and Move That Rock were on a roll from the start. They marked a 141 in the rein work, a 141 in the herd work and a 144.5 down the fence for a composite of 426.5.
Hancratt She received a crystal sculpture and medal, as well as UltraCruz products and a check for $1,670. Move That Rock (That CD Rocks x Smokums Dual Move x Mister Dual Pep) is a 2016 gelding bred by Erin Schlegel Mendes, of Kingsburg, California. The win pushed his lifetime Equi-Stat record to more than $3,200.
Reserve Champion was Kathy Wilson on her Ima Prizcee Hickory, who had the high herd score (147) and fence score (148). They earned prizes, UltraCruz products and $1,253. The 2015 gelding (Cee Mr Hickory x Nu Prize x Smokums Prize) now has an Equi-Stat record of nearly $30,000.
Derby Non-Pro Limited
The Dirt & Diamond Non-Pro Limited honors went to Kelly Cobb riding Wright On Forever, her son of Hes Wright On out of Soula Jule Forever (by Soula Jule Star).
Once again, consistency was the key. Cobb was the high mark in the reining with a 142, and went on to mark a 143.5 in the herd work and a 144.5 in the boxing! She took home a crystal sculpture and medal, UltraCruz products and a check for $385.
Reserve Champion was Caroline Whyler showing My Bets In, a mare by Bet Hesa Cat and out of Just Playin Stylish (by Playin Stylish). They took home prizes, a crystal medal, UltraCruz products and $231.
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