It was just like another day at the office for Myles Brown as the Stinnett, Texas, rancher and Twice In A Blu Moon successfully completed their cow work during the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby Non-Pro division.
Brown and the 4-year-old mare (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x Little Trona) bred by Diamond LK Cutting Horses of Dallas, Texas, scored a 658 to win the championship, posting a 217 in the herd work, a 214.5 in the reined work and a whopping 226.5 in the cow work.
“She’s been a good little show horse, but this was her first ‘first-place’ cow horse win and it’s nice to get that,” Brown said of Twice In A Blu Moon’s victory, which came with a check for $4,924.
The victory in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions marked Brown’s first Derby Non-Pro World Championship. He and Ima Wynna Rab placed fourth in the Derby Non-Pro, third in the Derby Novice Non-Pro and fourth in the Derby Intermediate Non-Pro in 2017. He placed second in the 2018 Derby Non-Pro riding Miss Scarlet Cat and finished third in the 2019 Derby Non-Pro aboard Lost Creek Heaven.
In 2019, Brown rode Twice In A Blu Moon to a second-place finish in the Southwest Reined Cow Horse/Rode to Reno Pre-Futurity Non-Pro division, then placed fourth in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro finals.
The mare’s Equi-Stat record at the end of the year totaled $15,490. Brown has an Equi-Stat record totaling $164,174.
With the quality of horseflesh entered in this year’s Derby, Brown said he knew he and Twice In A Blu Moon, or “Trona,” as the mare is sometimes called, would need a big score to win. With that said, all they could do, Brown said, was go work their cow — which was actually a steer — well enough to hopefully impress the judges.
“I rode down [to the end of the pen] and when he [steer] came in, he didn’t seem to have a whole lot of feel to him,” Brown said. “I stepped up to him and he didn’t do much besides push on me a little, then he kind of ran me over. Fortunately, he ran me over on the correct side of the arena and I just let Trona go do her job.”
Trona is very, very cowy and strong, Brown said. “She can really, really run and that’s a good quality for a fence horse,” he said. Along with lots of speed, Brown said the mare has a lot of grit.
Brown and his father, Rob A. Brown, partnered on the mare when they purchased her as a yearling, and Myles trained her. The mare had been consigned to the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale and when her previous owners po’d the mare, Brown and his dad bought her after the sale.
“I mainly bought her because of her dam. I thought she [Teletrona] was pretty and was big and strong, and I guess it worked out.”
“She’s a little quirky,” Brown said when asked about Trona’s personality. “She can be really sweet, and she most definitely can act a lot like what you might think a mare acts like, but she’s just so cowy and that’s a good trait.”
In 2001, Brown and his father and mother, Talley, moved from their RA Brown Ranch in Throckmorton, Texas (which they still own) to their Stinnett ranch, where they grow a little wheat and raise horses, commercial cattle and registered Angus cattle.
Brown, who wanted to thank his parents for supporting him throughout his show career and also his bride of one year, Jaylee (Hall) Brown — she has National Cutting Horse Association lifetime earnings of $168,088 — said he plans to continue showing Trona for as long as he owns her.
“I’d like to try and get at least one baby out of her, or retain a flush, before I sell her,” he said.
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