When Debbie Crafton stepped into the Will Rogers Coliseum for the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby Non-Pro cow work, held Feb. 16 during the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Kalpowar Quarter Horses Celebration of Champions, the composite score to beat was a 652.5. Her horse, SJR Sumkindarockstar, had no problem answering the challenge and carried her through a big fence run to secure a 659 composite and the Non-Pro Championship.
“He’s very consistent through all three events,” said Crafton, who scored a 219 in the herd work, a 218.5 in the rein work and a 221.5 down the fence. “If I do my job, then he’s up there every time. He’s got a lot of look and a lot of style, and he just shows.”
The Tres Osos title continued a long streak of non-pro victories for Crafton, which included wins at the 2022 NRCHA Stallion Stakes, NRCHA Western Derby, NRCHA Hackamore Classic and NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, amongst others. Crafton gave the credit to God, saying He has made everything possible for her.
“It’s been pretty dang good. I had a great year last year on derby horses,” Crafton said. “I just was on a roll. He [SJR Sumkindarockstar] was in that string of derby horses, but I had two older horses that were doing the winning primarily, and then he came in and won the Hackamore Classic. This is like a dream, and I don’t want to wake up!”
Crafton and the 5-year-old stallion (Smooth As A Cat x Sumkinda Pinkcadilac x Peptoboonsmal), who was bred by San Juan Ranch, collected $7,750.
Both Stefani Wagley, on Boon Doxx, as well as Lanham Brown, astride RAB Smartkittycat, amassed composite scores of 652.5 to tie for the Reserve Championship.
Boon Doxx, a 5-year-old gelding (Sannman x Docs Stylish Liz x Docs Stylish Oak), was bred by Jeff Schieber. He and Wagley scored a 214.5 in the cutting, a 218.5 in the reining and a 219.5 in the fence work.
RAB Smartkittycat (WR This Cats Smart x Sparks Smart x Genuine Masterpiece) is a homebred 4-year-old mare belonging to R. A. Brown Ranch. She racked up a 217 in the herd work, a 213.5 in the rein work and a 222 in the cow work.
Each duo received $5,625.