Debbie Crafton and HotNRebellious * Photo By Amy Olson

Debbie’s Derby Horses Take Titles in Tulsa

Debbie Crafton had three horses in the finals at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hackamore Classic in Tulsa, Okla. on July 29. HotNRebellious and Debbie came out on top, while she also took home the reserve championship on SJR Sumkindarockstar (Smooth As A Cat x Sumkinda Pinkcadilac x Peptoboonsmal).

In total, Crafton took home $$17,794 with the addition of SJR Diamond Luna (CD Diamond x SJR Smooth Gina x Smooth As A Cat) marking a composite of 634 (214.5 Herd, 216 Rein, 203.5 Cow) for fifth place. Whats more, she left another derby horse back home. She did take a full trailer to Tulsa though with her bridle horse and DJ Crafton’s horse.

“I literally eat, breathe, sleep this thing, so I couldn’t be happy to just come in with one horse,” Debbie said.

She wanted to give credit to Matt Turner who had HotNRebellious (Metallic Rebel x Ima Hot Model x Spots Hot) during his two and three year old years. She bought him at the beginning of this year and made the finals at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, they had a bad cow down the fence there then had another bauble in Arizona during the Western Derby.

“I’m so happy for him because he has a huge heart and so much try, he really wants to please me, never wants to be in trouble. So I’m really thankful that it all was all able to come together this show,” Crafton said.

Although the excitement of a futurity horse is a fun part of cow horse training for Crafton, derby horses are her favorite to show.

“I like that stage because you kind of know where they’re at, you know that you can call on them. You’re a better team by then and have formed a partnership, but I adore the three year olds as well,” Debbie said.

Trail Townsend and Lil Purple Rein (Once In A Blu Boon x Lil Red Firecat x High Brow Cat) reined in the third place check for $5,096.

Debbie Crafton and SJR Sumkindarockstar * Photo By Amy Olson