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Cowan, Merada Jo Continue Win Streak At The Non Pro

Bill Cowan with son Caden and wife MichelleBill and Michelle Cowan with thier son, CadenContinuing a string of wins on his wife, Michelle's, horse Merada Jo, Bill Cowan won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro on Father's Day with his family looking on. He said The Non-Pro Plus the Open in Oklahoma City,Okla., proved his favorite show of the year so far.

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Renshaw, Gennys Prize Top Non-Pro At NRCHA Derby

shawnkimrenshaw-gennysprizeShawn and Kim Renshaw, with Gennys PrizeIt was an emotional win, and another milestone on a long and sometimes painful comeback journey for Shawn Renshaw, Nipomo, Calif., who piloted his 5-year-old stallion, Gennys Prize (Smokums Prize x Genuinely Perfect x Genuine Doc) to the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby Non-Pro Championship on Saturday, June 15 in Paso Robles,Calif.

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Fortune Bend, Banuelos Win PCCHA Classic Open

FortuneBend BanuelosFortune Bend and Cookie Banuelos • photo by Midge AmesLas Vegas trainer Cookie Banuelos and 5-year-old stallion Fortune Bend followed their first-go leading 224 from Monday (pictured) with a 225 during Wednesday’s finals to capture the Classic/Challenge Open title and $12,153 during the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA)/Core Balance Derby at South Point Arena in Las Vegas.

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40th Australian Futurity Open Goes To Foo Licious, Phil Dawson

FooLicious-PhilDawson 13Foo Licious and Phil Dawson • Photo by Wild Fillies PhotographyThe 40th NCHA Futurity in Australia came to close with the crowning of a new champion. Phil Dawson rode Foo Licious, owned by Ryan Fielden to a score of 151. Dawson has earned over half a million as a rider and has been training horses for 13 years. He has previously placed second at the futurity. 

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Lil Catbaloo & Lloyd Cox Win Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open

LilCatbalooLloydCoxLil Catbaloo with trainer LloydCox (left) and owners Gene and Michelle Morris

A 227 posted Saturday, May 26, by cutting stallion Lil Catbaloo gave trainer and rider Lloyd Cox his second straight Breeder’s Invitational (BI) Derby Open victory. It was an exciting day for owners Gene and Michelle Morris, who were there to celebrate their first “rock star” horse’s win.

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Bill Cowan & Merada Jo Top Breeder’s Invitational Derby Non-Pro

BillCowanBill and Makayla Cowan with Merada JoBill Cowan and his wife’s horse, Merada Jo, won the Breeder’s Invitational (BI) Derby Non-Pro title Saturday, May 25, in Tulsa, Okla., to earn $30,404. But while his wife, Michelle, is proud of the effort, she still expects her horse back for the next show.

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Horse With “Uptown Girl” Connection Wins Big

HighClassedModelHigh Classed ModelJust one look 12 years ago convinced Norda Berger that she wanted to buy High Classed Model. Little did she know the mare would eventually produce a Breeder’s Invitational Classic/Challenge Amateur Champion. This year, High Classed Hottie carried Berger to a 224 for the win.

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Whizasunnysailor BB & Cira Baeck Win IRHA/NRHA Open

Cira Baeck WhizasunnysailorBBCira Baeck aboard IRHA/NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion WhizasunnysailorBB"I can't believe I actually won the Derby in Italy!" were the first words National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) professional and past NRHA Non-Pro World Champion Cira Baeck said after posting the top score, a 224.5 in the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA)/NRHA Derby Level 4  Open.  Making the win even sweeter was the fact that Baeck was riding Whizasunnysailor BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine x Shining Spark), owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen and bred by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck of Beglium.