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Bergen, Franklin Top Bridle Spectacular Classes At NRCHA Stakes

SmartLuck ToddBergen 13spOpen Bridle Spectacular Champion Smart Luck and Todd Bergen. Photo by Stacy Pigott

The reined cow horse world's finest athletes, the bridle horses, claimed the spotlight Friday night at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., as riders chased the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Open and Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular Championships.

The grueling three-event test, herd work, rein work and cow work, drew 28 dynamic Open performers who left nothing on the table as they spun, slid and chased testy cattle down the fence.

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Legendary Cutting Rider/Owner/Breeder Spencer Harden Dies

SpencerHarden3Spencer HardenMemorial services for Specer Harden, 83, Millsap, Texas, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and successful cutting horse owner and breeder who passed away March 28, took place Monday, April 1, at  at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Weatherford, Texas. The three-time National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Non-Pro Futurity Champion rider who won the 1989 NCHA Futurity Open title with homebred gelding July Jazz died Thursday, March 28.

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Champions Crowned At NRCHA Stakes

MattKelly GenuineChicPleaser 13SPMatt Kelly and Genuine Chic Pleaser.
Photo by Stacy Pigott
The headline event at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes in Las Vegas, Nev., is for the 4- and 5-year offspring of NRCHA Subscribed Stallions, but the competition was tough in the horse show classes as well. Wagonhound Land & Livestock's Genuine Chic Pleaser (Chic Please x Miss Shiner Dear) gave rider Matt Kelly his biggest win in the Limited Open Bridle, earning $1,300.
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Cushing Leads NRCHA Stakes Open finalists

PRFSpoonfulOGold CoreyCushingPRF Spoonful O Gold, pictured at the 2012 NRCHA Derby as the Open Novice Horse Reserve Champion, is one of three Open finalists for Corey Cushing at the NRCHA Stakes in Las Vegas.The Open finalists have been determined for Saturday’s clean-slate finals at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stakes at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Corey Cushing’s composite 654.5 aboard Tonettes Playgun (Playgun x Peppys Tonette) tops the 20 Open finalists. In the Non-Pro, Tammy Jo Hays and Two Kitties heads a field of nine qualifiers for Saturday's clean-slate finals.

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American Quarter Horse Remains Official Breed of Kentucky Reining Cup

SFlarida WimpsChocolateChip2012 Kentucky Reining Cup Champions Wimps Chocolate Chip and Shawn FlaridaEquestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) is proud to welcome the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) back as a sponsor of the Kentucky Reining Cup, which returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., April 26-27, alongside the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. For the third consecutive year, the American Quarter Horse is the "Official Breed of the Kentucky Reining Cup.”

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Legends Lil Squeeze Wins Big In Gordyville

GordyvilleArenaGordyville USA wrapped up another great show for reiners on March 17.Legends Lil Squeeze wrapped up the Bluegrass Reining Stakes, featuring the Wimpys Little Step Derby and the Gordyville Breeders Derby, on March 17 with four wins totaling more than $21,000.