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Todd Bergen & Peptos Shiney Pistol Top NSHA Futurity Open

ToddBergenFuturity Open Champions Todd Bergen & Peptos Shiney PistolAs reined cow horse trainers prepare their 3-year-olds for the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nev., Todd Bergen can easily say he’s getting excited. Up against some of his future Reno competition, Bergen piloted Peptos Shiney Pistol to a National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity Open win. The show was held in Paso Robles, Calif., Aug. 15-18.

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Travelin Jonez, Dawson Capture NRCHA Derby Open

travelinjonez-dawson-13derby-webPhoto by Primo MoralesChris Dawson, Jacksboro, Texas, rode into the National Reined Cow Horse Association record books when he piloted Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena) to the NRCHA Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby Championship Saturday, June 15 in Paso Robles, Calif. Dawson has won all four NRCHA Premier Limited-Age Event Championships thus far in 2013; three of them aboard Travelin Jonez.

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Todd Bergen, Smart Luck Win CD Survivor Open Bridle Spectacular Championship

smart-luck-13derbyLeft to right: Todd and Missy Bergen's kids, Halle and Gavin; Missy Bergen; Smart Luck's owner, Cindy Warn; Todd Bergen and Smart Luck; Nancy Crawford-Hall; Phil Hall; Todd Bergen's assistant trainers, Erin and Anthony Taormino.Superior cow horses were on display at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby in Paso Robles, Calif., Friday, June 14. The CD Survivor Open Bridle Spectacular, a $50,000-added event sponsored by Holy Cow Performance Horses, brought a thrilling nighttime show of bridle horse herd work, rein work and cow work to the spacious outdoor arena at the Paso Robles Event Center.

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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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NRCHA Hackamore Classic Bridle Spectacular Champions Named

LittlePistolPeach KeithVogelLittle Pistol Peach and Keith VogelWhen Keith Vogel, Avondale, Colo., won the NRCHA Hackamore Classic Open Bridle Spectacular on Friday, March 3 aboard Little Pistol Peach (Playgun x Lone Star Peach x Texas Kicker), he bested a field of 18 impressive bridle horses shown by some of his heroes and mentors.

"It's amazing to beat some of the guys who made me want to do this in the first place," said Vogel, who established his own cow horse training operation in late 2007. 

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Dawson Leads Open Champions At NRCHA Hackamore Classic

a-spoonful-o-sugar-chris-dawsonA Spoonful O Sugar and Chris DawsonChris Dawson's charmed show season continued at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic in Pueblo, Colo., when he won the Open Championship aboard Cryin Coyote Ranch's A Spoonful O Sugar (Hes A Peptospoonful x Poco Smokum Oak x Smokum Oak) and took the Reserve Championship aboard his own horse, Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena). 

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Two-Rein Champions Crowned At NRCHA Hackamore Classic

tuckerssmartcat-lynandersonTuckers Smart Cat and Lyn AndersonLyn Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat win Open Two Rein; Glenn Kaplan and No Wright To Smoke top Non-Pro division

As the sun went down in Pueblo, Colo., on Thursday, May 2, the first of the NRCHA Hackamore Classic horse show competitors entered the arena for the Open and Non-Pro Two Rein classes.

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Chris Dawson Rides Travelin Jonez To NRCHA Stakes Open Championship

TravelinJonez ChrisDawsonTravelin Jonez and Chris Dawson's score of 225.5 in the fence work secured the NRCHA Stakes Open Championship. Photo by Stacy Pigott Chris Dawson, Jacksboro, Texas, claimed the NRCHA Stakes Open Championship Saturday night at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., aboard his own horse, Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena). Dawson piloted the 5-year-old stallion to a 664.5 composite score (221 herd/218 rein/225.5).

"Everything just came together. It was unbelievable," Dawson said.

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Tammy Jo Hays Wins NRCHA Non-Pro Stakes

TwoKitties TammyJoHaysTwo Kitties and Tammy Jo Hays. Photo by Stacy Pigott.Tammy Jo Hays is an accomplished non-pro cow horse competitor with numerous titles on her resume, including the 2010 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby Non-Pro Championship and the 2012 NRCHA Futurity Intermediate Non-Pro Championship. But the NRCHA Stakes had not historically been kind to the Nocona, Texas, horsewoman; she had never qualified for the Non-Pro finals at this event. Hays broke her Stakes curse with a vengeance in Las Vegas, Nev., when she rode her mare, Two Kitties (Smooth As A Cat x SR Jaguar) owned in partnership with her father, Walter Greeman, to the Stakes Non-Pro Championship with a total 646.5, earning $6,474.