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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.

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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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Champions Crowned At NRCHA Stakes

MattKelly GenuineChicPleaser 13SPMatt Kelly and Genuine Chic Pleaser.
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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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Lyn Anderson Wins Another NRCHA Open World Championship

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Lyn Anderson & Tuckers Smart Cat
For a second year in a row, Madera, Calif., professional Lyn Anderson guided Tuckers Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Smoke Time Tuck) to the National Reined Cow Horse Association Open Hackamore World Championship Feb. 1 at Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas.
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Grant Lindaman & Meradas Little Miss Win First NRCHA World Title

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Grant Lindaman II & Meradas Little Miss
Grant Lindaman II woke up Friday, Feb. 1 with two things on his mind – his run in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions Novice Non-Pro Bridle World Championship finals, and his grandmother, who had passed away exactly four years ago.