Mandy McCutcheon & Always Gotyer Gunsup Triumph

MandyMcCutcheonNRHA Derby Level 4 Non-Pro Champions Mandy McCutcheon & Always Gotyer GunsupThe 2013 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby featured the finals in Non-Pro competition on Friday, June 28: the $80,000-added Level 4; $60,000-added Level 3; $25,000-added Level 2; $15,000-added Level 1 and $5,000-added Prime Time divisions. Out of the original 209 horses and 612 entries, the top 59 horse-and-rider teams qualified to compete in the finals at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever paying approximately $317,000 to owners and nominators.


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.


Amateurs Win Big At The Non Pro Plus The Open

VikiWilliamson-webViki Williamson and Reys Your BetFor Viki Williamson, Argyle, Texas, Sunday night’s win in the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur on Reys Your Bet represented a breakthrough. They had earned three reserve championships at major shows this year – but at The Non-Pro Plus the Derby in Oklahoma City, Okla., they emerged Champions.


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.

Bill Cowan with son Caden and wife Michelle

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.


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.

NRHA Derby Draws Online

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby draws are now online at The NRHA Derby runs June 22-29 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Click here for a complete schedule of events.