"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.
Franciso Sigala and I C Hi Stars both secured their top career checks Saturday as their leadoff 220 held up to win the Breeder’s Invitational Classic/Challenge Non-Pro finals and earn $15,346 in Tulsa, Okla.
Carolina Classic Derby held in conjunction with the Atlantic Breeders Incentive (ABI) Derby. Each Derby had three Open divisions. Martina Morell, riding Dun Gotta Prize (Dun It Gotta Gun x Senorita Enterprise x Be Aech Enterprise) for Leigh Garber, Cazenovia, N.Y., scored a 225.5 to win all six open divisions offered.The highlight of the Carolina Classic show, held at the Senator Bob Martin Agriculture Center, May 16-19, Williamston, N.C., was definitely the
This year, the Carolina Classic Derby, run concurrently with the Atlantic Breeders Incentive (ABI) Derby, was a one go-round event. That set the stage for someone to score big and do extremely well. Bundy Lane did just that.
Sly Playgirl needed to win Tuesday’s Classic/Challenge Open finals with trainer Jaime Snider to become the Breeder’s Invitational All-Time Top Earning Horse and that’s what she did. A first-set 221 by the 6-year-old mare (That Sly Cat x Taquitas Playgirl x Freckles Playboy) and Snider, 33, Lipan, Texas, held up for a victory worth $22,826.
The Four Sixes Ranch/National Cutting Horse Association Western Nationals finished the last round of finals May 8 with the Non-Pro and $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro.
As the fourth to go in the second of two herds of the Non-Pro finals, David Booth was bound to do well aboard Cat N Charm. In the first go, the duo marked a 217.5 to tie for third. In the Non-Pro finals, they made a solid run to mark a 216.5. Seven horses later, they became the Non-Pro Champions.
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.When Keith Vogel, Avondale, Colo., won the NRCHA Hackamore Classic Open Bridle Spectacular on Friday, March 3 aboard
"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.
Tammy Jo Hays won her second consecutive National Reined Cow Horse Association Premier Event title when she piloted Two Kitties (Smooth As A Cat x SR Jaguar x Doc O'Lena) to the Hackamore Classic Non-Pro Championship Friday, May 3 in Pueblo, Colo., barely a month after claiming the NRCHA Stakes Non-Pro win in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lyn 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.