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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.

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Staying In The Moment

[caption id="attachment_34957" align="alignleft" width="150"]Anna Mitchell[/caption]I have received a number of emails regarding my article on mindful awareness. It seems that staying in the moment is difficult for more than just a couple of us. Advanced development of the human brain has awarded us top spot on the food chain, but the complexity of our cognitive processes can be our greatest handicap in the arena. Why can it be so difficult to get out of our head and into the moment?

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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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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.

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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.

The Oblivion Curve

When I sit down to write this column, I usually take a few minutes to review the major events of the past two weeks. This time, there was a lot to think about, which means there was plenty to write about.

First, U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson denied the American Quarter Horse Association’s (AQHA) motion for summary judgment in the cloning lawsuit, meaning the case is headed to trial. The judge also rejected the plaintiffs’ (Jason Abraham and Gregg Veneklasen) argument that AQHA attempted to monopolize the market by excluding cloned horses. The trial is expected to start this summer. The results could have far-reaching effects, not only for the AQHA, but all membership-based equine associations.

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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.

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Jo Ellard Elected As NCHA Vice President

JEllardJo EllardJo Ellard, a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Board of Directors member since 1994, has been elected the next NCHA vice president. On June 11, a total of ballots 2,585 were tabulated under the direction of the accounting firm Whitley Penn LLP. Ellard, Dallas, Texas received a total of 1,890 votes and Monty Johnson, Amarillo, Texas received 695 votes.

NRHA Derby Draws Online

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