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Boyd Rice and Oh Cay N Short Top Circle Y Ranch Derby Herd Work

The 93-entrant Circle Y Ranch Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Derby open herd work was dominated by two former Snaffle Bit Futurity Champions. Boyd Rice, of Spearman, Texas, topped the herd work, on the 2007 champion, Oh Cay N Short.

Their 148 bested the next closest score by 1.5 points. Oh Cay N Short, by Oh Cay Quixote and out of Bit Of Shorty, is owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight. The flashy bay stallion is the first horse that Rice has ridden for the Knight family. Kevin wanted to buy a horse for Rice to ride at the Snaffle Bit Futurity, and when the acclaimed cutting trainer tried the horse, Knight bought him sight unseen. It turned out to be a very lucrative deal – the stallion earned both Knight and Rice their first Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship.

Todd Crawford, of Blanchard, Oklahoma, posted the next high score of the day – a 146.5 on Smart Crackin Chic, who was the 2006 Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion. Smart Crackin Chic, by Smart Chic Olena and out of Kwackin, is owned by Singleton Ranches.

Greatness runs in the family, because Smart Crackin Chic’s younger full sister, Kwackin Me Up, tied for the high Intermediate Open division score and earned the Limited Open high score. Kwackin Me Up was ridden by Bruce Logan and is owned by Prideaux Ranch, LLC. Ron Ralls tied with Logan on Peptos Spooky Storm, by CR Pepto Storm and out of Spyder Two Solana, for owner Sue Koenig. The two teams marked a 146.

Clint Swales rode Pure Latigo to a 144 for the second high score for the Limited Open. Pure Latigo, by Rated PG and out of Kims Lady Doc, is owned by Bob O’Callaghan.

The second phase of the Circle Y Ranch SRCHA Derby continues Sunday with the Non Pro and Open rein work.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, the governing body of cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse. Through the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers and Outlaw Conversions, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Quarter Horse News & Performance Horse magazine, the Peppermill Hotel/Resort, Fort Dodge West Nile Innovator, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and GASTROGARD, Great American Insurance Company and the Silver Legacy Hotel, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today’s equine industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA Official Web Site at http://www.nrcha.com.


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