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Carol Roberts and Oaks Dual Rey Win 2011 NRCHA Derby Non Pro andIntermediate Non Pro Championships

Carol Roberts and Oaks Dual Rey swept the top two Non Pro divisions of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby with a 649 composite.

Roberts won $15,348, a CowTrac System, two pairs of Rios of Mercedes boots, two bits from Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, and two CR Morrison trophies and commemorative medallions.

"My horse was really good in the herd work. We had a tough first cow and it made me nervous, but the last two cows were great and we had a 215.5. I loved how Rey (Oaks Dual Rey) worked in the rein work. We marked a 215 there," she said.

Roberts and Rey finished the finals with a 218.5 in the cow work. "Phillip Ralls was helping me in the fence work. He let me know when it was time to go. We made two good turns and then just went after the cow and circled up. I knew I had enough horse, and he was really great today," she said.

Roberts found Oaks Dual Rey, by TR Dual Rey out of Docs Pearly Oak, through a YouTube video. She never saw Oaks Dual Rey in person - just on a computer screen - but she took a chance and bought him anyway. "I talked to the owner and I had a good feeling about it." In fact, Rey's previous owner, Jamie Lester, traveled to Arizona from Illinois to watch him compete. "She hadn't seen him since he came to me, so it was very special that she was there to see him win."

The California Non Pro added that the Derby provided a great opportunity to work with and learn from several different Open trainers. "I had the incredible opportunity to work some great guys. They were all here cheering for me and were in my pictures," she said. "Thank you Phillip Ralls, Corey Cushing, Todd Bergen, Doug Williamson, and Jon Roeser." 

Roberts added a special thank you to Shannon McCarty. "She always lets me come and work cattle. She's awesome. Of course, I also have a great supportive family, who I thank also," she said.

Clovis, California, Non Pro Tish Wilhite won the Reserve title in both divisions with The Fresno Fox. Wilhite and The Fresno Fox scored 215 in the herd work, 217 in the rein work, and 216 in the cow work for a 648 composite. All total, Wilhite took home $11,816. The Fresno Fox is by Heart Of A Fox out of Oaks Jewel Doll.

Complete results can be found at http://www.nrcha.com. The entire event is being webcast live thanks to NRCHA Official Videographers Galloping Video. To view the webcast, visit http://www.gallopingvideo.com.

The NRCHA, now in its 62nd year, is the governing body of reined cow horse competition. The NRCHA 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 Bob's Custom Saddles, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Cinch, Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, John Deere, Markel Insurance, Merial products ULCERGARD and EQUIOXX, Nutrena, Pfizer Animal Health, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, San Juan Ranch - A Division of Santa Cruz Biotechnology, and the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, 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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