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Christina Allen Rides Smart Madera to Win 2009 NRCHA Stakes Limited Open

Showing veteran cow horse Smart Madera for the first time, Christina Allen not only won the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes Limited Open Championship - she also set a personal record. "I've never marked as high down the fence as I did tonight. I scored a 220 and I'm pretty excited," she admitted. What made the score all the more impressive was that the NRCHA Stakes was Allen's first time to ever show the 7-year-old mare.

Allen had ridden Smart Madera, by Smart Chic Olena and out of Jewels Madera, often when she was being shown by Allen's boss and mentor, Jake Telford. But when plans were made to retire Smart Madera, who has lifetime earnings of $40,000 and is a former NRCHA World Champion, Telford asked her owner, Floyd Miller, if Allen could show her for experience.

"I really want to thank Floyd Miller and Michael Moynihan of Cottonwood Springs Ranch for letting me show this mare. She's really great and it was very fun," she said. The Caldwell, Idaho, trainer has worked for Telford for two years, and is looking forward to showing more in the future.

Jeremy Meador piloted Ben And Dun It to the Reserve Championship with a score of 411. Ben And Dun It, by Ima Dun Cody and out of Docs Little Sal, is owned by Stevie Beehler of Eagle, Idaho. The Reserve Championship came with a check for $990.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2009, is 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 John Deere,

Adequan(r), 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 EQUIOXX, 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 <http://www.nrcha.com/> .


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