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Corey Cushing Wins $50,000 Added Jack and Phoebe Cooke NRCHA Derby Open Bridle Spectacular

It was an exciting night of competition among some of the most accomplished horses and riders in the National Reined Cow Horse Association. They were all vying for a shot at the big payout in the 2008 NRCHA Derby $50,000 added Jack and Phoebe Cooke Open Bridle Spectacular. Corey Cushing of Scottsdale, Arizona, rode Reminic Moon Shine to a 656.6 composite score to take home the top prize – a check worth $30,800 for owners Kevin and Sydney Knight of Peoria, Arizona.

Reminic Moon Shine, a 9-year-old sorrel gelding by Reminic and out of Lenas Lacy Moon, actually belongs to 19-year-old Kylie Knight.

“I don’t think I’m going to get him back from Kylie any more, but that’s okay,” Cushing said of the Non Pro and youth competitor. “She’s going to take him to the AQHYA Youth World this year and then continue to show him.”

Cushing was more than happy to take the reins of “Leroy,” as the horse is affectionately called, when Knight had back trouble that left her out of the show circles for some time. And in the Bridle Spectacular, Reminic Moon Shine did not disappoint.

“He has a huge stop, and we just went for it in the cow work,” Cushing said of his performance on Saturday evening. “I knew there were some guys ahead of me and I knew I was going to have to go big or not win anything. It’s hard to keep one in the bridle and make them stay with you, and he’s one that really respected me out there, and there’s something to be said about that.”

So what are Cushing’s plans after the big payday?

“Well, this will definitely pay for the wedding,” he said with a smile. Cushing is planning a September 6, wedding to Kristin Ingersoll. “And I’m really happy to be able to ride this horse for Kylie. He’s won a lot for me and for her. He’s one of those horses that only comes around once in a lifetime.”

Another “once in a lifetime horse” finished just a half-point behind Cushing and Reminic Moon Shine. With a 656 composite, Chics Magic Potion, owned by Kenneth Banks of Schulenburg, Texas, and Bob Avila took the Open Bridle Reserve Championship, earning $25,300.

Chics Magic Potion is an 8-year-old stallion with more than $230,000 in NRCHA and NRHA earnings. He was the 2003 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion, a Hackamore Classic Champion, and an NRCHA Stakes Champion. He made the Top Ten at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity, and was the American Quarter Horse Association Reserve World Champion in Junior Reining and Cow Horse.

“He has an amazing attitude and great mind,” Avila said of Magic. “He’s been magic for me!”

Riding her boyfriend’s horse, Mary Dosek topped the Limited Open Bridle class with a score of 428 on Jaci Bee Great.

Jaci Bee Great, by Jac Daniels Neat and out of Wranglers Pretty Gal, is owned by Todd Pershing of Auburn, California.

“I stole her from Todd about four months ago, and I’ve been showing her ever since,” Dosek said. “Today, she was really great.”

Jaci Bee Great has nearly $15,000 in NRCHA earnings, and she’s earned many honors with Pershing. She was the 2006 Novice Non Pro Bridle Stakes Winner, the 2007 Novice Non Pro Bridle Derby winner, the 2007 Salinas Rodeo Open Bridle Reserve Champion, the 2007 Novice Non Pro Bridle NRCHA Southwest Region Reserve Champion, and the 2007 Novice Non Pro Bridle National Champion.

“This horse is smart, and today, she felt extremely confident and strong,” said Dosek, who earned a check for $1,680. “She’s just an amazing mare!”

Finishing second in the Limited Open Bridle was Plain Dual, ridden by Rob Leach for Whitneys Wild Oak Ranch of Exeter, California. Plain Dual, by Just Plain Colonel and out of Pic I Dual, scored a 427 to earn a check worth $1,260.

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, 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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