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Corey Cushing and Soula Moolah Capture Circle Y Ranch SRCHA Derby Championship

When Kylie Knight suffered a back injury, she and her parents, Kevin and Sydney, had to find someone else to ride one of their Derby entries – 5-year-old Soula Moolah.

Their choice? Arizona trainer Corey Cushing has been riding the colt at home while Knight was attending college in Texas. “It was not too hard to switch over and bring him on,” Cushing explained. “Luckily, we found out in time to switch from the Non Pro to the Open.”

It turned out to be a very profitable decision. Cushing and Soula Moolah finished with a total score of 442 and earned $11,753 for the composite and $2,827 for placing in the top ten of the rein and cow work.

Cushing was quick to thank Kevin and Sydney Knight for being such great supporters. He also recognized the great herd help he had, during the competition.

Soula Moolah and Kylie were the 2007 NRCHA Derby Amateur Champions at Paso Robles, California, last June. Soula Moolah is by Soula Jule Star and out of Dox Home Remedy. For the Knight family, of Peoria, Arizona, the Circle Y Ranch SRCHA Derby has been especially successful. Their other entry, 2007 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Oh Cay N Short, finished Reserve with Boyd Rice. The pair’s total on three was 439.5. Rice and Oh Cay N Short collected an additional $8,815 for Kevin and Sydney.

Dale Clearwater, of British Columbia, Canada, earned the Intermediate and Limited Open Derby Championship with a total score of 437.5 on Another Smart Kid. He also placed third in the Open to up his total take to $12,678.

“She’s felt really good the whole time, and until today – she needed a lot of loping before she felt ready to show, here!” Clearwater explained, “When we left, there was a -45 degrees Celsius wind chill. I was surprised that the climate change seemed to make both horses extremely fresh - especially after 30 hours of hauling.”

Clearwater has been training horses full time since 2003. He has won both the Canadian Snaffle Bit Futurity and the Canadian Supreme Snaffle Bit Futurity twice each – and one of his Canadian Supreme wins came aboard Another Smart Kid. The 5-year-old mare, by Smart Little Baggins and out of Pennys Dandy Kid, is owned by KMB Enterprises.

Clearwater made the decision to come to Stephenville after his friend Cayley Wilson, suggested he attend. “It sounded like fun, so we decided to come. Clint Christiansen also came with us.”

Clearwater is planning to enjoy the rest of the Celebration of Champions watching his friend, Christiansen, competing in the World’s Greatest Horseman.

Ron Ralls finished Reserve and third in the Intermediate Open division on Peptos Spooky Storm and Lenas Ice Dancer, respectively. Peptos Spooky Storm, owned by Sue Koenig, of Scottsdale, Arizona, earned a 436 and $1,981. Lenas Ice Dancer, owned by Shane Doan, ended with a 430.5 composite and garnered a check for $1,651.

Hip Addams, owned and ridden by Richard Winters, of Ojai, California, finished Reserve in the Limited Open with a 427.5. They took $2,240 in earnings.

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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