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Dema Paul Wins NRCHA Derby Non Pro Bridle Spectacular on Primos Bob Acre

Marilyn Harris Wins Novice Non Pro Title on Irish A Shine

Two Arizona cowgirls won top honors during the Thursday evening competition at the 2008 National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby.

Dema Paul, Cave Creek, Arizona, won the prestigious Non Pro Bridle Spectacular on her reliable gelding Primos Bob Acre, by Teninas First and out of Bob Acre Angelena by Bob Acre Doc.

“I’m very excited,” said Paul after her win, smiling from ear to ear. “He’s a special horse. He’s won a bunch, and he’s just my friend.”

The pair is coming off a big win at a recent show in Temecula, where they won both the Non Pro and Open Bridle class.

“He’s nine now, and we got him when he was two,” said Paul, who trained the horse herself. “We took him to the snaffle bits, showed him in the hackamore, and then bridled him up.”

In the herd work portion of the competition, which took place on Wednesday, Paul and “Bob” scored a 212. They followed that with a 213 in the rein work, and Paul knew she had to do well in the cow work in order to pull off a win. But, fence work is Bob’s specialty – with a little cooperation from the draw.

“He’s so good down the fence. He reads a cow unlike any horse I’ve ever had,” explained Dema of her horse. “I drew a bad first cow that just kind of ran through me, but thank goodness the judges saw it and gave me a new cow. That kind of scared him a little bit, so I had to calm him down before the next one came in the pen.”

Luckily, the veteran horsewoman and her well-trained mount were able to hold it together to post a 217 – exactly what was needed to win. The pair’s 442 total earned a paycheck worth $4,464.

In the Novice Non Pro Bridle division, Marilyn Harris, also of Cave Creek, had a composite score of 417 to win the title and $1,620 on her favorite “good luck charm” –

her horse Irish A Shine, better known as “Clover.”

“I’m really thrilled,” Harris said after her win.

After completing what she describes as the best stop ever in her longtime cow horse career, Harris scored a 210 in the reining. She went on to score a 207 in the cow work – quite a feat considering she did most of her run without one stirrup.

“I was riding a new saddle that I’d never ridden in before,” Harris explained. “My foot slipped out of the left stirrup, so I had to go through my entire second half of the run without it.”

But Clover never skipped a beat.

“She was really, really responsive,” Harris said of her 6-year-old mare by Paddys Irish Whiskey and out of Shine O Lena by Shining Spark. “She boxed well and just never gave up. She was a trooper like she always is. She’s a very easy-going mare.”

The win was especially significant for Harris, who had an accident with the horse during the NRCHA Derby last year.

“We had a wreck and she fell down on me,” Harris explained. “She didn’t move at all until someone came to help us out, which prevented either one of us from getting really badly hurt. She’s a pretty special horse!”

The $50,000 Jack & Phoebe Cooke Open Bridle Spectacular will finish Saturday with the rein and cow 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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