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EJ Laubscher Wins NRCHA Derby Limited Open Championship on NorasNitro

EJ Laubscher traveled from Colby, Kansas, to Queen Creek, Arizona, to compete in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby. He's leaving with more than he took, as he won the Limited Open Derby Championship on Noras Nitro, owned by Teresa Chrisler-Webb. The win netted a check for $4,300, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, a bit from Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, and a CR Morrison trophy.

The duo began the finals with a 208 in the herd work, and followed that with a 213 in the rein work. "I tried to be quiet and smart about it. I was happy with my horse," he said. "The rein work is usually a strong point for her, but she went to stop and sprung a front shoe stopping, so she was a little more hesitant, but she still marked well."

Laubscher and "Nitro," by Nitro Dual Doc out of Nora Lena, earned a score of 214.5 in the cow work. "It always comes down to the fence work. She was super good. She rated well and was with me the whole time. We had two good turns, circled well, and were done."

Laubscher purchased Nitro as a yearling from Black Rock Ranch, and sold the mare to Chrisler-Webb at the beginning of her 3-year-old year. Unfortunately she wasn't ready to compete at the Futurity events. "She got injured and had to take about five months off. She came back this year and has been great," he said. "She's been a great Derby horse, and we have her qualified in the Hackamore for the NRCHA World Championship Show in San Angelo, Texas."

Laubscher explained that as a young trainer, he appreciates the support from friends and family - especially his wife Sarah. "She's been great. It's tough sometimes but she makes me hang in there." He added, "I also thank Darren Miller and his wife Rhoda for helping me out whenever I need anything."

Brad Barkemeyer won the Limited Open Reserve Championship on Smart Shine N Peppy with a 630.5 composite. Smart Shine N Peppy, owned by Steven and Trish Greenberg, is by Smart Shiner out of Little Jalapeppy. The Reserve Championship was accompanied by $2,580.

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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