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Kadee Coffman Tops $5,000 Non Pro Limited/Tully Wiedman Wins Non Pro Limited Provisional

Former Miss Rodeo California and RFD-TV Television host Kadee Coffman topped the $5,000 Non Pro Limited class at the 2008 National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby, taking place June 17-22 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California.

Coffman, from Clovis, California, was riding Eighty Nine In Cash, a 10-year-old gelding by Nu Cash and out of Miss Hobo Dry by Dry Doc.

“I grew up on my family’s cattle ranch, and riding reined cow horses just seemed like the next step. I bought a reined cow horse about 5 years ago and I used him in all my queen competitions,” Coffman said. “Finally, I’m finished with being a queen, and I was able to show him. This was our first horse show, and he did really, really well.”

Coffman, who was quick to credit John and Laurie Ward, as well as her boyfriend, Justin Wright, for their help, had a composite score of 293 to top the class of 26 entries. Finishing as Reserve Champion was Missn No Chex, shown by Keri E. Blackledge and owned by Warledge LLC. Coffman earned $937, while Blackledge took home a check for $750.

In the Non Pro Limited Provisional, Tully Wiedman of Dixon, California, took home the first-place check worth $240. Wiedman had a composite score of 282 points to earn the honor aboard Bea Smart Camiseta, a 4-year-old mare by Ill Be Smart and out of Badger Be Good by Camiseta Badger. Bea Smart Camiseta is owned by Tully and Jacqueline Wiedman.

“In the cow work, I just sat on her. I put my hand down and she did all the work,” Wiedman said.

He credited his trainer, Ken Wold, who has been associated with Wiedman’s horse business for more than 30 years.

“We found a horse and he started training it and training me,” said Wiedman, who is an emergency room doctor. “This is the third horse I’ve ridden as a Non Pro with Ken, and each time we’ve gotten a better-skilled horse and we’re moving up. We’ve been lucky!”

In evening festivities, Derby exhibitors, owners and friends were treated to a special barbecue dinner hosted by the Paso Robles Event Center. As they enjoyed the delicious barbecue, the entertainment became the drawing of the teams for Saturday’s Celebrity Cow Horse Challenge sponsored by Snaffle Bit Ranch.

With emcee Mark Thompson keeping things going, the teams were drawn and matched up with coaches, then a Charity Calcutta was held to raise money for the charities of choice of the riders.

Topping off the evening’s activities was the Youth Hoop Shoot, which saw trainers - from Boyd Rice and Jon Roeser to Tom Neel and Wade Reaney, to mention just a few - matching their free throw skills. In the end, the younger set prevailed, with Texas sharp-shooter Jennifer Neel taking the championship and earning a gift certificate to the NRCHA Store.

NRCHA representative Savannah Howell noted that, prior to the Hoop Shoot, the proposed youth bylaws were distributed to interested parties and plans were announced to have the very first youth elections at the upcoming World Championship Show in San Angelo, Texas. Howell also noted that the youth will be running an “Open to the World” first-ever NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Two-on-Two tournament at Reno as a fund-raiser.

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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