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Kevin Stallings Rides Shining Lil Nic to 2009 NRCHA Derby Open Two Rein Championship and more!

Kevin Stallings rode Shining Lil Nic to top the field of eleven Open Two Rein entries at the 2009 National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby, held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. Stallings took the talented stallion to a score of 143 in the rein work, and 147 in the cow work, earning owners Bill and Janiejill Tointon a check for $1,590.

"He was really good. He ran and stopped good, and turned around strong in the reining. We had a tough cow in the cow work. It ran really hard, but that's his forte - he's a great fence horse and you can mark really good on a tough cow," noted Stallings, of Arizona.

Stallings has ridden Shining Lil Nic, by Smart Shiner and out of Dig A Lil Nic, from the beginning, earning a lengthy list of titles and accomplishments with the flashy stallion. Along with being a finalist at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, Shining Lil Nic is a three-time American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show qualifier, and is an NRCHA Open Hackamore National Champion.

"I love this horse. He's one of the most awesome athletes that I've ever ridden. I really want to thank Bill and Janiejill Tointon for giving me the opportunity to ride this special horse," he said.

Only a scant half-point behind Stallings was Dan Roeser, who piloted One Smart Response (Smart Peppy Doc x Remedys Response) to the Reserve Championship. A 144.5 in the rein work, coupled with a 145 in the cow work, garnered owner Sheila Combs a check for $1,325.

Laurie Ward took home the Non Pro Two Rein honors on her very talented mare, Kiss Me A Little, by Smart Pepinic and out of Kiss Me Mister. The Championship came with a check for $678.

The Kingsburg, California, competitor raised the mare and has a winning history with her. In 2006, Laurie earned the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Reserve Championship and the Intermediate Non Pro Championship on her, and followed that with a win at the Circle Y Ranch Derby. Just two months ago, at the NRCHA Hackamore Classic, in only her second time to show in the Non Pro Two Rein, Kiss Me A Little earned a first place. "She's been in the top three or four every time we've shown her. We're very fortunate," noted Ward.

The NRCHA Derby, which began on June 16 and runs through June 21, is held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2009, is the governing body of cow horse competition, 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 John Deere,

Adequan(r), Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, Gist

Silversmiths, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Quarter Horse News & Performance Horse magazine, Fort Dodge West Nile Innovator, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and EQUIOXX, Markel Insurance Co., and the Silver Legacy Hotel, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine industry.

The support of the NRCHA Corporate Partners is supplemented by sponsorship from NRCHA Breeders Sponsors, which includes Carol Rose Ranch, Burnett Ranches Ltd., Fairlea Ranch, George & Sue Hearst/Estrella Ranch, Jackson Land & Cattle, LLC, Oasis Ranch, Outback Stallion Station, Polo Ranch, Roeser Ranch, Ward River Ranch, and most recently Holy Cow Performance Horses, LLC. 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 <http://www.nrcha.com/> .


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