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Lance Johnston Rides Shes Ful Of Diamonds to Preliminary Herd Work High Score

On Wednesday, March 25, Lance Johnston rode Shes Ful Of Diamonds to a preliminary herd work score of 218 that topped the Open division, a great first-step in securing a spot in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes finals that will take place on March, 29. The NRCHA Stallion Stakes, held at the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho, is one of the NRCHA's premier events - and is expected to pay out over $300,000 in the five days of competition.

Johnston has already ridden Shes Ful Of Diamonds, by Hes A Peptospoonful and out of Shining Rings, to over $100,000 in earnings - thanks to an Open Reserve Championship at the 2007 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Owned by Gary and Kay Watt, of Porterville, California, Shes Ful Of Diamonds earned $85,000 for that title - and has been a consistent winner since.

2008 Intermediate Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champions Ed Robertson and That CD Rocks marked the herd work preliminary Intermediate Open high score with a 217, which was also good for second place in the Open division. That CD Rocks, by CD Lights and out of Shiney Tari, is owned by Robbie Humphreys of Clovis, California.

In the Limited Open division, Doug Mills rode Shiney Playboy to the top score with a 212. Shiney Playboy, owned by Michael Vantreight, is by Shining Spark and out of Playboys Sally.

Herd work scores of the preliminaries are added to the rein and cow work marks to determine the qualifiers for the clean-slate finals on Sunday, March 29.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2009, is 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 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, the Peppermill Hotel/Resort, Fort Dodge West Nile Innovator, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and EQUIOXX, Great American Insurance Company and the Silver Legacy Hotel, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine industry. At the 2009 NRCHA Stallion Stakes, the event is also greatly supported from local sponsorship, including Jerry and Shirley Beukelman, Coyote Rock Ranch, Idaho Horse Park, Impact Performance Horses, 3K Ranch, Commercial Tire, Noble Panels, Idaho Equine Hospital, NRCHA Northwest Region Affiliates, Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association, Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association, Utah Reined Cow Horse Association, Central Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association, Magic Valley Reined Cow Horse Association, Gem State Stock Horse Association, Montana Reined Cow Horse Association, Oregon Reined Cow Horse Association, Flynn's Saddle Shop, Blackpoint Ranch - Little Bay Starlight, Why Worry Ranch - Very Smart Remedy, Shane Demler Masonry, Combs Quarter Horses - One Smart Response, Paul & Amy Bailey, Farm Bureau Insurance, Aspen Meadows Ranch, Dan & Rachelle Heiner, Reiny Day Quarter Horses and Shining Topsail, Wide World of Horses, Drayer Trust/Rick & Carla Drayer, Roeser Ranch Stallion Station, Duquette Quarter Horses, Lyn Anderson Training Stables and Northwest Farm Credit.

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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