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Lyn Anderson and Lil Time To Smoke Win 2009 NRCHA Derby Open Hackamore

Lyn Anderson has ridden Lil Time To Smoke to big wins throughout his career. But at the 2009 National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby, Anderson won on the 5-year-old stallion for the first time - as his owner!

Lil Time To Smoke's former owner, Kathryn Schaefer, purchased the colt as a weanling from Skip Brown, and Anderson trained him. Schaefer and Lyn have had a successful partnership, resulting in some great reined cow horses - including Lil Time To Smoke's full brother, Smart Time Tuck. "I have to thank Kathy for giving me the opportunity to buy him. He's always been fun and easy to train - and I am looking forward to breeding him and having babies. I always wanted a stallion like Smart Time Tuck, and now I have him."

Anderson made an eleventh hour decision to enter the Open Hackamore after missing the Open Derby finals. Lil Time To Smoke had been a little strong in the Derby preliminaries, and was strong in all of Anderson's hackamores. Luckily, a friend came to the rescue. "I really have to thank Debby Sanguinetti for letting me use her hackamore. It worked great and I loved it - she may be careful or she won't get it back," Anderson joked. New headgear and a good cow resulted in a 290.5 total, garnering $2,616.

Anderson also tied for Reserve honors on Meet Rippen Diamonds with Sandy Collier and Heza Diamond Spark. Both showed their horses to scores of 288 and earned $1,962. Meet Rippen Diamonds (Like A Diamond x Cee Bars Rip) is owned by Dick Hershman, and Heza Diamond Spark (Diamond J Star x Sheza Shinette) is owned by Michael Garver.

Brad Barkemeyer rode Lil Sweet Shiner (Shining Spark x Peepin Lil) to top the Limited Open Hackamore class by 6.5 points - earning $1,560 for owner Jana Jones, DVM. Dr. Jones had competed on the mare in the Amateur division of the Derby, but had some bad luck. The decision was then made for Brad to show her in the Limited Open Hackamore.

"When I got on her this morning, she felt tired. I was a little concerned, but in the rein work I was able to go fast and have nice transitions because she was so with me," Barkemeyer explained. "I had a really strong, big cow. We were able to box just like I like, and when we left the end the mare was really reading the cow. When we got to the marker I let her go, and she took care of the rest."

The judges rewarded that finesse with a 145.5 in the rein work, and a 146 down the fence. "We've been swapping out showing Lil Sweet Shiner for a long time," explained Barkemeyer. "Jana owns this mare to show her, and I am just really thankful that she has given me the chance to ride her and compete."

Darrel Norcutt rode Fairlea Happy Pic to the Reserve title with a score of 281, earning $1,170 for Therese and Basil Kehoe. Fairlea Happy Pic is by Colonel Pic and out of My Happy Peppy.

In the Non Pro Hackamore, Richard Montarbo piloted his horse, LR Blue Mate, to the Championship - besting five other entries to collect $1,250. LR Blue Mate is by Mecom Blue and out of OK Mate.

John Showalter earned the Reserve title and $750 on Into Diamonds, by Cuttin Diamonds and out of Bueno Brown Dove. 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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