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Mary Allen Wins NRCHA Derby Youth Bridle on My Star Please

Less than a week since she lost her beloved cow horse, King King Chex, Mary Allen of Park City, Utah, came back to triumph in the Youth Bridle class at the 2008 National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby, held June 17-22 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California.

It was a bittersweet victory for Mary, who fought tears as she warmed up My Star Please, a 6-year-old mare owned by Aspen Meadows Ranch that is usually her dad’s horse.

“She’s just so different from King, and it seemed like everything just reminded me of that,” Mary explained. “Like, how he only took a half-hour to warm up, and she needs an hour and a half. Things like that made it really hard.”

Mary,16, was the last competitor to go in the Youth Bridle, and it didn’t take long to tell she had won the hearts of many as the cheers rose from the stands. Completing her rein work and nodding for her cow, Mary and My Star Please went down the fence with such confidence that it was hard to believe Mary had only been riding the mare for less than a week. As she completed her run and exited the arena, Mary was beaming. The score was announced at a 419.5, but due to another score that had to be reviewed, she was forced to wait on the outcome. When it was announced that she had won, Mary was once again met with cheers and hugs from her family.

“I just trusted her as much as I could, and she took care of me,” Mary said of My Star Please, by Chic Please and out of Starwards Ginger. The win put $525 in Mary’s checking account, and helped to ease the pain of losing her much-loved friend. After the win, Mary is planning on giving My Star Please back to her dad and finding herself another cow horse for the youth competitions.

Finishing second in the Youth Bridle Division was Nichole Hurst, riding Tang N Tecate, by Tangys Classy Peppy and out of Mandos Chex Appeal. Hurst, of Granite Bay, California, scored a 416.5 for the $315 paycheck.

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, 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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