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McLaughlin Rides Lil Miss Shiney Chex to 2008 NRCHA Open Two Rein World Championship

Jay McLaughlin became the first National Reined Cow Horse Association World Champion for 2008 on Friday, February 6, at the 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas. The 2008 NRCHA World Championship Show, presented by John Deere, is held as a part of the Fort Dodge Animal Health NRCHA Celebration of Champions. McLaughlin rode Lil Miss Shiney Chex to the title for owner Carol Rose.

“This is a great mare. It’s only my fifth time to show her – but I’ve always liked her,” McLaughlin said of the 7-year-old mare, by Shining Spark and out of Lil Miss Smart Chex. “She deserved to win a World Championship.”

McLaughlin noted that he had been watching the mare since she was a 3-year-old. “She never has a bad day. We’re taking it a day at a time, but we’d like to qualify her for the Open Bridle in the World Championship Show and eventually show her in the World’s Greatest Horseman.”

Coming in as draw one, McLaughlin and Lil Miss Shiney Chex marked 220 in the rein work and 215 in the cow work. “The whole class was touch-and-go. She was great in the rein work, and then we drew a tough steer in the cow work. It challenged us on the back fence, and then I went ahead and took it down the fence because I didn’t want to run out of cow. I had a big right turn, and then had to loop before making a big left turn, then circled up in the middle.”

McLaughlin, formerly of Ozark, Missouri, moved January 1st to Carol Rose’s ranch in Gainesville, Texas, and got on his first horse the next day. “Carol’s been great to us – and all the help is amazing. It’s a wonderful team – and the facilities are first class. You can do whatever event you want to, whenever you want. I’m very happy to be there,” he said.

Along with a check for $5,222, Rose was awarded a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Jackson Land and Cattle, a Gist Custom Buckle sponsored by Knight Haulers, a pair of Rios of Mercedes stock boots, a commemorative World Championship vest from Gist Silversmiths, a CR Morrison Trophy and a CR Morrison commemorative medallion.

Jake Telford, of Caldwell, Idaho, earned the Reserve Championship on Shady Lil Starlight with a score of 434. Shady Lil Starlight, by Grays Starlight and out of Shady Little Cat, was the 2007 NRCHA Open Hackamore World Champion, and won the Open Two Rein at three of the four NRCHA Premier events in 2008. The Open Two Rein Reserve Championship was worth $4,289, a Gist custom buckle from Knight Haulers, custom spurs from Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, an ESP Saddle Pad from Classic Equine, a commemorative World Championship vest from Gist Silversmiths, and a CR Morrison commemorative medallion.

Telford and Shady Lil Starlight’s finish also secured the NRCHA Open Two Rein National Championship. Smart Madera, whom Telford rode to a third place tie, earned the Reserve National Championship in the Open Two Rein.

The World Championship action continues through Saturday, February 7. The Fort Dodge Animal Health NRCHA Celebration of Champions runs through February 8, when it concludes with the finals of the World’s Greatest Horseman. The event begins daily at 8am, with the exception of Sunday, February 8, when it will begin at 10am.

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®, 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. 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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