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Mike Miller and Bucks Genuine Fever Win 2009 NRCHA Stakes Non Pro Championship

Mike Miller and Bucks Genuine Fever have become the team to beat at National Reined Cow Horse Association premier events. They began their career with a third place win in the Non Pro at the 2007 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, and followed that with a Championship at the 2008 NRCHA Derby, before winning the Non Pro Hackamore at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in October.

"It's kind of like cheating - she makes it so easy," laughed Miller after piloting the mare to yet another title - the NRCHA Stakes Non Pro Championship. "If all the horses showing were like this, we'd all believe we really were trainers. She's always ready to show - and shows well." The Big Piney, Wyoming, rancher and the 5-year-old mare, by Miller's stallion Playboys Buck Fever and out of Nu And Genuine, marked a 212 in the herd work, followed that with the high score of 218 in the rein work, and marked the cow work high score of 219. "The fence work could have been scary. The cow was fresh, but I couldn't get him to move and wear himself out in the boxing. Then I took him down the fence and was getting scared, but this mare's really fast, so we were ok," he said. "On the second turn the cow came off the fence, so I made the decision to go on to the circles with a fast cow. That could have back-fired on me, but it worked out."

The Non Pro Championship paid Miller $10,650, and he collected a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by the Northwest Region NRCHA Affiliates, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Paul Bailey, a CR Morrison trophy and a CR Morrison commemorative medallion. The venerable competitor also earned an additional $2,000 for owning Bucks Genuine Fever's sire, Playboys Buck Fever.

Anne Reynolds and Very Smart Flo Jo claimed the Non Pro Reserve Championship with a composite score of 643.5, earning a check for $8,520, a Gist Silversmiths buckle and a CR Morrison commemorative medallion. The home-grown 5-year-old mare is by Reynold's stallion, Very Smart Remedy, and out of Teena Cash Flo, and is owned by Reynold's mother, Joyce Pearson. Reynolds received an additional $1,000 for the Non Pro Reserve Sire Award.

For the third year in a row, Kathy Wilson won the Intermediate Non Pro Championship, this year on Dandy Little Randy, by Mister Dual Pep and out of Dandy Geraldine. The win netted a CR Morrison trophy, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Aspen Meadows Ranch, a CR Morrison commemorative medallion, and a check for $4,220.

Wilson's finals began with a demoralizing 206 in the herd work. "The cutting was horrid today," she admitted. "He can really do well at the cutting, we just cut bad cows. But he followed that with a very smooth rein work, and everything was solid."

The Clarksburg, California, competitor graciously thanked everyone who had helped her make it to the winners circle. "I want to thank the Lord for letting us do this, my dad Tom Young and my mother, Dixie. I want to thank Ken Wold and his wife Ramona for all their help, my husband Mark, and my kids Lindy and Danny," she said.

Carol Roberts earned the Intermediate Non Pro Reserve title on her horse, Ill Be A Super Star, by Ill Be Smart and out of Gay Starlight. The Reserve Championship came with a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Dan and Rachelle Heiner, a CR Morrison commemorative medallion, and a check for $3,165.

The Intermediate Non Pro Champion Sire Award of $1,000 was earned by Mister Dual Pep, sire of Dandy Little Randy, and went to NRCHA Stakes nominator Ward Ranch.

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, 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 <http://www.nrcha.com/> .

 

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