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2009 NRCHA Derby Finalists Decided

The field of 117 Open entries at the 2009 National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby was narrowed to twenty after a grueling round of competition at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. Over the first four days of the show, top 4- and 5-year-old cow horses vied for a slot in the clean-slate finals on Sunday, June 21, where the Open Champion will be awarded a check for $45,866.

Leading the Open field advancing to the finals is Todd Bergen, who piloted Nics Black Diamond (Nic It In The Bud x Shinersdiamondjackie) to a 652.5 composite for Mark and Kelly Gowing. Bergen, who is an NRCHA Million Dollar Rider, also made the finals on Lights R Red (CD Lights x Genuine Redbud), who is owned by Eric Storey.

The top 20 advanced to the Open finals, with the bubble score at 643. The magic number for the 13 Intermediate Open riders plus ties who also earned a finals berth was a 631.5. Advancing to the Limited Open finals took a score of 611.

Eric Freitas topped the Non Pro division leader board on Travelin Cielo, the horse he rode to the Non Pro title just two months earlier at the NRCHA Hackamore Classic. Freitas and the Travalena stallion, out of Powderedsugar, had a 645.5 composite in the preliminary round.

It took a 627 in the Non Pro division to earn a finals berth, and the top six Intermediate Non Pro riders advanced to the finals with a bubble score of 622.

The NRCHA Derby, which began on June 16, 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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