Diana Ceresola, of Lodi, California, won her first major reined cow horse title on Smokumsprizlilcalboy (Smokums Prize X Lil Calgirl N Charge) when she topped the field at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes. But winning the championship was only the first chapter of her NRCHA Stakes fairy tale. She also rode Arc No Smokum Please (Chic Please X Lenas Smokum) to the Reserve Championship!
When the Non Pro Cow Work concluded on Friday, at the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho, Ceresola’s top scores of 634 (210, 215, 209) and 630 (203, 215, 212), respectively, had earned her over $3,500. Plus, she received a Skyline Champion trophy buckle sponsored by Dan & Rachelle Heiner and another Skyline buckle sponsored by Vernon and Kay Dennis/North West Farm Credit Services. And, finally, she earned a berth in the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Finals that will be held on Sunday.
She was exuberant with the win, and especially with Smokumsprizlilcalboy. “This was our first show and I am in love with him,” Ceresola said. The Stakes is only the fourth show where the horse she calls “Flipper” has competed.
“This is the highlight of the show so far,” she said. “I really didn’t know what to expect when we came because he hasn’t been shown much. But he really stepped up to the plate.”
Fellow Californian, Robin Flournoy finished third on Annies Mister Rose (Mister Dual Pep X Fairleas Annie Rose) with a score of 628.5 (214, 206.5, 208), good for a $1,270 paycheck.
Beside deciding the Amateur placing, the cow work determined all the qualifiers for Sunday’s clean-slate finals and the two top cow works topped the composite, as well. Laurie Ward led the field on Kiss Me A Little (Smart Little Pepinic X Kiss Me Mister) with a 644.5 (215, 208.5, 221) composite, just ahead of Dema Paul on Masters Nu Fox (Master Merada X Nu Cash Foxy Lady), whose scores of 211, 212 and 217 totaled 640.
In the Intermediate Non Pro, Marc Bourdet and CD Precious Peppy (CD Olena X Splash A Lil Cash) led the composite with a 638 (215, 212.5, 211) with Diana Ceresola’s Smokumsprizlilcalboy finishing next.
Corey Cushing rode CC Spin Cycle (Ray Gay Quixote X Lenas Peppy Cutter), owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank to top the Open and Intermediate Open Cow Work preliminaries with a 225. Cushing’s composite score of 654.5 put him second overall in the Open Composite behind Docs Soula ridden by Doug Williamson to a score of 661. Docs Soula (Soula Jule Star X Docs Hickory Nut) is owned by D&S Quarter Horses.
In the Limited Open, the Cow Work win went to Jason Grimshaw on Nickey Smith’s Fritz Me Please (Chic Please X Le A Netta Command) with a score of 218. That score, combined with a 205 in the herd and 211 in the Rein Work, gave him the highest composite, as well.
The Non Pro Bridle Spectacular Championship went to Annie Reynolds, of King Hill, Idaho aboard her mare Magical Lena, the dam of her 2005 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Champion, More Magic Please. A spectacular cow work that earned a score of 224 clinched the title and her composite of 654.5 (214, 216.5, 224) earned $4,020 and a CR Morrison NRCHA Trophy sponsored by Flynn’s Saddle Shop.
Reynolds hasn’t shown Magical Lena since their turn at the World’s Greatest Horseman in 2001.
“She’s been turned out for six years being a broodmare,” Reynolds said. We just started loping her at the first of the year. She doesn’t quite feel like herself yet, but she was phenomenal down the fence just like she always has been.”
The Reserve Championship and $3,216 went to Mark Bourdet on Double R Wright Way (Dual Peppy X Double R Cody) with a total score of 634 (203, 215, 216).
Douglas Kremer, of Big Sky, Montana, scored 409 (210, 199) on BR Lucky Star (Lucky Little Lena X Solanos Suzanna) to win the Novice Non Pro Bridle Class, earning $1,350. Reserve honors went to Kendra Kinghorn on Tejons Sanjo Nic (Tejons Lena Nic X Sanjo Darlena).
The NRCHA Stakes continues Saturday March 31, beginning at 8 am with the Open and Non Pro Hackamore horse classes.
The NRCHA Stakes feature $180,000 in added money and will payout nearly $300,000.
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