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NRCHA Stakes Equals Trophies Times Three for the Christensen Family

Jake Telford Wins Open Bridle Spectacular

Terry Christensen and his children Tara and Trevor, made the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes Horse Show a family affair. When the horse show classes concluded on Saturday, at the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho, the Christensens rode away with a trio of championships, including three CR Morrison trophies.

Terry topped the Non Pro Hackamore with a 419 (209, 210) on home-grown Classy Sugari (Tangys Classy Peppy X Sugari Colonel). Tara, 18 marked a 287.5 (143.5, 144) on TC Lena (Leana Right On X Sugari Colonel) to win the Youth Bridle. Trevor, 16, rode Blues Nu Boon (Peptoboonsmal X Nu Cash Blues) to win the Youth Limited with a 266 (132, 134).

The Christensens traveled from Snohomish, Washington to Nampa for the weekend.

“It’s nice to be able to come as a family,” Terry said. “It’s been a lot of fun showing and being together.”

John Ward rode home-grown Miss Smokin It (Smart Little Pepinic X Miss Smoking Leo) to the Open Hackamore Championship. A great fence run earned him a score of 221 to add to his rein work of 211.5 for a composite of 432.5. In February, Ward placed third in the SRCHA Circle Y Derby on Miss Smokin It.

“It’s fun to show her since she’s out of our stud,” Ward said. “She’s a really great cow horse, and has a lot of look in front.” Miss Smokin It is a sibling to Ward’s Open Stakes finalist Smart Looking Boots, as well as his wife, Lauri’s Non Pro finalist, Kiss Me A Little (Smart Little Pepinic X Kiss Me Mister).

Wade Reaney scored 428 (212, 216) on This Chicks A Hick to earn the Open Hackamore Reserve Championship. This Chicks A Hick (Hey Houston X Hickorys Classy Star) is owned by Cowan Select Horses.

Newcomer Trenton Ford picked up two championships. Ford, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, scored 415 (206, 209) on Rawhides Litl Peppy (Dunit Rawhide X Docs Peppette) to win the Limited Open Hackamore. Rawhides Litl Peppy is owned by Tony Jardine, of Twin Falls, Idaho. Ford also rode Young Blue Boy to a composite score of 416.5 (206.5, 210) to win the Limited Open Bridle. Young Blue Boy (Alotofote X Purplena) is owned by Jennifer Keefe of Idaho Falls.

“This was the first NRCHA show of the year for both horses,” Ford said. “So I think we did pretty good.”

Jon Ostolasa marked a 416.5 (206.5, 210) on Smora Cash (The Nu Colonel X Smora Twist) to earn the Limited Open Bridle Reserve Championship.

The Limited Open Hackamore Reserve Championship went to Roger Bias riding Fairlea Smart Twist (Smart Steady Date X Mr Happy Peppy) with a score of 404 (206, 198). Fairlea Smart Twist is owned by Cynthia Bias.

NRCHA President Lyn Anderson topped the Open Two Rein with a 434.5 (216.5 X 218) on Im Smart And Classy (Tangy Classy Peppy X Smart Bikini Chex) which is owned by Roger and Michelle Redding. Anderson was pleased with the mare’s performance in her first time to be shown in a bridle class.

“I couldn’t be happier with her,” Anderson said. “She’s the exact same horse I had in the hackamore.”

The Open Two Rein Reserve Championship went to Wade Reaney on QU Believe (Quanah O Lena X Be Bob To Reno) with a composite 434.5 (216.5, 218). QU Believe is owned by Stan and Lynne Warren.

After a four year absence in she show pen, Ernie Beal rode Reminics Smokin Pep (Reminics Pep X Shesa Smoker) to win the Non Pro Two Rein. Their score of 421 (202, 219) topped the field by 13 points.

“Today exceeded all my expectations,” Beal said. “I just came to get back into the water learn how to show again.”

The Non Pro Two Rein Reserve Championship went to NRCHA Treasurer David Archer on Dats Trouble (Smart Little Pepinic X Bex Leoak Chex) with a composite score of 408 (203, 205).

At his second show this year, Murray Thompson rode Smart Time Tuck (Senors Lil Brudder X Smoke Time Tuck) to the Non-Pro Limited Championship. Thompson marked a 286.5 (139.5, 147) on the horse known as “Zip” which Lyn Anderson rode to great success.

“I told Lyn that I thought Zip was probably the best cow horse I would probably ever ride,” Thompson said. Lyn laughed and said, “Murray, he is the best cow horse that I have ever ridden!”

John Palleria, from Caldwell, Idaho, marked 270.5 (130.5, 140) on Frecklesonmyrooster (Gallo Del Cielo X Miss Solana Playboy) to earn Reserve honors in the Non Pro Limited.

Jake Telford Wins Open Bridle Spectacular on CD Survivor

In the final class of the night, Jake Telford marked a 651 (213, 219, 219) on CD Survivor to top the Open Bridle Spectacular. CD Survivor (CD Olena X Have A Lil Lena) is owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses. Telford said things started off slow with 213 in the herd work, but finished just as expected.

“When you ride a really nice horse like that, you always expect to do well,” Telford said. “Things just worked out today.”

For the win, Telford earned $4410 plus an NRCHA CR Morrison Trophy sponsored by RC Bean Saddlery

Jon Roeser picked up the Open Bridle Spectacular Reserve Championship on Diamond J Star with a 650 composite score (211). Diamond J Star (Grays Starlight X Diamond J Playgirl) is owned by Judy Siebel, of Ross, California.

Aspen Meadows Ranch sponsored a Chocolate Fountain party for the NRCHA youth members. The party was the second youth party of the season and was organized by Dave and Loke Allen, owners of Aspen Meadows Ranch.

Cowan Ranch sponsored the 17-team special event calf branding Saturday night. At least one team member had to be an entry in the reined cow horse show, or an owner, staff member or sponsor of the event.

Besides the cash prize, each of the four members of the Cowan Ranches NRCHA Stakes Calf Branding winning team receive special Marland Lever Action 30/30 Rifles.

The calf branding is sponsored by the great Cowan Ranch, along with Very Smart Remedy, Classic Trailers, John & Wayne’s Steakhouse, Idaho's Cowboy Supply, J.M. Capriola, Nampa Chiropractic, Mountain Sports, Topsails Rien Maker and Treasure Valley Livestock.

. The NRCHA Stakes concludes on Sunday, with the show beginning at 8 am, and features the Non Pro and Open Finals.

The event features $180,000 added money and will payout nearly $300,000.

The 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 Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Skyline Gold and Silversmiths, Bloomer Trailer Mfg., Quarter Horse News & Performance Horse magazine, the Peppermill Hotel Resort, Farnam products Vetrolin Liniment and Farnam dewormers IverCare, ComboCare, LiquiCare P and Continuex, Fort Dodge West Nile Innovator, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and GASTROGARD, 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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