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Ward Ranch Donates 21st National Reined Cow Horse Association Raffle Colt

Ward Ranch of Kingsburg, California is once again donating the NRCHA raffle colt in 2008. The colt will be raffled off during the Open Finals of the 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity. Since 1988, the Ward’s generosity has continued to influence the reined cow horse industry.

This year’s raffle colt, Smart Response, is sired by Smart Little Pepinic and out of Masters Response. Smart Little Pepinic has a berth of finalist titles; including the World’s Greatest Horseman, NRCHA Year-End Open Two Rein, the Abilene Spectacular, the Gold Coast Winter Show, and most recently the NRCHA Hackamore Classic Horse Show Open Bridle title.

Smart Little Pepinic has sired earners of more than $700,000, including Kiss Me A Little, the 2006 NRCHA Futurity Intermediate Non Pro Champion, 2006 Non Pro Reserve Champion, and the 2008 NRCHA Hackamore Classic Non Pro Reserve Champion. Smart Little Pepinic offspring Smart Plain Pep was the 2006 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle Champion.

Master Remedy, Smart Response’s maternal grand sire has sired three NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champions and two NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Hackamore Champions.

According to Cheryl Magoteaux of the NRCHA management team, “Smart Response represents years of breeding for the Ward River Ranch. The NRCHA, its members, sponsors, and enthusiasts thank John and Laurie Ward and Ward River Ranch for their generosity and eagerly await viewing Smart Response at this year’s NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity!”

Each year, half of the raffle colt proceeds and $150 from the entry fee of each NRCHA Select 2-Year-Old Sale entry are combined to make the NRCHA 2-Year-Old Sale Purse. In addition, the NRCHA has guar­anteed that the NRCHA 2-Year-Old Sale Purse will be at least $30,000.

Tickets, which are $10 each, have already been sent to NRCHA members. Tickets can be purchased through NRCHA members, or directly through the NRCHA Office. They will also be available at the Snaffle Bit Futurity until the winner is drawn.

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 Adequan®, Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers and Outlaw Conversions, 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 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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