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Former World’s Greatest Horseman Tops Rein Work Preliminaries

Spectators at the Fort Dodge Animal Health National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions had a lesson in horsemanship during the preliminary rein work round of the World’s Greatest Horseman competition. Bob Avila, of Temecula, California, and Chics Magic Potion topped the field of 31 with a score of 227 – two points ahead of the very impressive field.

A disappointing herd work looked like it would put the former World’s Greatest Horseman Champion out of finalist contention, but after the rein work Avila and Chics Magic Potion sit solidly in a tie for eleventh place – and the top ten advance to the finals on Sunday, February 8, at the 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas.

Avila’s resume is very impressive. Along with being a former World’s Greatest Horseman, he is also an NRCHA million dollar rider, and has won the prestigious NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity three times. In fact, one of those Snaffle Bit Futurity titles, along with its $100,000 pay check, was won in 2003 on Chics Magic Potion.

The World’s Greatest Horseman finals will begin at 10am on Sunday, February 8, with the herd work. The rein work will begin at noon, and will be followed by the steer stopping and cow work. Among other prices, the World’s Greatest Horseman Champion will receive a check for $30,000! For complete results, visit http://www.nrcha.com.

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®, 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, 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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