The second day of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack & Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby, presented by Cats Picasso, is complete. Several horse show spectaculars exhibitors walked through the herd, completing their first of three events on Monday, June 10 at the Paso Robles Event Center. Derby Non Pro and Non Pro Limited riders also worked their way through the herd, placing them one step closer to the prestigious title of 2019 NRCHA Derby Champion.
Open Two Rein Spectacular Herd Work High Score
Open Two Rein Spectacular riders started off the day completing their first of three events – the herd work. NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Boyd Rice, of Weatherford, Texas, piloted Quahadi (Bet Hesa Cat x Ginnin Attraction x Tanquery Gin) to the top of the class with a 218. The 2013 stallion is owned by Burnett Ranches LLC, of Guthrie, Texas.
Non Pro Bridle Spectacular Herd Work High Score
A familiar pair topped the herd work of the $6,000-added Non Pro Bridle Spectacular. Lindsey James, of San Luis Obispo, California, rode Maximum Spoonful (Hes A Peptospoonful X PG Maxine X Playgun), her 2009 gelding, to a score of 219.
Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular Herd Work High Score
Local NRCHA non pro Vanessa Lawrence piloted Step To The Light (CD Lights x ShinersDiamondJackie x Shining Spark) to the lead in the Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular. The team earned a 218.5 in the herd work.
Derby Non Pro Limited Herd Work High Score
Mason Beal, from Clovis, California, found himself leading the 24-entry Non Pro Limited Derby after the first event. He rode Unos Smokin Chic (Uno What Time It Is X Dew It Flo X Mr Peponita Flo) to an impressive 217.5 in the herd work. The 2013 gelding is owned by Ernie Beal.
Derby Non Pro Herd Work High Score
Hope Miller, of Brush Prairie, Washington, finished out the day winning the Non Pro Derby preliminary herd work. She piloted Sparking Metallic (Metallic Cat X Sparking Train X Shining Spark) to a score of 219. Combined with a 218.5 rein work score, the pair is leading the composite after two events.
The NRCHA Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby, presented by Cats Picasso, is one of the largest and most prestigious events for 4- and 5- year-old reined cow horses. Shown two-handed in a snaffle bit or a hackamore, horses are judged in three preliminary events: rein work, herd work and cow work. Top scorers from the preliminaries will advance to on to the clean-slate finals on Saturday, June 15, for a chance to win the coveted title of 2019 NRCHA Derby Champion and a share of the more than $340,000 total payout.
In additional to the popular Limited Aged Event, the Derby also offers a full slate of NRCHA-appproved horse show classes and several spectaculars. The crowd-pleasing $25,000 added CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular will take place the evening of Friday, June 14 at the Paso Robles Event Center. Ancillary activities include the San Luis Obispo Cattleman’s Association BBQ dinner on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00pm, the San Juan Breakfast on Saturday, June 15 at 6:30am and of course, lots of shopping opportunities.
The entire show can be viewed via the free, live webcast, provided by NRCHA’s Official Videographer, Equine Promotion, at www.NRCHA.com. The action continues at the Paso Robles Event Center on Tuesday, June 11, with the Derby Open herd work preliminaries.
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