On Monday, August 24, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes saw horses of all ages compete, from three-year-olds to veteran bridle horses. Non Pro riders guided their futurity horses through the herd work in the Priefert Arena. In the Main Arena of the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center numerous horse show and spectacular champions were crowned, including the prestigious Open Bridle Spectacular, presented by Holy Cow Performance Horses.
Open Bridle Spectacular Champion
An elite field of 35 seasoned horses vied for the title of the $20,000-added Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular, and in typical cow horse fashion, it all came down to the fence work. The tie for first place, with a 666 composite, between top NRCHA professionals Kelby Phillips and Clayton Edsall was broken by the high cow score.
Kelby Phillips and Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Ms Pepcid Olena x Pepcid) claimed the prestigious title with a 219 in the herd work, 222 in the rein work and 225 down the fence. Phillips ad Duals Lucky Charm earned owners JB6 Ranch LLC. $10,235, a C.R. Morrison bronze finish trophy, product from Platinum Performance, embroidered sheet from Classic Equine, and UltraCruz product.
The competitive duo boast a distinguished resume, including the 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open championship, the 2018 NRCHA Cow Horse Derby Open championship, 2018 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open reserve champion title and two-time finalists of the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman.
California horseman, Edsall, collected reserve in the Holy Cow Horse Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular and $8,010 aboard Metallic Train (Metallic Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark), owned by Beverly Servi.
Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular Champion
Ben Baldus piloted Playin Motown (Mr Playinstylish x Mo Flo x Mr Peponita Flo) to top honors in the Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular at the 2020 NRCHA Stallion Stakes. The Bowie, Texas, horseman scored a 216 in the herd work, 221 in the rein work and 221 in the fence work. Baldus earned owner Catelyn Walker $2,296 for the Intermediate Open win and an additional $1,780 in the Open Bridle Spectacular.
Open Bridle Champion
In 2017, Brady Weaver and SJR Reygun (Dual Rey x Playguns King Badger x Playgun) captured the NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open championship title by marking an incredible 230 down the fence. Three years later, the pair return to the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center, but this time to compete in the veteran bridle class. With a 220 in the rein work and 227 in the cow work, Weaver and “Reygun” won the Open Bridle for owner Gary Ewell. The pair also finished fifth place in the Open Bridle Spectacular, earning combined winnings of a $6,855.
Intermediate Open Bridle Champion
Winning the Intermediate Open Bridle at the 2020 NRCHA Stallion Stakes was Ashley Deacon aboard Hez The Kats Meow (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Lucky Starlight x Grays Starlight), owned by Dustin Deckard. The 438 composite (219 rein/219 cow) earned the team $600.
Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular
Eric Freitas and Cat Snacks maintained their lead from the herd work and won the Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular. Freitas and his 2014 gelding, by Cats Full Moon and out of Chic Snacks, by Snackbox, marked a 145 in the reining and 145 down fence. Combined with their 147 from the herd, the duo won the spectacular and $2,220.
Non Pro Two Rein Champion
Dakota Cox and Metallic Dual Pep (Metallic Cat x Playgirls Miss Grace x Mister Dual Pep) are making a splash at the NRCHA premier events this year in the Non Pro Two Rein. The youth from Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, and Metallic Dual Pep, owned by Circle C Ranch, won the 2020 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Non Pro Two Rein with a 144 in the rein and impressive 148 down the fence. The 290 composite was accompanied with a $1,101 win check.
Open Two Rein Spectacular Champion
The first championship title of the day was determined by a run off between NRCHA professionals Nick Dowers and Lance Johnston. After three events, both riders were tied with a 440 composite in the Open Two Rein Spectacular. Dowers prevailed aboard Clint Marshall’s Santiago Time (One Time Pepto x Reymanising x Dual Rey) with an incredible 152 in the cow work run off.The Nevada-based professional and 2015 stallion earned a 144 in the herd work, 145.5 in the rein work and 150.5 in the initial fence work. The run off fence work score of 152 sealed on the Open Two Rein Spectacular title and $4,620 in winnings.
Open Two Rein Champion
Winning $2,492 at the 2020 NRCHA Stallion Stakes in the Open Two Rein was Lance Johnston riding HeloMyNamesJohnnyCash (Cee Mr Hickory x Smart Card Chex x Ill Be Smart). The duo score a 146 in the rein work and 150.5 down the fence for a 296.5 composite. The 2014 home-bred stallion is owned by Lance and his wife, Tammy Johnston.
$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion
Jayne Vatcher collected her second win of the day at the 2020 NRCHA Stallion Stakes, but this time in $5,000 Non Pro Limited. She guided Sippin Boons Farm to (Smart Boons x Peppy Nicolena x Nic It In The Bud) to a 291 composite (143 rein/148 cow). The team rode away with $721, a C.R. Morrison bronze finish trophy, embroidered sheet from Classic Equine, product from Platinum Performance and grooming supplies from UltraCruz.
$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion
In a field of 31 entries, Amy Diener, of San Diego, California, collected the $1,000 Non Pro Limited championship title. Diener and MJG Gotta Dry Gun (Dun It Gotta Gun x Dock And Dry x Dry Doc) scored a 289.5 (143.5 rein.146 cow), a $414 win check, product from Platinum Performance, a C.R. Morrison bronze finish trophy and an embroidered sheet from Classic Equine.
Pre-Futurity Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro herd work
After 19 horses walked through the herd of the Non Pro Pre-Futurity at the 2020 NRCHA Stallion Stakes it was Sophia Flinders Buttars that came out on top and she was all smiles. Buttars, of Snowville, Utah, piloted PR A Smart Chick (WR This Cats Smart x Cluck Cluck x Gallo Del Cielo) to a solid 218 in the herd work and to the lead of Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Pre-Futurity.
Pre-Futurity Novice Non Pro, Amateur herd work
After the first event, Emily Kent and Mike Draper are tied for the lead in the Novice Non Pro and Amateur Pre-Futurity. Both non pros piloted their horses to a 214 in the herd work. Kent, of Jacksboro, Texas, showed her gelding, On The Reydio (Reydioactive x Bewitching Ichi x Cat Ichi) and Draper, of Nipomo, California, piloted CR Tuff It Out (Woody Be Tuff x CR Cats Meow x High Brow Cat).
Pre-Futurity Non Pro Limited herd work
The highest herd work score of the Non Pro Limited Pre-Futurity came from the last team to work in the set. Jayne Vatcher rode her mare, Blu Margarita (Once In A Blu Boon x Margarita Por Favor x Nic It In The Bud), to a 213.5.
The NRCHA Stallion Stakes is the fourth of five NRCHA premier events, and it pays out more than $500,000 in prize money. The event’s success is largely due to its tie to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Subscribed stallion nominators pay a fee so 4- and 5-year-old offspring can be eligible to compete in the limited aged event portion of the show. Besides paying lucrative checks to the Stakes winners, the NRCHA also presents an incentive checks to the nominator of the Stakes Champion’s sire in each division.
In addition to the Stakes divisions, the event offers a full slate of horse show classes, a one-time pre-Futurity and several Spectaculars, including the $20,000 added Open Bridle Spectacular sponsored by Holy Cow Performance Horses.
To catch all the action via the free, live webcast, provided by NRCHA official videographer Equine Promotion, visit www.NRCHA.com.