NRCHA Celebration of Champions

Championship action begins for reined cow horse enthusiasts.

By Stephanie Duquette
National Reined Cow Horse Association
February 1, 2013

Stuart Bozeman and Merada In Style 09

Stuart Bozeman and Merada In Style 09 took a broom to the competition January 27 in the NRCHA Derby non-pro division during the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in San Angelo, Texas. (NRCHA Courtesy photo)

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions is under way in San Angelo, Texas, with winners already crowned. Check back through the week for more winners.

Non-Pro Derby
On January 27, Stuart Bozeman of Idalou, Texas, swept all four divisions of the non-pro derby, also winning the level 1 limited open championship for five titles in all

In the non-pro derby, Stuart, 30, piloted his 2009 gelding, Merada In Style 09 to a 144 in herd work and rein work to win both rounds in all the non-pro and amateur divisions. Then he earned the high-scoring cow work, a 147.5, for a 435.5 composite.
Merada In Style is a 2009 bay gelding by Cats Merada-Stylish In White by Docs Stylish Oak. He was bred by James Eakin of Hondo, Texas.

Stuart had to make another set of runs on “Squiggy” in the Level 1 limited open, where he once again topped the herd work round with a 142.5 and won the rein work with a 144. He had the second-high cow work score, a 139. His 425.5 won the Level 1 title..
“I really just wanted to win the herd work,” Stuart said, laughing. “I hoped to do good enough to get by and win, but it didn’t matter. I just wanted my horse to be good. It's more about the horse, making him the best he can be, than me showing and winning."
His 147.5 fence run in the non-pro derby was the highlight of his San Angelo trip, he said.

“That was the most fun I've ever had showing a horse. It was just awesome. I never actually really smiled after showing a horse until after the fence work today.”
Stuart had shown in cutting, ranch horse and Stock Horse of Texas competition, but had limited experience with reined cow horses until his mom signed him up for a clinic with AQHA Professional Horseman Don Murphy about a year and a half ago. He bought Squiggy from Don and his daughter, Nelle, and has trained the gelding with their help.
The reserve champion in the non-pro derby, intermediate non-pro, novice non-pro and amateur divisions was Sandra Kaskey of North Port, Florida, who showed her gelding, Dunitontopoftheworld, to a composite score of 420. She earned paychecks totaling $4,366.10. Dunitontopoftheworld is a 2008 dun gelding by Dun It Big-Photons Cowgirl by Photon. He was bred by the Triple J Ranch of Sarasota, Florida.

Open Derby Championship
Chris Dawson of Jacksboro, Texas, knew he had two good derby horses in Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass) and A Spoonful O Sugar (Hes A Peptospoonful x Poco Smokum Oak), and he proved it January 27.

Dawson won the derby open title aboard his own horse, Travelin Jonez, with a total score of 440.5. He rode A Spoonful O Sugar to a reserve championship for Cryin Coyote Ranch of Hempstead, Texas.

Travelin Jonez is a 2008 bay stallion by Smart Chic Olena and out of Travelin With Sass by Travalena. Chris bought him as a 2-year-old.

“He’s a cool horse,” Chris said. “I don’t know if everybody would get along with him, but we get along. People say we're just alike. He's kind of an obnoxious rascal that pesters you all the time, but he’s good-hearted about it. I’ve been real blessed to have him.”

A Spoonful O Sugar is a 2008 red roan mare by Hes A Peptospoonful and out of Poco Smokum Oak by Smokum Oak. She was bred by Carroll’s Cutting LLC of Turkey, North Carolina.

“It was just unbelievable,” Chris said. “It’s my first major win, and to be first and second  -- it was amazing.”

Chris’ mother, Sandy Jirkovsky, a NRCHA and AQHA judge, was scribing for the Celebration of Champions judges. She nervously watched every move her son made in the show pen.

“I just try to be real quiet when he's showing. It’s great to see him do so good, but my hand does shake a little! Any time he shows, the adrenaline really rushes. It's really wonderful. We love the cow horse,” she said.

Derby Intermediate Open

On January 27, two mares owned by the same man both scored 432.5 composites in the derby intermediate open division. The two mares’ tie was broken on the fence work score, so Yep Pretty Purdy took home the championship for owner Dominic Conicelli of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, while Chickarey was second for Dominic.

Yep Pretty Purdy is a 2009 gray mare by Pretty Boy Cat-Purdy Pistol by Peppy San Badger. She was bred by Jack Waggoner of Bridgeport, Texas, and was shown by AQHA Professional Horseman Jay Holmes of Sarasota, Florida.

“She’s nice to work with,” Jay said. “She’s willing to get along with you. A little bit spooky; a little bit quirky, but she really wants to have a job and do it well. The cow was tough down the fence today, but she gritted up.

Chickarey is a 2008 sorrel mare by Dual Rey-Sonita Lena Chick. She was bred by Linda Holmes of Longmont, Colorado, and was ridden by Robert Chown of Gainesville, Texas.

Other Winners
Derby Open Novice Horse – Stylish Drifter, owned by Kalpowar Quarter Horses of Midland, Texas. Stylish Drifter is a 2009 chestnut gelding by Playin Stylish-Gold Cloud Miss by White Lighting Ike. He was bred by Mike and Linda Silveira of Sanger, California.

Derby Non-Pro Limited – Garrell Reilly of Temecula, California, riding Shootn Starlight, a 2008 sorrel gelding by Finalight-Miss Remachex by Bueno Chex Doc. He was bred by Linda Wolfinger of Murrieta, California.

Limited Open Bridle – Little Pistol Peach, a 2006 sorrel mare by Playgun-Lone Star Peach by Texas Kicker, owned by Lauren Porter of Avondale, Colorado and shown by Keith Vogel of Pueblo, Colorado

Limited Non-Pro Bridle – Mattie Neal of Pilot Point, Texas, riding Instantee, a 2005 bay gelding by Tejons Peppy Doc-Suddenly Shiney by Shining Spark

Non-Pro Two-Rein – Scott Trueblood of Ducor, California, riding Just Plain Hip, a 2006 bay gelding by Hickorys Indian Pep-Miss Plain Plain by Just Plain Colonel

Limited Open Hackamore – Pinchin Chics, a 2008 bay gelding by Nic It In The Bud-Smart Hippie Chic by Smart Chic Olena, owned by Sox and Sandals LLC of Thousand Oaks, California, and shown by Dan Daponde of Moonpark, California

Non-Pro Hackamore – Alexa Beaty of Aubrey, Texas, riding Star Dustn Wrangler, a 2007 bay gelding by Starlights Wrangler-Pines Dusty Modle by Pines Dusty Dude

Open Two-Rein – Nabisco Roan, a 2006 red roan stallion by Boonlight Dancer-Crackin by Smart Little Lena, owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses of Santa Ynez, California, and shown by Jake Telford of Caldwell, Idaho

Intermediate Non-Pro Bridle – Suzon Schaal of Calgary, Alberta, riding Genuine Brown Gal, a 2003 brown mare by Listo Pollito Lena-Genuine Emerald by Genuine Peppy, bred by Marian Stav of Turner Valley, Alberta

Novice Non-Pro Bridle
– Grant Lindaman II of Minneapolis, riding Meradas Little Miss, a 2002 bay mare by Meradas Money Talks-Missies Promise by Doc’s Hickory

Limited Non-Pro – LaDona Emmons of Ione, California, riding Anuther Mister 505, a 2005 sorrel gelding by Mister Dual Pep-Anuther Olena by Quanah O Lena

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