Finalists determined for the DT Horses and Hashtags' World's Greatest Horseman

 

 

 

 

 

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It was a day of epic equine performances here at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions, all of which culminated this evening with an elite field of DT Horses and Hashtags' World's Greatest Horseman contenders battling for a position in the finals. The enthusiastic crowd that gathered in John Justin Arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, was treated to a night of high scores in both the steer stopping and the cow work as the final two phases of preliminary round action in the four-event bridle horse contest came to a close. It took an 870.5 to make the cut for the finals, which takes place on Saturday, February 22 with herd work in Will Rogers Coliseum followed by reined work, steer stopping and fence work in the John Justin Arena.
Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Ms Pepcid Olena x Pepcid) owned by JB6, LLC, and ridden by Kelby Phillips find themselves in the driver's seat of the DT Horses and Hashtags' World's Greatest Horseman competition going into Saturday's finals with their 886.5 composite (218.5 herd/ 222.5 rein/ 222.5 steer/ 223 cow). Duals Lucky Charm and Phillips earned the 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open Championship.
Duals Lucky Charm and Kelby Phillips 2020 DT Horses & Hashtags Worlds Greatest Horseman prelims cow work1
This evening's high score in the cow work prelims for the DT Horses and Hashtags2020 NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman went to Shine Smarter. Owned by Linda Mars and ridden by Chris Dawson, Shine Smarter scored a 225 and is second in the composite with an 884 (219 herd/ 220 rein/ 220 steer).
Shine Smarter and Chris Dawson 2020 DT Horses & Hashtags Worlds Greatest Horseman prelims cow work
High score of the DT Horses and Hashtags' World's Greatest Horseman steer stopping prelims was a 227.5 put up by Wranglered (Starlights Wrangler x Snow White Dun It x Hollywood Dun It), ridden by Luke Jones for Dell and Terri Hendricks.
Wranglered and Luke Jones 2020 DT Horses & Hashtags Worlds Greatest Horseman steer stopping prelims
Leading the MARS Equestrian World's Greatest Youth Horseman is the team of TRR Lucky Playgun (Pepcid x TRR Ms Lucky Gun x Playgun) and Trail Townsend. Townsend has a total after three runs of 288.5 (143 rein/ 143 cow/ 145.5 steer). Youth World's Greatest competitors will have their herd work in Will Rogers Coliseum on Saturday, February 22 beginning at approximately 1 p.m.
TRR Lucky Playgun and Trail Townsend - 2020 Worlds Greatest Youth Horseman rein and fence work
 
The first NRCHA world championship of the day was awarded this morning in the Novice Non Pro Bridle to Neil Taylor riding Hickorys Prize Doll (Smokums Prize x Hickorys Poco Doll x Docs Hickory) to a 433 composite (215.5 rein/ 217.5 cow) to earn $3,330. Taylor is going home with a Don Rich custom saddle, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Trey and Sandra Neal, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, CR Morrison trophy sponsored by One Fine Vintage and Robertson Ranches, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.
Trey Neil riding Hickorys Prize Doll - Novice Non Pro Bridle World Champion, 2020 Celebration of Champions
 
Earning the $5,000 Non Pro Limited world championship today was Jeffrey Heyer riding PaddysStarlightChic to a 430.5 (211.5 rein/ 219 cow). The 2010 mare owned is by Self Shine and out of RN Starlights Chic by Smart Chic Olena. Heyer was awarded $3,350, plus a host of great awards including a Saddle House custom saddle, Gist custom buckle sponsored by Hes Wright On and Fults Ranch, Western Legacy Stockman Cowboy Hat sponsored by Western Legacy Co., Commemorative World Finals Jacket from CR RanchWear, CR Morrison trophy sponsored by Aaron Ranch, Platinum Performance, and UltraCruz Prize Pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health.
Jeffrey Heyer riding PaddysStarlightChic - $5,000 Non Pro Limited World Champion, 2020 Celebration of Champions
In the Coliseum today, Youth Limited preliminaries were held featuring a field of 49 strong competitors. In order to advance to the 12-horse Youth Limited finals on Friday, February 21, it took a 286.
Following the Youth Limited, the Non Pro Bridle took place with 35 Celebration of Champions qualifiers vying for a spot among the top 10 finals qualifiers. A score of 288 was needed in order to advance, which resulted in an 11-horse finals which includes a ties for the last qualifying position.
 
Preliminaries for the Youth Bridle took place in the John Justin Arena, running concurrently with the reined and fence work portions of the MARS Equestrian World’s Greatest Youth Horseman. A score of 277 was needed in order to advance to Friday’s Youth Bridle Finals. 
Visit www.NRCHA.com for the latest results and free, live broadcast provided by NRCHA Official Videographer Equine Promotion.
About the NRCHA Celebration of Champions
The NRCHA Celebration of Champions is three shows rolled into 10 days of competition.
 
Although the calendar says 2020, the World Championship portion of the Celebration of Champions marks the official conclusion of the 2019 show season, by determining World and National Champions in 15 different Open and Non Pro divisions. World Championship qualifiers earned an invitation to compete in Fort Worth by qualifying at NRCHA-approved shows last year. The World Championship contestants will show in a preliminary round, with the top 10 in each division advancing to the clean slate finals for a shot at the title.
 
Other action at the Celebration of Champions includes the NRCHA Tres Osos Cow Horse Classic Derby for 4- and 5-year-old horses; special National High School Rodeo and Collegiate Invitational cow horse classes; and the crowd-pleasing World’s Greatest Horseman, a grueling four-event test of the ultimate cowboy or cowgirl and their cow horse, sponsored by NRCHA Corporate Partner DT Horses and Hashtags. For the second consecutive year, the NRCHA will proudly produce the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman, presented by MARS Equestrian.
 
The NRCHA Celebration of Champions offers more than just good watching. Spectators can shop till they drop at the NRCHA Sponsor Showcase throughout the week, or at the Winter Premier Horse Sale, held on Saturday, February 22. And last, but certainly not least, on Friday, February 21, NRCHA National Champions will be recognized and celebrated during the Year End Banquet in the Round Up Inn banquet room at 7:30 p.m.
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