The headline event at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes in Las Vegas, Nev., is for the 4- and 5-year offspring of NRCHA Subscribed Stallions,but the Hackamore and Two Rein horses took center stage Thursday night at the South Point Equestrian Center, marking some big scores in the hunt for paychecks and trophies.
In the Open Hackamore class, Les Oswald, Oakdale, Calif., turned in a sparkling run aboard Tassas Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Tassa Mia), owned by Lesley Cummings and bred by Wagonhound Land & Livestock. They scored a 146 in the rein work and a 150 in the cow work for a $3,084 payday. The Open Hackamore Championship also came with a CR Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA and a $50 gift certificate and cooler from Santa Cruz Biotechnologies.
The Open Two Rein Championship went to Tuckers Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Smoke Time Tuck), shown by Lyn Anderson for David and Barbara Archer. Anderson piloted the 6-year-old gelding to scores of 146 in the rein work and 150 in the cow work, for a total 296 score and $1,950. The Open Two Rein title also came with a CR Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA and a $50 gift certificate and cooler from Santa Cruz Biotechnologies.