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    Roy Rich returns to win '11 SCRCHA Open Shootout

    From Horsetrader staff reports - November 3rd, 2011 - Show & Event News

    Defending champion Roy Rich takes Miss Cattlemaster to a decisive the Open Shootout victory for owner Jodi Sypher at Casner Ranch dotout title at the SCRCHA event Oct. 16 at Casner's Ranch in Temecula.

    TEMECULA – The top riders and stock horses from the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association converged on Casner’s Ranch Oct. 14-16 for the Sixth Annual Shootout and Booh-Yaah Benefit Event, and the results were Rich.

    As in Roy Rich.

    The Temecula trainer, whose barn at Green Acres Ranch is just an exercise ride down De Portola Road, added to his best year ever with a strong performance that included the top three places in the Open Shootout. He won the top prize and saddle on Miss Cattlemaster, a bay mare owned by Jodi Sypherd that totaled 146.5.

    “She’s just a good mare — she tries hard, and she’s the same horse every time I show her,” said Rich, who also won last year’s SCRCHA Open Shootout on Fresnos Indian Chief. “I know I can call on her. When I get a good cow, I can stick her out there and she’ll take care of me.”

    “That’s the best thing about her,” added Rich, who rode five entries in the Shootout. “I know she’s there for me every time. I think all but one time I showed her this year, I got a check on her.”

    Rich also took second in the Open Shootout on Miss Skeets Cowgirl, owned by Barbara Hastings, and was third with Say No Way, owned by Sandy Heitritter.

    “This year has just been unreal,” Rich said. “The Shootout was awesome – and the best part was I got to show five. To be first, second and third – that was pretty cool.”

    On the heels of his hometown accomplishments, Rich went to Nampa, Idaho, for the IRCHA Futurity, Derby and Horse Show and returned with another $5,000 in winnings, including his first Open wins – in the limited hackamore and the open two-rein.

    “It’s definitely been the best year of my career, so far,” he said. “Last year I had a limited number of horses, then I picked up horses halfway through the year. This is my first full year with everybody — all the new ones. It’s been a big year for me, the first year for me to hit it hard like I did.”

    More results are available at www.scrcha.com

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