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    Smooth and Spectacular

    Gorrell, Smooth N Cash are brilliant in Stakes Bridle Spectacular win

    From Horsetrader staff reports - April 17th, 2014 - Cover Story, Show & Event News

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Jake Gorrell and his longtime partner, Smooth N Cash, used a 228 fence work to blast past the field and win the $25,000-added Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular held at South Point Equestrian Center.

    The bridle event was held in conjuction with the 2014 National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes March 30-April 5, where 4- and 5-year-olds by NRCHA Subscribed Stallions competed in snaffle bits and hackamores.

    Gorrell and Smooth N Cash (Smooth As A Cat X Dox Gavacash), have been together seven years, since the Hanford trainer recommended him to owners Don and Bonnie Roloff of Temecula.

    “He’s kind of my baby,” said Gorrell, who started him. “I trained him and brought him along and got him for Bonnie.”

    The gelding also has finished consistently in the money, with career earnings approaching $200,000. He is a three-time finalist at the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman and at last year’s NRCHA Derby, he took reserve in the Holy Cow Performance Horses Bridle Spectacular.

    “This win is awesome,” said Gorrell, who had the high herd and rein work scores to claim the $15,375 champion’s paycheck by a wide 10-point margin. “He’s by far the best horse I’ve ever had. He’s so much fun in the herd work, and fence works like that — you just can’t beat him. That’s what this is all about — these great horses. This one is as good as they get.”

    Nicknamed “Gadget” because he has all the tools — like the Inspector Gadget character — he was not the first horse Gorrell looked at when owner Bonnie asked him to find a contender for the 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity. However, Gorrell kept coming back to the gelding.

    “I looked and looked, and it’s not very often I get one in my barn to start that is of that caliber,” Gorrell recalled. “When I couldn’t find anything, I told Bonnie that I got this really nice horse in my barn, and he’s so good on the cow — he’s unbelieveable on the cow — and I think he’s got what it takes.”

    Bonnie said OK, and the rest is history.

    “I had not even seen this horse,” said Bonnie. “It was the first time another person had bought a horse for me without seeing it.”

    Gorrell and Gadget finished fourth in the Snaffle Bit in 2008, just points from the World Championship.

    “The cool thing about him, is funny — even though we haven’t had first place in a lot of major deals, he pulls a check almost everywhere we go,” said Gorrell. “What’s cool is that you know almost everywhere you go, you’re going to pull a good check. That makes it worthwhile. I’ll take a horse that finishes second or third any time of day.”

    Gorrell said although Gadget is a good athlete, his willingness to please is his No. 1 trait.

    “He does not want to be in trouble, and he always wants to please you,” said the trainer. “He’s always been that way — if he does anything good, you pet him, and he goes, ‘yep, I got it.'”

    “And you can’t pull him off a cow,” he added. “He’s cowey — like a magnet. That’s what I first liked about him.”

    Gorrell is quick to thank the Roloffs and also Holy Cow Performance Horses for boosting incentives to show bridle horses, the NRCHA’s most impressive equine athletes.

    “To be able to pick up a check like this makes it all worthwhile, and it keeps good people like the Roloffs in the game,” he said. “I have the greatest clients in the world, by far!”

    Bonnie has mutual appreciation for Gorrell and his accomplishments with Gagdet over the years.

    “It’s an incredible ride — high and low,” Bonnie said. “But you have your trust — you pick the best horse you can find and try to pair it up with the best trainer, and you pray a lot. It’s just that combination. We love him and Jake loves him, and he stays sound and he just goes in and does his thing.”

    Some of the Holy Cow Performance Horses added money returned to them in the form of the Reserve Championship check, won by the Holy Cow-owned entry, Hes Shinettes CD (CD Olena x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark). Jake Telford piloted the 2007 stallion to a 656 combined score (208 herd/221 rein/227 cow), earning $12,813.

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    2014 NRCHA Stakes Champions
    March 30-April 5, 2014 * South Point Equestrian Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
    Open
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ This One Time/ Todd Bergen/ Pamela Bailey/ 664/ $29,107.05

    Intermediate Open
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Kick Up The Lights/ Wade Reaney/ John Prudden/ 649.5/ $6,383.18

    Limited Open
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Coloradoboonsmal/ Keith Vogel/ Conrad Swanson/ 642/ $4,255.75

    Non Pro
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Two Kitties/ Tammy Jo Hays/ Greeman, Hays/ 652 $7,113.96

    Intermediate Non Pro
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Hick Olena/ Shannon McCarty/ Shannon McCarty/ 645.5/ $3,810.60

    Novice Non Pro
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Hick Olena/ Shannon McCarty/ Shannon McCarty/ 645.5/ $1,270.20

    Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Smooth N Cash/ Jake Gorrell/ Roloff Ranch/ 666/ $15,375.00

    Limited Open Bridle
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Rooster Hickory/ Jason Gay/ Richard & Liz Willett/ 430/ $1,350.00

    Non Pro Bridle Spectacular
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Lenas Alley/ Parke Greeson/ Parke Greeson/ 652.5/ $3,420.00

    Intermediate Non Pro Bridle
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Lenas Alley/ Parke Greeson/ Parke Greeson/ 435/ $960.00

    Novice Non Pro Bridle
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Thirsty Oak/ Shawn Kent/ Leslie Kent/ 420/ $1,104.00

    Select Non Pro Bridle
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ FS Smart Boomer Chic/ Larry Lommen/ Larry & Karen Lommen/ 397/ $200.00

    Open Hackamore
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ BFR Igniting Sparks/ Chris Dawson/ Beechfork Ranch/ 441/ $2,772.00

    Limited Open Hackamore
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Nics Shiney Dresser/ Edward John/ Dallan Jeppesen/ 422.5/ $1,375.00

    Non Pro Hackamore
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Vicariously Thru Her/ Jessie Telford/ Jake & Jessie Telford/ 418.5/ $1,050.00

    Open Two Rein
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ ARC Sparkin Chics/ Doug Williamson/ Rocking J Ranch/ 441/ $2,220.00

    Non Pro Two Rein
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Gennys Prize/ Shawn Renshaw/ Shawn & Kim Renshaw / 437/ $1,104.00

    Non Pro Limited
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Instantee/ Mattie Neal/ Mattie Neal/ 441/ $1,250.00

    5K Non Pro Limited
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ CD Dee Vee Dee/ Cutter McLaughlin/ Jay & Wendy McLaughlin/ 439.5/ $625.00

    Select Non Pro Limited
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Doc At Night/ Carol Williamson/ Doug Williamson/ 433/ $195.00

    Youth Bridle
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ Little Brown Indian/ Wyatt Fisher/ Wyatt Fisher/ 409.5/ $567.00

    Youth Limited
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score/ Money
    1st/ CD Dee Vee Dee/ Cutter McLaughlin/ Jay & Wendy McLaughlin/ 437.5/ $270.00

    AQHA Classes

    Senior Working Cow Horse
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score
    1st/ Smartee/ Justin Wright/ Lucava Farms Inc/ 145

    Amateur Working Cow Horse
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score
    1st/ A Dazzlin Prize/ Shelly Franklin/ Shelly Franklin/ 143.5

    Junior Working Cow Horse
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score
    1st/ BFR Igniting Sparks/ Chris Dawson/ Beechfork Ranch/ 148

    Youth Working Cow Horse
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score
    1st/ Little Brown Indian/ Wyatt Fisher/ Wyatt Fisher/ 136.5

    Youth Working Cow Horse Boxing
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score
    1st/ CD Dee Vee Dee/ Cutter McLaughlin/ Jay & Wendy McLaughlin/ 146.5

    Amateur Working Cow Horse Boxing
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Score
    1st/ Instantee/ Mattie Neal/ Mattie Neal/ 147

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