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    Corey Cushing went 1-2 in the NSHA Open Futurity, winning $25,055 for the title on San Juan Ranch's SJR Smooth Rio (shown here) and another $16,006 for the reserve on Moonstruck Striker, owned by Wendy Dunn.

    Corey Cushing went 1-2 in the NSHA Open Futurity, winning $25,055 for the title on San Juan Ranch’s SJR Smooth Rio (shown here) and another $16,006 for the reserve on Moonstruck Striker, owned by Wendy Dunn.

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    PASO ROBLES — The National Reined Cow Horse Association moved its World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity to Fort Worth starting this year, but the cradle of reined cow horse still runs strong.

    The California-based National Stock Horse Association held its biggest gathering of the year Aug. 22-27 at the Paso Robles Events Center, and the only thing hotter than the heat wave was the competition.

    The payouts were downright cool, especially for Corey Cushing, who took first and second in the NSHA Open Futurity on SJR Smooth Rio (Smooth As A Cat X Shiners Diamond Girl), owned by San Juan Ranch, and Moonstruck Striker (Dual Rey x Moonstruck Cat), owned by Eric and Wendy Dunn. The impressive payouts for the Championship ($25,055) and Reserve ($16,006) along with Cushing’s other money-placing — aboard Kevin and Sydney Knight’s Maliblus Most Wanted in a tie for 16th ($1,539) tallied up to a $42,600 take-home in the class.

    In the Futurity Intermediate Open, the 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman Champion, Clayton Edsall, rode Bet He Sparks (Bet Hesa Cat x Sparking Train) to the win with a 658.5 composite score. Owner K & L Phillips LLC went home with a check for $8,418, along with an additional $9,234 from their fourth-place finish in the Open.

    In the popular NSHA Derby, Russell Probert scored a decisive win on Shelly Lynn Franklin’s Light And Sassy (CD Lights X Dual Sass), finishing with a composite score of 661 and earning $10,872 for the win in the Open and an additional $3,178 for the Intermediate Open Championship, giving them total show earnings of $14,050. This was the 5-year-old’s most lucrative payday and her first check with Probert, who has lifetime earnings of more than $85,000.

    Phillip Ralls captured the World’s Richest Stock Horse bridle horse showdown on One Fine Vintage, the 8-year-old stallion (One Time Pepto x Shiners Siena x Shining Spark) owned by the Robertson Ranch of Plymouth. One Fine Vintage earned $2,237 for the win, adding to a solid 2017 in which he also claimed the Reserve Championship in the Open Bridle at this year’s National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) World Championship Show and more recently finished as the Open Bridle Spectacular Reserve Champion at the NRCHA Derby. All in all, One Fine Vintage has accumulated nearly $100,000 in the reined cow horse pen.
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