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Smart in the final

Phillip Ralls, Very Smart Smoke get hard-fought Open Bridle win in Gilkerson 'Spectacular'

From Horsetrader staff reports - June 7th, 2012 - Cover Story, Show & Event News

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Phillip Ralls and Very Smart Smoke win the $5,000-added Sherry Gilkerson Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular, held in Temecula May 18-20 along with the SCRCHA Big Horse Wine Country Classic.

TEMECULA – Phillip Ralls on Very Smart Smoke outdueled Russell Dilday and Brenda Brown to win the Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular May 20 at Casner’s Ranch.

Ralls victory with Very Smart Smoke (Very Smart Remedy x Lil Brown Freckle) earned $3,260 in the $5,000-added class that highlighted the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association’s most popular event of the year – the Sherri Gilkerson Memorial and Big Horse Wine Country Classic. A full, three-day line-up included AQHA cutting classes on Friday along with two days of NRCHA, SCRCHA and AQHA reined cow horse classes judged by San Rose and Todd Crawford.

“I am very proud of our show and how smoothly it ran,” said Laura Edwards, SCRCHA President. “We had over 200 back numbers throughout the course of the weekend.”

The riders wearing those numbers included some of the top in the sport, and they came to compete in the Memorial Spectaculars that commemorate the life of Sherri Gilkerson, who died after a horse accident six years ago at age 34, and that also help fund Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Scholarships for undergraduate college and university students with an interest in reined cow horses.

Dilday, riding Scott and Darnell Trueblood’s Pepinic Chex (Smart Little Pepinic x Freckles Corrina), finished tied in reserve with Temecula-based trainer Brown aboard Richard Herschman’s gelding, Meet Rippen Diamonds (Like A Diamond x Cee Bars Rip). Dilday and Pepinic Chex made their presence known throughout the show, winning the respective NRCHA and SCRCHA Open Bridle titles as well as the AQHA Senior Working Cow Horse. He also took the NRCHA and SCRCHA Two-Rein titles on Dunn Tuckered Out, owned by Jim and Gay Ver Steeg.

Other Sherri Gilkerson Bridle Spectacular winners included Limited Open Champion Solo Smoke Olena, ridden by Laurel Walker-Denton for owner Alyssa Kirastoulis; Non Pro Champion Talkin Prize ($3,180), ridden by owner Stephen Silva; and Novice Non Pro Champion Teninolena Chex($2,000), ridden by owner Deah Hessian-Ruple.

In the Open Hackamore Spectacular, Tucker Robinson took the 2010 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open World Champion, the San Juan Ranch’s Stylish Little Oak (Playin Stylish x Shiners Little Oak) to a title worth $3,285. In reserve was Temecula trainer Roy Rich on Say No Way, owned by Candice Flock, earning $2,628. Rich and Say No Way made their presence known throughout the weekend, too, winning the NRCHA and SCRCHA Open Hackamore events as well as the AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse title.

Other Hackamore Spectacular winners included Limited Open Hackamore Champion Jamminalena ($1,300), ridden by Nicolas Barthelemy for owner Sheri Jameson; and Non Pro Hackamore Champion Im Bratman ($900), ridden by owner Mary Tamme.

The SCRCHA launches its three-part Tucalota Summer Series on June 9 at Tucalota Creek Ranch, followed by The Grand event July 5-9 at Casner Ranch.


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  1. IpOy Says:

    interested in the technicalities of hoeismanshrp, Jenn Zeller has been doing a great series at The South Dakota Cowgirl on her recent trip to Iowa to ride with Buck Brannaman. She’s been to three of his clinics

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