Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby

Wagonhound Land & Livestock's Shiney Nu Annie leads the pack of NRCHA derby winners in Fort Worth, Texas.

From the National Reined Cow Horse Association

Chris Dawson and Shiney Nu Annie circle their cow to a score of 150 and the 2015 Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Open Derby championship for owner Wagonhound Land & Livestock Co. (Credit: NRCHA)

At the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions February 16, it all came down to one more trip down the fence for finalists in the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby. The champions were determined when their fence work-only score was added to their three-event composite from the preliminaries.

The open champion, Shiney Nu Annie (Shining Spark-Annies Nu Lena by Nu Cash), shown by Chris Dawson, came into the finals in fourth place after the first three events, seven points behind the preliminary leader, A Lil Dab Will Do, shown by Robert Chown. Shiney Nu Annie turned in a gritty fence run, earning a big 150 from the judges to take home the winning paycheck of more than $12,300 dollars. 

Shiney Nu Annie, a 2011 mare owned by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Wagonhound Land & Livestock Co., was the 2014 Snaffle Bit Futurity open reserve champion, also shown by Dawson.

Intermediate Open Champion and Open Reserve Champion
Another big 150 fence work score moved All That Boon (Peptoboonsmal-All That N Cat by High Brow Cat), shown by Nicolas Barthelemy and owned by Sheri Jamieson, into the top spot in the Derby Intermediate Open and Reserve in the Open. Barthelemy guided All That Boon to a composite 584, claiming paychecks totaling just over $15,000

Limited Open Champion
Rockys Surprize CD (That CD Rocks-Tangys Been Sunkist by Tangys Classy Peppy) and Mark Sigler collected three paychecks in the Aaron Ranch Derby, placing 7th in the Open, 3rd in the Intermediate Open and winning the Limited Open Championship. Their combined paychecks totaled just over $6,600. Rockys Surprize CD is a 2011 mare owned by Dominic Conicelli.

Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro Champion
Oregon cowgirl Elizabeth Kania celebrated triple championships in Fort Worth, winning the non-pro, intermediate non-pro and novice non-pro derby titles riding Uno What Time It Flo (Uno What Time It Is-Dew It Flo by Peponita Flo), a 2010 mare owned by her mother, Renee Dubois. Kania scored a total 571.5 on four events, winning combined paychecks totaling more than $4,200.

Open Novice Horse Champion
The open novice horse division was established for horses with less than $5,000 in limited age event money to have an opportunity to earn a nice paycheck. The preliminary scores determined the winner in Fort Worth, and at the top of the class was Very Bright (Very Smart Remedy-Shiners Miss Hickory by Shining Spark), shown by NRCHA $1 million rider Corey Cushing for owner Beverly Vaughn. Cushing guided Very Bright to a total 435.5 (143.5 herd/146 rein/146 cow), earning $2,214 and taking home a Gist buckle and monogrammed jacket from Aaron Ranch. Very Bright also has a berth in the Derby Open finals on Monday.

Level 1 Limited Open Champion
The Level 1 limited open champion was also determined by Sunday's preliminary action, and it was CD Chic Rule (CD Lights-Truckin Chics Rule by NMSU Truckin Chex) taking home the win. Tucker Clark showed the 2010 mare for her owner, NRCHA Breeder Sponsor Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch. Clark guided CD Chic Rule to a 419.5 (142.5 herd/137 rein/140 cow), earning $1,799. The win also came with a Gist buckle and a monogrammed jacket from Aaron Ranch.
Amateur Champion
The preliminary round determined the champion in the amateur division, where Danny Rumph, Hempstead, Texas, won his first NRCHA Premier Event title when he guided CD Shining Lights (CD Lights-Miss Smart And Sweet by mart Shiner) to a total 411.5, winning $840. CD Shining Lights is a 2011 gelding bred by Rumph and his wife, Sherri, who own and operate Cryin Coyote Ranch. 

The Aaron Ranch Derby Amateur Championship also came with a custom Gist buckle and a monogrammed jacket sponsored by Aaron Ranch.
Non-Pro Limited Champion
Another CD Lights-sired horse, Under Lights (CD Lights-Shiners Missy Jay by Shining Spark) carried his owner to a title in the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby. Erin Russell guided her 2011 gelding to a 431 composite, winning $1,064, a Gist buckle and a monogrammed jacket from Aaron Ranch.