News from the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Jay Holmes, Yep Pretty Purdy Take Derby Intermediate Open Championship
Holmes and Robert Chown ride two horses owned by Dominic Conicelli to the top placings in NRCHA Celebration of Champions Derby Intermediate Open
Dom Conicell calls his Collegeville, Pennsylvania, cow horse operation Kinda Silly Farm. However, there was nothing silly about his horses in the NRCHA Celebration of Champions Derby in San Angelo, Texas - they claimed the top two spots in the Intermediate Open division!

Yep Pretty Purdy (Pretty Boy Cat x Purdy Pistol), shown by Sarasota, Florida, professional Jay Holmes, and Chickarey (Dual Rey x Sonita Lena Chick), shown by Robert Chown, Gainesville, Texas, both earned identical composite scores of 432.5 to tie for the top spot in the Derby Intermediate Open. In this case, the high fence work score breaks the tie - Yep Pretty Purdy had a 144 to Chickarey's 142.5
Jay Holmes
Jay Holmes rode Yep Pretty Purdy to the NRCHA Celebration of Champions Derby Intermediate Open Championship.
"It's a great start to the show for Dom!" Holmes said.
Yep Pretty Purdy earned combined paychecks totaling $2,919.28 in the Intermediate and Open divisions, while Chickarey banked $2,446.

 "She's nice to work with. She's willing to get along with you. A little bit spooky; a little bit quirky, but she really wants to have a job and do it well. The cow was tough down the fence today, but she gritted up," Holmes said of Yep Pretty Purdy, a 2009 mare he has ridden for Conicelli since late in her 2-year-old year.

jake gorrell
Jake Gorrell
Gorrell Claims Derby Novice Horse Open Championship and Reserve Championship 
The top two spots in the Celebration of Champions Derby Open Novice Horse division belonged to horses shown by Hanford, California, professional Jake Gorrell. 

Riding Stylish Drifter (Playin Stylish x Gold Cloud Miss), Gorrell marked a 141 in the herd work, 144.5 in the rein work and a 150 in the cow work, the second-high score of the round. The gelding won the Novice Horse Open Championship, placed 6th in the Derby Open, and collected some go-round money - $6,602.39 in all!

"He's a cool horse. He's a full brother to Playin Ace High, the horse I had a few years ago that I won the NSHA Futurity and the preliminaries on at Reno. He's been a really good horse," Gorrell said. "He's good down the fence, he can run and stop, and that's what it's all about!" 

Gorrell also rode CD Sparkle (CD Olena x Whiz N Spark) to the Novice Horse Reserve Championship and 10th place in the Derby Open for owner San Juan Ranch. Their scores of 143 in the herd work, 142.5 in the rein work and 148.5 in the cow work were good for a combined $4,727.33 payday.

Garrell Reilly
Garrell Reilly and Shootn Starlight

Garrell Reilly Pilots Shootn Starlight to Derby Non Pro Limited Championship

The Non Pro Limited Derby Champion was Garrell Reilly, Temecula, California, riding her gelding, Shootn Starlight (Finalight x Miss Remachex).
Reilly and Shootn Starlight won all three rounds of competition with a 142 in the herd work, 141.5 in the rein work and 142 in the cow work. Their total 283.5 score was worth $910 in combined paychecks. Reilly also collected a championship Gist buckle, courtesy of Smart Boons and Kevin and Sydney Knight and a monogrammed jacket from Gardiner Quarter Horses, home of Hes Wright On. 

Food, Fun & More!

Don't miss these activities at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions:


Sunday, Jan. 27

Cowboy Church - Grandstands - 7 a.m.


Monday, Jan. 28

Professionals' Meeting, following the last class of the day

 World's Greatest Horseman Reception at Fort Concho - 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 29

Non Pro Meeting, following World's Greatest Horseman Prelims


Wednesday, Jan. 30

Affiliate Meeting, following World's Greatest Horseman Prelims. All Affiliates are urged to send a representative to this meeting!


Thursday, Jan. 31

Nutro Pet Costume Contest - Arena - 4 p.m. 

 Exhibitor Party/Brisket Dinner Sponsored by Better Horses Radio - Arena - 5 p.m.

General Membership Meeting, following the last class of the day

Youth Meeting, following the General Membership meeting


Friday, Feb. 1

Topsails Rien Maker Breyer Horse Signing with Russell Dilday - Spur Arena Lobby - 3 p.m.


Year-End Awards Banquet - Pavilion -7 p.m.- Tickets $25 each in show office


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