On Sunday, May 6, current National Reined Cow Horse Association Youth President Joshua Valdez claimed the NRCHA Hackamore Classic Youth Bridle Championship. Valdez, of Alamosa, Colorado, was riding Jac Be Light, and took home a check for $606.
The pair marked a 138.5 in the rein work, and followed that with a 143.5 in the cow work. "He really wasn't that good in the rein work, but I was happy with him because he was a lot calmer than he normally is," Valdez explained. "He was really good in the cow work. Our first cow got a little wild, and our second one was a lot better. I was very proud of how he worked in the cow work."
Valdez has owned Jac Be Light, by Jac Daniels Neat out of Spooky Lucy, for approximately two years. During that time the pair has won an NRCHA Youth Bridle National Championship, finished third in the NRCHA World Championship Show, and have won several year-end awards. "He's been a good horse," Valdez said. "I thank my mom and dad, Virgil and Sherri Valdez; my aunt and uncle, Robert and Betty Lou Valdez; Don Murphy, and Nelle Murphy."
Riding his horse MS Taxi Cat, Matthew Lange won the Youth Bridle Reserve Championship and $404. MS Taxi Cat is by Lynx Stampede out of Diamond Mary Doc.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association, now in its 62nd year, is the governing body of cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse. Through the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, John Deere, Markel Insurance Company, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, and Merial products UlcerGard and EQUIOXX, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA Official Web Site at www.nrcha.com.
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