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Jimmy Stickler & Mia Smokum Tucker Win NRCHA Bridle Spectacular
With the debut of the National Reined Cow Horse Association's Bridle Spectacular Events in 2004, the age of the bridle horse begins. At Scottsdale, during the NRCHA Stakes, Jimmie Stickler rode Mia Smokum Tucker to the Open Bridle Spectacular championship and his 652.5 composite score (216,220.5,216) was worth $6,664 for owner Mark Borjon of Paso Robles, California. Mia Smokum Tucker also earned a CR Morrison NRCHA Bridle Spectacular trophy, plus an award vest from Cowan Select Horses and a set of reins from Schultz Brothers and Al Dunning Training Stables. Cross-entered in the Limited Open Bridle, Stickler and Mia Smokum Tucker also won another Morrison trophy, vest and reins for topping that class.
Reserve Open honors went to Open Bridle World Champions Lyn Anderson and Smart Time Tuck, with a score of 650.5 (215.5,222,213).
In the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular, former Futurity champions JoAnne Carollo and Plan To Win marked 649.5 (216,219.5,214) to win the $3708.50 top prize. William Cowan and Quick Little Cutter won the Reserve Championship, with a 644.5. In the Novice Non Pro Bridle, the top score was posted by Frank Lee on Smartcashinvestment and the Reserve Championship went to Jean Hoover and Boggiemania.
Action continues today with the finals of the Open and Non Pro Snaffle Bit Stakes.
The NRCHA 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 Bayer Corporation, Bailey Hat Company, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, EQ Solutions, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Skyline Silversmiths, Sundowner Trailers, National Ropers Supply, Quarter Horse News & Western Horseman magazine, the Reno Hilton, Dan Gamel's RV Centers and Coachmen RV's, horsecentral.com, Rios of Mercedes and the Silver Legacy, 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.