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Ron Ralls & A Chic In Time Lead World's Greatest Horseman Prelims

NRCHA Press Release

Amarillo, Texas – June 3, 2004 – Ron Ralls did a great job of defending his World's Greatest Horseman title on Thursday, riding A Chic In Time, owned by Broken B Ranch of Gainesville, Texas. Ralls, the 2003 World's Greatest Horseman, scored 149 to win the herd work preliminaries, earning $2,000, then came back to win the rein work preliminaries with a 148, pocketing another $2,000.

That puts him in the lead for the composite, as well, and he tops the field of thirty vying to qualify for Saturday's finals and a chance at the $30,000 winner's check.

Finishing second in the herd work was Todd Crawford, who earned $1,250 for a score of 146. Crawford was riding Mike McLaughlin's Smart War O Lena. This last-minute pairing came when McLaughlin's son, Jay, was bucked off a colt and injured. When Jay found himself unable to ride, he asked his friend, Todd, to take his place. Second in the rein work (and $1,250) went to Jake Gorrell on Smartcashinvestment, owned by Frank and Sonya Lee. Jake is tied for second in the composite with Robert Chown on Short Oak, owned by Linda Wacker/Wild Oak Ranch at 288 points.

In the ranch cowboy competition section of the World's Greatest Horseman, the top score in herd work came from the Tule Ranch entry, Dick Cogdel on Bay Boomerang.

For the second year, the World's Greatest Horseman competition is being held in conjunction with the Coors Ranch Rodeo and Cowboy Roundup. There will be no admission charge to the World's Greatest Horseman until the Saturday night cow work finals, which is included in the Coors Ranch Rodeo ticket for the evening.

Action at the Amarillo National Center resumes on Friday morning at 10:00 am with the World's Greatest Horseman Steer Stopping and Cow Work Preliminaries. The top ten composite scores will earn their riders a finals berth on Saturday.

Produced by the National Reined Cow Horse Association, the World's Greatest Horseman event celebrates the skills and training methods of the traditional California Vaquero and represents the most highly schooled cow horses in the world. Each entry is shown by one rider in cutting, reining, steer roping and cow work and the same bridle is used throughout. The National Reined Cow Horse Association, 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 Gold & Silversmiths, Sundowner Trailers, National Ropers Supply, Quarter Horse News & Western Horseman magazine, the Reno Hilton, Dan Gamel's RV Centers and Coachmen RV's,, Rios of Mercedes and the Silver Legacy, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today’s equine industry.