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Jon Roeser & Very Smart Remedy - Dema Paul & Primos Bob Acre - Win NRCHA Derby

NRCHA Press Release

When Jon Roeser won the National Reined Cow Horse Association Open Championship on Very Smart Remedy, he made it two in a row for the flashy stallion, never relinquishing the lead throughout the finals on Sunday, July 12. Very Smart Remedy’s win meant a $20,000 paycheck for owner Anne Reynolds. The son of Smart Little Lena (X Remedys Response) has been a dominant force in NRCHA competition for the past two years, with the 2003 Derby title to his credit, as well as the Hackamore Classic Championship in 2003. At the Mid-States Fairgrounds on Finals Day, Roeser rode him to the high score in the herd work (224) and marked 222.5 to win the rein work. A solid 217 in the cow work gave them a 663.5 composite and the championship Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Platinum Performance.

Roeser boosted his earnings for the show past $32,000 by earning fifth on Heart Of A Fox, the son of As Smart As The Fox out of Tivios Reminic that he owns with Karen and Steve Twisselman, and sixth on Boons Royal Legacy (Peptoboonsmal X Smogy Doc) owned by Brian and Cynthia Holthouse.

John Ward posted a 654.5 composite (219, 218.5, 217) to win the Open Reserve Championship on Magic Reminic (Reminics Pep X Spring Plain) owned by his mother, Laura Ward of Tulare, California. The placing paid $12, 881. The champion in each division earned silver-engraved Avila Equilizer bit from Tom Balding Bits & Spurs and the Reserve Champion earned a Silver accented Snaffle Bits from Tom Balding Bits & Spurs. The top five exhibitors in each category received special commemorative Derby Jackets from Nutrena.

The Intermediate Open Championship and a check for $4,200 went to Ken Wold on Graylano (Grays Starlight X War Lano Missy) owned by Joe Putnam. Their composite score of 648.5 was also good for seventh place in the open, earning another $4,294 In the Limited Open, the winner was Jimmy Stickler on Shesa Taris Catalyst (Taris Catalyst X Shesa Hickory) with a composite score of 639.5 (208, 212.5, 219). Shesa Taris Catalyst was a crowd favorite at the event, as owner, Mel Smith, is a Paso Robles resident!

Limited Open Reserve honors went to Jimmie Paul on Neat Starlight (Grays Starlight X Neat Prescription) owned by Marilyn Harris of Cave Creek, Arizona.

The names at the top of the Non Pro roster is as familiar to cow horse fans as the ones atop the Open finals list. Dema Paul and Primos Bob Acre have been nearly unbeatable for the past two years. They earned the 2003 NRCHA Stakes and 2003 Hackamore Classic Non Pro titles, and were the 2003 NRCHA Derby Reserve Champions. In 2004, they won the Open and Non Pro Hackamore Stakes, and the 2004 Derby title brings "Bob's" lifetime earnings above the $130,000 mark.

But this win didn't come easy. Dema and Bob, who are known for posting high scores and leading throughout, came into the finals in the bottom half of the qualifiers. Once there, they quickly recovered their usual verve and were 218.5 in the herd, 212.5 in the rein and finished with a 220.5 in the cow work. That gave them a 651.5 composite, which was matched by Cathie Twisselman of Santa Margarita, California, on Pick N Shovel. Under NRCHA rules, first place ties are decided by the higher cow work score, so the title went to Dema and Primos Bob Acre.

That was the only Non Pro Derby title Twisselman didn't earn. With the $6,912 for the Reserve win, she also took the $50K Non Pro crown, and $3,350. Reserve $50K honors went to last year's Derby Non Pro Champions, Bubba Petty and Shiners Buenonic (Shining Spark X Bueno Q Nic).

Twisselman won the Amateur title, as well, which is decided by the preliminary scores. Her composite of 642 (222, 215, 205) swept the Amateur division and earned another $3,150, boosting her Derby take past $13,000!

The victory was made sweeter by having her family on hand to share the win. Her husband, Rowly, and kids, Caleb, Teale and Tara, all managed to be at the Mid-State Fair to cheer her on.

Another highlight of the victory – and one especially meaningful to Cathie – was that she raised Pick N Shovel. Named after the brand of her father, the late Alex Madonna, Pick N Shovel is by Lenas May Day out of Athenas Minerva. Both are horses Twisselman owns and both were purchased some years back at Shorty Freeman's Dispersal Sale. Reserve Amateur Honors went to Karen Usher of Santa Ynez, California, on Heza Especially Foru (Little Peppy Special by Jabos Chocolate. Karen's score of 631.5 (213, 205.5, 213) was good for a paycheck of $2,205.

Another highlight of Derby week was the NRCHA Bridle Spectacular competition. The bridle event has horses competing in three events – herd, rein and cow work. In the Bridle Spectacular, Bob Avila bested a large field of entries on Brother White, owned by Dana Mandala, taking an early lead with a scalding 224 in the herd work. With a 218.5 in the rein work and 220 in the cow work, the title was his for a $6,090 payday. But that wasn't the end of Avila's good fortune. He also rode Light N Fine, a Grays Starlight son (and former NRCHA Stakes Champion) owned by Rhodes River Ranch, to a 218 in herd work, 218 in reining and 219 in the cow work, to finish second and earn another $4,872!

Brother White is by Smart Little Lena out of White On Wright. The partnership between Avila and the horse, nicknamed "Preacher", has been a great one. They won the 2003 American Quarter Horse Association Senior Cow Horse World Championship. "I'm thrilled that we're having these Bridle Spectacular events this year," exclaimed JoAnne Carollo, who won the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular on Plan To Win. "Ever since I started in this I had this dream of having an event for aged horses that had all three parts – herd, rein and cow work,” said Carollo.

Carollo and Plan To Win were 222 in the herd, to start with a bang. "He should probably be a straight cutter," she said of the horse that originally "flunked out" of cutting. That was a year or so before he won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Since then, he has earned over $130,000 in reined cow horse competition, and about $12,000 in NCHA money! JoAnne and the 6-year-old paint stayed steady after the herd work, marking 211.5 in the rein work, and 212 in the cow work to take top honors and earn the $4,130 pay check.

Entries were up over 24% at the NRCHA Derby and the total payoff for the show was $228,220. The NRCHA has announced that both the Derby and the Hackamore Classic will return to Paso Robles for the next two years.

In a special reception held Thursday, July 8, Carol Rose, Sponsor Committee Chairman for the NRCHA, was quick to thank NRCHA Patrons Jack and Phoebe Cook for their support of the association and of Cow Horse events in Paso Robles. She also recognized Paso Robles area sponsors George and Sue Hearst, Golden Hills Auto Center, San Juan Ranch, Paso Robles Inn, Lacey Livestock Quarter Horses, Plaza Cleaners/GoForth Equestrian, JB Dewar and Rick Machado. 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 Silversmiths, Sundowner Trailers, National Ropers Supply, Quarter Horse News & Western Horseman magazine, the Reno Hilton, Dan Gamel's RV Centers and Coachmen RV's,, Farnam products Vetrolin Liniment and Farnam dewormers IverCare, ComboCare, LiquiCare P and Continuex, 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