A Two-Peat Victory

In 2009 Suzon Schaal won the National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championship in the Novice Non Pro Bridle on Genuine Brown Gal. She and her 8-year-old cow horse, by Listo Pollito Lena and out of Genuine Emerald, returned to the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo to defend their title – walking away with the 2010 Championship by 7 points!

“It's pretty cool – I never dreamt that we could do it two years in a row,” she said. Schaal and Jenna (Genuine Brown Gal) marked a 212.5 in the rein work, and followed that with a 214 in the cow work.  “Her rein work has been a little off all week, so I'm glad it all came together today. I was worried about the cow. I lost it at one point but she got it back together.”

Schaal received a check for $3,387, a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by Paul and Amy Bailey, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Rios of Mercedes boots, a World Finals vest sponsored by Gist Silversmiths, a C.R. Morrison trophy and a C.R. Morrison commemorative medallion.

Schaal began riding cow horses in 2007, and Genuine Brown Gal, by Listo Pollito Lena and out of Genuine Emerald, was her first cow horse. “She's a special horse,” Schaal said of the mare, on whom she also qualified for the Non Pro Bridle finals which will be held Saturday, February 5.

The Canadian from Calgary, Alberta, was appreciative of the people who have helped her. “There's a lot of hard work behind the winner. I give a big thank you to my trainer John Swales – he's been a big help.” She added, “Thank you also to my friends, family, and supporters – everyone pictures in.”

With scores of 419.5, Garth Gardiner and Flo N Blu Boon and Morgan Holmes and Dun It Big tied for the Reserve World Championship. Each received a check for $2,371, a World Finals vest sponsored by Gist Silversmiths, a commemorative medallion, and drew for prizes which included a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Kevin and Sydney Knight, a pair of custom spurs from Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, an ESP saddle pad from Classic Equine, and a breast collar from Classic Equine.

Flo N Blu Boon, by Pretty Boy Boon out of Lena Over Flo, is owned by Garth and his wife Amanda of Ashland, Kansas. Dun It Big is owned by Morgan's parents Jay and Rhonda Holmes of Sarasota, Florida, and is by Hollywood Dun It out of Genuine Redbud.

The NRCHA Celebration of Champions, held at the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas, features the Circle Y Ranch Derby, the NRCHA World Championship Show presented by John Deere, and the NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman. The show in its entirety can be seen free of charge thanks to NRCHA Official Videographer Galloping Video. To view the live webcast, visit the NRCHA website or Galloping Video's website at www.gallopingvideo.com.

Another Canuck championship was garnered by youth cow-horser, Megan Smith.

Okotoks, Alberta, youth competitor Megan Smith won the $5K Non Pro Limited Reserve Championship on Smart Lil Wrangler with a 424. Smith and Smart Lil Wrangler, by All Reddy Smart out of Wranglers Holiday, won $2,296. The 18-year-old and Smart Lil Wrangler, nicknamed Smarty, were the 2010 NRCHA Canadian Region Youth Limited and $5K Non Pro Limited Champions. Smart Lil Wrangler is owned by Megan's mother, Donna Smith. The Smiths will be returning to Canada with a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Kevin and Sydney Knight, a pair of custom spurs from Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, an ESP saddle pad from Classic Equine, a commemorative World Finals vest from Gist Silversmiths, and a C.R. Morrison commemorative medallion.

Complete results can be found on the NRCHA website at www.nrcha.com.