NRCHA Celebration of Champions Wraps Up


The National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions has wrapped up and I\’m extremely pleased to report that Canada was very well represented at this international spectacle of cow horses! HUGE wins came out of it and the icing on the cake? The Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association was named as the affiliate of the year by the NRCHA at last night\’s banquet!

Suzon Schaal is deserving of another big round of applause. With her hard working attitude and willingness to help all of her fellow Canadians with emergency veterinary issues and federal border crossing considerations, Schaal is simply put, a wonderful person. And when she claimed her 5th World Title at the Celebration of Champions this week, her fans had even more reason to cheer. Texas must be getting used to seeing Okotoks, Alberta\’s own Schaal in the NRCHA spotlight as she won the World Open Bridle Championship with a 434 run. However, Schaal and Genuine Brown Gal also claimed the championship of the Int. NP Bridle finals – making for 2 world championships in one week!

Immediately behind her was Terri Holowath who took the reserve championship of the Int. NP Bridle World Finals. Holowath rode her Pickachiclet to a 428.5 to take the reserve position of the Int. Non-Pro and scored $1,992.What a way to make a Canadian clean sweep!

But that wasn\’t all for Schaal… Following the NRCHA awards banquet, she was named the 2012 National Champion in Non-Pro Bridle. This is the year end award given to the rider with the most points from the show season.

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A toast goes to the Canadian cowboys who pushed through the prelims to World Open Bridle titles! Brad Pedersen and Smart Sassy Date earned 3rd in the Open Bridle Finals scoring a 436 and taking home $4,027 for owner Greg Gartner. John Swales and Maximum Echo earned 5th and $2,499 for owner Flo Houlton. And Vance Kaglea and Smoke N Pep took 6th and $1,944 for owner Monica Wille.

Smart Sassy Date also received a Supreme Cow Horse award from the NRCHA Awards Banquet.


Swales also rode Jim Baird\’s mare, Smart Marina to a 4-5 tie in the Open Two Rein Finals, scoring a 435 and earning $1,724. His brother Clint rode in the same finals class aboard his own Twice The Bet and took 7th overall position.

Geoff Hoar not only earned Reserve Champion L1 in the Limited Open Derby aboard his brother\’s mare, High Output Dually, he also claimed the 5th position in the Ltd. Open Hackmore Finals earning $867 in the process. Way to go Wheels!

Clint Swales finished number 7 in the World NRCHA Open Two Rein. Clint holds Two World Titles from previous years and always represents the Canadian Region very well!

Kent Williamson and Smart Lil Boonlight finished in 7th position in the Ltd. Open Bridle Finals. Congrats on making the finals cut Kent!


Briana Goucher and Cook N Oak earned $877 for 5th place in the $5K Non-Pro Ltd. Finals. Briana went into the finals claiming 2nd position in the preliminaries earned herself Top Five in the World on her first trip to Texas!! Way to go lady with the pretty palomino gelding!!


Claire MacMillan had a terrific week earning a 4th in the Youth Limited class. Claire rode her Skys Little Lena to a composite of 425 in the division and earned $225.

Erin Baumung and her Big Boots To Fill took 4th in the Novice Non Pro Bridle, scoring a pay cheque worth $1,248.

Way to go Canada! You sure know how to make those Texans smile!


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