The final five of 15 total NRCHA world championships were determined on Friday, February 22 at the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas. NRCHA World Champions became official in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited, Youth Limited, Youth Bridle, Non Pro Bridle and Open Bridle.
NRCHA $1,000 Non Pro Limited World Champion
In the $1,000 Non Pro Limited it was Colorado cowgirl Jennifer Woodmansee riding Chicody Leo (Smart Chic Olean x Miss Topsails Okie) who rode away with the world championship and $1,620. Woodmansee scored 424.5 points thanks to her score of 211 in the reined work and 213.5 on the cow. Woodmansee never relinquished her dominance of the division having also won first in the prelims with a 286 composite (142 rein/144 cow).
NRCHA Youth Limited World Champion
Quincee Clark rode Vintage San (Ricochet San x Shiney Vintage Chic) to the top of the Youth Limited with scores of 211.5 in the rein and 222 on the cow for a cumulative 433.5. In addition to numerous awards, Clark banked $635 for the win.
“I’ve only been doing the cow horse for a year, so I can’t complain,” said Clark of winning her first world title.
Clark acquired Vintage San through Steve Metcalf last year and says he has been a great partner for her. She was pleased to have improved upon her performance from the preliminaries, which made the win a reality.
“My reined work was a drastic improvement over yesterday, it felt really good,” said the home-schooled 16-year-old. “In my cow work I couldn’t get my cow to move anywhere but it worked out and wasn’t as bad as it felt.”
Clark thanked Dell Hendricks, Logan Cotton, and her parents for their support.
NRCHA Youth Bridle World Champion
Novice Non Pro Bridle World Champions Lannie-Jo Lisac and Soulanova (Soula Jule Star x Round Oak Annie) returned today to capture their second world championship of the week, which they did in the Youth Bridle thanks to a composite score of 432. Lisac scored a 213 in the reined work and 219 on the cow to bank $550 and a plethora of awards.
Of earning two world titles within as many days Lisac says the feeling can’t be beat.
“It’s amazing, I don’t even know how to explain it,” she said. “He was really good, especially for having so many runs this week, he was still really good. He’s made five runs this week and he just stays good. I’d like to thank my whole family, my parents Wade and Timmi-Jo Lisac, my grandparents, my brother and sister, and also Todd and and Pam Crawford for all their help.”
NRCHA Non Pro Bridle World Champion
Karen Stallings rode she and husband Kevin Stallings’ home-raised and –trained Sheza Voodoo Dr (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Leapin Lindy Chex) to the Non Pro Bridle World Championship and a $5,130 payday. Stallings marked a composite score of 433.5 (216.5 rein/217 cow).
The win marks Karen’s sixth NRCHA world title, the first five of which she earned riding NMSU Truckin Chex, which is the grandsire of Sheza Voodoo Dr.
“He always made me look like a superstar so it’s just awesome to win it on a granddaughter,” explained Stallings. “I might have been a little nervous, but she handled me really good and covered up a lot for me. I might have been a little tight in my run downs, but she went ahead and stopped. She’s just honest and rides so good. I’ve got to thank my husband Kevin, I wouldn’t be here without him.”
NRCHA Open Bridle World Champion
Winning the Open Bridle title was Dera Cat (Smooth As A Cat x Dera Dually) ridden by B.J. Avila for Rainlynn, LLC. Dera Cat and Avila posted a 428.5 (212.5 rein/216 cow) to earn $8,904.
Avila and Dera Cat became a team three years ago and are a perfect fit.
“I bought him about three years ago through Zane Davis, Harry DeHaan owned him and was showing him at the time in the two-rein,” said Avila. “Zane trained him and Zane is the best trainer on the face of the planet in my opinion, I’d buy anything from him. I was trying to buy my boss a horse that he couldn’t replace. I went and spent three days with Zane and rode ‘Magnum’ and fell in love with him and took him home.
Avila says Dera Cat’s speed, athleticism and cow make him a winning cow horse.
“His big deal is on a cow. He’s a really good fence horse, he runs hard. He’s a three-event horse. He cuts really good. He’s a very adrenaline-driven individual,” said Avila.
Avila says the Open Bridle World Championship buckle is the first he has won for Dera Cat’s owner. “It’s pretty special to win him a buckle that says world champion on it,” said Avila, adding thanks for his support team, which includes Don Murphy who has helped him with his fence work, as well as his father Bob Avila, girlfriend Daniella and neighbor Ronnie Thompson.