Displaying great prowess in each round of the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby — the herd work, reined work and cow work — Shining CD Light (CD Lights x Jennys Spark x Shining Spark) ridden by Corey Cushing for Ophir Creek Stables, LLC, emerged with the premier event title in Fort Worth, Texas. Scoring a 220.5 down the fence to combine with their 220.5 in the herd and 221 in the reined work for a 662 composite, Shining CD Light and Cushing cinched the win today at Will Rogers Memorial Center’s John Justin Arena to earn $24,254.64 of the $254,187 total awarded across all Derby divisions to those scoring the highest cumulative scores.
“Today’s run, he was spot on,” said Cushing of Shining CD Light’s performance. “I couldn’t be more happy with him.”
In true reined cow horse fashion, Shining CD Light answered the challenge in the fence work in order to secure the win.
“The cow came out and as I was approaching it, I could tell it was going to be just a little bit softer, but I knew that it had to be a good run,” said Cushing. “I wanted to set things up right and not do anything crazy or get ahead of myself. I didn’t box it very long and came down the fence; he waited on me and didn’t get strong. He was reining really well and went up and made a really good first turn, then the cow came off the fence and ran toward the middle of the arena a little bit, but I went up around it knowing that I needed to get to the other side. I just made sure he was going the other way, got him over on the other side and just kind of kissed to him a little bit and he mothered right up to the cow. He knew right where he needed to be and he felt very pure the whole way through, I was really proud of him today.”
Plans for Cushing with Shining CD Light following this win include the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, Derby and other major events. “We’ll see how the rest of the year carries out,” said Cushing. “I just got him a couple of months ago. Clayton Edsall did a fantastic job training him so we’re pumped up and excited to see what’s to come.”
Cushing edged Opus Cat Olena (WR This Cats Smart x Opus Chic x Smart Chic Olena), ridden by Matt Koch for BoxO Quarter Horses, whose 657.5 (217.5 herd/214 rein/226 cow) took reserve honors and added $17,871.84 to his lifetime earnings.