SNIP O CHEX AND BENJAMIN GERST SLID TO DERBY WINS

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By Ann Helberg

Mar 9, 2009, 11:17

Hollywood All Star (Hollywood Dun It x Judy Elderberry) and owner Jordan Donnelly followed with a close second on scoring 140.0.

The Lone Star Arena’s Cowboy Capital Classic Reining concluded its third full day of competition today completing the Youth Division classes and the $36,000 added money Dun Gotta Gun Open Derby classes. American Quarter Horse Association AQHA and American Paint Horse Association APHA classes were run concurrent with the NRHA show.

The last Derby run netted top honors of the day. Valley View, Texas trainer Benjamin Gerst and Snip O Chex nailed down a landslide of money and prizes with a 225 run that included a $9130 check, a Lawson trophy, and the prestigious Dun Gotta Gun Trophy Award in the Open Derby. Not to stop there, Gerst and Snip O Chex also bested the Intermediate Derby for a paycheck of $3766 and Pewter Trophy, plus the Limited Derby for $1775 and a Morrison Trophy. The Nu Chex To Cash by Snip O Gun mare is owned by Cinder Lakes Ranch of Valley View, Texas.

The esteemed Dun Gotta Gun Trophy Award won by Gerst features a beautifully mounted .44 Colt handgun;an exact working replica of the firearm that is credited for helping Texas win its independence from Mexico, 173 years ago this week. The award is valued at $3,500, and is named for the famous stallion owned by the J-C Ranch, Jerry and Carmen Kimmel, of Granbury, Texas, who also sponsored by the award.

Second in the Open Derby went to Shiners Lena Dust (Shiners Lena Doc x Hollywood Sure Stop), with a 224.5 ride under the guidance of Duane Latimer, Ardmore, Oklahoma. The pair won $6574 for owners Ken & Margaret Johnson of Thorhild, Alberta, Canada. Open Derby action saw 38 entries with a total payout of $36,521.

Magnum With A Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Shine On Sayo) collected second in the Intermediate Derby with a score of 223.5 for $2317. The stallion is owned and ridden by Joshua Visser of Whitesboro, Texas. There were 36 entries in the division with a purse of 14,484. Sebastian Petroll, Whitesboro, Texas, scored 218.5 for second place in the Limited Derby on Miss Brim Peppy for $1092. The ride also bested the Open Derby Level 1 Division netting $589 and a Pewter Trophy. The Lil Ruf Peppy x Bay Brim Hat mare is owned by Roxanne Koepsell of Aubrey, Texas. The Limited Derby had 34 Entries and paid 9 places with a purse of $6,826.

Bar Room Remedy (Y2K x Chic In The Bar) and Pilot Point, Texas competitor Liam Alex MacNeill of took second in the Open Derby Level 1 with a score of 217.5, winning $462. The gelding is owned by Rosanne Sternberg’s Sterling Ranch of Pilot Point, Texas. The division had 26 Entries and paid $2,102.

The Youth 13 & Under Division was won by Chloe Bridges of Weatherford, Texas, on her self-owned gelding Button Up Wranglers (Roosters Wrangler x Little Smart Jac) with a score of 135.

Gimme Major Bucks (Smart Starbuck x Majors Serendipity) and Christy McElreath, Prosper, Texas, won the Youth 14-18 Division with a score of 140.5, while Hollywood All Star (Hollywood Dun It x Judy Elderberry) and owner Jordan Donnelly followed with a close second on scoring 140.0.

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