Clayton Edsall brought home the win for the 2019 NRCHA Derby Open Finals in Cow Work.
Remember that article on how each discipline celebrates after a good trip around the pen? Well, here’s a great example of that reined cow horse cow slap in action. Clayton Edsall and Bet He Sparks (Bet Hesa Cat – Sparking Train – Shining Spark) took the 2019 NRCHA Derby Open on June 15th in Paso Robles, CA.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Jack and Phoebe Cook Memorial Derby is one of the most prestigious events for 4- and 5-year-old horses. The junior horses are ridden two-handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore and are judged on herd work, rein work, and cow work.
Edsall holds a number of championships titles, but winning the NRCHA Derby Open is a first. The Oakdale, California professional rode Bet He Sparks for a 22o in the herd work, 219.5 in the rein work, and 222 in the cow work. The pair’s work earned a purse worth over $30,000, a DC Cow Horse Gear saddle, Gist Silversmiths buckle, boots by Lucchese, Platinum Performance gift certificate and product from UltraCruz.
Bet He Sparks is a Gardiner Quarter Horse-bred stallion owned by K. & L. Phillips, LLC.