Rodeo Insider: NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby semifinals a reunion for Rice family

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Four years ago, Boyd Rice won the National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular Derby Open title aboard a stallion named Third Cutting, one of the better aged event horses in recent years.

This year, Rice again is riding a title contender. After competing in the first two rounds of the Derby Open last weekend, Rice has advanced to the semifinals round aboard CR First Tuff.

The semifinals are scheduled for Friday morning. The Derby Open Finals, which is the third jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series, is Saturday night at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

CR First Tuff advanced to the semifinals with a two-ride score of 440 (221 and 219). The 440 was the highest aggregate score of all semifinal qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Rice’s uncle, Ronnie Rice, has qualified for the semifinals on CF Tuff Hearted Cat. In December, the duo tied for first at the NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth, which was the first jewel of the 2012-13 Triple Crown.

CR Tuff Hearted Cat qualified for the Summer Spectacular Derby Open Semifinals with a 435 (216.5 and 218.5). A field of 65 horses who turned in a two-ride score of at least 431.5 made the cut.

The Derby Non Pro Finals also is scheduled for Saturday. It begins at 3 p.m. and the Open Derby Finals will follow. For more information, visit www.nchacutting.com.

Back again

After competing at the NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s W.R. Watt Arena last December, Brandon Duferrena and Kaitlyn Larsen finished 1-2 in the 2012 Non-pro world title race. Duferrena, who lives in Gainesville, rode a horse named Nievas. Larsen, who is from Millsap, saddled a horse named Laredo Montana.

During the NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge finals at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, they finished 1-2 again. Duferrena and Nievas won the title with a 223 ($16,417). Larsen and Light N Lily finished second with a 221 ($15,812).

CBR update

The Championship Bull Riding organization, which is headed up by four-time world champion Tuff Hedeman of Morgan Mill, conducted its year-end finals at the Cheyenne Frontier Days on July 22-23. The purse was $311,000, and the champion received $100,000. Cole Echols, of Frierson, La., won the coveted $100,000 check after turning in remarkable scores of 88, 85 and 88. He finished first in the 2013 standings with 1,311 points. Cooper Davis of Jasper, who won the Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge at Fort Worth’s Cowtown Coliseum in April, finished second with 1,031.5.

Brazile watch

After pocketing $18,087 for winning the steer roping title at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo, Trevor Brazile of Decatur is on pace to clinch a record 11th world all-around title. He has regular season all-around earnings of $145,747, and a $61,030 lead over his bother-in-law, Tuf Cooper of Decatur, who is ranked No.2 with $84,717.

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