Image above: Paint Horse Journal, photo from the 2021 APHA World Show
APHA Youth member Emily Kent of Jacksboro, Texas, hung up a huge composite score of 665 in the three-phase Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby Non-Pro competition at the 2022 National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Celebration of Champions, taking place February 11-20 in Fort Worth, Texas. Turning 18 just a few days before the competition, Emily piloted her 5-year-old Paint On The Reydio to the win February 15, besting nearly 60 other teams.
Emily and On The Reydio marked a 220.5 in the rein work, a 214 in the herd work and a 230.5 in the cow work. They earned a $7,000 check for their win.
“It feels pretty awesome,” Emily said in an NRCHA press release. “My game plan was honestly to win. I started and trained him all by myself and showed him through the futurity year. It was cool to come here for the first derby of the year after his wins in the Intermediate and Novice Non Pro at the  Hackamore Classic, and I just wanted to win it again.”
On The Reydio is a 2017 sorrel overo gelding by Reydioactive (QH) and out of Bewitching Ichi (QH); he was bred by EE Ranches Inc. of Whitesboro, Texas, and owned by Emily.
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