2018 CD Survivor Memorial Int. Open Bridle Spectacular Champions : Brother Jackson and Ken Wold
News from the NRCHA Derby /// Friday, June 15, 2018
If you don’t succeed it’s a heck of a fall, but you can’t be afraid of that,” said NRCHA Hall of Fame member Ken Wold, reflecting on his fence run from earlier in the evening. “You’ve got to feel that I can do it!”
The 2017 CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular Champions, Brother Jackson (Peptoboonsmal x Shes Icing Onthe Cat x High Brow Cat) and Ken Wold returned to the Paso Robles Event Center on the hunt for another championship title. With the 2009 stallion being fresh out of the breeding barn, Wold pondered how he was going to duplicate last year’s spectacular run. Being the great individual he is, “Brother” was as laid back and solid-minded as ever throughout the week.
As the evening came to an end, the duo’s composite score of 657 (218.5 herd / 212.5 rein / 226) lead to winning the Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular and an overall third place finish in the Open Bridle Spectacular. The team took home winnings totaling more than $9,000 and products from Platinum Performance, DM Tack and Farnam.
New to the class roster for 2018, the $5,000-dollar Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular was sponsored by Matthews Cutting Horses. “I think it’s great,” Wold said. “The reined cow horse shows have gotten so competitive. You have to have a place where people can feel success. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in the Intermediate or in the Open.”
The California horseman’s game plan was to separate Brother Jackson, from his fellow competitors, in the first leg of the event, the herd work, by showcasing his cutting style. Even though Wold had his heart set on a clean reining run, the team ran into some trouble. Not being one to give up on the ship, Wold put his trust in Brother Jackson, knowing he would rise to the occassion in front of the large crowd in the fence work. “All I’ve I got to do is have a big fence run, and he’s done it before,” Wold said. “I need to set things up for him and let him do it. When I went into that fence work I was telling myself we can do this. There was not any doubt in my mind we weren’t going to mark a 225. I wasn’t going to accept, mentally, anything but that. I really believe in mentally imagery and setting your goals.” The pair exceed the expectation of 225, scoring a 226 down the fence.
Perez, a client of of Wold’s for over a decade, felt very satisfied with tonight’s performance and win. When asked what he enjoys most about the NRCHA professional’s training program, Perez stated, “He is an honest man. His heart is with the horse and so is mine. He lives for the horse and that is rare.” It’s a true family operation at Ken Wold training Stables.
Owner, Perez, has lots of goals set for Brother Jackson, including a return trip the World’s Greatest Horseman and to be one of the great reined cow horse sires. “He holds a very, very close place in my heart,” Perez said. He hopes the best “Brother” and all the reined cow horse sires. Perez thanked the National Reined Cow Horse Association, Holy Cow Performance Horses and all the breeders and supporters inside this industry.
Wold was quick to thank his friend and owner Daniel Perez. “He is the backbone of this operation. He is a great owner and a great person.” Wold also thanked his wife Ramona and his family for all their support. “Holy Cow Performance Horses has been great. Without them, we sure couldn’t have this event. To have them back us and sponsor is is a real thrill,” Wold said.
“If a trainer can have one great horse in his life, you’re lucky – and this is mine,” said Wold.