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Final Weekend Moves Made In Riders' Cup



By Jeffrey Howard

The final Riders’ Cup standings didn’t change at the top however some key moves were made at the final show in Murfreesboro this past weekend.  The Performance International was held November 18-19 and was a double-point Riders’ Cup show.  Jimmy McConnell, Charlie Green, Knox Blackburn and Tim Smith retained the top four spots and finished the weekend as they started it.

Michael Daniel used a strong showing at The Delta Fall Classic and International to pass John Allan Callaway for the fifth spot in the final standings.  Edgar Abernathy moved up two spots to seventh place dropping Justin Harris, a previous winner of the Riders’ Cup to the eighth spot and Link Webb to the ninth spot.  Joe Cotten moved into the all-important tenth spot from 11th dropping Philip Trimble from the top 10.

The Riders’ Cup checks and trophy will be presented at the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association Horse of the Year banquet in Franklin, Tenn. on December 3, 2011.  The Top 10 winning trainers showed in a combined 942 Riders' Cup classes in 2011.

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