With just one go-round to decide the 2010 National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic Championships, every point counts. The event began with the herd work on Friday, April 23, and after the completion of the rein work today, exhibitors have a good idea of what they need to mark in tomorrow's cow work competition.
Reigning Hackamore Classic Champions Doug Williamson and Smart Miss Merada currently hold a 2-point lead over the competition with a 291. The 5-year-old mare, by Leo Merada out of Uno Smart Lady, is owned by Williamson's wife, Carol.
Doug, who recently was the Reserve Champion at the NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman in San Angelo, Texas, ranks among the NRCHA's most successful trainers. He was inducted into the NRCHA Hall of Fame in 2006, and has made the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity finals almost every year since 1990.
Another NRCHA legend and recent Hall of Fame inductee Ted Robinson leads the Intermediate Open on Whole Lota Cash, by Shinning Spark and out of Shesa Lota Cash. Riding for the San Juan Ranch, the NRCHA Million Dollar Rider had a 139 in the herd work, but came back strong with a 144 in the rein work.
Travis Dickenson and One Fine Spark jumped to an early lead in the Limited Open after marking a 142 in the herd work. Dickenson and One Fine Spark, by Light N Fine out of Spark My Fancy, followed that with an impressive 141.5 in the rein work. One Fine Spark is owned by Bill and Amelia Dickenson.
2009 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Champions Anne Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho, and Shiney And Verysmart are leading the Non Pro division with a 284.5 total. They began the competition with a 142 in the herd work, and followed that with a 142.5 in the rein work today. Shiney And Verysmart is the product of Reynold's breeding program - one that has been successful time after time. He is by her stallion Very Smart Remedy - a former NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman Champion. His dam, Shirley Shine, is of a maternal line that has been in Reynold's family since before Anne was even born. With Reynolds at the reins, Shirley Shine accumulated lifetime earnings that exceed $80,000.
Intermediate Non Pro
John Showalter and Tangys Classy Chick continue to hold the lead of the Intermediate Non Pro, and are currently second in the Non Pro with a 282. Showalter and the Tangys Classy Peppy mare, out of Crimson Sassychick, marked a 143 in the herd work and a 143 in the rein work.
After a strong rein work, Tanna Dilday and Lil Smarty Pep took a half-point lead in the Amateur division with a 280. Dilday and Lil Smarty Pep scored a 139 in the herd work, and a 141 in the rein work. Lil Smarty Pep is by Mister Dual Pep out of Smart Lil Sallinic.
The Hackamore Classic, held annually at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California, is unique among the family of NRCHA premier limited age events in that it requires an entry to only be shown in the hackamore, while other events allow for a snaffle. The challenging event celebrates the second stage of the traditional vaquero style of training cow horses.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association, now in its 61st year, is the governing body of cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse. Through the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Markel Insurance Company, Wide World of Horses, John Deere, Adequan®, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Quarter Horse News, Pfizer Animal Health, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and EQUIOXX, Running W Designs, and the Silver Legacy Hotel, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA Official Web Site at www.nrcha.com.