The action at the 2012 National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic in Pueblo, Colorado, began Thursday, May 3, with the divisions of the Limited Age Event. Later in the day, the several of the nation's top reined cow horses competed in the herd work of the Shining Lil Nic Open Bridle Spectacular. The Hackamore Classic is the most traditional of all NRCHA Premier limited age events, in that all entries must be shown in a Hackamore - and the competition is made even more difficult because the Champions are decided in just one go-round.
Former NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Zane Davis topped the Open herd work on Stylishnfancy with a 146. Stylishnfancy, by Stylish Rey out of Playgirls Fancy, is owned by Dallan Jeppesen. Davis also currently leads the Novice Horse Open on Red Tag Olena with a 144. Red Tag Olena, owned by Mark and Nanette Channer, is by Pecas Olena out of SR Grand Prix. Brad Lund piloted Wright On Tari to top the Intermediate Open division with a 143. Wright On Tari, by Lenas Wright On out of Shiney Tari, is owned by Eric Dunn.
Jason Veitch and Mystic By The Bay, owned by Coal Creek Ranch, and Jason Patrick and his horse, Surelysleapnforsugar, are tied for the lead of the Limited Open with scores of 140. Mystic By The Bay is by Shine By The Bay and out of Flip Nick, while Surelysleapnforsugar is by Surely A Pepto out of Ooh Sugalena.
Patrick and Mystic By The Bay are also part of a quartet of entries tied for the lead of the Level 1 Limited Open. Also marking scores of 140 were Lavert Avent and T Tari Freckles (Tari Pines For You x Joses Freckle Girl), owned by Robert Norris; Erika Lynn Roberts and Spoon Shine (Hes A Peptospoonful x Shiners Missy Jay), owned by Jack Vaughn; and Geoff Hoar and Ike Ant Be High (High Sign Nugget x Ima Docs Dolly), owned by Heather McLevin and Jim Dobler.
In the Non Pro division, Anne Reynolds and Very Shiney have set the pace with a 143.5. Very Shiney, by Very Smart Remedy out of Shirley Shine, has won nearly $90,000 in reined cow horse competition.
Garth Gardiner rode Shiney Remedy to mark the second high Non Pro score with a 143. Gardiner and the 5-year-old mare, by Very Smart Remedy and out of Shiners Miss Hickory, are currently in the lead of three other divisions - the Intermediate Non Pro, Novice Non Pro, and Amateur.
Eleise Blake and Jills A Little Blue currently lead the Non Pro Limited division, having marked a 137 in the herd work. Jills A Little Blue is by Mecom Blue out of Jills CD.
In the Shining Lil Nic Open Bridle Spectacular, Zane Davis set the pace on Reymanator with an impressive 148, taking the lead by four points. Reymanator, by Dual Rey out of Savannah Hickory, is owned by John Semanik. Reymanator has amassed over $149,000 in earnings.
In the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular herd work, Virgil Valdez and He Be Fierce, took the lead with a 142 - three points higher than the next closest competitor. He Be Fierce, by Peptoboonsmal and out of Smart Starlight, have earned over $36,000 in the show pen.
Both Bridle Spectaculars will conclude on Saturday, May 5, with the rein and cow work.
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