On Friday, March 25, Wade Reaney won the 2011 National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes Open Two Rein. The very next day, he returned to the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho, to claim the Open Hackamore Championship, this time on Little Gritty Kitty.
The Plymouth Falls, Idaho, trainer showed the now 4-year-old mare, by Cats Merada and out of Short Stop Sis, as a Futurity horse, missing the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Finals but winning the Championship at the Colorado Futurity and the Reserve Championship of the Magic Valley Futurity. "I haven't had her back very long - she had the winter off and we have just been getting her back in shape," noted Reaney. "We put her in the hackamore to try it out. There are still some things to work on but she showed pretty honest in it."
Little Gritty Kitty, owned by Double S Quarter Horses, marked 216 in both the rein and cow work. "That 216 in the rein work is pretty good for her - that's what she's capable of doing," he said. "We had a tough cow. They had a little trouble getting it into the pen, and I was wincing a little thinking 'Oh no!' She handled it really well."
Reaney plans to continue showing Little Gritty Kitty, who added $2,864 to her lifetime earnings with the win, in Limited Age Events.
The Reserve Championship went to Ken Wold who had a 431.5 composite (214/217.5) on Shes A Catty Lady. The NRCHA Hall of Famer and Shes A Catty Lady, by Cowboy Cattylac out of Lady Rolena, won $2,148. Shes A Catty Lady is owned by Victory Phelps.
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