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Anne Reynolds Wins 2009 NRCHA Hackamore Classic Non Pro Bridle Sweepstakes on More Magic Please

The first day of competition at the 2009 National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic, held April 24-26 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California, not only featured the herd work of the limited age event, but also three NRCHA approved horse show classes.

In the Non Pro Bridle Sweepstakes, Anne Reynolds piloted her 2005 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, More Magic Please, to the Championship. "He felt really good in the reining. I was very happy with him. He was really good in his circles, ran good to his stops, and turned around fast," Reynolds noted of the gelding, by Chic Please and out of Magical Lena, who marked a 146.5 in the rein work.

The pair followed that high score with an impressive 146 in the cow work. "We drew a cow that was really wild in the boxing. I was really worried about it - I thought it would run too fast, but I didn't want it to run out of air on the end. It did run really hard the first time down the fence, but my horse did everything right."

The win netted Reynolds, of King Hill, Idaho, a check for $3,072. More Magic Please is a testament to the success of Reynold's breeding and training program. Reynolds rode his dam, Magical Lena, to win her first NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Championship in 1998, and the talented mare went on to become one of the association's leading money earners.

Another lucrative partnership earned Reserve Championship honors. Patty Ralls and her horse, Chromium Cowboy, marked scores of 144 in the rein work and 147 in the cow work, earning a paycheck of $2,304. Chromium Cowboy, by A Chic In Time and out of Marvelous Miss, was the 2003 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Reserve Open Champion with Patty's husband, Ron, at the reins.

Sarah Sherman earned the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship on her horse, Educating The Chics, by An Educated Guess and out of Melody Of Hickory. The 285 total netted $1,500. "This was actually my horse's first time in the bridle. I usually show him in the two rein, but I wanted to get some more experience. It was actually our best cow work ever," she admitted.

Sherman, a dentist, was quick to give credit to her trainer, Cayley Wilson. "Cayley is great. I can't thank him enough. Everyone at his barn is also phenomenal about helping out. We all pitch in and I'm so thankful to have their support," she said. "I also want to thank my husband, Judd. I can't thank him enough. He's also a dentist, and he covers the office when I take time off to go ride."

Ernie Beal earned the Novice Non Pro Bridle Reserve Championship on Reminics Smokin Pep, by Reminics Pep and out of Shesa Smoker. The pair marked a 140.5 in the rein work, and followed that with a 141 in the cow work for a 281.5 total. The Reserve title netted $900.

In the provisional Intermediate Non Pro Bridle class, Gay Ver Steeg earned $920 for the win on her horse Dual Sammy, by Dual Peppy and out of Tessa Tivio. "This is a great little horse. He never fails me," she noted after the class. "I really appreciate my husband Jim, and all my friends for their help. I also want to thank Russell Dilday for his help, too."


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