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Jake Telford Wins 2009 NRCHA Hackamore Classic Open Two Rein on Starlights Finale

Jake Telford rode Starlights Finale to top the field of ten Open Two Rein entries at the 2009 National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic, held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. Telford rode the 6-year-old mare to a score of 145.5 in the rein work, and 148 in the cow work, earning owner Newt White a check for $1,500.

"She worked great today. She was good in the rein work, and that is normally her weak area," said Telford. He admitted that a feisty bovine in the cow work made him apprehensive. "I had a really tough cow, and I kept hoping that they'd call for a new one. Now I'm really glad they didn't."

The Caldwell, Idaho trainer and the mare, by Grays Starlight and out of Fasa Little Lena, recently won the Open Two Rein at another NRCHA premier event - the NRCHA Stakes. For Telford, the wins are an affirmation of the mare's talent as a Two Rein horse - and also an "I told you so." That's because he had to convince the mare's owner, Newt White, to let him show her in the Two Rein. "I knew she'd be a great two rein horse, and I just wanted the chance to do that. I don't get to be right that often, so when I am, it is really fun," laughed Telford.

There was a three-way tie for the Open Two Rein Reserve Championship. Ron Emmons rode Mister Brown Sugar, by Mister Dual Pep and out of Plain Cute Sugar for Douglas and Cynthia Granade. Kevin Stallings exhibited Shining Lil Nic, by Smart Shiner and out of Dig A Lil Nic, for Bill and Janiejill Tointon, and Dan Roeser rode One Smart Response, by Smart Peppy Doc and out of Remedys Response, for Sheila Combs. All three had composite scores of 289.5 and each earned $1,000.

Laurie Ward won the Non Pro Two Rein Championship on Kiss Me A Little, by Smart Little Pepinic and out of Kiss Me Mister. Ward and the mare, who was competing in only her second Two Rein class, ever, had a 290.5 total, and took home $804.

"She felt perfect today. She always just gets in the show pen and is a really good show horse," noted Ward after the class. The Kingsburg, California, competitor raised the mare and has a winning history with her. In 2006, Laurie earned the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Reserve Championship and the Intermediate Non Pro Championship on her, and followed that with a win at the Circle Y Ranch Derby. "She's been in the top three or four every time we've shown her. We're very fortunate," noted Ward.

Ernie Beal took Reserve honors on his horse Shesa Mr Dual Pep, by Mister Dual Pep and out of Shesa Smoker. The Reserve Championship was worth $536.

The NRCHA Hackamore Classic is held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. The Hackamore Classic, one of the association's premier events, runs thru April 26.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2009, 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.

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