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Maria Danieli Wins 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity $5K Non Pro Limited on Doc Gin With A Twist

Although Maria Danieli owned the 2007 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Two Rein Champion, she had never competed at the elite reined cow horse event. That changed in 2008, as she won the $5K Non Pro Limited class on Doc Gin With A Twist.

Danieli and the Shine With A Twist stallion marked a score of 144 in the rein work, and followed that with another 144 in the boxing. “He felt really good in the rein work. I really ran him up in the circles – he was as good as I could ask for. In the boxing – he really wanted to work, but we didn’t have a cow that challenged him as much as he needed. I couldn’t fault him, but I had been hoping for a tougher cow so that he could show off.”

The Bellevue, Washington, native almost didn’t show, due to a hurt shoulder. “I entered, then thought I didn’t need to. But he worked and felt really good last night – so I went ahead and showed him. I am really glad I did.”

As one of the first to go in the large class of 34, she had to wait until the very end to know if her score of 288 would win the Championship. “It was a really long wait. It was pretty hard, so I just hung out at the stalls and came up here a little,” she said.

Danieli was quick to thank her trainer, Mike Helsen, for his help. Helsen, who showed Doc Gin With A Twist in the Open Two Rein on Saturday, won the Open Two Rein on Danieli’s horse, Hi Smokin Rooster, last year.

For the first year, ever, the $5K Non Pro Limited Champion was awarded a Bob’s Custom Saddle, sponsored this year by the Santa Ynez Valley Cow Horse Classic, along with a Gist Silversmiths Gold Buckle sponsored by Paul and Amy Bailey, a Cinch monogrammed vest from Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers/Outlaw Conversions, and Platinum Performance. Danieli was also rewarded with a $1,288 check.

The Reserve title and $1,008 went to Frecklesonmyrooster and John Palleria, who earned a 284.5.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, 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 Adequan®, Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers and Outlaw Conversions, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Quarter Horse News & Performance Horse magazine, the Peppermill Hotel/Resort, Fort Dodge West Nile Innovator, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and EQUIOXX, Great American Insurance Company 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 http://www.nrcha.com.


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