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Tish Wilhite and Hesa Smokin Indian Win 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro

Tish Wilhite and Hesa Smokin Indian earned the National Reined Cow

Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Two Rein Championship with a

score of 281.5.

This win at the Reno Livestock Events Center is a first for Wilhite

and the 6-year-old Hickorys Indian Pep gelding out of Baroak Again, although

they have come close. "We've won a National Championship, but here in Reno,

we're always the bridesmaids. I'm so happy we finally get to be the bride."

The successful duo had been Reserve in the Non Pro Hackamore at the 2006

Snaffle Bit Futurity, and tied for third last year.

"I'm very fortunate to have Indy (Hesa Smokin Indian)," said Wilhite

after the awards ceremony. "I learned to go down the fence on his grandma

over 20 years ago."

In fact, it was that sentiment that prompted Wilhite to purchase

Indy through the Snaffle Bit Futurity sale as a 2-year-old. She laughed,

adding, "Jon and Jody Semper owned him, and took him to the sale. I saw him

and I bought him. It's funny, because they didn't live very far from me, and

they brought him to Reno, and I took him right back home."

A check for $1,280, a Gist Silversmiths Champion Buckle sponsored by

Roger & Cynthia Bias, a Cinch Monogrammed Vest from Wayne Hodges 4-Star

Trailers, and Platinum Performance was their reward.

Kevin Lynch, of Ulm, Montana, earned the Reserve title on Fairlea

Zannie Jay with a 274, earning $960. Fairlea Zannie Jay is by Colonel Pic

and out of Zannie Jay Lena.

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(r), 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

<http://www.nrcha.com/> .


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