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Wade Reaney Wins NRCHA Stakes Open Hackamore on Gunna Be A Prize

Wade Reaney was all smiles after completing his Open Hackamore runs at the 2009 National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes. The NRCHA Stakes, held March 25-29 at the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho, featured a full slate of NRCHA approved classes on Saturday, March 26.

Reaney, of Rupert, Idaho, rode Gunna Be A Prize to a 286.5 to win the title for owners Duane and Kay Hall, of Pocatello, Idaho. The couple raised the horse out of a mare they had purchased at the Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale in Reno, Nevada. "She's really produced some good babies for us," noted Duane prior to the awards ceremony, at which they were awarded a CR Morrison trophy and a check for $2,616.

Reaney started training Gunna Be A Prize, by Smokums Prize and out of Gunna Duel, as a late yearling, but "Prize" had some setbacks in his show career. "He started good, and I really liked him - but he just had some bad luck in his Futurity year, so we just decided to go ahead and show in the Hackamore," Reaney said of the 4-year-old. He continued, "I want to thank Duane and Kay for letting me show this horse."

Earning the Open Hackamore Reserve Championship was NRCHA Hall of Fame inductee Ken Wold, who rode Cobys Soula for Joe Putnam, of Burlingame, California. The accomplished horseman and the 4-year-old mare, by Soula Jule Star and out of Coby Jo Chex, scored a 284.5, and collected a $2,180 paycheck.

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.

Through the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes John Deere,

Adequan(r), 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, 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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