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Nathalie McEntire, Phil Lanier Win 2012 Congress NRHA Limited and Primetime Non-Pro Reining Stakes

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Secret Rider and Nathalie McEntire
Although her husband, Mike, may have two Congress Reining Futurity bronzes, Nathalie McEntire now has one of her own. She piloted Secret Rider to a 213.5 to win the Congress NRHA Limited Non-Pro Reining Stakes.

“It feels great to have my own Congress trophy,” McEntire said. “Mike has his two, but that’s different. Now I have one of my very own!”

By the McEntire’s stallion Lil Ruf Rider and out of Boggies Secret, by Boggies Flashy Jac, the sorrel mare has special meaning to the McEntires. “She’s my special baby. I have a special connection with her. Mike had showed her mother and made the finals of the Futurity with her,” McEntire said. “She’s like a dog, and spoiled rotten.”

The mare has developed the barn name Super Filly, and her adventures are even documented on Facebook. “I don’t show all that often. That’s what happens when you are a trainer’s wife,” McEntire said. “For 25 years, Mike and I have celebrated our anniversary at the Congress.”

McEntire drew ninth in the 42-horse class. “She was really good today,” McEntire said. “She stopped good, and didn’t run too hard. She really gives a lot every time you ride her. She really reminds me of her mother.”

Phillip Lanier and Hezawhizzinpistolena won the Primetime division of the Congress Non-Pro Reining Stakes after marking a 213.

Like McEntire, Lanier bred and raised the stallion, who is by Another Great Whiz and out of Squaws Jo Olena, by Kings Pistolena. “At two months old, I could see he was different from my other horses,” Lanier said. “And the first time I rode him, I knew he felt different from any of my other horses. He’s super. He’s a neat little horse.” Lanier credited Dany Pelletier with training the stallion.

“When I first walked in to the arena to start the pattern, I was a little quick with my hands, and that hurt me,” he said. “But he stopped good and circled clean, and we got through it. Now if I can just do my part in the finals, I’ll be tickled!”

In addition to their division class wins, McEntire and Lanier will return for the finals of the Non-Pro Reining Stakes. Daniele Whitney and Pic A Remedy (by Chicoree Dox, out of Bopinic by Reminic) marked the highest score in the first go of the Non-Pro Reining Stakes with a 217.5. The finals will take place on Thursday, October 11.