Ashley Snider, Sly Chance Top Bonanza Classic Non-Pro Finals With Stellar 224

A 224 score marked by Ashley Snider, 26, the mother of two young children and the wife of Lipan, Texas, trainer Jaime Snider, and her 6-year-old gelding Sly Chance stole the show and the day’s top check, $15,556, Wednesday at the Bonanza Cutting.

Kaitlyn Larsen, Millsap, Texas, and her 6-year-old mare Light N Lilly finished as Reserve Champions with a 220 to earn $12,445. Larsen also picked up a second check for $5,400 during the same finals by placing seventh aboard Sir Stylish Lizzy.

Sly Chance (That Sly Cat x Oaks Smart Chance x Doc’s Oak), a 2007 gelding purchased by Ashley and Jaime Snider as a yearling, also won a 4-Year-Old Non-Pro title with her two years ago, but has struggled with health problems between now and then. And when the horse had been healthy, Ashley wasn’t able to compete with him much doing to carrying and then caring for her now 2 1/2-year-old son and her 6-month old daughter.

With all systems go for Snider and Sly Chance this time, they picked up their second big win as a team by holding a second cow for well over 30 seconds, and through the buzzer.

The Bonanza Cutting in Glen Rose, Texas ends Saturday.