Non-Pro competitors worked hard to earn top honors at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hackamore Classic and Pueblo Derby, held April 29-May 3 in Pueblo, Colorado. However, one horse-and-rider team rose above and earned the Non-Pro Championship.
Tammy Hays is no stranger to the winner’s circle. With earnings of more than $250,000 and being dubbed the Equi-Stat Reined Cow Horse Non-Pro Rider of the year for two consecutive years, Hays is not backing down. In Colorado, she piloted SDP Got Fancy Genes to a 422 total on three (137 herd/142 rein/143 cow/146.5) and was sitting third before entering the fence finals.
Their total on three score earned them the Pueblo Derby Reserve title, which was run concurrent with the Hackamore Classic but did not have a fence finals. During the fence finals, the duo topped their competitors by scoring a 146.5, giving them a 568.5 for the Hackamore Classic Non-Pro Championship. In total, they garnered a $3,861 paycheck.
SDP Got Fancy Genes (RC Fancy Step x SDP I Got Good Genes x Dual Rey), bred by Buffalo Ranch, of Fort Worth, Texas, has an Equi-Stat record of more than $41,700 with her earnings from Colorado. The 5-year-old mare is owned in partnership by Hays and her father, Walter Greeman, of Nocona, Texas.
Intermediate & Novice Non-Pro
A homebred horse with a very special history carried Bill Tointon to the top in the Hackamore Classic Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro divisions, and to the Reserve title in the Non-Pro.
Shinee Hot Wheels (Shining Lil Nic x Paymethemoney x Lena My Way) and Tointon were tied for the lead in the preliminaries with a 422 (138 herd/141.5 rein/144.5 cow), and then scored a 138 in the finals fence work for a 562 composite.
Tointon also swept all three Non-Pro divisions of the concurrent Pueblo Derby, along with the Non-Pro Hackamore class. All told, he collected seven paychecks worth more than $7,100. His prizes included Gist buckles, sheets from Classic Equine and gift certificates from Farnam and Santa Cruz Animal Health.
“I can’t stress enough how grateful I am to my wife, Janiejill. She is the one who has made all of this possible. She introduced me to the sport, and she encourages me and supports me. None of this would be possible without her,” Tointon said.
Shinee Hot Wheels was raised at Diamond Double T Ranch, the Tointons’ Longmont, Colorado, performance horse facility. He is sired by the couple’s stallion, Shining Lil Nic, and out of Paymethemoney, the first cow horse mare Bill ever showed.
“Paymethemoney was a gift to me from Janiejill. She bought her for me and gave her to me as a surprise. I had no idea. She had the mare delivered and put a big ribbon on her stall and that was how I got started with reined cow horses,” he said.
The Lena My Way daughter is also the dam of another horse Bill has showed very successfully, Chex Viva Las Vegas (x NMSU Truckin Chex).
The duo also swept all three divisions of the Pueblo Derby – the Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro. His combined paychecks for the Pueblo Derby totaled $2,209.
Besides his wife, Tointon also thanked Don Murphy and Alzada, Montana, professional Justin Lawrence, who trained Shinee Hot Wheels.
Claire Armstrong guided Hal O Matic (Halreycious x Miss Hickory Hill x Doc’s Hickory), bred by James Eakin, of Hondo, Texas, to dual championships in the Hackamore Classic and Pueblo Derby Non-Pro Limited Divisions, scoring a total 422.5 (141.5 herd/138 rein/143 cow).
Their Hackamore Classic title paid $1,395 and came with a Gist buckle and a sheet from Classic Equine. The Pueblo Derby Non-Pro Limited win added another $543 to their earnings. In all, the duo garnered a $$1,938 paycheck, boosting the mare’s Equi-Stat record to more than $7,000, counting Tom Neel’s performance with her in the Open.
Hackamore Classic Amateur
Besides leading the Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro divisions going into Saturday’s finals, Greg Lafitte and Shes Playin Rey (TR Dual Rey x Playin Acre x Playin Stylish) also collected the 2015 NRCHA Hackamore Classic Amateur Championship.
The win paid $1,013 and came with a Gist buckle, a custom sheet from Classic Equine, and gift certificates from Santa Cruz Animal Health and Farnam. In total, the duo earned a paycheck worth $3,658.
Shes Playin Rey, bred by Richard Carney, of Kemp, Texas, has an Equi-Stat record of more than $14,800 with her earnings in Colorado. She is also her dam’s only earnings offspring. Lafitte’s lifetime earnings are now more than $17,000.
Pueblo Derby Amateur
Stacy Lynch, of Thomas, Oklahoma, won the Pueblo Derby Amateur Championship aboard Royal Rey Of Light (Smart Royal Rey x Lenas Light x Grays Starlight). The duo scored a total 404.5 (135 herd/140.5 rein/129 cow), and earned $326.
The 4-year-old red roan gelding, bred by Rick Beaman, of Kemp, Texas, is his dam’s third-highest performing offspring having earned more than $3,000, with his check from Colorado. Lynch’s lifetime earnings are more than $17,500.
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