A 15-horse finals can be intimidating in itself, but Carrie Tiemann did not let the number of riders or the fact that she had to lead the draw from the first hole stop her from marking big. She and Light Blue Smoothy scored a 221, which held throughout the rest of the class to win the Classic Amateur Championship.
“I usually don’t get the privilege of riding first. I’m almost always last or next to last. We make a joke of it,” Tiemann, of Pflugerville, Texas, said with a laugh. “I’m so used to that position, so it’s really nice to ride first. You know at least the first cow’s going to be fresh!”
Tiemann and Light Blue Smoothy (CD Lights x Smoothy Blue x Smooth As A Cat), who was bred by Rock Creek Ranch, added $3,000 to their bankroll with the win. They also received the Classic Senior Amateur title, worth $2,500, which pushed Tiemann’s earnings in Equi-Stat to nearly $74,000.
Marking a 217 for the Reserve Championship were Victoria, Texas-based Parke Greeson and Rumorhazzitt (One Time Pepto x Jerries Dual Legacy x Smart Little Jerry). The Milton and Bridey Greeson-bred and -owned gelding and Greeson earned $2,750.
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