At The Four Sixes/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern National Championships, the Novice/Non-Pro divisions took center stage on March 16 and 17. In both the $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro and the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro, Lauren Middleton and Sweet Reyvenge stole the show.
In the $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro Middleton, of Weatherford, Texas, piloted the 8-year-old gelding (Reys Dual Badger x Sweet Camille x Chicks Achy Braky) to a 220 and topped the division by 3 points.
They kept the fire going in the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro and marked a 223 for the win. Altogether, Middleton garnered $11,362 for her success on Sweet Reyvenge, who is owned by Robert and Debbie Middleton and was bred by Bobby and Francie Butler.
Not far behind Middleton in the two divisions was Page Bowman, of Simpsonville, Kentucky. In the $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro she rode Big Daddys CD (High Brow CD x Snazzy Easter Bunny x Smart Sugar Badger) to a 217, and in the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro she scored a 222 on Tom E Boy (Thomas E Hughes x Snazzy Sugar Badger x Smart Sugar Badger). Bowman’s high marks allowed her to clinch both Reserve titles, worth a total of $9,123.
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