Level 3 and Prime Time Non-Pro
Rick Christen has a lot to celebrate. Not only is he recently engaged to fellow non-pro competitor Brenda Joyce, he also won the Level 3 Non-Pro and Prime Time championships and the Level 4 Non-Pro Reserve Championship!
He won the titles on MsDreamy, a surprising feat considering he’s only owned the mare for four weeks!
“I just bought her from Bob Shearer through Dan Huss’s program. Today in the finals was the second time I showed her,” he explained about the mare, who is by Magnum Chic Dream and out of A Gal With A Gun (by Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]). “I just knew I needed to do my job, stay clean and stay out of her way. We also had a bucket of luck!”
Christen is an NRBC veteran who’s been attending the event for 12 years. In 2010 he won the same pair of titles – the Level 3 and Prime Time – on his good mare Skeets Little Annie (Skeets Peppy x Oaks Little Annie x Doc’s Oak).
“I thank Dan Huss, Bob Shearer and of course, my fiancé Brenda Joyce,” he said.
All told, Christen pocketed $28,759 and took home prizes which included three Gist Silversmiths buckles, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles/Tamarack Ranch, gift certificates to Thomas Moore Feed and Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Whisper Bits and signature blue crystal trophies.
Christen also won the American Paint Horse Association high-scoring Gist Silversmiths buckle for both the Level 3 and Level 4. APHA Director of Business Development Kalyn Sanders was on-hand to present the buckles.