Pam Shaeffer and Royal Red Play entered the arena as draw No. 1 in the 29-horse $50,000 Amateur finals on Monday evening. The duo marked a 219 and waited patiently to see if their score would hold up until the end. It did, and their efforts were worth a check for $3,821.
Shaeffer’s 2007 gelding (Play Red x Peek A Boon x Smart Little Lena), who was bred by Double Dove Ranch, of Fort Worth, Texas, elevated his Equi-Stat record to nearly $75,000, and Shaeffer surpassed the $120,000 mark with this win.
“We just tried to be smooth,” Shaeffer explained following her winning run. “It worked out for us, and my horse was dialed in. He was really good.”
This is Shaeffer’s second NCHA Western Nationals championship aboard Royal Red Play. They also claimed the Non-Pro title two years ago.
Hilary Watson and Shady Lil CD (High Brow CD x Shady Lil Aristocrat x Smart Aristocrat), and Leann Wilson and Bada Boo (One Time Pepto x Travs Scooter x Smart Lil Scoot) tied for the Reserve Championship. Both pairs earned a score of 214.5 and a $2,806 check.
During Tuesday’s $15,000 Amateur finals, Jessica Pietrafeso and Hal Ofa Filly marked a 215.5 during the first set. No one was able to top their score, so the 15-year-old horsewoman picked up the Championship and a check for $5,834.
This win brings Pietrafeso, of Elbert, Colorado, to lifetime earnings of more than $20,000. Pietrafeso’s parents, Ron and Adrienne Pietrafeso, own the C.B. Fincher-bred mare (Halreycious x CD Fillylena x CD Olena), who has in excess of $55,000 in earnings, according to Equi-Stat. Pietrafeso and Hal Ofa Filly also showed in the Senior Youth finals the previous weekend.
“The third cow we cut was pretty wild, but we managed to hold it,” Pietrafeso said after her win. “I think that’s what got us a lot of points.”
Jan Currier marked a 215 aboard Short San Gin (Short San Badger x Meerly Gin x Tanquery Gin), and Keith McMahan also marked a 215 with Pale Face Jose (CD Olena x Joses Dually x Dual Pep). Both Co-Reserve Champions went home with a check for $4,099.
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