The judges may be fond of sorrel stallion Thecrowdlovesme (Smart Chic Olena x Shine Smartly x Shining Spark) with his big blaze and fancy style, but without a solid pilot, he wouldn’t have a second 2018 World Championship added to his résumé. Owner and rider Lindsay Wadhams, of Pueblo, Colorado, notched another win when she captured the Amateur Working Cow Horse World Championship at the 2018 Lucas Oil American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
With a 224.5 in the reining and a 214.5 in the cow work, the combined 439 score put Wadhams solidly in first place over the reserve horse and rider, who scored a 434.
After a tough first week competing with trainer Corey Cushing in the Senior Ranch Riding and Senior Working Cow Horse – where the duo picked up a World title in the latter – the 2008 stallion, who was bred by Walter Greeman and Tammy Hays, also carried Wadhams to the Reserve World Championship in the Amateur Ranch Riding and fifth place in the Amateur Reining.
With more than $119,000 in earnings, Thecrowdlovesme is his dam’s leading earner. Among her other successful foals are AQHA Junior Ranch Riding World Champion and reined cow horse aged-event champion Nee On Lights ($80,217, by CD Lights) and 2018 National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes Non-Pro Champion Metallic Sparks ($26,129, by Metallic Cat). In all, Shine Smartly (out of Smartly Dressed, by Smart Little Lena) has foaled the dams of earners of more than $323,225, according to Equi-Stat.
Mattie Neal Alexander rode her 2005 stallion Genuine Masterpiece (Shining Spark x Kings Masterpiece x Peppy San Badger) to the Reserve World title with a 213.5 in the rein work and a 220.5 in the cow work for a 434 composite score. There were 37 total entries in the class, which was sponsored by McCann Performance Horses and boasted a purse of $10,900.
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