Twenty-eight boxers vied for the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes Non-Pro Limited title, but when the dust settled, it was Anne Marie Albert and her 5-year-old gelding WR Hotshot that took home the win.
While this was not her first win at the event, Albert was excited to top the field on “Ripley,” who she purchased as a yearling.
“I got Ripley at the yearling sale and I showed him last year at this show for the first time, and we were fifth,” Albert said of the gelding, who she purchased in 2015. “I really wanted to come back [to the Stakes]. This is my sixth time showing Ripley, and we had a fantastic show.”
The three-part event included herd work, rein work and the boxing element of cow work. For Albert, marking a 219 in the reining was the high point of a great show, where she accumulated a 647 composite (214/219/214).
“I couldn’t have asked for a better show. In the herd work, we did well and I got a really great score in the reining, which has always been a challenge for us. In the boxing, I had a real soft cow that made me quite nervous,” she said. “All the guys and girls brought their ‘A-game.’ This class is so huge. It was so close in the boxing and it was by a half-point. It’s very tough. It could’ve gone either way. It was fantastic because I had the best show ever.”
WR Hotshot (WR This Cats Smart x Sunspot Flo x Mr Peponita Flo) has earnings with trainer Cayley Wilson, of Abbottsford, British Columbia, Canada, from performances in the snaffle bit and hackamore. Albert has hopes to continue the horse’s show career in order to earn an NRCHA Supreme Reined Cow Horse merit award down the road. For now, though, she is happy to be able to show her horse.
“I am so thrilled and happy to see this horse come from the yearling I purchased to the horse he is now,” she said. “With such a talented horse, it is hard to say, ‘Hey, I’m a boxer and I want to ride my horse.’ Cayley relinquished. He’s such a talented horse that is so cowy, so sweet and so strong. To have watched him go from purchased out of a sale to the first rides by Cayley to all the wins he’s had so far with Cayley, its all great.”
Albert topped the class with her half-point win over Katie Fox, who garnered a composite of 646.5 (209/217/220.5) riding Metallic Heritage (Metallic Cat x Dual Heritage x Dual Pep), owned by her father, Dan. She earned $2,655 for her win, and she has big plans for Ripley during this show year.
“I like to stick to the premier events, but I’ve never qualified for [the NRCHA World Championship Show], believe it or not,” Albert said. “We are going to concentrate on attending the shows to get me qualified for World. Then, we will probably go to Fort Worth [Texas] in the fall for the [NRCHA] Hackamore Classic. That is our plan.”
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