Reagan Glenn and Boontown Dancer clicked at the right time.
Glenn, of Paso Robles, California, was on the same page with her mare when they won the 4-Year-Old Amateur at the Kit Kat Sugar National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes.
The duo bested the second-place horse by 4.5 points, marking a 221 and winning $13,396.
“I haven’t had the best luck on her so there was definitely a lack of confidence coming in to the Super Stakes,” Glenn said. “It’s been a struggle to get along with her, but something through the Super Stakes clicked and she was amazing for me.”
With the victory in the finals on Saturday, April 16, Boontown Dancer’s lifetime earnings pushed past $16,500.
“You can tell she wants to do her job, and it’s hard to find a horse that wants to do her job as much as you do. You can tell she’s a great horse just from watching one run,” Glenn said.
Bred by Bitterroot Springs Ranch, of Stevensville, Montana, Boontown Dancer or “Willow” is sired by Once In A Blu Boon and out of Duals Dancer (by Reys Dual Badger).
“I love [Once In A Blu Boon horses]. We have a few in the barn and Morgan [Cromer] has done really well on them. I think they’ve proved themselves to be amazing,” Glenn said.
To win Willow’s affections at the Super Stakes, Glenn made sure she had a lot of Willow’s favorite treat on hand.
“She loves fruit. Every day at the Super Stakes I would go get a bowl of fruit and she would somehow eat it all. Grapes are her favorite,” Glenn said.
Reserve Champion in the McAlister Assets Amateur Derby was Jessica Banuelos Feiner, who marked a 216.5 aboard Hot And Phat, a mare by Spots Hot who is a half-sister to this year’s NCHA Super Stakes Open Co-Champion, Third Edge. Both horses are out of the mare Lil Rattler (by Dual Rey).
Feiner brought home a $10,532 check for Reserve.