Toni Hagen-Heath won the National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic Non Pro Two Rein Championship. Hagen-Heath was riding Lenas Chexy Badger, and the pair marked a 141 in the rein work and 143.5 in the cow work for a 284.5 total. The win garnered a check for $625.
Hagen-Heath began riding "Slyd," who was raised by her husband Dan Heath, in January of 2011, and the pair finished the season as the Northwest Region Open Hackamore Champions. The 6-year-old cow horse is by Chex That Out out of Lenas Gone N Dunit.
Hagen-Heath has had much success during the Hackamore Classic, held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado. On Saturday, May 5, she and her other horse, Smokums Dream, won the Hackamore Classic Non Pro and Intermediate Open Championships, as well as the horse show Non Pro Hackamore title.
Paul Bailey and A Time Of Caution also had a total score of 284.5, but NRCHA rules dictate that in the event of a tie, the high cow work score decides the Champion. Bailey and A Time Of Caution, by A Chic In Time out of Lenas Paula Pep, won $375.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association, now in its 62nd year, is the governing body of cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse. Through the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, John Deere, Markel Insurance Company, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, and Merial products UlcerGard and EQUIOXX, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA Official Web Site at www.nrcha.com.
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