On Saturday, May 5, Eleise Blake and Jills A Little Blue claimed the National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic Non Pro Limited Championship. On Sunday, the pair returned to the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado, to compete in the Hackamore Classic Horse Show, and won both the $5K Non Pro Limited and Non Pro Limited.
"The rein work went well. I probably should have went a little longer on the second stop but she was good and quiet," Blake, of Whitesboro, Texas, said of her score of 140 in the rein work. "The cow work was really fun - we marked a 146. We had a fast cow and this mare is just awesome in the cow work. All I have to do is be along for the ride."
Blake took home $1,088 for the two titles. She said, "I thank Carol Rose, Jay McLaughlin, and Dick Pieper for all the help that they've given me."
Blake purchased Jills A Little Blue, by Mecom Blue out of Jills CD, from Winston Hansma following the 2010 Snaffle Bit Futurity. "I saw Winston show her at the Futurity, then I went home and thought about it, and then called and bought her," she explained.
Taking Reserve in both divisions was Gretchen Keller, who piloted The Smart Dude to a total score of 284.5 and won $906. The Smart Dude, owned by John Keller, is by The Smart Smoke and out of Freckles K Lena.
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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