Annie Reynolds added yet another title to her lengthy list of accomplishments when she won the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby Non Pro Bridle Spectacular in Paso Robles, Calif., aboard her home-raised champion, More Magic Please. She scored a 210 in the herd work, and then came back to win the reined work round with a 219.5 and the fence work round with a whopping 223. The 652.5 composite score netted a $4,312 check and a C.R. Morrison Trophy.
"In the herd work, we got in a little trouble right off the bat," Reynolds said. She had two cows that were difficult to separate. "When they were about to split, he jumped over and tried to go with the wrong cow. I was so committed to the other one that they didn't give me a switch penalty, but they penalized me for a messy cut."
At that point, the King Hill, Idaho, Million-Dollar Rider was four points behind the leader, but then she owned the reined work with a spot-on performance.
"In the reining, he was good everywhere. He stayed with me in the circles, changed leads right in the middle, and I felt like I got him run to those stops really well. He stopped hard, turned fast and it was a good little run," she said.
When the cow stepped into the arena for the fence work, Reynolds recognized it as one she had targeted in the herd.
"The cow boxed really nice for me, and then took off and ran hard to that first turn. On the second turn, we were off the fence a little bit, but he stayed tight on it. On the third turn, he just annihilated the cow. We had a nice little open field turn and circled up right on top of it. He was a lot of fun to show. It's fun to show those older horses who are broke, and trained, and know what to do."
More Magic Please is sired by Chic Please, and out of Reynolds' World's Greatest Horseman Reserve Champion and stellar broodmare, Magical Lena. The 10-year-old bay gelding, nicknamed "Midget," has a long list of accolades. Reynolds showed him to the 2005 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Championship and he has been a stellar performer throughout his career.
The Non Pro Bridle Spectacular Reserve Champion was Jayson Fisher, who rode Nu Cash Cutter to scores of 212.5 in the herd work, 216.5 in the reined work and 219 in the cow work. He collected $3,388 for the Reserve Championship.
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