After a disappointing run in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby preliminary cow work yesterday, winning the Open Hackamore class today on Tuckers Smart Cat was a sweet consolation prize for Lyn Anderson. The Madera, Calif., horsewoman piloted Dave and Barbara Archer's 5-year-old gelding to a 147.5 reined work score and a 146 cow work score. The 293.5 composite garnered a C.R. Morrison trophy and a $3,280 paycheck.
Anderson entered the Open Hackamore after Tuckers Smart Cat lost a foot race with a speedy cow in the Open Derby prelims.
"He got out-run, and that never happens on that horse. He didn't like it any better than I do. It went around the corner, and it just got ugly, so I pulled him up, took a zero and decided to save him for the hackamore today," she said. "Today, he went in and did his job. He ran hard in the reined work and he stopped hard. He's just a good, good show horse. He wants to be cowy and he's fun to ride."
Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat have had several successful years together, making the 2010 Snaffle Bit Futurity finals and then winning the NRCHA Open Hackamore World Championship last year. Tuckers Smart Cat is sired by WR This Cats Smart and out of the leading reined cow horse dam, Smoke Time Tuck, a daughter of Doc Tom Tucker.
The Open Hackamore Reserve Champion was Miss Little Ruby, shown by Casey Branquinho for owner David Bush. They worked their way to a 291.5 composite score - 143.5 in the reined work and 148 in the cow work. The placing paid $2,460. Miss Little Ruby is sired by Smart Little Pepinic and out of Miss Nica Dual.
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