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Limited Open Hackamore Champion Daniel Sanchez/Workin Mans Blues
There's nothing about firsts that Daniel Sanchez doesn't like, especially when it is his first horse show class win at the Snaffle Bit Futurity. It was also his first time to enter the Limited Open Hackamore at the Snaffle Bit Futurity and it was his first time ever to show Workin Mans Blues. If those firsts weren't enough, he also won his first championship and $1,500 for marking a 280 (145 rein/135 fence).
"Getting this win on him really makes your confidence come up," Sanchez said. "It's awfully exciting coming down to Texas for the first time and getting this win."
Sanchez works for Justin Wright, Santa Maria, California, who trains horses for the owners of Workin Mans Blues (Yellow Roan Of Texas x Topi Chexx x A Cowboy At Heart), Michael and Jessica Draper.
"I've ridden this horse multiple times at the house and Jessica was bringing him here to show and I asked if she'd mind if I showed him too," Sanchez said. "I'm really happy and thankful that they let me show him."
Jessica Draper and Workin Mans Blues won the Non Pro Limited Hackamore and $1,215 earlier in the week but as participants in the boxing classes, Workin Man Blues rarely goes down the fence.
"He boxed really good," Sanchez said of his run, "but we had a little tough cow that threw a few tricks at us going down the fence. He had a huge first turn but we had a little trouble getting our second turn but he was completely honest for a horse that hasn't done it in a while," Sanchez said.
Workin Man Blues marked a 145 in the reining.
"This horse runs down and stops huge, he sticks his butt in the ground and slides for days. It's easy, you just sit back and enjoy it," Sanchez said.
Sanchez is in his second year of showing in the NRCHA. Prior to that he worked in reining and started 2-year-olds.
Little Reytallicat (Metallic Cat x Little Reygena x Dual Rey) owned by MC Performance Horses - OK was shown by Wilson McCray to a score of 278 to be the reserve champions. They earned $1,000.