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Amy Bailey and Callme Mister Mister Gallop Away With Non Pro Bridle Championship
Amy Bailey had never shown a horse at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Show before, but she came to Fort Worth firing on all cylinders. Bailey marked a 291.5 on her gelding Callme Mister Mister (Mister Dual Pep x Travelin With Sass x Travalena) to win the Non Pro Bridle and $3,792.
"I'm very excited about it," said Bailey, "I never went to Reno (where the show used to be held) because I couldn't justify making such a long trip for just one class. It was that, and it is so close the AQHA Worlds that it made it hard."
Bailey, Sparta, Tennessee, leaves her horse with trainer Robert Chown, Gainesville, Texas, year-round and describes herself as Callme Mister Mister's catch-rider.
"His heart is what makes him special," Bailey said of the gelding that gets called Hiram in the barn, after Hank Williams Senior's real name. "He tries so hard and will not quit. He can read the cow better than I can. Today I was just a monkey on his back. He is so physical in his turns and working and at times he's hard for a non pro to ride because he could be an Open level horse."
Prior to the horse show, Bailey worked at improving her competitiveness in the reining.
"My large fast circles were much improved because a lot of times I won't go fast enough. On my run down to the stops, we were very aggressive today. Here at the show Robert has let me practice hard and go hard because I don't get to ride every day," said Bailey, who works at her family business, Charles Bailey Trucking. "I work in an office setting and am sitting down at a desk every day, but I try to get to the shows three to four days before I show so I can practice. I'd like to thank Robert because he is dedicated to these horses and to making them fit me and be the best they can on show day."
Bailey and Callme Mister Mister won the 2014 NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore World Championship at the Celebration of Champions, which is held in Fort Worth each February. She has enjoyed returning to Cowtown for the Snaffle Bit Horse Show.
"There are plenty of riding areas here to exercise your horse and warm up," Bailey said. "I like showing here because you don't have to qualify for the show so anyone can enter, but what I really like is that the main focus here is the Snaffle Bit Futurity so there's less pressure on you at the Horse Show. I'd recommend that everyone come show here."
Bailey's husband, Paul Bailey, was on hand to see his wife win.
"I want to thank him because he pushes me and pushes me to excel and to succeed," Amy said.
Terra Micek marked a 291 to be the reserve champion in Non Pro Bridle on Nic N Chics (Nic It In The Bud x Desire A Chic x Smart Chic Olena). They scored a 291, winning $3,033 for their efforts.