Sunday, September 23 was a successful day in Reno for the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s only female and only Non Pro Million Dollar Rider, Anne Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho. This morning, she qualified both her 3-year-olds for the Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Finals. This evening, she claimed the Non Pro Bridle Championship with her enduring home-raised champion, the 10-year-old gelding More Magic Please (Chic Please x Magical Lena x Little Lenas Legend).
Reynolds and “Midget” scored a 146.5 in the rein work and a 147 in the cow work, for a 293.5 total.
“He was good everywhere. He’s kind of like a little machine. He’s just so honest and fun to show. The fence work was just great. He really boxed, the cow was moving around down there, and he was jumping around, and it was really fast and fun. Then we took off down the fence, and he was right on top of it in that first turn and all over it in the second turn. We were running really fast when we went to circle, and he got there.”
More Magic Please has carried Reynolds to numerous titles during his career, beginning with the 2005 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Championship. The pair won the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular at the NRCHA Derby in June, and have accumulated numerous other wins during their partnership.
The Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Bridle win added $4,189 to More Magic Please’s lifetime earnings, which are right at the $100,000 mark. The Championship also came with a Bob’s Custom saddle sponsored by NRCHA, a Gist Custom Buckle sponsored by CowTrac Systems/Nelson and Colleen Seiden, a CR Morrison Trophy from NRCHA, a monogrammed Cinch jacket from Bob’s custom saddles/new west country store, Platinum Performance and a 10 lb bucket of UltraCruz Sand Clear plus a $50 gift certificate, coffee mug and tote from Santa Cruz Animal Health and San Juan Ranch.
It doesn’t take much schooling to keep More Magic Please sharp and show-ready. The gifted performer is “pretty much automatic,” Reynolds said. “He’s such a super natural athlete, and then he’s just exceptionally cowy. He certainly could have been a cutting horse easily. He’s so intent on a cow and expressive and smooth and athletic. And then going down the fence, he’s always really good about rating, but it’s not hard to get him to go by. He has a lot of respect for the cow but he knows right where it is and he’s going to do his job.”
Two riders tied for the Non Pro Bridle Reserve Championship. Terry Christiansen, Snohomish, Wash., rode TC Lena (Lenas Wright On x Sugari Colonel x Just Plain Colonel) to a composite score of 293, and Lindsey Wadhams marked the same score on Spursuasion (Ray Gay Quixote x Mist N Smoke x Doc Tom Tucker). They each pocketed $2,917 and took home a 10 lb bucket of UltraCruz Sand Clear and $50 gift certificate from Santa Cruz Animal Health and San Juan Ranch, a monogrammed Cinch jacket from Bob’s Custom Saddles/New West Country Store, and Platinum Performance.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association, now in its 62nd year, is the governing body of cow horse competition. It is responsible for promoting the sport, ensuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of reined cow horses. With the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cinch, Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, John Deere, Markel Insurance Company, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, Bloomer Trailers and Schwalbe Trucks presented by Great West Trailers, 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 official NRCHA web site at www.NRCHA.com.