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Crafton Wins the World’s Greatest Non Pro Title

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Crafton Wins the World’s Greatest Non Pro Title

By August 3, 2023August 7th, 2023No Comments

Crafton Wins the World’s Greatest Non Pro Title Riding Hesa Wee Bet

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) crowned the first ever World’s Greatest Non Pro title during the MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Hackamore Classic presented by Oswood Stallion Station.

Debbie Crafton of Ordway, Colorado, rode Hesa Wee Bet to win the inaugural title and took home the winning check of $12,068. The 2017 gelding (Bet Hesa Cat x Wee Quejana Gal) also carried Crafton to the 2022 NRCHA Western Derby title.

“This one is special. From the minute I stepped on him, I knew I loved him. He has carried to me to a lot of accomplishments in the last year,” Crafton said. “For him to truly be a two rein horse and step to this magnitude is so incredible and so special. It is just a true testament to what kind of mind and athlete he truly is and a partner in the show pen.”

The first annual World’s Greatest Non Pro event took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma Tuesday, July 25 through Saturday, July 29 with 21 competitors competing through the prelims of the herd work, reined work, cow work, and steer stopping. From the prelims the top 7 riders advanced to the cow work only finals.

After starting out the prelims with a 213.5 in the herd work, Crafton quickly climbed the standings after marking a 219 in the reined work, a 223 in the steer stopping, and a 220.5 on the cow. Crafton came into Saturday night’s finals sitting second in the standings with a composite score of 876.5 (H:213.5/R:219/C:221/S:223) and marked a 219.5 in the cow work only finals for a total of 1,096.

Finishing Reserve was Morgan Holmes riding Monster Truk. The pair marked the high score in the rein work and finished the prelims with a 873.5 (H:212/R:220.5/C:217/S:224) and was sitting third headed into the finals. Holmes marked a 222 in the cow work only finals bringing their total score to a 1095.5 and securing a check for $9,482.