She’s only owned him a couple months, but Catherine Crandon and her horse Red River Banjo looked like a veteran team on Thursday evening at the Tulsa Reining Classic. The pair was competing in the Non Pro National Reining Horse Association classes, and with a 146.5, won the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, and Non Pro Prime Time classes – for a check totaling $1,051.
That money might come in handy for airfare – the Florida Non Pro is flying back to her home state to watch her daughter compete in a singing competition! Crandon purchased Red River Banjo, by Banjo Whiz out of Colonels Lil Red Hot, from Sam Smith two months ago. “I liked absolutely everything about him. I’ve shown him twice before this at the Derby and it went very well.” She laughed, and added, “I thank Sam Smith – he’s a genius!”
Stephanie Anderson and Pretty Peppy Chex (Lil Ruf Peppy x Chex N Whiz) finished Reserve in the Non Pro with a score of 142.5, collecting $420.
Deborah Ordner took Reserve in the Intermediate Non Pro on Chex From Tinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Lenas Ruby Chex), winning $245.
In the Non Pro Prime Time, Patti Brownshadel and Jacs Smart N Wimpy (Jacs Electric Spark x Smart Wimpy Lena) finished Reserve with a 144.
Two tough competitors tied for the win of the Limited Non Pro with scores of 143.5. Dani Latimer and Starbucks Shadow (Smart Starbuck x Dun Its Shadow) set the bar high early in the class, but Lisa Davis and SLJ Im No Joke came in as the second-to-last entry to tie for the lead.
After a quick discussion, the two riders opted to stay Co-Champions.
Latimer has been riding the 9-year-old gelding for four years, and noted that he has good days and bad. “This morning in the Rookie was a bad day. We came back in this class and he gave me everything he had, so I am really happy with him now. I went from really mad to really happy,” she said. The 13-year-old will be showing every day for the rest of the event. “I like showing up here – it’s really fun,” she said.
SLJ Im No Joke is special to Lisa Davis, who has owned the 10-year-old gelding for four years. The pair climbed the Rookie ranks together, and Davis won her first saddle with him at the end of her first full year of competition. “The last two years we’ve been competing in the Limited Non Pro. We’ve been continuing to work hard. I was really excited after our run,” she said.
Davis will be showing “Sal” in the South Central Region Affiliate Championships this weekend. “This gave me a lot of confidence going in to that. I hope we can do a repeat of that.” She added, “I ride with Sterling and Heather Slemp from Columbia, Missouri. They’ve worked really hard to get me here, so kudos to them. We have a great group that rides together so it makes the camaraderie awesome.”