We finished out the 2012 NRCHA season with a bang! Smokums Dream and Toni won Reserve World Championship in NP Hackamore in Texas in January. That also helped them further their lead in the national standings to easily win a National Championship in the NP Hackamore. Lenas Chexy Badger ended the year in the top 5 in the nation and reserve champion in the Southwest Region in the NP Two-Rein even though he had been sold in July.
Even though we sold Lenas Chexy Badger in July of this year, he still remains #2 in the nation in the NRCHA Non Pro Two Rein. Smokums Dream finished the regular season in the lead of the national standings for the NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore. At her final show at the Idaho Reined Cow Horse Show in October she placed in both the NonPro and Int. Non Pro Derby showing among the best riders and horses in the nation including legendary rider/trainer Anne Reynolds. Smokums Dream also won the NonPro Hackamore class by scoring a nice 73 in reining and a 75 down the fence!
All of the horses have been getting a much needed rest along with the riders... all will be ready to head to Arizona around Christmas time to start in training again and be ready for the World Show in Texas at the end of January.
Lenas Chexy Badger and his new owner Caitlin Lyons are off to a great start! They won their first buckle together just a few short weeks after becoming a team. Caitlin and "Slyd" won the 13 & Under Division Championship of American Stock Horse Association Region 6. Caitlin's trainer, Jeni Stephens also piloted "Slyd" to the Open Championship.
Smokums Dream and Toni placed in the NonPro Hackamore at Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity at the end of September. "Cin" continues to perform solid at each show, and had they drawn a little different cow, a higher finish would have been in the cards against some extremely talented competition. At this point, Toni & "Cin" continue to lead the nation in the NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore.
The following article is quoted from NRCHA news...
Toni Hagen Heath Triumphant in Intermediate Non Pro Derby on Smokums Dream
Fresh off their National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic Non Pro Championship last month in Pueblo, Colo., Toni Hagen Heath and Smokums Dream took home another major NRCHA event title in Paso Robles, Calif., Sunday, when they won the Jack and Phoebe Cooke NRCHA Derby Intermediate Non Pro Championship.
Riding in the hackamore, Heath piloted the mare, who is by Smokums Prize and out of I Dream Olena, to scores of 212 in the herd work, 216 in the reined work and 208 in the cow work. The 636 composite earned a $4,409 check for the Intermediate Open win, and another $2,834 for 5th place in the Derby Non Pro division. The Intermediate Open Championship also came with a trophy plaque and Gist Silversmiths buckle from the NRCHA.
"It was a hard fought battle - wow - tough competition!" the La Grande, Ore., non pro commented after the win. "I was so tickled with her. She just did everything I asked. The reining was as good as I've ever done on her. The cow work was less than what I'd hoped for, but it was OK. I had a hard-running cow and just had a tough time keeping up with it. She was wonderful, all the way through."
Smokums Dream was raised by Heath's husband, Dan Heath.
"He is my rock. He just keeps putting me on his nice horses, and I just thank him so much for that," she said.
Toni & Smokums Dream are the 2012 NRCHA Hackamore Classic NP Champions!! Toni and Smokums Dream pulled ahead of leader Anne Reynolds by scoring 75's down the fence (highest mark of the entire show!) They also tied for high NP reining work in hackamore.
Toni and Lenas Chexy Badger win another NP two-rein title at the NRCHA Hackamore Classic in Pueblo, CO. This is the 5th competition for them in the two-rein and their 5th WIN!!
Well we made it the through another NRCHA World Show in good shape. This year the weather in San Angelo was much better than the ice storms we suffered through last year. In the NP Two-Rein, Toni and Just Ask Me Nice qualified to the finals in 2nd place, but with a few glitches in the finals performance, they were moved to 7th in the show. The pair did remain in the lead for the nation and are the 2011 National NP Two-Rein Champions. Toni and Lenas Chexy Badger qualified in 2nd place to come back to the finals with the highest cow work score in the prelims. In the finals however, a less than stellar cow caused them to wind up 5th at the world show. The due pulled of a 3rd place in the nation for the year. Hollywood Frosty Nic, ridden by Dan Roeser, in the Two-Rein competition ended the year as Reserve National Champions.
We are currently driving across Texas on our way back to "BCR South", our new place in north Scottsdale. We remain riding and training there thru the end of March this year. With the change of the NRCHA Stakes to Arizona, we felt it would be advantageous for us to just stay south until we compete at that show. We will be entering Smokums Dream in the NP Stakes Derby and My Legend Del Cielo in the Open Stakes Derby. Lenas Chexy Badger might also get a chance in the NP Two-Rein competion.
Happy New Year! We have migrated south to Arizona with 6 of our horses to continue to train and ride them through the winter months. The ranch in Oregon gets a little too cold and snowy to get much done with the horses during the winter. We are fortunate again this year to be able to ride with Jim Paul Sr. in Scottsdale. He is a tremendous teacher and mentor for us. We also brought along one of the cowhorses, Rox The Boat, to make into a barrel horse for Toni. In just a few short weeks of training and less than 6 competitions, she is already running in the 1D & 2D (the fastest divisions) at the barrel races. We are sure she has a lot more speed to gain, and we will be taking her to as many barrel races while in Arizona to sharpen her skills and get her times even faster. On January 28th we will be heading to San Angelo, TX for the NRCHA World Show. We will be taking Lenas Chexy Badger (NonPro Hackamore) and Just Ask Me Nice (NonPro Two-Rein) for Toni to compete on for World and National titles.
Wow... what a season it has been! We finished off the season at the Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association show at the end of October. That show is always really well run, and a lot of fun to go to. Toni and Lenas Chexy Badger won the NonPro Derby & the Intermediate NonPro Derby along with winning 2nd in the NonPro Hackamore. Hollywood Frosty Nic and Dan Roeser helped their national standings in the Open Two-Rein by placing at Idaho also. Just Ask Me Nice and Toni continue to lead the nation in the NonPro Two-Rein competition and Lenas Chexy Badger and Toni are 2nd in the nation in the NonPro Hackamore. As far as the regional NRCHA standings go... we think we had a pretty good year. Hollywood Frosty Nic & Dan won the Northwest Region in the Open Two-Rein. Just Ask Me Nice & Toni won the region in the NonPro Two-Rein. And... Lenas Chexy Badger & Toni won the region in the NonPro Hackamore!
2011 has just flown by, and we've been really busy showing and campaigning our reined cow horses all over the country. The most recent great news is our home raised "Gallo Del Cielo" filly named My Legend Del Cielo made the Open Finals of the World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity held in Reno, NV. She a beautiful mare and we are very proud of her accomplishments this year. It looks like she will be transitioning to a non pro horse for Toni to ride in next years major Derby events throughout the US.
Our other horses are all doing great as well. Currently leading the nation in the Open Two-Rein standings is Hollywood Frosty Nic with Dan Roeser riding. Toni is also riding her two horses to the top in their events. Toni & Lenas Chexy Badger lead the nation in the NonPro Hackamore and Just Ask Me Nice is in the lead of the Non Pro Two-Rein standings.
We've been back on the road again for a while. The NRCHA standings at this point show several of our horses among the leaders. At this time, Hollywood Frosty Nic is leading the nation in the Open Two-Rein with Dan Roeser riding. Toni has ridden two horses into the top five in the nation. She and Lenas Chexy Badger are currently 3rd in the nation in the NP Hackamore and Just Ask Me Nice is 4th in nation in NP Two-Rein. We recently went to Summer Showdown at Brasada and Just Ask Me Nice won two 1st places and Lenas Chexy Badger won a 1st and 2nd, so that should help both of their standings. Also at the Showdown, Lenas Chexy Badger was Reserve Champion NP Derby horse, finishing right behind the legendary Anne Reynolds and one of her great Very Smart Remedy horses.
Currently we are driving back from the NRCHA double show in Nampa, ID. We had good luck with all of the horses there as well. Hollywood Frosty Nic added a 2nd and 3rd place finish to her resume. Lenas Chexy Badger won another Hackmore class, and Just Ask Me Nice got another win in the Two-Rein.
On the futurity horse front... My Legend Del Cielo, who has been in training with Lance Johnson is looking on track for the big futurities coming up. This last weekend Lance showed her in her first futurity, a small one in CA with 40 horses entered. She started off strong with a 73 in the herd, then continued with a 73 in the reining. She went into the fence work in lead, but drew a cow that wanted to charge and butt her rather than cooperate, so she salvaged a 70 score out of that, all in all she ended up 4th place. We hope this is just the beginning for the great young mare. In three weeks she will compete again at the NSHA futurity in Paso Robles and then if all looks good she will be in Reno in September.
Well things have been a little slow lately due to the EHV-1 outbreak in the western states. The shows that were scheduled for the end of May and into mid June have been cancelled or postponed. We continue to excersise and train our horses to be ready when the shows start up again. At the last show we went to in Hermiston, Dan Heath and Rox the Boat won both of their classes at the show! Also, Smokums Dream added another $1200 to her win record from her Derby winnings.
Toni and Just Ask Me Nice win both shows at Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association in Lynden, WA. Competing in the NonPro Two-rein competition, she and "Justi" performed consistantly to win first in the competition both days. The pair also won 4th in the NonPro Cow Horse Challenge, which included scores from Herd Work and both days of NonPro competitions including Hackamore, Two-rein and Bridle horses.
Toni and Lenas Chexy Badger win 3rd place in the NonPro Cow Horse Challenge in Lynden, WA. With strong finishes of 2nd place in both days of the NonPro Hackamore competition (including a great score of 146.5 in the Hackamore on Saturday) and a good showing in the Herd Work, the composite scores were good enough for a 3rd place finish behind a couple of really great horse and rider combos.
Dan Roeser and Hollywood Frosty Nic win both days of Open Two-rein competition in Lynden, WA. "Halle" continues her winning tradition with nice solid works both days of the show.
Dan Roeser and Smokums Dream finish in the money in the Open Hackamore at Lynden, WA. In her first Hackamore competition, "Cin" held her own amongst a tough field of Open Hackamore horses.
Toni Hagen Heath and Just Ask Me Nice win NRCHA Stakes NP Two-Rein Competition in Nampa, ID. Toni & Justi really hit the mark in their first two-rein bridle competition, they scored 217 in the reining and followed up with a 217 down the fence! Toni was extremely happy with Justi's performance on Friday, this composite score is the best they have ever done. They also won 3rd in the NP Int. Bridle competition on Saturday at the NRCHA Stakes.
Toni & Lenas Chexy Badger win 3rd at NRCHA Stakes in the NP Hackamore. The pair pulled off another placing and earned $500 toward "Slyd's" lifetime NRCHA earnings.
Dan Roeser and Hollywood Frosty Nic win both Open Two-Rein Competitions at the Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association show this last weekend held in Eugene, OR. Dan & "Halle" were once again spectacular in the fence cow work which helped them win both championships.
Toni Hagen Heath and Lenas Chexy Badger entered their first show together, only his third show ever, at Eugene last weekend. They competed in the NonPro Junior Horse Herd Work in which they won 1st place. They also competed in the NonPro Hackamore competitions on Saturday and Sunday. Each day they finished in 2nd place with a score of 141 each day.
Team Bear Creek Ranch along with Team Roeser on their way to Nampa, ID for the NRCHA Stallion Stakes which begins on March 23rd.
One last piece of news... Just Ask Me Nice is now a dam of a big handsome stud colt by Very Smart Remedy. "Grace" the recip mare foaled on March 19th, the bay colt was strong and alert with everything put together correctly. We can't wait to see what he and his half sister are like when they get a little older.
Dan Roeser Rides “Hollywood Frosty Nic” to the NRCHA North West Regional Open Hackamore Championship. Dan and “Halle” also won the Northwest Reined Cow Horse Assoc. Open Hackamore. They were high fence score at the World Show prelims in San Angelo and finished the year as Reserve National Champions in Open Hackamore.
Toni Hagen, Bear Creek Ranch, had a great year riding “Just Ask Me Nice,” as a 5 y.o. Non Pro Hackamore Horse. Toni and Justi have won over $24,000 in the Hackamore and in Derbys, They won two Amateur Championships at Paso Robles this year and 7 more throughout the North West Region. Toni and Justi finished the regular season with 220 pts in the Hackamore to win the National Championship and also won Reserve World Champion at San Angelo, TX in February 2011.
Looking forward into 2011 we are hoping for an exciting season with an Open Snaffle Bit filly, a Non Pro Snaffle Bit Filly, an Open 4 y.o. Derby mare, a 6 y.o. OpenTwo Rein/Bridle mare, a 6 y.o. Non Pro Two Rein/Bridle Mare, 5 y.o. Non Pro Hackamore Gelding, and a 10 year old Novice Non Pro Bridle mare.