LaDona Emmons Wins Non Pro Limited and $5K Non Pro Limited Championships

9/23/2012

Everything went right for LaDona Emmons and Anuther Mister 505 (Mister Dual Pep x Anuther Olena) in the Non Pro Limited and $5,000 Non Pro Limited class at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nev., as they captured dual championships with an untouchable 297 composite score – 147 in the rein work and 150 in the cow work.

It was the second time for Emmons, Ione, Calif., to win both big classes at a major NRCHA event. She pulled off a decisive win in the same divisions at the NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, Calif., in June.

“He was good everywhere. I know him a little better now, and I felt like I ‘had’ him – maybe even more so than at the Derby. I ran my circles faster here,” she said.

After the rein work, Emmons was pleased to see the exact cow she wanted.

“I was hoping for a black one. Everybody told me the cattle had been good, but some had been really quiet. I saw a black cow earlier in the day and he wasn’t that quiet, so I was excited I drew a black one. It wasn’t an overly tough cow but it moved, and let my horse show what he can do, and that was what I wanted.”

It was an emotional win for Emmons. She dedicated the ride to her friend, Cindy Granade, who passed away several years ago. Cindy’s husband, Doug, is a dedicated NRCHA sponsor and cow horse competitor, and honors his wife in all of those activities.

“She was really special to me,” Emmons said, through tears. “That’s why it means a lot to win this, for her.”

Emmons also thanked her parents, her husband, leading NRCHA Professional Ron Emmons, and her close-knit circle of friends in the barn.

Her Non Pro Limited Championship check totaled $1,148, and Emmons took home another $1,106 for winning the $5,000 Non Pro Limited. Her prizes included two Bob’s Custom Saddles sponsored by Matacorp and the Santa Ynez Cow Horse Classic; two C.R. Morrison Trophies from NRCHA; a pair of Gist buckles from Boyd Rice and Ramona Koch Training Stables; Platinum Performance; and two Cinch monogrammed jackets from Bob’s Custom Saddles and New West Country Store.

The Reserve Champion in the $5,000 Non Pro Limited was a tie between Kelsey Romney, riding Halo Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Stylin Jewel), owned by Deirdre Hill, and Alyson Rodges, riding her Repeat Plan (A Master Plan x Lenas Solana). Both earned a 293.5 composite score and took home a check for $800.

In the Non Pro Limited, four riders deadlocked for the Reserve Championship with a 293.5. Karin Richards, riding No Chic Flicks (Chic Please x Pandalita Star), Paula Merrell, aboard Nu Circle Of Light (Nu Circle N Cash x Katie Starlight), Jamie Foster on Fletch Me If You Can (Royal Fletch x Sug Sug Could) and Alyson Rodges on Repeat Plan earned $593 apiece.

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