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Standish a standout as $2,000 Limited Rider

March 12th, 2017

$2,000 Ltd Rider champion Rhein Standish on Divas On Time. Hart Photography.

Rhein Standish, champion of the NCHA 6666 Eastern National $15,000 Amateur Finals on Friday, earned another championship on Sunday, when he scored 226 points to win the $2,000 Limited Rider division, riding Divas On Time.

Reserve champion Will Bushaw on Smooth As A Twist.

Nine-year-old Will Bushaw, fourth on Saturday in the Junior Youth Finals, scored 217 points to claim the $2,000 Limited Rider reserve championship on Smooth As A Twist, while Doug Wallace, riding WH Wild Hair Sunrise, placed third with 216 points.

Standish also placed fourth in the $2,000 Limited Rider with 215.5 points under Countin On Stella, his $15,000 Amateur championship mount. Will Bushaw’s older brother, Charles Russell, 12, champion of the Junior Youth Finals, finished fifth in the Limited Finals with 215 points on Peptotoodie, his Junior Youth champion.

Nine-year-old Divas On Time LTE $158,175, by One Time Pepto, has been a standout for Rhein Standish and his wife, Amanda, who live in Baton Rouge, La., and are involved with Amanda’s family-owned Arabian Horse farm. Last October, Amanda, who shows Arabians under English tack and has been riding since she was eight, earned a championship at the U.S. Arabian Nationals in Tulsa, Okla.

In 2013, Amanda, a relative newcomer to cutting, showed Divas On Time, trained by Austin Shepard, as reserve champion of the Breeders Invitational Amateur 5/6 division. In 2014, the duo won the NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro championship, and in 2016 claimed the $50,000 Amateur title. Rhein also showed Divas On Time at last year’s Eastern Nationals, where he placed as $2,000 Limited Rider reserve champion.

Earlier this week, 6-year-old Deluxe Checks, also owned by the Standishes, won the $25,000 Novice championship and the Open championship under Austin Shepard.

Will Bushaw, whose family owns Crown Ranch in Weatherford, Tex., earned his first buckle as a Junior Youth at the 2016 NCHA Western Nationals riding Metallic Jones. Will’s father, NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro rider Chad Bushaw, trained Smooth As A Twist LTE $134,682, by Smooth As A Cat, and showed her as a non-pro champion, reserve champion or finalist in 22 major limited age events.