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Lance Cooper wins Non-Pro Limited

April 22nd, 2018

Lance Cooper on Zen And Tonic. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 21, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex

Lance Cooper, 17, scored 224 points Saturday on Zen And Tonic, owned by his parents, Michael and Jennifer Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., to  claim the Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited – his second championship  win in less than a week.

On April 16, riding first to the herd on Zen And Tonic in the Super Stakes Open Limited, Cooper scored 223 points and was never threatened. On Saturday, riding next-to-last in the Non-Pro Limited field, he clinched the win with 224 points.

Alexa Dahl on Playsomethingsmooth. Hart Photography.

Alexa Dahl, Weatherford, Tex., who held the lead before Cooper’s run, claimed reserve with 218.5 points on Playsomethingsmooth LTE $4,342, by Smooth As A Cat. Dahl, the NCHA earner of $87,484, showed Playsomethingsmooth in the Ike Hamilton Futurity where they took reserve in the Non-Pro Limited; the pair were also finalists in the Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Finals (12th).

Lauren Minshall, Vine Grove, Ky., placed third on CR Sister Tuff LTE $24,723, by Woody Be Tuff. Minshall, the NCHA earner of $336,509, rode CR Sister Tuff as a Non-Pro finalist (4th) at the Augusta Futurity, where Gabe Reynolds showed the mare as Open Reserve Champion. Reynolds had also shown CR Sister Tuff as a finalist in the NCHA Futurity Open Limited Finals and as an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist.

Lance Cooper and Zen And Tonic, by High Brow CD, have been a team since the NCHA Futurity, where they won the Non-Pro Limited championship and placed 11th in the Non-Pro finals. Since then, shown exclusively by Lance, Zen And Tonic has claimed ten major Non-Pro/Non-Pro Limited titles. On Sunday, Cooper shows Zen And Tonic in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals, while his father, Michael Cooper, is a finalist on Sunday in the NCHA Super Stakes Open Finals riding Judgement for Rose Valley Ranch.

In other action on Saturday, Blackish LTE $57,390, sired by Hottish, bred and owned by Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., and shown by Lloyd Cox, scored 222 points to win the Super Stakes Open Semi-Finals. Hott Nu Cowboy LTE $976, sired by Hottish, owned by Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex., and shown by Phil Rapp, scored 221.5 points for second. Rollz Royce LTE $51,975, sired by Dual Smart Rey, owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., and shown by Beau Galyean, was third with 219.5 points.