Pam Shaeffer and Royal Play Red won the $50,000 Amateur championship.
Pam Shaeffer and Royal Red Play won the $50,000 Amateur championship.

Pam Shaeffer of Banner, Wyoming, and Royal Red Play, by Play Red, marked 219 for a decisive win in the $50,000 Amateur finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver Monday.

Shaeffer and the 9-year-old gelding were also the Non-Pro champs at Western Nationals two years ago.

Hilary Watson of Westwood, Kansas and Leann Wilson of Saratoga Spring, Utah, tied for the reserve championship at 214.5.

Royal Red Play was bred by Double Dove Ranch out of Peek A Boon, a daughter of all-time leading producer Royal Blue Boon. Peek A Boon was an NCHA Futurity finalist with Lindy Burch and has produced earners of more than $710,000.

Shaeffer was an NCHA Futurity finalist with Royal Red Play in the Limited Non-Pro and Amateur classes. They went on to win limited age championships at the Utah Futurity and Western States Fall Futurity.

Royal Red Play was also an Open finalist at this year’s Western Nationals with Todd Adolf, and has now earned more than $80,000.

Co-reserve champion Hilary Watson rode Shady Lil CD, a 5-year-old High Brow CD mare out of Shady Lil Aristocrat. Co-reserve Leann Wilson rode Bada Boo, a 7-year-old gelding by One Time Pepto out of Travs Scooter.