Zack And Blue
Al Dunning on Zack And Blue. Forrest Photography.

Al Dunning and Zack And Blue marked the highest score yet of this year’s 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships, a 225, to win the $3,000 Novice finals Tuesday.

Dunning shows the 7-year-old gelding for Parri and Jerry Longworth of Cave Creek, Arizona. Parri Longworth was a finalist on Zack And Blue in last year’s $35,000 Non-Pro and $50,000 Amateur divisions at the Western National Championships.

Bred by Jim Vangilder, Zack And Blue is by Mecom Blue out of Zacks Lena, a Zack T Wood mare that earned over $135,000 in Open, Non-Pro and Amateur competition. Zacks Lena has produced the earners of more than $200,000.

Zack And Blue brought career earnings of nearly $60,000 to Reno. He was the 2011 NCHA World Champion in the $3,000 Novice class.

Dunning previously won an NCHA Western National Championships title in 2003 with Short Willy in the $10,000 Novice.

Josh Sleeman took the $3,000 Novice reserve championship Tuesday with a 222 on  Duane Bruner’s Ho Chi Minnie, by Cat Ichi.