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Hatchett wins Lucas Oil – Protect The Harvest Rookie Challenge
The rookies took center stage in Friday’s evening performance of the Lucas Oil Protect the Harvest Rookie Challenge. The challenge was open to all rookies, but limited to 30 contestants and those 30 riders were rewarded big for their participation, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Lucas Oil and Protect the Harvest.

Topping the Rookie Challenge in both Levels 1 and 2 was Alexandra Hatchett riding HickorysBaylite to a score of 146, worth $76.

HickorysBaylite is by Hickory Chic Olena out of Lucky Baylite and the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Rookie Challenge was only Hatchett’s second show with her mount. To make the win even more impressive, Hatchett has only been reining since June when she purchased the 7-year-old. A former Hunter and Jumper she chose reining, after being a part of a horse accident, to get the same thrill but in a safer atmosphere.

“I’m just really excited,” she said. “[My run] was really quick. I had to run up here, because I didn’t know I was next. So, he turned really well, slowed down really well and then stopped really well.”

Kendra Cooper took the Lucas Oil Protect the Harvest Rookie Challenge Prime Time championship riding Startime Vintage with a score of 144.5. It was her second win of the day. She’d taken the top place as the Prime Time Rookie in the Ancillary Arena earlier in the day.

Startime Vintage is by Hollywood Vintage out of Startime Baby Doll and Cooper says they achieved a personal goal in the Rookie Challenge. As icing on the cake, Cooper can finish the year with a win as the SWRHA Futurity was her last show of the year.

“My personal goal was to get in the top five, and we succeeded at that, and just for him to stay with me and we stayed connected,” Cooper said. “I was just very happy with him. The win kind of gave me some confidence that I needed to get back because I haven’t shown in a while and this is a new horse with a new trainer and this got me started up for next year. I just feel we have a long way to go and we can do it together.”

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