Michael Townsend and Regan Plendl tied for first place in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur final in Fort Worth.
Both competitors scored a 217, Michael aboard Faith In My Kat, while Regan rode MK Kenli.
It was a sweet return to showing for Michael, who had a 10 year hiatus from competing.
He and the horse were a strong team, as the pair placed second in the Unlimited Amateur Final later that day. Michael’s winnings for the day were just under $16,000. He told CHTO’s Simone Cobb that much of success was due to his long-time trainer Tommy Marvin.
Meanwhile Regan, at just 16 years of age, has now won more than $90,000 in prize money following the Amateur title win. Regan, who comes from Kingsley, Ia, also competed against her twin sister in the final.
Interestingly, both horses were sired by Smooth As A Cat.
Hannah Gamble came second with a 215.5 on Peptos Stylish Foxy and Parke Greeson placed third riding Playin Monty marking 214.5.