Bushnell takes top spot in her first Non-Pro Bridle in Calgary Stampede Working Cow Horse

It was hugs all around for Non-Pro Bridle class champion Phoebe Bushnell.

Bushnell, of Black Diamond, Alberta, and her seven-year-old quarter-horse gelding, Low Ridin Cat DR, captured their first-ever Non-Pro Bridle crown in front of an appreciative crowd at the Nutrien Western Event Centre.

“I am so unbelievably happy,” said Bushnell, who was awarded the top score of 291.5 by the judges to pocket herself $2,340 in prize money. “I’m absolutely thrilled.”

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Bushnell praised Low Ridin Cat DR for being calm, cool and collected after taking centre stage to show off his skills in the arena.

“He’s my best buddy,” said Bushnell, who competed for the first time at the Stampede. “He’s my pride and joy. I love him to bits and pieces and he puts his heart out there every single time for me. He’s little but he sure does have a big heart and a big attitude to go with it.”