Tim May and Exclusive Thyme marked 218 to win the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro class Thursday at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships. Page Bowman was the reserve champion with a 217 on Scoot Over Here.
Bred by David and Georgia Husby, Exclusive Thyme is a 5-year-old gelding by One Time Pepto out of $128,000 earner Classy Dualin. Exclusive Thyme had won over $48,000 on his way to the Eastern Nationals, and he and May were reserve champions at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity and NCHA Derby finalists last year.
May, from Saltillo, Mississippi, has won Novice Non-Pro titles at the Eastern Nationals in the past with AR Boon River and Commanda Boon).
Reserve champion Page Bowman of Simpsonville, Kentucky, rode Scoot Over Here, a Smart Lil Scoot 7-year-old bred and owned by her parents, Mike and Libby Bowman.
The show continues in Jackson, Mississippi through March 16.