Cade Shepard claims NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro championship

March 15th, 2019
Cade Shepard on Chexy Louella. Seth Petit Photography.

The NCHA Eastern National Championships concluded in Jackson, Miss., on Friday, March 15, with the Non-Pro Finals, won by Cade Shepard with 222 points on Chexy Louella, the mare Shepard also showed to win the 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship.

Eight years ago, Cade Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., was named the 2011 NCHA Junior Youth Rookie of the Year. In 2016, he was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, and currently has NCHA earnings of over $786,000. In addition to the NCHA Futurity win, his impressive list of Non-Pro championships, some of which he has won multiple times, and in both 4 and 5/6-year-old divisions, includes the NCHA Super Stakes, the NCHA Derby, the PCCHA Derby, the Ike Hamilton Futurity, the Southern Futurity, the Cotton Stakes, the Augusta Futurity, and the Breeders Invitational.

Cade’s mount, Chexy Louella LTE $59,721, by Im Countin Checks, was bred by Oxbow Ranch and is the first money earner out of Louellas Cat LTE $302,483, by High Brow Cat, and a full sister to Cattalou $306,149, winner of the 2014 Breeders Invitational Open. Chexy Louella was a $30,000 purchase as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Blake Graham on Legal Dream. Seth Petit Photography.

Blake Graham, Rockledge, Ga., earned the NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro reserve championship with 217.5 points riding Legal Dream, while Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., placed third with 217 points aboard Catscratch Sister.

Blake Graham was Amateur reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity on Zacks Smoothie, and also showed the Smooth As A Cat daughter to win the 2017 Augusta Amateur Unlimited Futurity. He showed Legal Dream in 2017, as well, to take win the NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro reserve championship.

Fourteen-year-old Legal Dream LTE $181,028, by Dual Rey, has carried Graham as a finalist in 11 divisions of the Eastern Nationals, over four years, including in 2015, when Graham was Junior Youth reserve champion.

Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., third- placed with 217 points aboard Catscratch Sister LTE $132,187, won the Eastern Nationals Senior Youth championship, last weekend, riding the 10-year-old WR This Cats Smart daughter. Moore and Catscratch Sister also claimed the 2016 Senior Youth championship.

Moore, the 2009 NCHA Junior Youth Rookie of the Year, is the NCHA earner of $74,297. He won the 2015 Eastern Nationals riding Highwood Dancer LTE $74,122, and placed third in the same division last year on Catscratch Sister.

Cheyenne Johnson wins second $50,000 Amateur championship

March 15th, 2019
Cheyenne Johnson on CR Tuff Boo Bear. Seth Petit Photography.

Cheyenne Johnson, Pine Level, Ala., scored 219 points on Friday, to win the NCHA Eastern Nationals $50,000 Amateur championship for the second consecutive year. Doug Secrest, Blacklick, Ohio, was reserve champion with 216.5 points, and Jason Britt, Seven Springs, N.C., posted 214 points to place third.

Cheyenne Johnson won last year’s $50,000 Amateur Eastern Nationals on Tom E Toy, by Thomas E Hughes. This year she was aboard CR Tuff Boo Bear LTE $51,410, by Woody Be Tuff, who also scored 219 points in the first go-round of the Amateur.

Johnson is the NCHA earner of $65,596 and was winner in 2012 of both the Todd Drummond Memorial and the Greg and Whitney Welch Memorial Awards. She also won the NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth championship in 2009, and followed with the NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth championship the next year, as well. Both times she was riding Freckles Blue Jewel LTE $39,466, by Duals Blue Boon, who carried her as an Eastern Nationals Youth finalist for six consecutive years.

Doug Secrest on Smooth Spyder Rey. Seth Petit Photography.

Doug Secrest had shown his $50,000 Amateur reserve champion, Smooth Spyder Rey LTE $69,854, as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro finals on Wednesday, March 13, at the same time that he also showed Dual Smart Sherman LTE $25,500. Both horses have carried Secrest as an amateur and non-pro limited age event finalist as well, most recently at the 2019 Augusta Futurity, where Secrest and 6-year-old Smooth Spyder Rey, by Smooth As A Cat, placed sixth in the Non-Pro Classic.

Secrest also was a finalist with 9-year-old Dual Smart Sherman, by Dual Smart Rey on Friday, in the $50,000 Amateur finals.

Jason Britt, the NCHA earner of $97,549, showed DMAC Hipster LTE $52,624, the horse he also rode to claim last year’s Eastern Nationals $50,000 Amateur reserve championship. Britt and the 6-year-old Hickorys Indian Pep gelding have been finalists in numerous limited age events, including earlier this year, where they placed third in the Ike Hamilton Amateur Classic and fifth in the Augusta Futurity Classic Amateur Unlimited.

Lauren Middleton $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro Champion

March 15th, 2019
Lauren Middleton on Ironn Butterfly. Seth Petit Photography.

Lauren Middleton, riding Ironn Butterfly, scored 219.5 points on Thursday, March 14, to win the NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro championship for the second consecutive year. Doug Secrest, Blacklick, Ohio, earned 218.5 points for the reserve championship aboard Dual Smart Sherman, while Missy Jean Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., placed third with 217 points on Rey Too Purdy.

Together, Middleton and Ironn Butterfly LTE $106,965 were Non-Pro finalists in 12 limited age events, including the 4-year-old finals of the NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby. On Wednesday, March 13, Middleton also showed the 9-year-old Just Playin Stylish daughter as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro division, where Middleton placed third with 5-year-old Light Em Upp LTE $43,170, who she also qualified for the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro Finals.

Middleton, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $719,699, has an impressive record of NCHA Eastern National Championship wins, including Non-Pro titles in 2002 with Widows Freckles, and in 2010 and 2015 with Cees Little Poo. She also earned Novice/Non-Pro wins in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018 with Cees Little Poo, Swoopn Indian, Spoonful Of Tears, Sweet Reyvenge, and Ironn Butterfly.

Doug Secrest on Dual Smart Sherman. Seth Petit Photography.

Doug Secrest, the NCHA earner of $101,377, showed both Dual Smart Sherman and Smooth Spyder Rey, in the finals of the $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro on Wednesday. Five-year-old Dual Smart Sherman LTE $25,500, by Dual Smart Rey, previously carried Secrest to place second in the 2018 Southern Futurity Unlimited Amateur and fourth in the Amateur Finals. Earlier this year, the gelding placed seventh with Gabe Reynolds in the Augusta Futurity Classic Open Finals. 

6-year-old Smooth Spyder Rey LTE $69,854, by Smooth As A Cat, gave Secrest his first big Non-Pro limited age championship win, in the 2017 Congress Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. And last year, Secrest showed the gelding as a finalist in NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro and $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro.

At the NCHA Eastern Nationals in 2015, Secrest placed third in the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro with Ear N A Hat LTE $33,852, by Cat N A Hat, and the next year, was reserve champion in the $35,000 Non-Pro with Copencougarhagen LTE $28,201, by High Brow Cougar.

Missy Jean Etheridge, the NCHA earner of $352,179, made her first mark in Jackson as champion, in 2004, of the NCHA Eastern Nationals $10,000 Amateur riding Pepto Jack LTE $33,436, by Peptoboonsmal. In 2010, Justa Lil Freck LTE $113,253, by Bobs Freckle, carried her to claim the reserve championship of the Eastern Nationals Non-Pro.

This year, Etheridge rode Rey Too Purdy LTE $35,299, by Dual Smart Rey, to place third in the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro, where her husband, Vick Etheridge, placed fourth on 7-year-old Third Cutting daughter Cutting Commander LTE $90,887, who Missy also showed as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro. In addition, Missy is also showing 5-year-old Blue Chip Dually LTE $4,247,  by Dual Rey, and Light Of Grace LTE $93,509, by  CD Lights, in the Non-Pro go-round on Friday.

Ali Good wins $25K Novice/Non-Pro championship

March 14th, 2019
Ali Good on Sneakish. Seth Petit Photography.

Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., scored 220 points aboard Sneakish on Wednesday, to top 29 finalists in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro championship. Kolby Don Moore, Crawford, Fla., claimed the reserve championship with 219 points on Highbrow Nadine, while Lauren Middleton, Weatherford, Tex., showed Light Em Upp to score 217 points for third.

After winning the 2017 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro championship with 5-year-old Sneakish LTE $44,895, Ali Good and the Hottish-sired son, placed among the top three finalists in four 2018 limited age events, including the NCHA Derby Limited Non-Pro, where they were third. The pair placed third in the 2109 Augusta Futurity Non-Pro finals, as well.

This is the second $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro Eastern Nationals championship win for Good, the NCHA earner of $195,858, who claimed the title last year, as well as the Senior Youth championship, riding Cat Atat Cat LTE $173,108, by High Brow Cat. Additionally, Good and Cat Atat Cat won last year’s NCHA Western National Non-Pro championship and reserve in the NCHA Non-Pro World Finals.

Kolby Don Moore on Highbrow Nadine. Seth Petit Photography.

Kolby Don Moore and 6-year-old Highbrow Nadine LTE $35,898, by High Brow CD, made their mark in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals as fourth-placed finalists in the Non-Pro division, as well as third-placed finalists in the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro. Moore also earned significant payouts on Highbrow Nadine as reserve champion of the Southern Futurity Non-Pro Classic and as sixth-place finalist in the NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro.

Moore, the NCHA earner of $103,065, won the 2013 NYCHA Senior Youth Finals riding Smart Little Cranbar LTE $75,991, by Smart Little Lena, after claiming the 2011 NCHA Eastern Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider on FMR Smart Duces, by Smart Sugar Badger.

Lauren Middleton and 5-year-old Light Em Upp LTE $43,170, by Light N Lena, earned their first checks as a team when they placed third in the 2017 PCCHA Non-Pro Futurity and the 2017 Southern Futurity Non-Pro. In 2018, they claimed their biggest payout in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finals, and also won the Congress Futurity Non-Pro. Earlier this year, the pair placed in the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro Classic.

Middleton the NCHA earner of $719,699, had shown Light Em Upp’s dam, Widows Tears LTE $92,741, as a Youth finalist in the 2006 NCHA Eastern Nationals, as well as his half-brother, Spoonful Of Tears LTE $84,608, as 2014 NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro champion, and as reserve champion of the 2014 $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro. In addition, Middleton won the 2002 NCHA Eastern National Non-Pro championship aboard Widows Freckles, the sire of Widows Tears $113,522, and of Widows Intentions LTE $352,665.

The 2019 NCHA Eastern National Championships continues through Friday, March 15, in Jackson, Miss.

Jimmy Orrell 1933 – 2019

March 13th, 2019
Jimmy Orrell.

Cutting horse trainer and NCHA
Members Hall of Fame honoree Jimmy Orrell, 85, Monticello, Ark., passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Orrell, a friend, helper, and mentor to cutting competitors and newcomers to the sport for nearly six decades, said that the greatest reward for his efforts was the appreciation expressed by so many.

Raised to farming in Dermott, Ark., Orrell was introduced to cutting in 1954, while he was riding and training roping horses for Jack Mehrens. Riding Joe Peg for Mehrens four years later, in 1958, Orrell found himself in a three-way tie for first with Matlock Rose, on Goldwood, and Bill Iller, riding Poco Pine, at the renowned Fort Worth Fat Stock Show and Rodeo.

In the sixties and seventies, Orrell showed his own horse Marbo McCue to prominence in AQHA and NCHA competition, including as Open reserve champion in the 1974 NCHA World Finals, and in 1999, he showed Olena Dually to place sixth in NCHA Open World Championship standings for Robert Charles Brown.

In 2014, Jimmy Orrell won the annual NCHA Zane Schulte Award, given to a trainer who exemplifies the characteristics for which Zane Schulte is remembered, “integrity, service, values, respect of peers, contribution to the industry, and excellence in the arena.”

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial to follow in Rash Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Online guestbook at

Gavin Callahan wins $35,000 Non-Pro championship

March 11th, 2019
Gavin Callahn on Hot Dona. Seth Petit Photography.

Gavin Callahan, McConnells, S.C., riding Hot Dona, scored 222 points on Monday to overwhelm the $35,000 Non-Pro Eastern National Finals field by a margin of six points. Madeline Nix, Blackville, S.C., and Heidi Denis, Geneva, Fla., tied for the reserve championship with 216 points, showing Two Cat Shakur, and Dualin Pepto Rio, respectively, in the field of 30 finalists.

Last year, Gavin Callahan placed third in the Eastern Youth competition riding Johnny Reyngo LTE $195,280, by Dual Rey, and went on to Fort Worth to capture the NYCHA World Finals Junior Youth championship aboard Time N Tequila LTE $172,845, by One Time Pepto. Eight-year-old Hot Dona, by Boon Too Suen, a full sister to 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Donas Suen Boon LTE $425,911, previously carried Callahan to place sixth in the 2017 Congress Non-Pro Classic.

Gavin Callahan is the NCHA earner of $31,093. Hot Dona LTE $36,910 was also shown by Gabe Reynolds to place fourth in last week’s Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice finals.

Madeline Nix on Two Cat Shakur. Seth Petit Photography.

Madeline Nix, the NCHA earner of $24,944, showed Two Cat Shakur, by Metallic Cat, earlier this year to place fifth in the Augusta $50,000 Amateur All-Age Championship, and eighth in the $35,000 Non-Pro. Nine-year-old gelding Two Cat Shakur LTE $67,047 is a three-quarter brother, out of Dually Lil Pep, by Dual Pep, to 2006 Smooth As A Cat daughters Smooth Going Cat LTE $215,019 and Shes Twice As Smooth LTE $191,734.

Heidi Denis on Dualin Pepto Rio. Seth Petit Photography.

Heidi Denis and Dualin Pepto Rio LTE $37,855 have a solid history of success at the NCHA Eastern Nationals. Last week, the pair won the $15,000 Amateur championship, and have two times previously been finalists in both the $15,000 Amateur and the $35,000 Non-Pro . Eleven-year-old Dualin Pepto Rio, sired by Pepto Rio Playboy, is out of DPS Lenas Lucinda LTE $70,987, a full sister, by Dual Pep, to Lenas Dualin LTE $167,143.

The 2019 NCHA Eastern National Championships continue through Friday, March 15.

Co-Champions reign in Cattlemens Non-Pro Derby

March 11th, 2019

The Cattlemen’s Derby, in Graham, Tex., concluded its 2019 program with five finals, including the Derby Non-Pro, on Sunday, March 10,

Dustin Adams, Springtown, Tex., and Kade Smith, Mineral Wells, Tex., tied with 217 points to win as co-champions of the Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Derby, riding Hottish For You and Playboy Bunny, respectively. Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Tex., placed third with 214 points on Wood Ya Teles. Adams and Smith each earned a payout of $5,941, while Hedlund earned $3,961.

Dustin Adams, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $3,890,249, won the inaugural Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Derby, in 2010, riding KR Winston LTE $51,385, by High Brow Cat. He also won the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro on Hottish LTE $286,109, sire of Hottish For You, who carried Adams to place fifth in the 2019 Abilene Spectacular.

Adams also placed fourth in the Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Classic riding One Time Pepto daughter Sly Pepto Girl LTE $88,833, who he showed as reserve champion in the 2019 Bonanza Class Non-Pro, and as a finalist in the Ike Hamilton Non-Pro Classic and the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic. Hot Sriracha LTE $15,635, by Hottish, has carried Adams as a 4-year-old finalist in three events this year, as well.

Kade Smith and Playboy Bunny LTE $20,686, by Metallic Cat, were ninth-placed finalists in the 2018 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Smith, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $607,829, claimed the 2011 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship with Lean This Rey $128,993, by Dual Rey. The NCHA Futurity win was one among Smith’s nearly 20  major limited age event championship titles.

Playboy Bunny, bred by Smith’s sister, Ashley Snider, out of Taquitas Playgirl, by Freckles Playboy, is a three-quarter brother to Sly Playgirl LTE $332,135, the dam of Dustin Adams’ 2019 Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Classic mount, Sly Pepto Girl LTE $88,833.

Cody Hedlund and his homebred Woody Be Tuff daughter, Wood Ya Teles LTE $21,074, came into the Cattlemen’s Derby following the Ike Hamilton Derby Non-Pro championship win. Hedlund, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $927,011, showed Wood Ya Teles’s dam, Teles Bout This Cat, by WR This Cats Smart, to earn $230,047 in non-pro competition, including the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes.

Cody also showed Teles Bout This Cat’s daughter, Iggy Reyzalea, by Dual Smart Rey, to place third in the 2017 NCHA Futurity; and Meteles Cat LTE $433,565, a three-quarter brother to Teles Bout This Cat, who was trained and also shown in Open competition by Rock Hedlund, Cody’s father.

For complete results for all 2019 Cattlemen Derby results go to this link.