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Joseph Gavin Mesalam wins $15,000 Amateur championship

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
Joseph Gavin Mesalam on Crystal Blue Boon. Seth Petit photo.

Joseph Gavin Mesalam, riding Crystal Blue Boon, scored 223 points on Tuesday, March 12, to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern National $15,000 Amateur championship. Tyler Grace Green claimed the reserve title with 219 points aboard Charm Checks, while Chase Lackey and Scott Skinkis tied with 216.5 points to split third and fourth riding Cowgirl Catsanova and Lil Pep In Time, respectively.

Joseph Gavin Mesalam, Versailles, Ky., is the NCHA earner of $3,177, and this is his second time to show in the NCHA Eastern Nationals. Last year the NYCHA competitor placed third in the Junior Youth and eleventh in the $2,000 Limited Rider, on Stylish Import LTE $50,864, by Lizzys Gotta Player. Crystal Blue Boon LTE $55,675, his 2019 mount, is a 16-year-old gelding by Pepto Jack out of Crystal Acre, by Christys Acre.

Tyler Grace Green on Charm Checks. Seth Petit photo.

This is the fifth year for Tyler Grace Green, an NYCHA competitor from Bishop, Ga., and the NCHA earner of $19,856, to show in the NCHA Eastern Nationals. Last year, she placed in the finals of the $35,000 Non-Pro and the Senior Youth riding Smart Widow LTE $29,678, by Widows Freckles. Her 2019 mount, 10-year-old Charm Checks, LTE $10,343, by Im Countin Checks, also carried her as a finalist in the 2017 Eastern Nationals $15,000 Amateur and the Senior Youth.

Chase Lackey, Burlington, N.C., the NCHA earner of $26,729, placed in the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic Amateur Limited and Amateur Intermediate earlier this year, showing Streyght Drive LTE $9,047, by Hydrive Cat. Last year, Lackey was an NCHA Eastern Nationals $15,000 Amateur finalist riding Stellas Lil Scoot LTE $107,286, by Smart Lil Scoot. Cowgirl Catsanova LTE $32,495, Lackey’s 2019 Eastern Nationals entry, is a 10-year-old daughter of Cowboy Cattylac.

Scott Skinkis LTE $1,751, Brillion, Wis., the NCHA earner of $1,751 and a first-time NCHA Eastern Nationals finalist, rode the 10-year-old One Time Pepto daughter Lil Pep In Time LTE $111,016, who had been a successful Non-Pro and Amateur limited-age event competitor with Wade Smith.

The 2019 NCHA Eastern National Championships continue through Saturday, March 14.

Riding Bama Jelly, Austin Shepard wins record 10th Eastern Nationals Open title

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
Bama Jelly, ridden by Austin Shepard. Seth Petit photo.

Bama Jelly, by Bamacat, scored 228 points on Monday, March 9, in Jackson, Miss., to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals Open Championship  under Austin Shepard. Ichi Sangria, by Cat Ichi, scored 225 with Guy Woods to claim the reserve championship, while Looks Halreycious, by Halreycious, scored 223 points with Bill Pierce for third place.

With his past record and three high-profile 2019 Open Finals mounts, Shepard rated as an odds-on favorite coming into the Finals. An all-time leading NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $8.2 million, Shepard had won a record nine NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championships prior to this year’s event, including last year, when he claimed the title on Dual Reyish LTE $386,617, by Hottish. This year, Shepard  and Dual Reyish scored 221.5, to place fourth. Last year’s Open reserve champion Sir Long Legs LTE $383,546, by High Brow Cat, was Shepard’s third 2019 Eastern Open Finals mount, and won the qualifying go-round with 225 points, but lost to a cow in the Finals.

Five-year-old stallion Bama Jelly LTE $162,488 is owned by his breeder Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., who showed him earlier this year to place third in the Ike Hamilton Non-Pro 5/6 Classic. Bamacat LTE $351,360, Bama Jelly’s sire, was bred by Austin and Stacy Shepard; his dam is the Nitas Wood daughter Wood She Be Neat LTE $27,600, who Madalyn Colgrove showed successfully in Amateur and Non-Pro limited age event competition.

In addition to Bama Jelly, Shepard also showed CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $90,256 last week to win the 2019 Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice Finals and to split third and fourth in the $25,000 Novice Finals.

Ichi Sangria, ridden by Guy Woods. Seth Petit photo.

Guy Woods and 10-year-old Ichi Sangria LTE $173,712, bred and owned by EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Tex., placed third in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Open. Together, Woods and Ichi Sangria have won four NCHA Eastern championship titles and placed in 10 more; they have also placed in five NCHA Western Nationals finals. Woods, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of over $2.7 million, has won 13 NCHA Eastern Nationals titles riding for EE Ranches, including the Open championship on Scratchin, the dam of Ichi Sangria. Woods also scored 221.5 points to place fifth in Friday’s $25,000 Novice Finals riding 4-year-old Blu Laney Bird LTE $10,160, by Once In A Blu Boon, which was won by Looks Halreycious LTE $114,753 and rider Bill Pierce, for J3 Cutting Horses, Kentwood, La.

Looks Halreycious LTE $114,753, owned J3 Cutting Horses, Kentwood, La., won the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice championship last Friday with Bill Pierce, and was also an NCHA Eastern Nationals Open finalist last year, under Pierce. The 11-year-old gelding was bred by Three Trees Ranch and is out of 1999 NCHA Open Derby champion Smart Lookin Hi Brow $216,395.

The NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of $1,166,888, Bill Pierce has won or placed in 34 NCHA Eastern National division finals, including last year, when he showed Dual Smart Dee Jay LTE $56,785, owned by Linda Polk, to win the Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice, and this year, where in addition to Looks Halreycious, he showed Dual Smart Dee Jay, by Dual Smart Rey, to place in the $25,000 Novice.

The 2019 NCHA Eastern National Championships continue through Saturday, March 14.

Austin Shepard’s Eastern Nationals Open Champions
Year Horse Breeding Owner
2020 BAMA JELLY Bamacat x Wood She Be Neat Madalyn Colgrove
2019 DUAL REYISH Hottish x A Little Reylena Billy Wolf
2018 MK REY GIRL Dual Rey x Runnin Mate Austin & Stacy Shepard
2017 DELUXE CHECKS Im Countin Checks x Caatrina Starlight Amanda & Rhein Standish
2015 CAT SHEREE High Brow CD x Nurse Sheree Plantation Farms
2011 PLAYIN AT THE MALL Playdox x Poosmal Buster Quirk
2006 SMART PISTOLERO Playgun x Smart And CD Josh Hamilton
2005 WIDOWS INTENTIONS Widows Freckles x Intend To Do Jim Langdale
2003 UNO DOS SEVENTYSEVEN Peppy San Badger x Doc’s Serendipity Jim Johnson
2002 WIDOWS FRECKLES Freckles Playboy x The Widow Wilson Robert & Debbie Middleton

Colt Moore wins NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth Championship

Monday, March 9th, 2020
Colt Moore on Highbrow Nadine. Seth Petit photo.

On Sunday, March 8, riding Highbrow Nadine, by High Brow CD, Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., scored 220 points to claim the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth Championship. Evelyn Cox, North Salem, Ind., scored 219.5 points on Cats Miller Time, by High Brow Cat, to earn the reserve championship, while Gavin Callahan, McConnell, S.C., placed third with 217 points showing Reytallic, by Metallic Cat.

Colt Moore, the NCHA earner of $122,743, won last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth Championship riding Catscratch Sister LTE $154,924, by WR This Cats Smart, who he also showed to place third in the Non-Pro Finals, and as reserve champion of the 2019 NCHA Summer Spectacular Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting. Seven-year-old High Brow Nadine LTE $80,068 is owned by Colt’s brother, Kolby Don, who showed her successfully in Non-Pro limited age competition, as well as at the NCHA Eastern Nationals.

Evelyn Cox on Cats Miller Time. Seth Petit photo.

Evelyn Cox, the NCHA earner of $9,549, enjoyed her first NYCHA Finals success in 2017, when she placed third in the NCHA Junior Youth World Finals, as well as tenth in the NYCHA Junior Youth Scholarship Cutting. Cats Miller Time LTE $49,150, Evelyn’s mount this week in Jackson, is owned by Jason Cox. The 11-year-old gelding won the 2014 NCHA Eastern Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider championship with Shae Forby, as well as the 2013 NCHA Derby Amateur Finals with Matthew Dedden.

Gavin Callahan, the NCHA earner of $47,725, won last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro Finals riding Hot Dona LTE $40,627, by Boon Too Suen. He also won the 2018 NYCHA Junior Youth World Finals on Time N Tequila. Reytallic LTE $33,052, who Gavin showed this year in Jackson, is owned by Jeff and Janet Canter, Jonesville, N.C. The 8-year-old gelding was an Open limited age event finalist with Ed Flynn, as well as an Amateur finalist with his breeder, Eddie Young, San Angelo, Tex., and Carson Cantor, Jonesville, N.C.

Charles Cody Gann on Hevvy Metal. Seth Petit photo.

Charles Cody Gann wins NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth Championship

Cody Gann, Leighton, Ala., scored 222 points on Hevvy Metal, by Metallic Cat, to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth Championship. Will Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., aboard Smooth Sailing Cat, by Smooth As A Cat, claimed the reserve title with 216.5 points, while Breanna Collier, Cypress, Tex., placed third with 214.5 points on Creyzy Train, by Auspicious Cat.

The NCHA earner of $12,263, Cody Gann, was also champion of last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth competition on Hevvy Metal LTE $170,920, owned by Jerry and Patti Gann. Cody also rode Hevvy Metal  as reserve champion of last year’s NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth Scholarship Cutting.

Will Bushaw on Smooth Sailing Cat. Seth Petit photo.

Will Bushaw, the NCHA earner of $88,734 and a successful limited age event Amateur finalist, won last year’s NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth Cutting on Velvets Revolver LTE $277,351, who carried his brother, Charles Russell, in the Amateur finals of numerous limited age events.  Smooth Sailing Cat LTE $131,818, owned by Grace Ann Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex., and Will’s NCHA Eastern Nationals mount, was a Non-Pro and Amateur limited event money earner for Ashley Flynn, in 2017, as well as for Grace Ann Vangilder and her father, Jim Vangilder, in 2018 and 2019.

Breanna Collier, an NCHA earner of $5,383, showed Countacular LTE $71,981, by Im Countin Checks, to place tenth in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth finals. She also showed Gin Is So Smooth LTE $23,991, by Smooth As A Cat as an Eastern Nationals Junior Youth finalist. In addition, she showed Smartys Boon LTE $23,397, by Smart Lil Scoot, last year as an NCHA Spectacular Junior Youth Scholarship finalist, as well as an NCHA World Finals Junior Youth finalist.

Eight-year-old Creyzy Train LTE $51862, Breanna’s 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals mount, owned by Ron Knutson, Spokane, Wash., was a 2017 Non-Pro limited age event finalist with her breeder, Brandon Dufurrena. Creyzy Train, out of Miss Ella Rey LTE $375,842, is a three-quarter sister to Stevie Rey Von LTE $418,947 and Purple Reyn LTE $356,632.

The 2019 NCHA Eastern National Championships continue through Saturday, March 14.

Lance Cooper wins Cattlemen’s Derby

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

On Sunday, March 8, riding Wiskeemakesmefriskee LTE $28,547, by Smooth As A Cat, Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219.5 points to win the Cattlemen’s 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Derby. Ryan Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219 on Too Suen To Drive LTE $18,048, by Boon Too Suen, for the reserve championship, while Brad Wilson, Lone Grove, Okla., aboard Sumkinda Kitkat LTE $5,497, by Kit Kat Sugar, placed third with 218.

Lance Cooper, 19, the NCHA earner of $247,524 has won 20 NCHA limited age finals, as well as NYCHA events. In 2017, he won the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited riding Zen And Tonic LTE $133,638, by High Brow CD. The Cattlemen’s Derby is his third win in 2020 aboard Wiskeemakesmefriskee. The pair also won Non-Pro championships in the Abilene Spectacular and the Arbuckle Mountain Derby.

Wiskeemakesmefriskee was bred by Michael and Jennifer Cooper out of Justa Lil Freck LTE $113,253, by Bobs Freckle, and is a three-quarter brother to Wendels Little Missy LTE $158,117.

Ryan Rapp, the NCHA earner of $378,545, as well as an NYCHA Senior Youth competitor, showed Too Suen To Drive as a finalist in the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. He also rode Hows Your Memorey LTE $57,065, by High Brow CD, to win the 2019 PCCHA Non-Pro Stakes, and placed sixth in the 2019 NYCHA Senior Youth World Finals riding Im Reydioactive LTE $170,442, by Dual Rey.

Too Suen To Drive was bred by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, out of Tuned Up To Drive LTE $124,157, the Hydrive Cat daughter who Mary Ann Rapp showed as reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Too Suen To Drive and 4-year-old Tuff Drivin LTE $4,736, by Woody Be Tuff, are Tuned Up To Drive’s first performers.

Brad Wilson, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $603,734, was a 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finalist riding Milly Vanilly LTE $37,139, by Halreycious. Showing Sumkinda Kitkat earlier this year, he placed fifth in the Arbuckle Mountain Derby. Sumkinda Kitkat, a half-sister to Some Sweet Checks LTE $95,978, is out of Some Kinda Sweety LTE $134,193, half-sister to Some Kinda Highbrow LTE $487,412.

The 2020 Cattlemen’s Derby and Classic concluded on Sunday, March 8. For complete results visit their website.

CR Dualin Out Tuff tops $5,000 Novice Finals

Saturday, March 7th, 2020
CR Dualin Out Tuff, ridden by Austin Shepard. Seth Petit photo.

CR Dualin Out Tuff, owned by Julie Beasley, Montgomery, Ala., and shown by Austin Shepard, scored 225 points on Saturday to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern National $5,000 Novice Finals. GCH Mistah Cat, owned by Ronnie Griffin, Pioneer, La., and shown by Mason Griffin, scored 220.5 for the reserve championship, while Blu Laney Bird, ridden by Guy Woods, and Getting Hott In Here, with Ryan Moore, tied with 220 points to split third and fourth.

Five-year-old CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $86,424, by Woody Be Tuff, also placed third with Shepard in Friday’s $25,000 Novice Finals. In 2018, Julie Beasley showed CR Dualin Out Tuff in the finals of the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. The pair also won five amateur titles in 2019. Shepard, an all-time leading NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $8.2 million, has won a record nine NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championships, including his first, in 2002, when he showed Widows Freckles LTE $113,522, who also carried owner Lauren Middleton to win the Non-Pro title that same year.

GCH Mistah Cat, ridden by Mason Griffin. Seth Petit photo.

Eight-year-old GCH Mistah Cat LTE $36,360, bred by Ronnie Griffin and sired by Smart Morias Cat, was a finalist under Mason Griffin in the 2019 NCHA World $25,000 Novice Finals, as well as in the 2017 NCHA World $5,000 Novice Finals.

Mason Griffin, the NCHA earner of $89,477, also showed GCH Mistah Cat to place in the Top 15 World standings of the $25,000 Novice division, and Smart Quixote Boon, to place in the Top 10 World standings of the $5,000 Novice.

Blu Laney Bird LTE $11,786, owned and bred by EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Tex., came to Jackson following a win with Guy Woods in the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Open Limited. Sired by Once In A Blu Boon, 4-year-old Blu Laney Bird is out of a full sister to Cat Ichi LTE $238,691, sire of the earners of over $6 million. Woods, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of $2,710,059 million, has won 16 NCHA Eastern National  championships riding EE Ranches bred and owned horses.

Six-year-old Gettin Hott In Here LTE $32,447, by Hottish, was bred by Beechfork Ranch and is owned and shown by Ryan Moore, Birch Tree, Mo. Gettin Hott In Here and Moore also placed in the finals of the $25,000 Novice Finals on Friday. Last year, the pair placed third in the Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice and seventh in the $25,000 Novice, and they were third and seventh, respectively, in last year’s finals of the NCHA Western Nationals $25,000 and $5,000 divisions.

Ryan Moore, the NCHA earner of $364,105, showed his own horse, Pepsi Boon LTE $66,996, to place in the 2018 NCHA Open Futurity and Futurity Open Limited Finals. Ryan and the Once In A Blu Boon son also placed third in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited.

The 2019 NCHA Eastern National Finals continue through Saturday, March 14.

Looks Halreycious wins NCHA Eastern $25,000 Novice

Saturday, March 7th, 2020
Looks Halreycious, ridden by Bill Pierce. Seth Petit photo.

Looks Halreycious LTE $111,278, shown by Bill Pierce for J3 Cutting Horses, Kentwood, La., scored 225 points on Friday, March 6, to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice Finals. Ichi Sangria LTE $172,935 earned the reserve title with 223 points, under Guy Woods for EE Ranches Inc., Whitesboro, Tex. CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $84,471 and Metallic Cash Flo LTE $64,813 tied to split third and fourth with 222 points under Austin Shepard for Julie Beasley, Montgomery, Ala., and Brett Davis for E.T. Jones, Dallas, Tex.

Eleven-year-old Looks Halreycious, by Halreycious and out of 1999 NCHA Open Derby champion Smart Lookin Hi Brow $216,395, was also an NCHA Eastern Nationals Open finalist last year under Bill Pierce. The NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of $1,166,888, Pierce also showed Dual Smart Dee Jay LTE $56,785, owned by Linda Polk, to win last year’s Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice.

Ichi Sangria, ridden by Guy Woods. Seth Petit photo.

Guy Woods and 10-year-old Ichi Sangria, by Cat Ichi, placed third in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Open. Together, Woods and Ichi Sangria have won four NCHA Eastern championship titles and placed in eight more; they have also placed in five NCHA Western Nationals finals. Woods, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of over $2.7 million, has won 13 NCHA Eastern Nationals titles riding for EE Ranches, including the Open championship on Scratchin, the dam of Ichi Sangria.

Woods also scored 221.5 points to place fifth in Friday’s finals for EE Ranches riding 4-year-old Blu Laney Bird LTE $10,160, by Once In A Blu Boon.

Five-year-old CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $84,471, by Woody Be Tuff, was a 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist under owner Julie Beasley. The pair also won five amateur titles in 2019. Austin Shepard, an all-time leading NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $8.2 million, has won a record nine NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championships, including his first, in 2002, when he won aboard Widows Freckles LTE $113,522, who also carried owner Lauren Middleton to win the Non-Pro title the same year.

Seven-year-old Metallic Cash Flo, by Metallic Cat, was reserve champion under Brett Davis in last year’s NCHA Western Nationals Open and placed fourth in the $25,000 Novice. Most recently this year, the red roan mare placed third with Davis in the Augusta Futurity Classic. Davis, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of over $2.1 million, won the NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championship in 2001 riding Son Of Olena LTE $39,091, and in 2010 on A Track Runs Thru It $108,312.

Jimmy Snodgrass on Divas On Time. Seth Petit photo.

Jimmy Snodgrass wins NCHA Eastern $2,000 Limited

Jimmy Snodgrass, Byron, Ill., who had $421 in NCHA earnings when he came to this year’s Eastern Nationals, will leave with $5,344, including $4,934 earned as champion of the $2,000 Limited Rider Finals. Riding Divas On Time, owned by Amanda Standish, Baton Rouge, La., Snodgrass scored 223.5 points for his win.

Cody Cain, Chancellor, Ala., scored 221.5 on CD Cats Olena to claim the reserve champion’s title, and Heather Todd, Murray, Ky., placed third with 219 points on GS Zans Cat, owned by Chaser Crouch, Corsicana, Tex.

Twelve-year-old Divas On Time LTE $173,746, by One Time Pepto, was trained and shown in Open limited age events by Austin Shepard, and ridden in amateur events by Amanda Standish. In 2016, the red roan mare carried Rhein Standish to win the NCHA Eastern Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider championship, and Amanda to win the 2013 NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro, as well as the 2015 ($50,000) Amateur. Brett Davis also showed Divas On Time as reserve champion of the 2015 Eastern Nationals.

Cody Cain on CD Cats Olena. Seth Petit photo.

CD Cats Olena LTE $30,095, sired by CD Olena and bred by Gene Quirk Jr., is the NCHA earner of $30,095. This is the 16-year-old mare’s first time to be shown in Jackson, but her rider Cody Cain, the NCHA earner of $3,348, showed Peponitas Gunner LTE $61,860 in the 2017, and the 2018 $2,000 Limited Rider finals.

This is also the first time for Heather Todd, the NCHA earner of $16,491, to show in the Eastern Nationals. However, she showed  GS Zans Cat to place sixth in the 2019 NCHA World Finals $2,000 Limited Rider Finals, as well as Suzie Stylish Rey LTE $36,545 in the $15,000 Amateur.

Thirteen-year-old GS Zans Cat $185,847, by Smooth As A Cat, competed as a five and six-year-old limited event Open finalist with Kenneth Miller; Casey and Chaser Crouch have showed her successfully in all-age events, including the NCHA Eastern and Western, with Casey and Croucher, and the NCHA Youth World Finals with Croucher.

Sweet win for Mean Bean and Jessica Gonsalves in Cattlemen’s 5/6 Non-Pro Finals

Friday, March 6th, 2020

Jessica Gonsalves scored 220 points riding 5-year-old Mean Bean LTE $24,509, by Dual Rey, on Friday, March 6, to win the Cattlemen’s 5/6 Non-Pro championship. Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., earned 216.5 points for reserve on 5-year-old Blu Velvet LTE $78,493, by Once In A Blu Boon, and Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., placed third with 216 points aboard 5-year-old Summer Time Fun LTE $94,824, by Metallic Cat.

Mean Bean and Jessica Gonsalves earned their first check together with a sixth-place finish in the 2019 PCCHA Cutting Stakes Non-Pro Intermediate, after Gary Gonsalves showed the gelding as a 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist. Last month, Jessica and Mean Bean stepped up to tie with 222 points for the reserve championship of the Arbuckle Mountain Classic.

The NCHA earner of $304,355, Jessica Gonsalves, Millsap, Tex., claimed her first major title as Non-Pro champion of the 1996 PCCHA Cutting Stakes, riding Starlight Jewel, by Grays Starlight. In 2012, she won the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited on Poundcake Deluxe, by Cats Quixote Jack.

Mean Bean is a full brother, out of Spookys Cash LTE $284,313, to Reyzin The Cash LTE $274,376, shown by Gary Gonsalves to win the 2015 NCHA Derby, among seven major limited event wins.

Nadine Payne, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $648,857, showed Blu Velvet as a finalist in five major 2019 events, including as champion of the NCHA Non-Pro Derby.  In addition to the Cattlemen’s Classic Non-Pro reserve title, Payne and her blue roan mare also placed third in the 2020 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic and eighth in the 2020 Bonanza Classic.

Bred by Nadine Payne, Blu Velvet, out of Velvets Best Shot LTE $53,156, by Playgun, is a half-sister to Velvets Revolver LTE $277,351, by WR This Cats Smart.

Kathleen Moore, the NCHA earner of $635,242, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist for three consecutive years on Hear Me Purr LTE $27,057, in 2019; Khaleesi Kat LTE $84,638, in 2018; and Princess Betty Rey LTE $31,017, in 2017. While the 2020 Cattlemen’s Classic marks Moore’s first time to show Summer Time Fun in a major aged event, her Metallic Cat daughter earned her first check as an Open semi-finalist under James Payne in the 2018 NCHA Futurity. Payne and Summer Time Fun then went on to place in the finals of six major events, including as champions of the 2019 NCHA Derby.

Bred by Ty Moore, Summer Time Fun is a full sister to Let Georgie Do It LTE $145,592, out of Hey Georgy Girl LTE $130,829.

Lil Metallic Ace and Clay Johnson ace Cattlemen’s Derby Open Ltd

Lil Metallic Ace scored 221 points under Clay Johnson to win the 2020 Cattlemen’s Derby Open Limited on Friday, March 6. Ahhh Honey Honey, also shown by Johnson, and Olde Towne Road, ridden by Steve Oehlhhof, tied with 219 points to split second and third.

Owned and bred by WR Diversified Holdings, Clarksville, Tex., Lil Metallic Ace came into the Cattlemen’s Derby with $3,686, following finals performances under Johnson in the Bonanza Open and the Arbuckle Mountain Open Limited. Sired by Metallic Cat and out of MH Split The Aces LTE $204,320, by San Tule Freckles, Lil Metallic Ace is a three-quarter brother to Cougarace LTE $174,631, by High Brow Cougar.

Ahhh Honey Honey, bred by Ashley Snider and owned by Billie and William Aylesworth, Lipan, Tex., earned her first major check as third-place finalist under Johnson, in the Arbuckle Mountain Open Limited. The Hottish daughter is the top money earner out of unshown Outreygeous Style, an 11-year-old Dual Rey daughter.

Olde Towne Road, sired by Docs Stylish Oak and bred by Wrigley Ranches, is out of Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268, dam of six NCHA earners of $448,482, and half-sister to Special Nu Baby LTE $481,197. Owned by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., Olde Towne Road collected his first NCHA earnings in the Cattlemen’s Open Limited Finals.