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Shepards show the way

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Open champion of the Mercuria at Congress, Delulxe Checks, ridden by Austin Shepard. Corsi Martin photos.

Hall of Fame Rider Austin Shepard, and his son, Non-Pro Hall of Famer Cade Shepard, took their respective divisions of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday evening, October 8.

Austin Shepard marked 230 on Deluxe Checks to lengthen the mare’s lead in the 2017 NCHA World Standings, with more than $108,000. Deluxe Checks was bred by Kyle Manion and is owned by Amanda and Rhein Standish of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The 6-year-old mare is by Im Countin Checks out of Catrina Starlight, a daughter of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Stella Starlight. Deluxe Checks won the West Texas Championship this summer, and she took both the Open and the $25,000 Novice championships at the NCHA Eastern Nationals last spring.

If she maintains her lead through the 2017 Mercuria NCHA World Finals, she’ll give Austin Shepard his second World Championship. He won in 2011 with Bet Hesa Cat.

Cullen Chartier marked 225 on Mary Jo Milner’s Little Pepto Cat for second place in the Congress Mercuria. Little Pepto Cat is an 11-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat out of Horse of the Year Little Pepto Gal. He has earned more than $468,000.

Non-Pro champion Cade Shepard on Christy Hughes.

In the Non-Pro, 15-year-old Cade Shepard of Summerdale, Alabama, marked 222.5 on Christy Hughes to win by half a point over fellow Alabama teenager Madalyn Colgrove on One Catty Cupid. Teens Ali Good and Jordan Thompson placed third and fourth.

It was Cade’s second Mercuria win. He also scored at The Mane Event in Las Vegas this year, riding Gini One Time.

Christy Hughes is a 5-year-old mare bred by Austin Shepard by Thomas E Hughes out of MH San Tules Dually. Austin and Stacy Shepard were both major limited age event winners on both the sire and dam  of Cade’s mount, and both horses earned more than $300,000.

Cade, who has earned more than $560,000, also won the Ike Hamilton Classic this year, riding Twistful Thinking.

Mercuria Non-Pro reserve champion Madalyn Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama, was riding One Catty Cupid, owned by her grandfather, Joel Colgrove. The 6-year-old One Time Pepto x ARC Catty Dual mare has won the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur finals with the elder Colgrove in 2014. Madalyn won with her at the Breeders Invitational and the Cotton Stakes last year.

OPEN RESULTS

230.0 DELUXE CHECKS Austin Shepard Amanda & Rhein Standish $10,344
225.0 LITTLE PEPTO CAT Cullen Chartier Mary Jo Milner $8,158
223.5 PEDEL TO THE METALL Adan Banuelos Faith Mountain Ranch $5,972
223.0 CATTALOU Cullen Chartier Billy Morris $3,786
222.5 EAZEE E Tatum Rice Kevin & Sydney Knight $1,600
222.0 CAT MAN BLUE Sean Flynn Lazy M Cattle Co $1,600
220.0 DONT STOP BELIEVIN Phil Rapp Phil & Mary Ann Rapp $1,600
217.0 HEVVY METAL Todd Gann Thomas Guinn $1,600

NON-PRO RESULTS

222.5 Christy Hughes CADE SHEPARD Austin Shepard $10,846
222.0 One Catty Cupid MADALYN COLGROVE Joel Colgrove $8,535
218.0 Cat Atat Cat ALI GOOD Jim Good $6,223
215.5 SDP Lil Ichi Maddie JORDAN THOMPSON Maben Thompson $3,912
215.0 Lil Metallic Cat JOE HOWARD WILLIAMSON Joe Howard Williamson $1,600
212.0 Terris Queso Cat BRET PARSONS Panther Creek Equine $1,600
198.0 Woodys Baby APRIL WIDMAN April Widman $1,600

NCHA all-time leading sires

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

All-time leading sires of NCHA money earners

1 HIGH BROW CAT $73,295,885
2 SMART LITTLE LENA $37,019,690
3 DUAL REY $34,182,682
4 FRECKLES PLAYBOY $25,156,658
5 DUAL PEP $23,957,627
6 PEPTOBOONSMAL $23,079,665
7 PEPPY SAN BADGER $21,607,775
8 SMOOTH AS A CAT $21,139,174
9 DOC’S HICKORY $18,365,108
10 CD OLENA $15,359,996
11 DOC O’LENA $14,489,035
12 METALLIC CAT $14,011,629
13 ONE TIME PEPTO $11,156,371
14 DOC QUIXOTE $9,472,477
15 BOB ACRE DOC $9,413,049
16 SHORTY LENA $9,133,976
17 GRAYS STARLIGHT $9,110,897
18 HAIDAS LITTLE PEP $8,703,653
19 DOCS STYLISH OAK $8,685,697
20 DOC’S OAK $8,576,951
21 SMART MATE $7,860,562
22 PLAYGUN $7,670,191
23 WR THIS CATS SMART $7,513,739
24 HES A PEPTOSPOONFUL $7,061,616
25 HIGH BROW CD $6,736,834
26 SR INSTANT CHOICE $5,828,474
27 NITAS WOOD $5,783,431
28 CAT ICHI $5,312,700
29 ZACK T WOOD $5,165,191
30 CATS MERADA $5,162,362
31 DOC’S LYNX $5,010,173
32 SMART LIL SCOOT $4,886,800
33 LENAS JEWEL BARS $4,652,305
34 HIGH BROW HICKORY $4,651,508
35 SON OFA DOC $4,571,224
36 DOC TARI $4,431,759
37 SPOTS HOT $4,205,286
38 SWEET LIL PEPTO $4,166,963
39 TRAVALENA $4,146,833
40 DRY DOC $4,142,599
41 MISS N CASH $3,862,960
42 BODEE BOONSMAL $3,855,787
43 COLONEL FRECKLES $3,848,946
44 SMART LIL RICOCHET $3,728,371
45 SMART LITTLE JERRY $3,676,685
46 TR DUAL REY $3,651,066
47 SMART ARISTOCRAT $3,536,013
48 CD ROYAL $3,446,012
49 MECOM BLUE $3,430,231
50 DOC’S JACK SPRAT $3,386,783
51 DOC’S SOLANO $3,354,770
52 IM COUNTIN CHECKS $3,324,785
53 DUAL SMART REY $3,267,692
54 DOC BAR $3,259,163
55 COLOR ME SMART $3,218,963
56 CD LIGHTS $3,189,369
57 LENAS TELESIS $3,155,808
58 PEPPY SAN $3,126,117
59 REYS DUAL BADGER $3,108,542
60 SAN JO LENA $2,999,165
61 YOUNG GUN $2,984,303
62 KIT DUAL $2,920,768
63 PLAYIN STYLISH $2,871,818
64 JUSTA SWINGING PEPPY $2,832,040
65 SAN TULE FRECKLES $2,814,454
66 FRECKLES MERADA $2,800,768
67 SMART CHIC OLENA $2,799,572
68 LIZZYS GOTTA PLAYER $2,770,575
69 HYDRIVE CAT $2,765,374
70 MR PEPONITA FLO $2,744,904
71 MONTANA DOC $2,717,915
72 MR SAN PEPPY $2,636,406
73 FRECKLES FANCY TWIST $2,459,535
74 BOON BAR $2,382,281
75 THAT SLY CAT $2,295,888
76 SOMEBODY SMART $2,260,532
77 DUALS BLUE BOON $2,241,230
78 SMART LITTLE PISTOL $2,230,457
79 PLAYDOX $2,134,444
80 SMART SUGAR BADGER $2,102,327
81 OH CAY QUIXOTE $2,063,414
82 DOC’S PRESCRIPTION $2,043,581
83 LITTLE TRONA $2,002,977
84 HALREYCIOUS $1,944,870
85 DOC’S SUG $1,940,063
86 CATS RED FEATHER $1,900,403
87 CASH QUIXOTE RIO $1,896,955
88 TANQUERY GIN $1,893,460
89 HICKORYS INDIAN PEP $1,887,315
90 WOODY BE TUFF $1,812,633
91 PEPTOS STYLISH OAK $1,804,626
92 CHULA DUAL $1,803,689
93 PEPTO TAZ $1,802,713
94 SMART LITTLE UNO $1,796,853
95 LIGHT N LENA $1,713,357
96 PEPONITA $1,708,228
97 MERADAS MONEY TALKS $1,692,275
98 BOONLIGHT DANCER $1,675,884
99 ATHENA PUDDY CAT $1,666,633
100 LITTLE DYNO $1,595,587

NCHA all-time leading dams

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

All-time leading producers of NCHA money earners

1 ROYAL BLUE BOON $2,460,019
2 PLAYBOYS RUBY $1,795,601
3 THE SMART LOOK $1,749,890
4 AUTUMN BOON $1,707,977
5 STYLISH PLAY LENA $1,648,546
6 MERADAS LITTLE SUE $1,499,890
7 SAN STARLIGHT $1,446,742
8 LANEY DOC $1,419,507
9 TAPT TWICE $1,361,172
10 LOUELLA AGAIN $1,355,050
11 MISS ECHO WOOD $1,336,606
12 OH CAY SHORTY $1,292,694
13 RUBY TUESDAY DNA $1,266,662
14 LITTLE BABY SISTER $1,255,057
15 SHES PRETTY SMOOTH $1,227,413
16 DESIRE SOME FRECKLES $1,211,397
17 HIGHBROW SUPERCAT $1,201,375
18 JAZABELL QUIXOTE $1,200,312
19 POCO LADY LIZ $1,198,217
20 THAT SMARTS $1,188,394
21 TUFFS JUNIE $1,180,746
22 MOMS STYLISH BABE $1,163,954
23 LYNX MELODY $1,162,398
24 MOMS STYLISH PEPTO $1,160,566
25 BET YER BLUE BOONS $1,108,787
26 ONE TIME SOON $1,103,282
27 MISS MARTINI PLAY $1,075,749
28 SWEET LITTLE CD $1,071,174
29 SWEET SHORTY LENA $1,048,440
30 NU I WOOD $1,042,460
31 MISS SMART REY JAY $1,042,392
32 POOSMAL $1,041,440
33 PLAYBOYS MOM $1,007,301
34 ZEE DUALY $1,001,702
35 BOON SAN SALLY $983,064
36 SMART PEPPY $972,852
37 SWEET ABRA $956,620
38 AMANDA STARGUN $952,743
39 LITTLE PEPTO GAL $946,566
40 QUINTAN BLUE $932,601
41 STELLA STARLIGHT $927,003
42 BOWMANS LITTLE JEWEL $920,895
43 SHEZA SMART CAT $919,461
44 MORIA SUGAR $908,164
45 BUENO CHEX DUALLY $887,799
46 PLAYGIARISM $880,027
47 HICKORY PRESCRIPTION $871,777
48 LENAS LUCINDA $866,018
49 TENINO FAIR $854,680
50 SOME KINDA MEMORIES $845,851
51 JOSES DUALLY $844,651
52 MAE BEA MARIE $836,389
53 SUNETTE OLENA $833,742
54 SMART LETHA $831,719
55 CAPOO $821,518
56 DOCS HICKORY SUE $815,969
57 COWSTRUCK $814,951
58 PLAYBOYS LADYLUCK $814,559
59 TWO DS SAN PEPPY $813,111
60 BOON SAN KITTY $812,188
61 DOC’S HAIDA $794,502
62 MISS ELLA REY $789,991
63 CLAYS LITTLE PEPPY $778,622
64 SANTA BELLE $776,063
65 QUIOLENA $766,384
66 MISS SABRINA LENA $763,036
67 JAY MOSS $761,139
68 STYLISH AND FOXIE $755,673
69 MISS DUAL DOC $752,700
70 NIMBLE JAZZY LEE $743,324
71 PLAYGUNS DESIRE $741,575
72 MERADA MISSY $730,994
73 PEEK A BOON $728,406
74 SHEYSSMARTLITTLELENA $727,837
75 BOWMANS FANCY $722,792
76 DREAMS OF OAK $712,951
77 CURLY GRAY HAIR $710,448
78 SWEET LIL LENA $710,203
79 TIMES OAK $698,997
80 PLAY PEEK A BOON $698,878
81 HIGH BROWS NURSE $696,746
82 SANDIA DULCE $695,359
83 LILLY DUAL $695,356
84 HICAPOO $694,651
85 AUTUMN WHITE $691,891
86 MIA TIANA $691,547
87 QUEJANAMIA $691,025
88 MERADAS OH CAY $688,788
89 PLAYBOYS MOLLY $686,856
90 TELES LIES $686,308
91 LACY JO WHIPPLE $681,510
92 FAITH IN YOUR MATE $676,355
93 BOBCORN $675,327
94 JOSES SUNRISE $673,683
95 SUPER POO $672,130
96 JUSTASWINGING PEANUT $669,092
97 SAVANNAH WHITE $664,059
98 SQUIRREL TOOTH ALICE $662,769
99 SMART WHITTLE WENA $652,368
100 SMART MORIA $649,522

NCHA leading sires of 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Leading sires of NCHA money earners for the calendar year

1 METALLIC CAT $4,294,773
2 HIGH BROW CAT $2,302,481
3 SMOOTH AS A CAT $2,214,846
4 DUAL REY $2,104,560
5 ONE TIME PEPTO $1,044,609
6 HIGH BROW CD $1,034,908
7 WR THIS CATS SMART $690,920
8 SPOTS HOT $624,115
9 CAT ICHI $583,689
10 BET HESA CAT $523,539
11 IM COUNTIN CHECKS $515,844
12 DUAL SMART REY $500,850
13 CATS MERADA $342,002
14 PEPTOBOONSMAL $334,650
15 HYDRIVE CAT $324,631
16 THIRD CUTTING $312,146
17 WOODY BE TUFF $285,589
18 THOMAS E HUGHES $264,113
19 CATTY HAWK $253,535
20 HALREYCIOUS $226,676
21 BOON TOO SUEN $224,911
22 NITAS WOOD $215,031
23 PLAYGUN $188,176
24 HICKORYS INDIAN PEP $187,361
25 HES A PEPTOSPOONFUL $175,313
26 REYS DUAL BADGER $173,491
27 LIZZYS GOTTA PLAYER $164,942
28 CD ROYAL $156,409
29 SWEET LIL PEPTO $154,869
30 CD LIGHTS $148,905
31 SMART MATE $147,616
32 TR DUAL REY $142,769
33 THAT SLY CAT $138,029
34 LIGHT N LENA $132,158
35 CATS MOONSHINE $129,679
36 HERDING CATS $126,684
37 SMART LIL SCOOT $125,527
38 ROCKIN W $125,330
39 ATHENA PUDDY CAT $124,050
40 SOPHISTICATED CATT $120,492
41 STYLISH REY $116,386
42 DUALIN BOON $109,746
43 STARLIGHTS GYPSY $90,593
44 CD OLENA $90,501
45 SMART LITTLE LENA $89,961
46 AUSPICIOUS CAT $77,442
47 CATS QUIXOTE JACK $75,130
48 WILD HAIRED CAT $71,057
49 DESIRES LITTLE REX $70,465
50 ONE TIME ROYALTY $69,428
51 HIGH BROW COUGAR $67,986
52 MR BOONSMAL TO YOU $67,846
53 BOON A LITTLE $66,750
54 AUTUMN ACRE $65,407
55 DUAL R SMOKIN $63,053
56 JAZARELL CAT $61,743
57 SMART ARISTOCRAT $60,469
58 STYLIN CAT $55,691
59 WILDS MY THING $50,931
60 BOON SAN $49,955
61 DOCS STYLISH OAK $49,070
62 PURDY BOY FLASH $48,445
63 PRETTY BOY CAT $47,714
64 DUAL PEP $45,251
65 JUST PLAYIN SMART $44,898
66 CATS HEADLINER $44,859
67 WHITTLE MIKE O DUAL $44,762
68 CAT T MASTERSON $43,551
69 SMART ROYAL REY $40,788
70 PEPTO RIO PLAYBOY $39,739
71 SMART SUGAR BADGER $38,690
72 ABRAKADABRACRE $38,010
73 DEALNWITHACOOLCAT $36,651
74 PEPTOTIME $35,044
75 MY GUY REY $34,873
76 CATS FULL MOON $34,089
77 PEPTOS STYLISH OAK $33,452
78 QUEJANAISALENA $33,070
79 KING OF THE CATS $32,932
80 BOONLIGHT DANCER $31,624
81 NEAT LITTLE CAT $29,316
82 MR PEPPYS FRECKLES $26,935
83 EBR KITTY HAWK $26,553
84 DUALLY CAT $25,782
85 MECOM BLUE $25,716
86 SR INSTANT CHOICE $25,345
87 JUAN BAD CAT $25,318
88 FANTASTIC CAT $24,848
89 WAR BIRD DOG $24,374
90 PLAYIN STYLISH $23,704
91 ROYAL FLETCH $23,140
92 ATTA CAT $21,688
93 SCOOTIN BOON $21,289
94 SMART LIL RICOCHET $20,308
95 OH CAY QUIXOTE $19,104
96 BLUEGRASS CAT $18,983
97 DUALIN PUDDY TAP $18,664
98 CATS GOTTA DIAMOND $18,241
99 CAT N A HAT $18,197
100 REY DUAL $17,825

2017 Brazos Bash wrap up

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Lindy Ashlock,

Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., and Greg Coalson, Weatherford, Tex., split the win with 219 points in the Brazos Bash Derby Non-Pro Finals, on the final weekend of the 2017 Brazos Bash at Silverado Arena, in Weatherford, Tex. Ashlock, on Catin Safari, and Coalson, riding Catywompus, each earned $13,197.50 with scores of 219 points, while third-placed Michelle Cowan, with 216 points aboard Pink Catty, took home $10,000.

Ty Moore, Madill, Okla., co-champion of the 2017 Brazos Bash Non-Pro Futurity, claimed the Brazos Bash Classic Non-Pro championship and $15,000 with 219.5 points on Set Fire To The Reyn, while Alexa Stent, Aledo, Tex., scored 219 points for reserve and $13,000 riding Peeptos Cat. Mary Ann Rapp placed third with 218 points and earned $11,000 on Dont Stopp Believin.

Catin Safari LTE $46,967, by Cats Moonshine, has carried Ashlock as a non-pro finalist in six major limited age events, including as reserve champion of the Breeders Invitational and as third-placed finalist in the Augusta Futurity. Ashlock and Catin Safari have also claimed wins in two non-pro gelding divisions, including the Brazos Bash Derby, and went reserve in the 4-year-old non-pro gelding division of the El Rancho Futurity. Ashlock also won the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship riding In Reyverse LTE $87,653, by Dual Rey.

Catwompus LTE $63,548 carried Greg Coalson as non-pro reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity. The pair also won the 4-year-old gelding division of the 2017 West Texas Futurity and placed second in the same division of the Cotton Stakes. Catywompus, by Highbrow Cat, was bred by Coalson out of Dualinisalena LTE $89,780, who was sired by Coalson’s homegrown stallion Quejanaisalena LTE $329,571.

Set Fire To The Reyn LTE $98,097 and Ty Moore claimed non-pro reserve titles in the Breeders Invitational Classic and the Arbuckle Mountain Classic earlier in 2017, placed fourth in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro. Five-year-old Set Fire To The Reyn is a Dual Rey daughter out of Sheza Smart Cat LTE $100,103. Sweet Sister Cat, Moore’s 3-year-old Metallic Cat daughter, is currently three-for-three with non-pro championship wins under Moore in the West Texas Futurity, the Cotton Stakes Futurity, and the Brazos Bash Futurity. Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., riding Peaceful Ez Feelin, by Lizzys Gotta Player, split the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Futurity title with Moore.

The 2017 Brazos Bash marked Alexa Stent’s first finals performance aboard Peeptos Cat LTE $83,829, although Matt Gaines has shown the 6-year-old Cat Ichi daughter as an open finalist in eight major events, including as reserve champion of the 2017 Bonanza Classic. Alexa Stent also showed 5-year-old Bowmerang LTE $45,071 as a finalist in the Brazos Bash Classic Non-Pro and won the gelding division with the High Brow Cat son. Both Peeptos Cat and Bowmerang were bred by Stent’s parents, Nora and Peter Stent.

Six-year-old Don’t Stopp Believin LTE $287,747, by Dual Rey, has been shown by Phil Rapp, Mary Ann’s husband, as an open finalist in 19 major limited age events, including 2017 championship wins in the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic and the Cattlemen’s Derby 5/6 Classic. Mary Ann, the winner of over $4.5 million and cutting’s all-time leading non-pro money earner, won the 2008 Brazos Bash Futurity Non-Pro on Neat Little Ray.

For the full roster of 2017 Braszos Bas results go to brazosbash.com.

Metallic Rebel runaway winner

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Metallic Rebel, the leader and gaining in the run for 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, as well as the year’s leading money earner, prevailed with a $20,000 win in the 2017 Brazos Bash Classic Open on Monday, September 25.  Meanwhile, Hashtags and Cattys Hope maintained close point counts at second and third in Horse of the Year Open standings, following the Brazos Bash Derby.

Metallic Rebel and Beau Galyean, pictured at the NCHA Summer Spectacular. Hart Photography.

Metallic Rebel LTE $357,305, owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., and shown exclusively during his career by Beau Galyean, scored 228 points for his win, after securing the finals with matching go-round scores of 223 points. It was his fifth major championship win in 2017 and his tenth lifetime win. In addition to his show career, five-year-old Metallic Rebel has also been standing to the public, subject to his show schedule, at Brazos Valley Stallion Station, Stephenville, Tex.

The 5-year-old Peptoboonsmal daughter Play Miss Boonsmal LTE $110,156, owned by Danny Jones, Alberta, Canada and shown by Eddie Flynn, scored 221.5 points for reserve, while the 5-year-old Starlights Gypsy gelding Littlemak LTE $116,862, shown by Jon Burgess for Anderson Cattle Company, Victoria, Tex., placed third with 221 points.

Cattys Hope LTE $211,467, sired by Catty Hawk and shown by Michael Cooper for Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., and HR Cats Starlight LTE $126,683, by High Brow Cat and ridden by Tarin Rice for E.J. Huntley, Houston, Tex., tied with 224 points for the win in the Brazos Bash Derby Open Finals. Hashtags LTE $253,589, by Metallic Cat and shown by Tatum Rice for Hashtags Ventures, Weatherford, Tex., scored 223.5 points to place third.

Three horses tied with the winning score of 218 points in the Brazos Bash 3-year-old Open Finals: CR Tuff Mudder LTE $26,580, sired by Woody Be Tuff and shown for George Lane, Lancaster, Calif., by Russ Westfall; Gato Borracho LTE $17,828, by Cats Merada, shown by Michael Cooper for Jeff and May Jones, Weatherford, Tex.; and Graces CD LTE $32,009, by High Brow CD, shown by Matt Miller for Janice Eaton, Peachland, BC.

The Brazos Bash continues through October 1 with Non-Pro and Amateur division competition that can be followed live at http://www.brazosbash.com/

Grade A for E

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Tatum Rice and Eazee E. Ted Petit photo.

Eazee E and Hall of Famer Tatum Rice marked 228 for a one-point win over Maid Of Metal in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at El Rancho Futurity September 15. Non-Pro Hall of Fame contestant Lauren Middleton took her division with a 222 on Sweet Reyvenge.

Eazee E’s $13,124 paycheck could move her into the lead in the World Championship standings with over $92,000. Deluxe Checks topped the standings with $90,997 for shows processed through September 15.

Bred by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot, Eazee E is a 7-year-old mare by High Brow Cat out of Zee Dualy, by Dual Pep. Zee Dualy earned more than $200,000. With Eazee E’s latest win, Zee Dualy has joined the ranks of million-dollar producers. She is also the dam of Hall of Fame Horse Smooth Asa Zee ($616,978).

Owner Kevin Knight bought Eazee E as a yearling for $49,000 at the 2011 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. Since then, the mare was reserve champion at the Brazos Bash, and was an Open finalist in 10 major limited age events. She also took a Non-Pro reserve championship at the West Texas Classic with Kylie Knight Rice.

In Mercuria World Series of Cutting competition, she has been a finalist five times prior to El Rancho, including this year at Houston, Pacific Coast Derby, Calgary and the Idaho Futurity.

Maid Of Metal, second in the Mercuria at El Rancho Futurity, is a 6-year-old mare by Metallic Cat out of Pretty Smart Kitty owned by Bitterroot Springs Ranch, and shown by Morgan Cromer. Last year, Cromer won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic with the mare.

Lauren Middleton on Sweet Reyvenge. Ted Petit photo.

Non-Pro Lauren Middleton of Weatherford, Texas, notched up her fourth Mercuria win with her 222 on Sweet Reyvenge. They had teamed up to win at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year, and Middleton was also a two-time winner at Congress with Cees Little Poo.

Sweet Reyvenge was bred by Bobby and Francie Butler by Reys Dual Badger out of Sweet Camille, by Chicks Achy Braky. Last year, Middleton and Sweet Reyvenge won both Novice Non-Pro championships at the NCHA Eastern Nationals. They also placed second at the Pacific Coast Derby Mercuria this year.

Carol Ward and Spooked By A Cat marked 219 for second place in El Rancho’s Mercuria.