The already accomplished mares Junie Wood, 2014 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, and Reyzin, 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year, tied with 221 points, as co-champions of the Cattlemen’s Open Classic, on March 4, in Graham, Tex. The next day, the High Brow CD daughter Sweet Lil Amanda scored 225 points to win the Cattlemen’s Open Derby, while 4-year-old mares Bet This Girls A Cat and Metallic Little Cat each scored 221 points to tie for reserve.
This was the second 2015 championship for Sweet Lil Amanda, shown by Matt Miller for John and Tracy Brengard. In February, she won the Ike Hamilton Open Futurity with Miller, and also placed third in the Arbuckle Mountain Open. Her $13,000 share of the Cattlemen’s purse boosted her career total to $60,639.
Phil Rapp showed Bet This Girls A Cat, by High Brow Cat, for Robbie Gale, while Clay Johnson was aboard Metallic Little Cat, by Metallic Cat, for Rusty and Shelly Simpson.
Five-year-old Junie Wood, sired by Nitas Wood and shown by John Mitchell for Glade Knight, increased her career total to $312,737 with the $13,000 Cattlemen’s win, while 6-year-old Reyzin, sired by High Brow CD and shown by Phil Rapp for Robbie Gale, currently has career earnings of $290,356.
Saturday morning, March 7, Pow Wow Pep and Arosefirst maintained the Cattlemen’s female sweep under Non-Pro owner Armando Costa Neto, who scored 219.5 points on Pow Wow Pep for the win, and took reserve with 219 points under Arosefirst. Pow Wow Pep, a 6-year-old daughter of Hickorys Indian Pep, is the lifetime earner of $68,169. Five-year-old Arosefirst, a Sweet Lil Pepto daughter and the career earner of $38,904, is out of Arosesuchaclatter LTE $322,825, owned and shown by Costa Neto.
The Cattlemen’s Cutting concludes on Sunday, March 8, with the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Finals, followed by Amateur division finals.