Three riders posted the top score of 219 in Monday’s first day of Non-Pro NCHA Derby competition at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth, Texas.
Luke Barnhart Roca, Nebraska, tied for the Non-Pro lead, as well as heading the first day’s Limited Non-Pro contestants. He rode Cool Cat Cowboy, a gelding by Bet Hesa Cat out of Dry Docs Cowgirl, by El Kineno. They were Limited Non-Pro finalists at the Super Stakes, and Jack Barnhart rode the gelding to both the Rios of Mercedes Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finals at the Summer Spectacular.
Also marking 219 on Monday was Jodie Cerny of Brazoria, Texas on Mare E Hughes, a daughter of Thomas E Hughes out of Short On Sass, by Shorty Lena. Her husband, Clay Cerny, will ride Mare E Hughes in Tuesday’s John Deere Division of the Open Derby. Jodie, a former Youth World Champion, was a semi-finalist at the Super Stakes on Mare E Hughes.
Kelsey Johnson also scored a 219 with RR Lil Boomer Cat, a mare by High Brow Cat out of $100,000 earner Peps Little Boomer, by Peppys Dry Award. Johnson was a finalist at the Super Stakes and the Bonanza, and a semi-finalist at the NCHA Futurity on the mare.
The first round of the Non-Pro Derby continues Tuesday.