John Brengard, Paragould, Ark., topped a field of 128 riders on Friday, the second day of Rios of Mercedes Amateur/Unlimited Amateur go-round competition at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes in Fort Worth. Brendgard ‚Äės 218.5-point score atop SDP Hicapoo Cat, by Hydrive Cat, tied that of Madison Crum and Metallictoy, who showed on the first day of the go-round.
Danny Jones, Alberta, Canada, riding Sweet Metallic Sugar, and Katherine Vanboekel, Ontario, Canada, tied for second place on Friday with 218 points, tying with Kadie Weeks Hermes, who marked 218 points aboard Ms Cat Walk on Thursday. Travis Linville and Little Sadie Rey scored 217.5 points on Thursday and repeated that same mark, the third-highest, on Friday.
Six-year-old SDP Hicapoo Cat LTE $52,248 is a three-time NCHA Super Stakes finalist. She was an Open Limited 4-Year-Old finalist in 2015 under Brett McGlothlin, who also showed her as 2015 NCHA Derby Open Limited champion, and she was a 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Limited finalist with Scott Wray. She carried Brengard as a 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited finalist, as well.
SDP Hicapoo Cat is out of 1994 NCHA Super Stakes Open reserve champion and Horse of the Year Hicapoo LTE $446,712, the dam of earners of $655,400, including SDP Hicapoo Cat‚Äôs full sister, SDP Hydriven Hicapoo LTE $135,289, who Brengard showed as 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Champion.
Brengard, with NCHA lifetime earnings of $146,754, also won the 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited on Smooth As A Huntress, by Smooth As A Cat, who carried him as 5/6 Amateur champion of the 2015 Cattlemen’s Derby and Southern Futurity, as well.
Danny Jones and 6-year-old Sweet Metallic Sugar LTE $28,895 claimed the reserve championship of the 2015 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited and have placed as 2017 amateur unlimited finalists in the Cattlemens Derby and the Bonanza.