Archive for June, 2019

Regan Plendl wins NCHA Western Nationals Non-Pro championship

Saturday, June 29th, 2019
Regan Plendl on Cats Lightning Rey. Ted Petit Photography.

Riding 5-year-old Cats Lightning Rey LTE $95,398, by NRR Cat King Cole, Regan Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, scored 221 points on Saturday, the final day of the 2018 NCHA Transwest Western Nationals, to win Non-Pro championship. Gianna Pietrafeso, Elbert, Colo., scored 220 aboard Smokin Tap LTE $95,769 for the reserve title, while Dawn Chapman, Chandler, Ariz., placed third with 216 points on Little Jackson Cat LTE $227,264, winner this week of three 2018 Western National titles.

So far this year, in addition to the NCHA Western Nationals win, Regan Plendl, the NCHA earner of $269,257, and Cats Lightning Rey have won the Non-Pro Cutting 5/6 Classic Amateur Unlimited, along with that event’s Amateur Gelding division, and placed fifth in the Breeders Invitational 5/6 Classic Non-Pro Limited.

Last year, Plendl and her gelding won the Western States LAE Non-Pro Stallion Stakes and Non-Pro Finals, and placed reserve in the Cattlemen’s Derby Non-Pro Limited and third in the Cattlemen’s Derby Non-Pro, as well as reserve in the Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited. Plendl was also reserve champion of the 2019 Breeders Invitational Amateur Unlimited on Queen Of All Cats, by NRR Cat King Cole, and won the Western Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro Finals, as well as the Junior Youth Finals, in 2014, riding Rey Nounce LTE $116,134, by Dual Rey.

Gianna Pietrafeso on Smokin Trona. Ted Petit Photography.

This is the second Western Nationals reserve championship for Gianna Pietrafesto and 14-year-old Smokin Tap, by Smokin Trona, who won the $50,000 Amateur Finals last year, and the $35,000 Non-Pro Finals at the Denver Finals in 2017. The pair first placed in the Western Finals as reserve champions of the $2,000 Limited Rider Finals, in 2014. In addition, they placed second in the NCHA $35,000 Non-Pro World Finals in 2015, and finished second in the $35,000 Non-Pro World standings. Gianna Pietrafesto is the NCHA earner of $62,180.

After placing third in the Non-Pro Finals, Dawn Chapman, the NCHA earner of $258,082, and Little Jackson Cat closed out the NCHA Transwest National Western with a 222-point win in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals. Earlier in the week, Little Jackson Cat, by High Brow Cat, had won both the Open and the $25,000 Novice.

Dawn Chapman claims $25,000 Novice Non-Pro championship

Saturday, June 29th, 2019
Dawn Chapman on Little Jackson Cat. Ted Petit Photography.

Riding 9-year-old Little Jackson Cat LTE $227,264, winner of the NCHA Transwest Western Nationals Open and $25,000 Novice championships under Mike Wood, earlier in the week, Dawn Chapman, Chandler, Ariz., scored 222 points to win the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro title on Saturday, the final day of Western Nationals competition.

Misty Greeson, Bartleville, Okla., claimed reserve with 219 points aboard 7-year-old Lil Maddy Rey LTE $82,999, by Dual Smart Rey, while Kathy Sokol, Seville, Fla., and Kelle Chartier, Millsap, Tex., tied for third place with 213.5 points, showing 7-year-old Bet On Finale LTE $53,803, by Bet Hesa Cat, and 5-year-old Smooth Dual Kick LTE $21,117, by Smooth As A Cat, respectively.

Dawn Chapman, the NCHA earner of $258,082, showed Little Jackson Cat, by High Brow Cat, in 2018 to place third in the NCHA $25,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals and also to place tenth in the World standings. In 2015, she showed Cat Cooper and Clays Little Kit Cat as finalists in the NCHA Western Nationals $15,000 Novice Non-Pro and Non-Pro divisions, respectively.

Misty Greeson on Lil Maddy Rey. Ted Petit Photography.

Misty Greeson, the NCHA earner of $42,032, won the 2018 Western Nationals $50,000 Amateur Finals on Lil Maddy Rey earlier this week. Greeson has also won or placed showing the mare in eight limited age events, including as winner of the 2018 Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Classic Amateur Finals.

Kathy Sokol, the NCHA earner of $185,429, won the Western Nationals $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals showing Bet On Finale on Saturday morning, before her afternoon performance in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals.

Kelle Chartier, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $547,529, also placed fifth on Saturday in the $5,000 Non-Pro Novice Finals riding 5-year-old Smooth Dual Kick, the winner of the 2017 Waco Texas Futurity 3-Year-Old Open under Chris Bates. Chartier has enjoyed much of her success as a Non-Pro limited age competitor. She was reserve champion of the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro riding Thankyamuch LTE $73,089, by Wilds My Thing, and has won the All American QH Congress 4-Year-Old Futurity three times.

Kathy Sokol tops $5,000 Novice Non-Pro

Saturday, June 29th, 2019
Kathy Sokol on Bet On Finale. Ted Petit Photography.

Kathy Sokol, Seville, Fla., scored 215 points on Bet On Finale to win the NCHA Transwest Western Nationals $5,000 Novice Non-Pro championship on Saturday, the final day of the event. Nicole Pietrafeso, Elbert, Colo., was reserve champion with 214 points on Suen Or Lator, while Janice Eaton and Denise Seiz tied for third with 213.5 points, riding Justa Lil Catfight and Willie J Rey, respectively.

Kathy Sokol, the NCHA earner of $185,429, and Bet On Finale LTE $50,000 have a solid history of success in both limited age events and in NCHA Nationals competition. Sokol first showed her Bet Hesa Cat daughter to place in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited Finals and went on to win the 2016 Southern Futurity Non-Pro Limited and place in the Non-Pro finals. In 2017, the pair took reserve in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro, and earlier this year, they were finalists in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice Non-Pro.

Nicole Pietrafeso on Suen Or Lator. Ted Petit Photography.

Nicole Pietrafeso, the NCHA earner of $82,405, placed seventh in last year’s NCHA Western Nationals Non-Pro Finals riding Purely Badger LTE $102,535, by Reys Dual Badger, who also carried her as Senior Youth champion at the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals in 2017. Altogether, Pietrafeso has shown Purely Badger as a finalist in six NCHA Western Nationals event finals, as well as in the NCHA $50,000 Amateur World Finals, in 2016, and the NCHA Senior Youth World Finals. Last year, Pietrafeso was a finalist in the NCHA Derby Amateur aboard A Fancy Blu Boon, by Once In A Blu Boon.

Janice Eaton, the NCHA earner of $322,815, has earned eleven major western futurity titles and placed in many more limited age events. Her official show record goes back to 2002, when she won the NCHA Western Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider riding Pinch Of Doc LTE $78,797, by Doc Freckles Leo. Justa Lil Catfight LTE $83,961, her mount in this year’s Western Nationals $5,000 Novice Non-Pro, is a 7-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat.

Denise Seiz, the NCHA earner of $283,122, has also been a successful limited age competitor. Earlier this year, she and Willie J Rey LTE $68,203, by Dual Rey, placed fifth in the Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Amateur Finals. Seiz bred Willie J Rey out of Cat Black I LTE $208,229, who she showed to win the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur championship, as well as the 2017 West Texas Championship Non-Pro title.    

Sasha Schwind dominates European Non-Pro Challenge

Friday, June 28th, 2019
Contestants from Europe faced off against American riders in the European Non-Pro Challenge. Ted Petit Photography.

Representing Germany, Sasha Schwind won or tied for first in all three rounds of the NCHA European Non-Pro Challenge at the TransWest NCHA Western National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch.

American Non-Pros faced off against cutters from Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia and Switzerland in the special competition.

Here’s a look at the scores:

European Non-Pro Challenge Round 1
Score Rider Team
219 SASHA SCHWIND EUROPE – GERMANY
218 LEA HIRSCHAUER EUROPE – FRANCE
217.5 MAREK MEDVECKY EUROPE – SIOVAKIA1
215 DAMIANO AVIGNI EUROPE – ITALY
215 KOEN HERTECANT EUROPE – BELGIUM
214 DENISE SEIZ USA – GEORGIA
212 SHAUN STRICKLAND USA – TEXAS
210 NICOLE PIETRAFESO USA – COLORADO
210 JASON REED USA – SOUTH DAKOTA
201 WHIZZY HARPER USA – COLORADO
195 MICHAL POPOV EUROPE – CZECH REPUBLIC
194 HANSRUEDI BAUMAN EUROPE – SWITZERLAND
192 LINDA WERNER USA – COLORADO
192 KRISTEN YORK USA – WYOMING
182 JACK ENRIGHT EUROPE – IRELAND
180 ORA DIEHL USA – FLORIDA
European Non-Pro Challenge Round 2
Score Rider Team
217.5 SASHA SCHWIND EUROPE – GERMANY
217 NICOLE PIETRAFESO USA – COLORADO
216 DENISE SEIZ USA – GEORGIA
215 JACK ENRIGHT EUROPE – IRELAND
213 JASON REED USA – SOUTH DAKOTA
213 SHAUN STRICKLAND USA – TEXAS
213 LINDA WERNER USA – COLORADO
213 MAREK MEDVECKY EUROPE – SIOVAKIA1
211 ORA DIEHL USA – FLORIDA
210 HANSRUEDI BAUMAN EUROPE – SWITZERLAND
210 KOEN HERTECANT EUROPE – BELGIUM
209.5 LEA HIRSCHAUER EUROPE – FRANCE
209 KRISTEN YORK USA – WYOMING
204 MICHAL POPOV EUROPE – CZECH REPUBLIC
202 DAMIANO AVIGNI EUROPE – ITALY
193 WHIZZY HARPER USA – COLORADO
European Non-Pro Challenge Round 3
Score Rider Team
218 ORA DIEHL USA – FLORIDA
218 SASHA SCHWIND EUROPE – GERMANY
216 NICOLE PIETRAFESO USA – COLORADO
216 LINDA WERNER USA – COLORADO
216 MAREK MEDVECKY EUROPE – SIOVAKIA1
215 WHIZZY HARPER USA – COLORADO
215 KRISTEN YORK USA – WYOMING
209 SHAUN STRICKLAND USA – TEXAS
208 JASON REED USA – SOUTH DAKOTA
208 DENISE SEIZ USA – GEORGIA
206 JACK ENRIGHT EUROPE – IRELAND
206 LEA HIRSCHAUER EUROPE – FRANCE
203 KOEN HERTECANT EUROPE – BELGIUM
199 MICHAL POPOV EUROPE – CZECH REPUBLIC
196 HANSRUEDI BAUMAN EUROPE – SWITZERLAND
191 DAMIANO AVIGNI EUROPE – ITALY

Natalie Rector wins $35,000 Non-Pro title

Friday, June 28th, 2019
Natalie Rector on Smooth Reyn. Ted Petit Photography.

Natalie Rector, Rogersville, Mo., scored 220.5 points on Smooth Reyn, by Smooth As A Cat, to win the NCHA Transwest Western Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro championship on Thursday night. Garth Bullis, Garden City, Kan., was reserve champion with 218 points on Reyality Check, by Dual Rey. Jessica Floyd, Booker, Tex., and Sheri Kuehney, Elmore City, Okla., tied for third with 216 riding Smooth Smart N Sweet and Draggin A Hawk, respectively.

The $35,000 Non-Pro win was Natalie Rector’s second Western Finals performance on Thursday. Earlier in the day, she showed PS Maggie Poo, by Smart Royal Rey, to place tenth in the $50,000 Amateur Finals. Rector, the NCHA earner of $28,208, was also an NCHA Eastern Nationals finalist in 2017 aboard Cat Stevens LTE $92,674, by High Brow Cat.

Seven-year-old Smooth Reyn LTE $91,454 had a successful limited age event career in Amateur competition under Jennifer Rector, who showed the mare in 17 finals, including the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge where she won the Amateur championship. The same year, the pair also placed third in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro Finals. Natalie Rector also showed Smooth Reyn as a finalist in the 2018 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Finals.

Garth Bullis on Reyality Check. Ted Petit Photography.

Garth Bullis, the NCHA earner of $18,383, showed Reyality Check LTE $21,011 last year to place seventh in the NCHA Western Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro; the pair also placed fifth in the 2018 NCHA $35,000 Non-Pro Finals and tenth in the $35,000 Non-Pro World standings.

Jessica Floyd, the NCHA earner of $30,509, showed Smooth Smart N Sweet , when she placed in the 2017 and 2018 NCHA $15,000 Amateur World standings. Floyd was also a finalist on the mare in last year’s $15,000 Amateur NCHA Western Nationals and, last weekend, showed Foxie Hughes as an NCHA Western National Senior Youth finalist.

This year, Jessica has shown 4-year-old Smooth Lil Kit Kat, by Kit Kat Sugar, as a finalist in five major events, including as Amateur champion of the Bonanza Futurity.

 Sheri Kuehny, the NCHA earner of $28,565, showed Draggin A Hawk LTE $105,255 last year to place in the All Age $35,000 and $15,000 Amateur divisions of The Non-Pro Cutting. Nine-year-old Draggin A Hawk was also a successful limited age event finalist in Open competition with Andy Sherrerd and in Amateur competition with Brent Kuehny.

Jaira McKeown owned $15,000 Amateur championship with 219 points

Thursday, June 27th, 2019
Jaira McKeown on Metallic Whisper. Ted Petit Photography.

Jaira McKeown, Minden, Nev., won the NCHA Transwest Western Nationals $15,000 Amateur Finals with a definitive 219 points on Metallic Whisper. Laine Jenlink, Cherokee, Okla., scored 217 for the reserve championship on Dangerous Cat, while Samantha Cajka, Lincoln, Neb., placed third with 213.5 points riding CR Spoonful of Lucy.

This was the second year for McKeown, the NCHA earner of $3,878, to show in an NCHA Nationals event. Last year, she rode Metallic Whisper to place fifth in the Western Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider Finals. Eight-year-old Metallic Whisper LTE $6,184, by Metallic Cat, had previously placed third under Jason Diaz in the 2017 Utah Futurity 5/6 Open Limited.

Laine Jenlink on Dangerous Cat. Ted Petit Photography.

Laine Jenlink , the NCHA earner of $5,201, was showing in her first major event finals. Dangerous Cat LTE $52,122, a son of WR This Cats Smart and NCHA Classic Challenge champion Sarenadual, was an Open finalist in last year’s NCHA Super Stakes with Hall of Fame Rider James Payne.

The $15,000 Amateur Finals marked the second appearance on Thursday for Samantha Cajka and CR Spoonful of Lucy that day. In the morning, the pair competed in the $50,000 Amateur division where they placed fifteenth. Last year, they also competed in the $15,000 Amateur and the $50,000 Amateur Finals, and in 2017, placed third in the NCHA Denver Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider Finals. Eight-year-old CR Spoonful Of Lucy LTE $36,828, bred by Center Ranch, is a daughter of Hes A Peptospoonful and a half-sister to CR Tuff Lucy LTE $379,774.

Greeson claims $50,000 Amateur title

Thursday, June 27th, 2019
Misty Greeson on Lil Maddy Rey. Ted Petit Photography.

On Thursday morning, Misty Greeson, Bartlesville, Okla., scored 222 points on Lil Maddy Rey, by Dual Smart Rey, to win the NCHA Transwest Western Nationals $50,000 Amateur championship. Colette Benson, Lac La Biche, Alberta, was reserve champion with 219 points on Candy Girl, by That Sly Cat, while Duce Barlow placed third with 218 points on Mr Connerey, by Dual Rey.

Leading up to this year, Misty Greeson and 7-year-old Lil Maddy Rey $82,999 had competed successfully in limited age events, while Lindy Northcutt showed the mare in Open limited age divisions. In 2017, Northcutt placed second with Lil Maddy Rey in the NCHA Classic Challenge Open Limited Finals, and Greeson and the mare placed eighth in the Amateur Unlimited Finals of the same event.

Greeson and Lil Maddy Rey also won the 2017 Non-Pro Cutting $15,000 Amateur championship, and last year, they won the Arbuckle Mountain Amateur Classic, while Northcutt and Lil Maddy Rey claimed first in the Arbuckle Mountain Classic Open Limited.

Colette Benson on Candy Girl (U). Ted Petit Photography.

In 2017, Colette Benson competed as a finalist in the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals $15,000 Amateur and $35,000 Non-Pro divisions riding Memorey. Last year, she showed Candy Girl LTE $81,002 to place second in the Amateur Finals of the Mane Event, and also placed eighth in the NCHA World Finals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro division. Mike Wood showed Candy Girl to place second in the 2018 NCHA World $25,000 Novice standings and, in addition, he showed her earlier this week, in the finals of the Western Nationals Open and $25,000 Novice divisions.

 Last year, Duce Barlow and Mr Connerey, placed third in the NCHA Western Nationals $5,000 Non-Pro Novice. Bred by Barlow Livestock, Mr Connerey LTE $195,601 had a successful career as an Amateur and Non-Pro limited age event competitor under Glenn Barlow, and was 2015 NCHA Amateur Horse of the Year.