Michelle Cowan leads way to Non-Pro Semi-Finals

August 1st, 2019
Michelle Cowan on Gingrsnap. Ted Petit Photography.

Michelle Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., tied for the second go-round of the NCHA Derby Non-Pro with 219 points on Gingrsnap, by Woody Be Tuff, and also claimed the high cumulative with 436 points. Mica Chartier, Weatherford, Tex., riding White Lights, by Metallic Cat, tied Cowan with 219 points, for the high score of the second go-round.

Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., earned 434 points, the second-highest cumulative (217.5/216.5) showing Sabrina Boon, by Boon A Little, while Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., and Traci Shehady, Poolville, Tex., tied with 433.5 points riding Blu Velvet, by Once In A Blue Boon, and A Groovy Kindof Love, by Auspicious Cat, respectively.

Michelle Cowan, the NCHA Non-Pro earner of $524,600, won the 2019 Ike Hamilton Futurity Non-Pro Intermediate and placed third in the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Non-Pro on Gingrsnap LTE $30,504. Last year, Cowan, reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro on Iridescent Cat, showed Catty N Smooth LTE $62,282, by Catty Hawk, to place seventh in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro. Cowan was also the 2009 NRCHA Derby Non-Pro reserve champion riding Wheres My Shine, by Shining Spark.

Gingrsnap was bred by Center Ranch, out of the Peptoboonsmal daughter Pepto Smoothy LTE $32,306, a half-sister to Light Blue Smoothy LTE $94,034, by CD Lights.

Mica Chartier, the NCHA earner of $444,189, showed White Lights in May as a finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited, where she also placed fifth with A Little Bossier LTE $42,107, by CD Lights. In 2001, Chartier won the NCHA Derby Amateur riding Starring CD LTE $83,067, by CD Olena, and in 2007, riding SL Jaybird LTE $439,655, Chartier (Motes) won the NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited, and followed, in 2008, with the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro championship on SL Jaybird.

White Lights LTE $11,649, was bred by Mica and R.L. Chartier out of Light Reys LTE $65,194, by CD Lights. Both White Lights and Light Reys were trained by R.L. Chartier, and both Chartiers showed her. White Lights is Light Reys’ first money earner.

Ali Good, the NCHA earner of $260,008, won the 2019 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Limited showing Sabrina Boon LTE $50,368, who she also showed as a finalist in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited, as well as a finalist (6th) in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited, and as reserve champion of the Augusta Non-Pro 4-Year-Old Futurity.

Good placed third in last year’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited riding the Hottish-sired gelding Sneakish LTE $59,439, who she also showed as champion of the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited. In addition, Good placed second in last year’s NCHA World Finals Non-Pro with Cat Atat Cat LTE $202,706 LTE $202,706, who Good’s father, Bill Riddle, showed as 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge Open reserve champion.

Nadine Payne, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $605,003, showed Blu Velvet’s half-brother, Velvets Revolver $271,541, by WR This Cats Smart, to win the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship and to place third in the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro. Payne, who won the 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship with Great Expectations LTE $62,542, placed fifth in last year’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro aboard Peaceful EZ Feelin LTE $68,163.

Traci Shehady, the NCHA earner of $216,390, was an NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro finalist showing You Cant Buy Love LTE $58,145, on Friday, July 19, during the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular Cutting. You Cant Buy Love and A Groovy Kindof Love LTE $30,777 are three-quarter siblings out of the Smart Aristocrat daughter Biscuit Love LTE $58,622, who Shehady showed to win the 2013 NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals and the 2017 NCHA $25,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals.

Shehady and A Groovy Kindof Love came into the NCHA Derby following a win in The Non-Pro Cutting Amateur Unlimited, and as finalists in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited and the Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited.