Rice rises to the top

November 29th, 2019
Caitlin Rice on Metallika. Seth Petit photo.

Caitlin Rice of Weatherford, Texas, marked 226 on Metallika, as the second rider to the herd, to win the first round of the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on November 29, 2019.

As a teenager, Rice had ranked in the Top 10 in the World Standings in the $10,000 Amateur in 2001, and in the $20,000 Non-Pro in 2003 and 2004, but this is her World Finals debut in the Non-Pro division. She came into the Finals ranked 10th in the World Standings. With Friday’s performance, she leapfrogs to sixth place.

Her mount, Metallika, is a 9-year-old gelding bred by Billy Martin by Metallic Cat out of Nyoka Pep, a mare that carried Martin to both the Open and Non-Pro finals of the 1998 NCHA Futurity.

Caitlin’s husband, Scotty, and brother-in-law, Tag Rice, showed Metallika in Non-Pro and Open aged events, respectively. Tag won the Breeders Invitational and The Brazos Bash Classic on the gelding. Metallika brings lifetime earnings of more than $173,000 into the World Finals. Caitlin Rice has career earnings of $260,000.

Blakley Colgrove marked 222 on Cat Man Blue to place second in the first round of the World Finals. Cat Man Blue is a High Brow Cat x Quintan Blue stallion bred by Jim Vangilder.

Colgrove, who placed third in last year’s NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on Smooth Magick, was a Non-Pro World Finalist in 2015, placing seventh in the final standings.

Ali Good of Ringling, Oklahoma, has the math on her side to be the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion. She came into the World Finals with an unbeatable $38,000 lead in the standings. At age 20, she will be the youngest NCHA Non-Pro World Champion in history. She’s riding Cat Atat Cat in the World Finals.