ARC Ruby Playgunia wins in Houston

February 25th, 2013
Arc Ruby Playgunia

Matt Budge on Arc Ruby Playgunia.

Matt Budge marked 229 on Arc Ruby Playgunia to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo this evening.

Mississippi Cat, currently first in the NCHA World Standings, finished second with a 222.5.

Bred by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, and owned by Terry Green’s Jackpot Ranch, Arc Ruby Playgunia is a 7-year-old gray mare is by Playgun out of Ruby Bagonia, a daughter of $1.5 million-producer Playboys Ruby.

Budge won last year’s Abilene Spectacular 5/6-year-old on her, and also made the finals of the Super Stakes Classic and the NCHA Classic Challenge.

In Houston, she posted a 221, the sixth highest score in the go-round behind Ronnie Rice’s 225 on Center Ranch’s Jewel Bars Cat.

Brandon Dufurrena

Brandon Dufurrena on Nievas.

Brandon Dufurrena of Gainesville, Texas marked 226 on Nievas for a four-point win over Crystal Lehrmann and So Sweet Santana in the Non-Pro division. Dufurrena qualified a day earlier in the middle of the pack with a 217.5, behind Sammy Broussard’s pace-setting 222 on Mr Dagwood.

Nievas, a 6-year-old mare by Cats Merada out of Smart Little Boogie, has earned more than $224,000. Dufurrena, the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion, has won with her at El Rancho Futurity, the Southern Futurity, Idaho Futurity, as well as the Limited Non-Pro at the NCHA Derby.

“She’s bright on a cow like her mom, but this mare has a little better stop, but her mama and her both have the same way of trapping a cow,” Dufurrena said. “They both are really smart on a cow and they both have the way of drawing a cow to them.”

Between his second in the Non-Pro and his third with Russ Carroll in the Open, Crystal Lehrmann’s So Sweet Santana was the evening’s top money earner, taking home over $12,000. The 9-year-old by Short Of Santana has career earnings of mre than $126,000.

See the results.