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.

Pedro Ornelas and The Kwack Shack claim Derby Open Ltd.

July 31st, 2019
The Kwack Shack, ridden by Pedro Ornelas. Ted Petit Photography.

Pedro Ornelas, riding The Kwack Shack for Anderson Cattle Company, Victoria, Tex., scored 222 points on Wednesday to win the Derby Open Limited championship, of the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular. Rodrigo Taboga was reserve champion with 220.5 points on Beau and Aslhey Galyean’s gelding The Dewd, and placed third with 218 points on Rocky Mountain Blues, owned by Selena Orchard Barbosa, Paso Robles, Calif.

Pedro Ornelas, the NCHA earner of $178,297, won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Limited and placed in the Open Finals showing Little Jo Cat LTE $126,569, who he had trained for Anderson Cattle Company. He also showed the High Brow Cat gelding to win the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Open Limited.

The Kwack Shack LTE $46,302, by Spots Hot, was bred by PJ Cutters and purchased by Ornelas for Anderson Cattle Company at the 2016 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. Ornelas had shown the gelding’s dam, Kwackin Cat to win the 2013 Western States Fall Futurity 5/6 Open Limited. Kwackin Cat, by High Brow Cat, is a full brother to Catting LTE $225,025 and to High Brow Kwackin LTE $154,134.

Ornelas also qualified The Kwack Shack for the NCHA Derby Open Semi-Finals, this Saturday, August 3.

The Dewd, ridden by Rodrigo Taboga. Seth Petit Photography.

Rodrigo Taboga, the NCHA earner of $69,956, showed The Dewd, bred by Alvin Fults and sired by Metallic Cat, as an NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist and to place third in the 28-horse Futurity Open Limited Finals. Beau Galyean showed the gelding earlier this year as a finalist in the Ike Hamilton Open Futurity and the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity.

Taboga and The Dewd LTE $39,880, who is a full brother to Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837, the 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, also qualified for the NCHA Derby Open Semi-Finals, on Saturday, August 3.

Taboga’s third-placed mount, Rocky Mountain Blues LTE $23,109, was reserve champion of the Ike Hamilton Futurity Open Limited and placed fourth in the Open Intermediate Finals under Christian Miller, earlier this year, won the Bonanza Open Limited and Open Novice. The Smooth As A Cat son, bred by Group J, is a full brother to Smooth Strategy LTE $129,737, and out of Diva N Denim, an unshown full sister to Boon A Little LTE $118,405, Absolutely Stunning  LTE $106,787, and Wild Thing DNA $94,561, as well as a three-quarter brother to Im Countin Checks LTE $509,642.

In addition to Ornelas and Taboga, five other riders in the Derby Open Limited Finals, also qualified horses (seven) for the NCHA Derby Open Semi-Finals. Salvador Cabral and Ryan Moore each qualified two horses. Cabral shows his own horses, Maggic Mike LTE $83,540, by Metallic Cat, and Secreytariat LTE $52,872, by Sigala Rey. While Ryan Moore shows Pepsi Boon LTE $50,202, sired by Once In A Blu Boon and owned by Jerry and Luann Jeffries, Naylor, Mo., and Im Not Blu LTE $27,188, sired by Once In A Blu Boon and owned by Shadow B Ranch, Harrison, Ark.

The other Derby Open Limited finalists who also qualified for the Derby Semi-Finals are Greg Wright on Crown That Cat LTE $30,467, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Star C Land & Cattle Co., Oklahoma City; Justin White on his own horse, SJR Kit D Vine LTE $5,584, sired by Kit Kat Sugar; and Scott Amos on Sugar N My Shayk LTE $27,039, sired by Kit Kat Sugar and owned by Lori Gale, Conway, S.C.

Three stallions sired 10 of the 17 NCHA Derby Open Limited finalists. Metallic Cat sired four; while Kit Kat Sugar and Once In A Blu Boon each sired three.

Langston Pattillo and Shesa Tuff Teaspoon were sterling on Tuesday

July 30th, 2019
Langston Pattillo on Shesa Tuff Teaspoon. Ted Petit Photography.

Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Il., scored 219 on Tuesday, riding Shesa Tuff Teaspoon, by Woody Be Tuff, to top the first day of NCHA Derby Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited competition. Kyle Manion, Aubrey, Tex., earned 218 points, the day’s second-highest score, on Smoothest Ride, by Smooth As A Cat, while  Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., and Non-Pro Limited entrant Laura Bennett, Hereford, Tex., tied with 217 points, riding The Dark Alley, by Spots Hot, and Tictac Sugar, by Kit Kat Sugar, respectively.

Langston Pattillo, the 2018 NCHA Amateur Rider of the Year and recipient of the 2018 NCHA Amy Bell Memorial Award, has made the most of his time during the 2019 Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular. Riding High Stylin CD LTE $224,218, by High Brow CD, Pattillo, with NCHA earnings of $310,846, banked another $23,388 last week, when he won the NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited and placed third in the Classic Challenge Non-Pro Finals. He also earned $5,000 as a finalist in the NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited riding Zinging Some Reys, by Stylin Cat. Along with his gelding class paychecks, he has earned more than $35,200 so far at the show.

Shesa Tuff Teaspoon, with earnings of $1,218, was bred by Harland Radomske out of Shesa Spoonful A Fun $82,335, who carried Harlan and Jody Radomske as Amateur and Non-Pro limited age event finalists, including last year, when Jody won the PCCHA Derby All-Age  Amateur Unlimited on the Hes A Peptospoonful daughter.

Kyle Manion has shown Smoothest Ride, bred by Tommy Manion, to earn nearly $50,000 in 2019, including as reserve champion of the Bonanza Non-Pro and to place sixth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro. The NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,794,040, Manion placed seventh in last week’s NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro riding Smooth As Mimi LTE $53,273, by Smooth As A Cat.

Smoothest Ride LTE $48,704, out of Zee Dually LTE $201,899, by Dual Pep, is a full brother to Smooth Asa Zee LTE $616,978, an all-time leading money earner and the 2013 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion. Smoothest Ride is also a full brother to Take It Eazee LTE $90,912, shown by Jim Vangilder to win the 2018 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited.

Kristen Galyean, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $759,426, won the 2010 NCHA Derby Non-Pro and the Derby Non-Pro Limited riding Harley LTE $203,574, by Spots Hot. She also won the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro on ZR One LTE $74,674. This year, Galyean was reserve champion in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro with Duramax Dually LTE $175,399 and placed third in the Super Stakes Non-Pro on The Dark Alley. The Dark Alley LTE $141,918, made her limited age event debut as fifth-placed finalist in the NCHA Futurity Open Finals with Wesley Galyean, Kristen’s husband.

Laura Bennett, the NCHA earner of $16,130, topped Tuesday’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited entrants with her ride aboard Tictac Sugar LTE $17,122. Earlier this year, Bennett, showed the mare as an NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Semi-Finalist and her husband, Tate, showed her to third in the Bonanza Open Limited.

Metallics MVP lives up to his name with Round 2

July 30th, 2019
Metallics MVP and Austin Shepard. Ted Petit Photography.

Metallics MVP, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by Austin Shepard for Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., scored 221 points on Monday, to claim the top cumulative score of 440.5 points, in the second go-round of NCHA Open Derby competition. Metallics MVP’s 221-point score also tied as the highest score from the second go-round. The Cat Doctress, sired by High Brow Cat and shown by Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, Forth Worth, Tex., also earned 221 points, and a cumulative of 438 points.

Forty-eight horses with cumulative scores of 433 points or higher advanced to this coming Saturday’s NCHA Derby Open Semi-Finals

The Dewd, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by Rodrigo Taboga for Beau and Ashley Galyean, Fort Worth, Tex., earned 439.5 points (220.5 and 219) the second-highest cumulative, while Bama Jelly, sired by Bamacat and shown by Austin Shepard for Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., earned the third-highest cumulative, 438.5 (221 and 217.5).

Stylish Hailee, by Halreycious, with James Payne for Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., rounded out the top five cumulative earners with 438 points (219 and 219).

Metallics MVP LTE $69,829 placed in the NCHA Futurity Open (19th) and the Open Limited (28th) with Hayden Upton. This year, the Metallic Cat son has earned $48,002 in major events with Austin Shepard, including the reserve championship of the Ike Hamilton Futurity. My Lizzy Babe LTE $163,653, Metallics MVP’s dam, won five major West Coast championships under Tim Smith, and was a successful Non-Pro limited age event competitor for John Kratzer. My Lizzy Babe, by Lizzys Gotta Player is a full sister to 2016 NCHA Open Derby champion Moms Stylish Player LTE $364,394, as well as to Card Trick LTE $191,555, Lizzys Gotta Babe LTE $91,137, and Stylish Lizzie LTE $90,697.

Austin Shepard, the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame earner of over $8 million, won the 2017 NCHA Derby on Sir Long Legs LTE $361,223, sired by High Brow Cat and owned by Lew Hall, Highland City, Fla. Shepard also qualified for Saturday’s Open Semi-Finals with a cumulative of 433.5 points (215 and 218) riding Hammer Hughes, sired by Thomas E Hughes and owned by Joel Colgrove, Boligee, Ala.

The Dewd LTE $36,073 was an NCHA Open Semi-Finalist with Rodrigo Taboga and has earned $18,913 this year under Taboga and Beau Galyean. The Metallic Cat gelding is a full brother to Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837, the 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and winner of 10 major events under Beau Galyean.

The Cat Doctress LTE $59,250, was shown as an NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist under Sheehan and has earned $50,277 this year in Open limited age events. Sired by High Brow Cat and out of The Doctress Orders LTE $150,752, The Cat Doctress is a full sister to Ten Blade LTE $37,581, also bred and owned by Beechfork Ranch, and a top qualifier for the NCHA Derby Semi-Finals with 435 points. In addition, Sheehan qualified Beechfork-owned and bred Toytallic LTE $60,195, by Metallic Cat, for the Semi-Finals with a cumulative of 437 points (220 and 217), and was the only trainer to qualify with three Top 15 qualifiers (with 436 points or more).

Trained and shown by James Payne, Stylish Hailee $82,365 placed ninth in the NCHA Super Stakes and eleventh in the Breeders Invitational, and won three major futurities at three – the West Texas, the Southern, and the Cotton Stakes. Payne also qualified for the NCHA Derby Semi-Finals with a cumulative of 437 points on Summer Time Fun LTE $43,664, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Ty Moore, Madill, Okla.

129 advance in NCHA Derby

July 28th, 2019

A score of 214 or higher was the magic number for 129 horses, following the last day of NCHA Derby Open first go-round competition, on Sunday. Saturday, the first day, saw four horses score 221 points or higher, including Million Dollarr Bill, shown by Alice Durkin for Anderson Cattle Company, who won the first go-round with 222 points.

NCHA Derby Open competition, during the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular,  continues on Monday, with the second go-round.

On Sunday, two more horses were added to the “221-points or more” roster, with four more garnering 220 points, or more. Haldou Do, shown by Jake Hanson for Hanson Revocable Trust, Weatherford, Tex., and Summer Time Fun, shown by James Payne for Ty Moore, Madill, Okla., topped Sunday’s competition with 221 points.

Pepsi Boon, with Ryan Moore for Jerry and Luann Jeffries, Naylor, Mo., and The Dewd, ridden by Rodrigo Taboga for Beau and Ashley Galyean, Fort Worth, Tex., each scored 220.5 points, while Ms Baby Cakes, under Lloyd Cox for Barker Ranch Cutting Horses, Madill, Okla., and Toytallic, with Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., tallied 220 points.

Haldou Do, ridden by Jake Hanson. Ted Petit Photography.

Haldou Do, sired by Halreycious and bred by Linda Holmes, placed third in the 2018 PCCHA Futurity and was a finalist in the Brazos Bash 3-Year-Old Futurity under Phil Hanson. This year, with Jake Hanson, Haldou Do LTE $53,777 placed fourth in the Breeders Invitational Open Limited Finals and eleventh in the NCHA Super Stakes Open Finals.

Jake Hanson, the NCHA earner of $56,914, showed Metallic M4 LTE $18,501 earlier this year to win the Breeders Invitational Open Limited. The Metallic Cat gelding also carried Hanson as a 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist, and to place seventh in the NCHA Futurity Open Limited.

Hanson also qualified for Monday’s NCHA Derby second go-round with 216 points riding Katthryn LTE $15,954, sired by Kit Kat Sugar and owned by Jerry and Vicki Durant, Weatherford, Tex.

Summer Time Fun, ridden by James Payne. Ted Petit Photography.

Summer Time Fun LTE $43,664, bred by Ty Moore, was a 2018 NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist with James Payne, and earlier this year, Payne and the Metallic Cat daughter were finalists in the NCHA Super Stakes and the Breeders Invitational, and claimed the reserve championship in The Non-Pro Cutting.

James Payne, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,170,909, had scored 219 on Saturday to also qualify for the Derby second go-round with Stylish Hailee LTE $81,273, sired by Halreycious and owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla.

Pepsi Boon LTE $48,602, by Once In A Blu Boon, was an NCHA Futurity Open and Open Limited finalist with Ryan Moore, and has earned money in three other major events in 2019, including as third-placed finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited. Ryan Moore, the NCHA earner of $269,600, also scored 218 points in the Derby go-round on Im Not Blu, by Once In A Blu Boon LTE $25,997, for Shadow B Ranch, Harrison, Ark.

The Dewd LTE $36,073, by Metallic Cat, placed third with Rodrigo Taboga in the NCHA Futurity Open Limited Finals and was a Futurity Open Semi-Finalist. In 2019, owner and trainer Beau Galyean has ridden the gelding to place in the Ike Hamilton Futurity, as well as the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity.

Rodrigo Taboga, the NCHA earner of $69,956, also qualified for the second go-round with 216.5 points on Rocky Mountain Blues, sired by Smooth As A Cat and owned by Selena Orchard Barbosa, Paso Robles, Calif., and also qualified Shes Fire And Ice, by Spots Hot, owned by Filipe Barbosa.

Ms Baby Cakes LTE $53,450, by Metallic Cat, placed 14th in the NCHA Futurity under Lloyd Cox, and was also a 2019 finalist in the Ike Hamilton Futurity and the Abilene Spectacular. Cox also was a high-scoring go-round contender on Saturday with Slooow Ride LTE $92,129, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Pat and Lisa Taylor, Pilot Point, Tex.

Toytallic LTE $60,195, by Metallic Cat, has been shown by Geoffrey Sheehan to place in four major 2019 events. Sheehan also qualified with 221 points on Saturday riding Ten Blade LTE $37,581, sired by High Brow Cat and owned by Beechfork Ranch. In addition, Sheehan qualified for the second go-round with 217 points on Beechfork Ranch’s The Cat Doctress, by High Brow Cat.

Million Dollarr Bill best with 222

July 27th, 2019
Alice Durkin on Million Dollarr Bill. Ted Petit Photography.

Million Dollarr Bill, shown by Alice Durkin for Anderson Cattle Company, Victoria, Tex., paid his dues with 222 points, the high score Saturday, July 27, on the first day of Open Derby go-round competition, in the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular Cutting, in Fort Worth. Altogether, 97 horses performed on Saturday. In addition to Million Dollarr Bill, three other horses topped 220.

Bama Jelly, shown by Austin Shepard for Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala.; Stunner Cat, with T.J. Good for Darren Blanton, Dallas, Tex.; and Ten Blade, ridden for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., by Geoffrey Sheehan, all tied with 221 points. Seven horses earned 219 points, the next highest score.

Million Dollarr Bill LTE $10,338, bred by Stacy Smitherman DVM and sired by Wild Thing DNA, has earned money in two limited age events – as tenth-placed finalist in the 2019 Ike Hamilton Open Futurity with Adan Banuelos, and as seventh-placed finalist in The Non-Pro Open Limited with Alice Durkin. His dam, Million Dollar Babie, by Smooth As A Cat, is a three-quarter sister to Little Pepto Cat LTE $600,263, by High Brow Cat, out of Little Pepto Gal LTE $490,951, 2002 NCHA Open Horse of the Year.

Million Dollarr Bill’s rider, Alice Durkin, grew up with horses and cattle in the Australian Outback. The 2019 Non-Pro Open Limited marked her first official performance as an NCHA Open limited age event earner.

Bama Jelly LTE $138,962, bred by his owner, Madalyn Colgrove and sired by Bamacat, was an NCHA Futurity Open finalist (16th) with Austin Shepard and won two major Open events, the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity and the Augusta Futurity, since then. He also placed fourth in the NCHA Super Stakes, where he earned his biggest individual paycheck.

Shepard, a member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame and one of the sport’s all-time leading riders, is the earner of over $8 million. He also showed 2017 NCHA Futurity Open champion Dual Reyish LTE $366,024 earlier during the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular to place in the NCHA Classic Challenge Open Finals.

Stunner Cat LTE $40,106, bred by JLC Performance Horses and sired by Metallic Cat, was an early 3-year-old money earner with T. J Good, as reserve champion of the Brazos Bash and as a top 10 finalist in the PCCHA Futurity and the Idaho Futurity. Earlier this year, Good, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,359,700, and Stunner Cat placed twelfth in the Pacific Coast Derby.

Ten Blade LTE $37,581, bred by Rhodes River Ranch and sired by High Brow Cat, was shown at three by Austin Shepard to place sixth in the Cotton Stakes, and by Geoffrey Sheehan to place fifth in the West Texas Futurity. This year, he has earned money with Sheehan as a finalist in the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity and the Cattlemen’s Derby.

Sheehan, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,322,418, showed Candi Cat LTE $90,725, owned by Beechfork Ranch and sired by High Brow Cat, last week to tie with the fifth highest score (221) in the NCHA Classic Challenge.

Makayla Cowan and Brinking Lights shine in World Finals

July 26th, 2019
Makayla Cowan on Brinking Lights. Ted Petit Photography.

Makayla Cowan of Ardmore, Okla., and Brinking Lights tallied 15 points by scoring in every round of the Holy Cow Performance Horses Senior Youth World Finals to win the show championship on Friday, July 26.

World Champion Christina Huntley was second with 12 points, while Ryann Packard finished third with 10 points.

Cowan came into the World Finals tied for 11th place, but her performance in Fort Worth moved her up to 7th in the World Standings. She put together socres of 218 / 221.5 / 216 and 655.5, winning the first round and the pencil finals. She placed second in the second round, and fifth in the third round.

Makayla and Brinking Lights won the $15,000 Amateur title at the Non-Pro Cutting last year, and were Senior Youth champions there this summer.

Brinking Lights is a 10-year-old son of CD Lights out of Scootin Brinks, bred by Mica Chartier. Mica won the Senior Youth World Finals herself, riding Dually Lena, back in 2003.

Christina Huntley on Ripping Ichi. Ted Petit Photography.

Christina Huntley of Houston, Tex., World Champion and second in the World Finals, rode Ripping Ichi in Fort Worth to score 654.5 points and earn 12 points at the show. She was a runaway winner in the World Standings with 143 points, a 30-point lead.

During the season, she earned points at 35 shows, riding Acres In Autumn, Ripping Ichi and Smart Frosty Cat.

Huntley has won Amateur limited age titles in recent years at Abilene and West Texas. She won the Senior Youth World Finals three years ago on Smart Frosty Cat.

Chaser Crouch of Corsicana, Tex., took the Reserve World Championship with 113 points. Through the year, he earned points on GS Zans Cat, Louis The Cat, MSP Handle Me Smart, One Time Shorty, and Order Mia Smoothie.

NCHA Senior Youth World Finals
1MAKAYLA COWAN BRINKING LIGHTS
2CHRISTINA HUNTLEY RIPPING ICHI
3RYANN PACKARD SIR STYLISH LIZZY
4WILLIAM MOORE CATSCRATCH SISTER
5JIMMIE ANNOOT SMOOTH FLOWING CAT
6RYAN RAPP IM REYDIOACTIVE
7MATTIE MARIE DUKES SHO NUFF HOT
8MADISON MELASKY TWO TIME DUAL
9LEXINGTON BROOKE SLAUGHTER CACTIS JACK
9CARSON RAY CHET SMOOTH

 

NCHA Senior Youth World Standings (WF Horse)
1 CHRISTINA HUNTLEY RIPPING ICHI 143
2 CHASER RAY CROUCH GS ZANS CAT 113
3 FAITH FARRIS BIG SHOES TO PHIL 104
4 LEXINGTON BROOKE SLAUGHTER CACTIS JACK 102
5 RYAN RAPP IM REYDIOACTIVE 84
6 JIMMIE ANNOOT SMOOTH FLOWING CAT 73
7 MAKAYLA COWAN BRINKING LIGHTS 71
8 CARSON RAY CHET SMOOTH 68
9 MATTIE MARIE DUKES SHO NUFF HOT 62
10 RYANN PACKARD SIR STYLISH LIZZY 59
10 WILLIAM MOORE CATSCRATCH SISTER 59
10 HANNAH JACKSON TRACKER JONES 59
10 MORGAN GRIGGS SEAL TEAM 6 59
14 MADISON MELASKY TWO TIME DUAL 58
15 COLTON COGDELL GEAUX TIME 47
15 CHARLES RUSSELL BUSHAW PEPTOTOODIE 47