Reigning NCHA Open World Champion One Time Choice and Non-Pro World Champion Mary Jo Milner dominated their respective divisions of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday, July 9.
One Time Choice, ridden by Chubby Turner for the Jaeggi Family’s J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt, marked 226 as the last contestant in the Open finals. Her $8,900 paycheck took the late-blooming mare’s career earnings over $212,000. The 7-year-old was bred by Walt & Lou Ann Burdette, by One Time Pepto out of Hickory Choice.
This was her second win in Mercuria World Series of Cutting events, following her victory at the Idaho CHA Futurity last year.
Mary Jo Milner, who claimed her eighth World Championship in 2013, marked 219 on Smooth Asa Zee to win by three points over David Anderson on CD Peptofilly.
Smooth Asa Zee, inducted in the NCHA Horse Hall of Fame at the 2014 NCHA Convention in Salt Lake City, went over the $500,000 mark in earnings with the win. The 9-year-old Smooth As a Cat gelding was bred by John and Hope Mitchell out of Zee Dualy.
While Milner has been a finalist in 16 prior Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting events, this was her first win in the series.