Lance Cooper on Zen And Tonic. Hart Photography.

Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., winner of the 2017 NCHA Senior Youth World Finals, had just the tonic on Saturday for the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro first go-round. Riding Zen And Tonic, by High Brow CD, Cooper scored 219 points to top the second day of Non-Pro competition. Gary Byrd, on Fear The Frog, and Ashley Galyean, aboard Desiresomemettalic,  tied with 218.5 points, while Ty Moore earned 217.5 points, the third-highest score of the day, on Sheza Smokin Hot Gal.

Cooper, the NCHA earner of $92,416, made his first mark in an NCHA Futurity in 2014, when he was reserve champion of the Limited Non-Pro and placed twelveth in the Non-Pro Finals riding Post Card From Paris LTE $65,907. In 2015, he was a Non-Pro finalist on Smart Lil Bugley. Last year, Cooper earned money as a Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist with Bet Shes A Smoothie LTE $39,763, and this year he showed the Smooth As A Cat daughter as reserve champion of the Bonanza 4-Year-Old Non-Pro as well as reserve champion in the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Limited.

Zen And Tonic, Cooper’s current mount, was bred by Greg Coalson out of Dual Citizen LTE $61,820, the dam of four NCHA money earners of $50,589.

Gary Byrd, Athens, Tex., won the 2016 Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Amateur on Thirds Catmas LTE $46,432 and claimed the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur reserve title with Platinum Metallic LTE $36,721. He purchased Fear The Frog, a Metallic Cat son and three-quarter brother to Catty Hawk LTE 239,044, at the 2015 NCHA Futurity Sales. Byrd is the NCHA earner of $60,167.

Ashley Galyean, the NCHA earner of $382,506, was a 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist riding Metallico, by Metallic Cat. Desiresomemettalic, a Metallic Cat daughter, scored 218.5 points in the first go-round of Open competition with Ashley’s husband Beau Galyean. Bred by the Rockin  5 Ranch, Desiresomemettalic is out of Desire Some Freckles LTE $188,990, a leading dam of NCHA earners of $1,211,397, including Thundercat LTE $302,762, by High Brow Cat, and 2007 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion Desires Little Rex LTE $287,519, by Smart Little Lena.

Ty Moore’s numerous wins include, most recently, the Brazos Bash 5/6 Non-Pro on Set Fire To The Reyn LTE $113,097, and the Brazos Bash Futurity with Sweet Sister Cat. Moore, from Madill, Okla. and the NCHA earner of $898,729, bred Sheza Smokin Hot Gal, by Hottish, out of Smooth N Smokin LTE $42,917, by Smooth As A Cat.