Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., scored 228 on Candi Cat to win $16,000, as champion of the 2020 Brazos Bash 5/6-year-old Non-Pro Classic, on September 25. Paula Wood, Stephenville, Tex., earned $14,000 and the reserve championship with 225 points on Cool N Hot, while Ryan Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., placed third with 222 points to earn $12,000 aboard Driving Miss Em.
Elizabeth Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,097,943, and the 2018 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion riding Cat Sheree LTE $253,379, by High Brow CD, was also reserve champion of the 2020 Brazos Bash Non-Pro Derby on September 25, riding Ireydescent LTE $101,644, by Dual Rey.
In addition to her win in the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Classic, Quirk also earned $6,000 for eighth place riding CD Super Freak LTE $56,510, by High Brow CD.
Candi Cat LTE $110,944, sired by High Brow Cat and bred by Wendel & Eakin, is a full sister to High Brow CD LTE $502,202 and Sweet Little Cats LTE $213,270, out of Sweet Little CD LTE $106,085, dam of the earners of $1,242,906.
Paula Wood, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $2,568,476, counts NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes, and Derby Non-Pro championships among her many wins, as well as the 1993 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship.
Six year-old Cool N Hot LTE $413,367, by Hottish, was bred by Wood out of the High Brow Cat daughter Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, who carried Wood to win the 2006 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals. Donas Cool Cat has produced 14 earners of $1,306,405, including Donas Suen Boon LTE $425,911, who Wood showed to win the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.
As a 4-year-old, Cool N Hot won Open championships in the NCHA Super Stakes, Bonanza, and Brazos Bash under Kobie Wood, Paula’s husband. This year Cool N Hot has carried Paula as champion of the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic, as well as a Non-Pro finalist in the NCHA Classic Challenge, Bonanza, and Cattlemen’s Derby. Kobie Wood has also shown the stallion this year as an Open finalist in four major events, including the Brazos Bash.
Ryan Rapp, the NCHA earner of over $423,874 and winner of the 2020 Brazos Bash 3-Year-Old Non-Pro, showed 5-year-old Driving Miss Em earlier this year as Non-Pro reserve champion of the Cotton Stakes, as well as a finalist in the NCHA Classic Challenge and The Non-Pro.
Owned and bred by Phil & Mary Ann Rapp of Weatherford, Tex., Driving Miss Em LTE $58,332 is by Woody Be Tuff and out of Swing Thru The Drive LTE $100,168, by Hydrive Cat.
The Brazos Bash continues through Sept. 27.