On Saturday, November 28, at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., the 2020 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship leader, tied with 228 points on Reystylin Smooth in the World Finals go-round, and 225 points on Day 2 of the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro go-round aboard Cinca Cat. The Futurity go-round score was the highest following two days of first go-round competition, with two days remaining before the second go-round begins on Tuesday, December 1.
Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., scored 224 points, the second-highest score from two days of competition, on My Wayward Son, while Brandon Westfall, Granbury, Tex., claimed Saturdayâ€™s third-highest score, 222 points, riding Fiddle And Steel.
Elizabeth Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,157,950, is the current leader in contention for the title of 2020 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion. She was also an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist in 2019 riding Ireydescent LTE $101,644, who she showed as Non-Pro reserve champion of the 2020 Brazos Bash, as well as Candi Cat LTE $124,351, her winning mount for the 5/6 Brazos Bash Non-Pro championship.
Bred by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., and purchased by Quirk for $100,000 at the 2019 NCHA Futurity Sale, Cinca Cat, by High Brow Cat, is out of the Spots Hot daughter Cinca Im Hot LTE $259,169, a 2016 NCHA Futurity Open finalist, as well as the 2017 Breeders Invitational Open champion, under Jesse Lennox.
Cinca Im Hot is out of Cinca De Maya LTE $106,341, the dam of six NCHA earners of $535,180, including Metallic Curveball LTE $190,704, by Metallic Cat. Cinca De Maya, in turn, is out of High Brow Cat daughter Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690, dam of Super Fein, shown by Kylie Knight to top Non-Pro go-round competition with 222 points on Friday, November 27.
Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $3,643,540, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finalist 14 times, as well as an Amateur finalist one time. He won the Non-Pro championship twice â€“ in 2001, on Jerryoes LTE $252,780, and in 2017, with Bittersweet LTE $195,757 â€“ and rode two finalists in each of three years, 2007, 2008, and 2012. He has also been a Semi-Finalist 33 times, including three times as an Open rider, and has bred many of his own Finalists and Semi-Finalists, including My Wayward Son, under the name of Crown Ranch.
Sired by Kit Kat Sugar, My Wayward Son is out of the Peptotime daughter Peptotoodie LTE $169,823, who carried Chad and Amie Bushawâ€™s son, Charles Russell, to the Junior Youth championship of the 2017 NCHA Eastern Nationals, the reserve championship of the 2018 NCHA Eastern Nationals, as well as a finalist in the 2019 Summer Scholarship NYCHA Junior Cutting, and the 2020 NCHA Senior Youth Cutting. If My Wayward Son qualifies for the Futurity Semi-Finals, he will become the first money earner from Peptotoodieâ€™s four oldest foals, all 2017 models, from four different sires.
Brandon Westfall, the NCHA earner of $618,068, won the 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship showing I Reckon So LTE $78,580, by Kit Kat Sugar, and placed third on Desires One And Only LTE $52,576, by One Time Pepto.Â In 2017, he was NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion riding Smooth Lil Cowtown LTE $127,352, by Smooth As A Cat, and in 2018, he placed in the Open Finals and the Open Limited Finals riding Ringo LTE $57,886, by Kit Kat Sugar, and was a Non-Pro finalist aboard The Bluez Feather, by The Bluez Man.
Fiddle And Steel, by Metallic Cat, bred by Brandonâ€™s parents, Russ and Janet Westfall, is a half-brother to Ringo, Brandonâ€™s 2018 NCHA Futurity finalist out of Lil Bit Reckless LTE $231,124, by CD Royal, and third generation Westfall breeding, tracing back to Trouble Lynn 495, the dam of 10 NCHA earners of $751,200.