Thu. Apr 22nd, 2021
Kandace Stone
Laneys Gotta Player, ridden by Kandace Stone. Seth Petit photo.

Kandace Stone, Dublin, Tex., scored 219 points on Friday, March 12, to win the NCHA Eastern Nationals $5K Novice Non-Pro aboard Laneys Gotta Player LTE $63,904. Missy Jean Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., claimed reserve with 217 points on Deputy Droopy LTE $51,633, while Lauren Minshall, Vine Grove, Ky., scored 216.5 points to place third with Reyz Your Chelada LTE $26,097.

Kandace Stone, the NCHA earner of $62,629, and 8-year-old Laneys Gotta Player, by Lizzys Gotta Player, have enjoyed a rewarding partnership in NCHA Eastern Nationals competition. Last year they won the $50,000 Amateur and placed third, placed third in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro, and seventh in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro. In 2019, they also made the finals of the $35,000 Non-Pro and the $50,000 Amateur at the NCHA Western Nationals, and additionally earned money in the finals of three 5/6 limited age events, including the NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur.

Ben Roberson also showed Laneys Gotta Player to win this year’s Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice and place third in the Open Finals. Bred by EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Tex., Laneys Gotta Player is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Catalaney LTE $11,126, a full sister to Cat Ichi LTE $238,691, among 17 NCHA earners of over $1.4 million out of Laney Doc LTE $221,332, by Doc Quixote.

Deputy Droopy
Deputy Droopy, ridden by Missy Jean Etheridge. Seth Petit photo.

Missy Etheridge, the NCHA earner of $514,772, won last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro championship on Cutting Commander LTE $105,367, by Third Cutting. This year, addition to showing Deputy Droopy as a finalist in the NCHA Eastern $5,000 Novice Non-Pro, she also showed A Star Is Borne LTE $89,272, by Boon Too Suen, and was a finalist in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro on Boondexterous LTE $89,834, by Once In A Blu Boon; A Cat Named Johnny LTE $62,448, by Metallic Cat; and A Star Is Borne.

Four-year-old Deputy Droopy, by Once In A Blu Boon, was bred by James and Nadine Payne and is the first money earner out of unshown She Shot The Sheriff, a sibling to the earners of $561,277, including Velvets Revolver LTE $279,377.

Lauren Minshall, scored 221 points riding Lafite R Hot LTE $59,615 on Thursday, March 11, for the NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro championship, and also placed third with Reyz Your Chelada, by Reydioactive. Minshall is the NCHA earner of $403,860.