Fiddle And Steel
Brandon Westfall on Fiddle And Steel. Suzanne Sylvester photo.

Reigning NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Brandon Westfall scored 225.5 points aboard Fiddle And Steel on Friday, April 16, to win $40,200 and claim the 4-Year-Old Super Stakes Non-Pro championship and is on track for a possible Non-Pro Triple Crown sweep with the 2021 NCHA Derby.

Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Spring, La., posted 224 points to earn the reserve championship and $35,330, on Cinca Cat, while Verlie Doing, Jacksboro, Tex., placed third for $30,460, riding Reydneck Woman.

Brandon Westfall, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $704,166, also showed Fiddle And Steel LTE $85,838, by Metallic Cat, earlier this year as Non-Pro Champion of the Cattlemen’s Derby and as an Open finalist in the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity.

Bred and owned by his parents, Russ and Janet Westfall, Granbury, Tex., Fiddle And Steel is from a long line of Westfall-bred champions. His dam Lil Bit Reckless LTE $231,124, shown by both Russ Westfall, in Open competition, and Janet Westfall, in Non-Pro, is by CD Royal, who Janet showed as reserve champion of the 2000 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, the same year that Brandon was born. CD Royal has gone on to produce earners of over $3.7 million and build a dynasty of winners for the Westfall family.

Although this Is Brandon Westfall’s first Super Stakes win, he claimed the Non-Pro Super Stakes reserve championship in 2017 aboard the CD Royal daughter Laguna Girl LTE $110,428, who he also showed to place third in the 2018 Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic. In addition, Brandon Westfall is one of just three riders to have won back-to-back NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championships.  He rode I Reckon So LTE $81,799, by Kit Kat Sugar out of the CD Royal daughter Just As Reckless LTE $184,285 to win the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity and Fiddle And Steel in 2020.

Elizabeth Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Famer earner of $1,172,279, is also a two-time NCHA Non-Pro World Champion and an NCHA Non-Pro World Finals champion.

In addition to their Super Stakes Non-Pro reserve championship earnings, Quirk and Cinca Cat also earned first-place payout in the Non-Pro Novice division.  Bred by Rocking P Ranch, High Brow Cat daughter Cinca Cat LTE $46,982 is the first money earner out of of Cinca Im Hot LTE $259,169, by Spots Hot.

Verlie Doing, the NCHA earner of $60,661, claimed three payouts with Reydneck Woman during the 2021 NCHA Super Stakes. In addition to $30,460 for third place in the Non-Pro Finals, Doing also placed third for $8,540 in the Intermediate Non-Pro Finals and collected $3,288 for second in the Non-Pro Novice division.

Last year, Verlie Doing won the Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro championship on Candy Man LTE $76,604, by Kit Kat Sugar, and in 2019 won the Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Limited Non-Pro on Secreytariat LTE $96,747, by Sigala Rey.

Reydneck Woman LTE $49,306, by Reyzin The Cash, was bred by Skip and Elizabeth Queen out of Xquizit Cat LTE $13,434, the dam of Redneck Creyzy LTE $148,192, NCHA Unlimited Amateur champion of the 2017 NCHA Futurity and the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes under Rocky Davis.