Brandon Dufurrena
Brandon Dufurrena with his sister Rieta and Miss Ella Rey.

Brandon Dufurrena and Miss Ella Rey established a new personal record with a 229-point win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Non-Pro finals at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on Saturday. Dan Hansen and Woody Be Lucky finished second with a 223.

Dufurrena gave notice by winning the go-round by half a point over Hansen with a 224.

“She was good both runs,” he said. “We cut our cows a little bit better in the finals. My game plan every time I go to the herd is to be smooth, clean and accurate, and let the chips fall where they may. Tonight we cut good cows and I stayed out of her way and let her work.

“This is my highest score ever, and hers,” he added. “It’s pretty special.”

Miss Ella Rey is a 7-year-old mare by Dual Rey out of Huggs Olena. Last year, Dufurrena won the Limited Non-Pro at the Super Stakes Classic and the Southern Futurity 5/6-year-old finals on her. They also made the Mercuria finals at the Augusta Futurity in January.

The mare has won over $215,000 to date.

Watch Dufurrena’s winning run here.

Brandon’s sister, Rieta, marked 150 on Auspicious Cat to take the reserve championship in the Senior Youth at Houston.