Josh Dozier and Reyleann marked 227 for a three and a half-point win over Horse of the Year Dont Look Twice in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the All American Quarter Horse Congress Friday.
It was the biggest win to date for the 30-year-old trainer from Amory, Mississippi who took a reserve championship in the $3,000 Novice in last year’s NCHA Eastern National Championships.
Bred by Jim Holmes of Longmont, Colorado, Reyleann is an 8-year-old mare by Dual Rey out of the Grays Starlight mare Playgirl Fancy, who comes from a 50-year line of NCHA money earners. She was a Limited Open finalist with Kenny Miller at the 2007 NCHA Futurity, and was purchased by Vick Etheridge of Corinth, Mississippi in 2010.
An earner of more than $84,000 with her latest win, Reyleann was Dozier’s mount in the 2011 Mercuria NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth.
She marked 219.5 in the World Series go-round at the Congress, to tie for the third highest score heading into the finals.
Runner-up Dont Look Twice, who marked 223.5 with Phil Rapp in the finals, is cutting’s all-time richest mare. She has earned more than $719,000 for Waco Bend Ranch, is leading the 2012 NCHA World Champion race.
Kaitlyn Larsen of Millsap, Texas, took the Non-Pro division with a 223 on Laredo Montana, a 7-year-old Light N Lena gelding bred and owned by Kaitlyn’s father, Billy Martin. Martin won the Non-Pro NCHA Derby on Laredo Montana and was a Derby finalist on the gelding’s dam, Little Memory Maker.
Larsen kicked 2012 off with a win in the Mercuria World Series event at the Augusta Futurity, and also placed second on him at the Battle in the Saddle this summer. She was Non-Pro Reserve Champion with him in both the NCHA Super Stakes Classic and the NCHA Classic Challenge last year.
Laredo Montana has won more than $175,000 in NCHA competition to date. Larsen, 23, has more than $343,000 in NCHA earnings.