Clean Sweep for Shepard at The Ike
Author: Lauren Middleton
Cade Shepard stole the show at the Ike in the Non-Pro classes! He rode Christy Hughes (Thomas E Hughes x MH San Tules Dually) to win the Classic Non-Pro and Bama Dawg (High Brow Cat x MH San Tules Dually) to win the Derby Non-Pro. Both of these special horses are out of MH San Tules Dually a mare that the Shepard’s had so much success aboard during her show career. She went on to produce many standout show horses for them including Circle S, Bama Cat, and the two above just to name a few. This is Christy Hughes’ second Championship with Cade this year the first being at the Augusta Futurity. This win added another $14,436.90 to he and “Kathy’s” earnings. The duo marked a 221 to claim the title in the tough set of cows. Cade is known for his showmanship and that is what puts him in the winner’s circle time and time again.
Cade Shepard Non Pro Classic and Non Pro Derby Champion
The Derby Non-Pro was much like the Classic Non-Pro in that showmanship prevailed and Bama Dawg aka “JJ” for Julio Junior showed us he is an asset to their program much like his siblings have been. The young stallion Bama Cat is affectionately known as “Julio” an JJ is his full little brother. The gelding was also an Open finalist with Austin Shepard earlier in the week making it a pretty awesome week. Cade and JJ took home a $11,295.96 check for their 219.5-point run. The story behind JJ’s name, Bama Dawg, goes further. As many know the Shepard family loves SEC Football! What some do not know is that Cade’s mom Stacy was a Georgia Bulldog, hints the “Dawg” portion of the name. It is always fun to hear the stories behind some of the creative names people come up with and we thought this one was definitely worth sharing! Congratulations to the entire Shepard family on a very special day for both Cade and their program.
Cade Shepard and Bama Dawg Cade Shepard and Christy Hughes
Reserve Co-Champions in the Classic Non-Pro were Amanda Standish riding Im Countin Stars (Im Countin Checks x Catrina Starlight) and Ashley Flynn riding LHR Smooth James Rey (Dual Rey x LHR Smooth Jamie May) both marking a 219. They each received a $11,180.77 check. “James” was also the Gelding Division Champion adding another $1,646.40 to he and Ashley’s earnings for the day. Amanda and “Blue” claimed the Limited Division Championship in the Classic Non-Pro and collected another $1,568.
Amanda Standish and Ashley Flynn Classic Non Pro Reserve Co-Champions
The Novice Division Championship went to Funny Lil Boon (Boon Too Suen) ridden by Joey Blann. They took home $1,176 for their efforts.
In the Derby Non-Pro the Reserve Champion was Elizabeth Quirk and Catillac Reys (Metallic Cat x Tootsie Rey) marking a 217. They received a $9,247.17 check along with another $2,038.40 for being the Novice Division Champions!
Elizabeth Quirk Derby Non Pro Reserve Champion
The Gelding Division Champion was Mclintockk (High Brow Cat x KD Shorty) ridden by Todd Quirk receiving $1,842.40.
The Limited Division Champion was Lance Cooper riding Zen And Tonic (High Brow CD x Dual Citizen) taking home $1,176.
The Amateur riders will finish out the show in West Monroe, LA be sure to stay up to date on the action by visiting CHC’s Livescoring!