Amateur Competitors Round Out the Ike Derby and Classic
Author: Lauren Middleton
It was a great week at the 2018 Ike Derby and Classic in West Monroe, LA. We have more Champions in the books and memories to keep everyone going to the next cutting. The Amateur competitors finished out the show as they often do giving us our final champions for the week. Today these Champions all had one thing in common other than the results. They were all in the first hole draw proving it to be the “Money Spot” for the day!
Classic $50,000 Amateur
The Classic $50,000 Amateur Champion was Michael Armstrong riding Red Hot Metal (Metallic Cat x Spots Hot Shot) marking a 220 and winning $1,669.76! They also won the Senior Division adding another $1,254.40 to their earnings. These titles also pushed the gelding to nearly $50,000 in lifetime earnings. This is an extra special accomplishment as he underwent surgery for a broken elbow as a two-year-old. It was obviously meant to be for this duo and we are sure to see much more from them.
Michael Armstrong and Red Hot Metal (photo by BX Photo)
Co-Reserve Champions were Jim Short riding Exackta along with Glen Matlock riding CR Tuff Rosito (Woody Be Tuff) both marking 214s and collecting $1,281.73.
Jim Short and Glen Matlock Co-Reserve Champions in the Classic $50,000 Amateur
Derby $50,000 Amateur
In the Derby $50k Amateur Marvin Marmande rode Entirely Smokin (Dual R Smokin x Entirely Magic) to a 215-point victory! They claimed the $1,538.05 champion’s check along with $921.20 for being the Senior Division Champions. They had some tough luck at the NCHA Futurity but have proven to be focused and ready to take on the new year!
Marvin Marmande and Entirely Smokin (photo by BX Photo)
Reserve Champion was Jim Short adding to his already prosperous day! He rode Call Me What U Want (Metallic Cat x Sarenadual) to take home $1,230.02.
Jim Short Derby $50,000 Amateur Reserve Champion
Classic Unlimited Amateur
The Classic Unlimited Amateur was next to go and Amanda Standish continued her hot streak marking a 219 aboard Im Countin Starz (Im Countin Checks x Catrina Starlight) to claim the Championship! They added $3,766.48 and this second Championship for the year to their record.
Amanda Standish and Im Countin Starz (photo by BX Photo)
Reserve Champion was Mike Wood riding Looking For Caviar (WR This Cats Smart) marking a 216. They collected $3,195.06 along with their title.
Mike Wood Reserve Champion in the Classic Unlimited Amateur
The Senior Division Champion for the Classic Unlimited Amateur was Lica Pinkston riding Stylish Top Brow (High Brow CD x Stylish Top Girl) marking a 214.5. The duo received $1,234.80.
Derby Unlimited Amateur
The last finals for the day was the Derby Unlimited Amateur where Alberto Rodriguez marked a 217 on Mo Metallic (Metallic Cat x Mo Flo) to collected the $3,291.28 Champion’s check! This brought the pair’s lifetime earnings to more than $10,000. They were also Amateur Finalists at the NCHA Futurity.
Alberto Rodriguez and Mo Metallic (photo by BX Photo)
Reserve Champion was Lisa Crossen riding A Little Wild Cat. They marked a 216.5 to take home the $2,821.66 check.
Lisa Crossen Reserve Champion in the Derby Unlimited Amateur
Jim Short and Call Me What U Want (Metallic Cat x Sarenadual) claimed the Senior Division Championship adding the $1,013.32 check to go along with their title and already stellar day!
It is always fun to see all of our Amateurs in the sport do well and really just have fun! Many of them are business professionals and experts in their fields, they show cutting horses purely for enjoyment. Some people golf, some people fish, and we are lucky enough to have these people enjoying the sport we ourselves love too. Congratulations to everyone on all of your success from all of us here at Cutting Horse Central we look forward to the next show!