Thats a Wrap at the 2018 Cattlemen's Derby and Classic

Author: Lauren Middleton



Thats a Wrap at the 2018 Cattlemen's Derby and Classic











That's a wrap for the winter run and the start of the 2018 season! We have seen some pretty fantastic horses begin their careers and goals starting to form. Nothing brings excitement to the sport like a fresh set of possibilities and horses! The Cattlemen's Derby and Classic finished up on Sunday with the Non-Pro and Amateur classes and new Champions crowned.

Classic Non Pro


Madalyn Colgrove rode Sweet Baby Marie (High Brow CD) to a 220-point win in the Classic Non-Pro finals collecting a $9,000 check and another Championship to add to their list of titles. "Josie" has been a special mare for both Madalyn and trainer Matt Miller throughout her career. This duo is truly a dream team being some of the consistent competitors we have seen recently!


Madalyn Colgrove and Sweet Baby Marie

Paula Wood riding Suen To Be Black (Boon Too Suen) marked a 218 to claim the Reserve Championship and $7,000!


Paula Wood and Suen To Be Black

The Gelding Champion in the Classic Non-Pro was HR Cats Starlight (High Brow Cat x Nurse Gray) ridden by EJ Huntley winning $2,000. This was "HR's" second Gelding Championship for this show!


EJ Huntley and HR Cats Starlight

Carli Chiarelli was the Limited Classic Non-Pro Champion riding Olive Martini (Metallic Cat) winning $2,000.


Carli Chiarelli and Olive Martini

The Novice Division Champion in the Classic Non-Pro was Catty Bluz (Catty Hawk x Little Bonnie Blue) ridden by Bill Cowan winning $1,470.


Derby Non Pro


In the Derby Non-Pro Lance Cooper once again finished on top riding his trusty mare Zen And Tonic (High Brow CD x Dual Citizen). He and "Snickers" added another $6,000 to their earnings along with the Limited Derby Non-Pro Championship and $2,700. These two have winning figured out making it look easy! Their confidence is inspiring to us all and they continue to impress everyone at every turn.


Lance Cooper and Zen And Tonic

Reserve Champion was Lee Holsey riding Smooth Lil Cowtown (Smooth As A Cat x Sweet Lil Cowtown) marking a 218 taking home $5,000.


Lee Holsey and Smooth Lil Cowtown

Gelding Division Champion was Cats Lightning Rey ridden by Regan Plendl winning $2,000. They were also Co-Novice Division Champions adding another $2,350 to their day. Nadine Payne and Peacefull Ezfeelin (Lizzys Gotta Player) was the other Novice Co-Champion duo in the Derby Open also winning $2,350.


Regan Plendl and Cats Lightning Rey


Nadine Payne and Peacefull Ezfeelin

The Senior Division Champion in the Derby Non-Pro was Patrick Collins riding Oh Sweet Caroline taking home $1,230.


Patrick Collins and Oh Sweet Caroline

Classic $50,000 Amateur


Getting into the Amateur Finals the first to go was the Classic $50,000 Amateur where Martha Meenen rode Redoak (Metallic Cat) to claim the Championship. They marked a 219 to collect a $3,300 Champion's check. They were also the Senior Division Champions adding another $3,700 to their earnings.


Martha Meenen and Redoak

Reserve Champion was Tom Herold riding Desires Phoenom (Dual Rey x Playguns Desire) marking a 216.5. They took home $2,500.


Tom Herold and Desires Phoenom

The Gelding Division Champion in the Classic $50,000 Amateur was Lil Red Metallic (Metallic Cat) ridden by Amy Jones collecting $2,500.


Amy Jones and Lil Red Metallic

Derby $50,000 Amateur


Next up was the Derby $50,000 Amateur Finals. John Rockey and Dureyngo Kid (Dual Rey x Hissy Cat) marking a 219 for the win! They collected $3,000 along with another $3,500 for the Senior Division Championship.


John Rockey and Dureyngo Kid

Reserve Champion in the Derby $50,000 Amateur was Jim Short riding Call Me What You Want. They marked a 213 to take home a $2,300 check and also the Gelding Division Champion's check of $2,300.


Jim Short and Call Me What You Want

Classic Unlimited Amateur


The third Amateur finals to go was the Classic Unlimited Amateur. Danny Jones was first out in the finals marking a huge 222 aboard his great mare Play Miss Boonsmal (Peptoboonsmal x Play Miss) to collect the $3,000 Champion's check. They were also the Senior Division Champions adding another $3,300 to their day.


Danny Jones and Play Miss Boonsmal

Reserve Champion was Joe Wood riding Olenas Dually Time (One Time Pepto x Olenasdually) marking a 218. They collected a $2,800 check.


Joe Wood and Olenas Dually Time

Stylish Top Brow (High Brow CD x Stylish Top Girl) and Lica Pinkston claimed the Gelding Division Championship and the $2,460 check.


Lica Pinkston and Stylish Top Brow

Derby Unlimited Amateur


The final class to go was the Derby Unlimited Amateur. John Rockey and Dureyngo Kid (Dual Rey x Hissy Cat) marked a 219 to claim their second major Championship of the day collecting $3,200 along with another $2,700 for the Senior Division Championship.


John Rockey and Dureyngo Kid

Reserve Champion was Stylish Hallie Cat (Halreycious) ridden by Von Sutton marking a 218. They collected a $2,700 check.


Von Sutton and Stylish Hallie Cat

Bobbi Jack Cat (Cats Quixote Jack) ridden by Bella Anderson was the Gelding Division Champion taking home $2,200.


Bella Anderson and Bobbi Jack Cat

It was an exciting show in Graham, TX at the 2018 Cattlemen's Derby and Classic. We are looking forward to the NCHA Super Stakes which is the next big event that we are all looking forward to at the Will Rogers Coliseum! Until then good luck to everyone competing at the NCHA Eastern Nationals in Jackson, MS and everywhere in between. There is never a dull moment in this industry but we would not have it any other way. Congratulations to all of the new Champions from all of us here at Cutting Horse Central.

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