Rice and Ashlock Top Second Leg of the Triple Crown
Author: Lauren Middleton
The 2017 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes concluded with an exciting Saturday evening of finals. First up were two sets of the Super Stakes Non Pro. Lindy Ashlock and her stallion In Reyverse (Dual Rey x Havanna Lights) put on a show for us marking a 222 midway through the second set claiming the Championship. “Pedro” had to be very smart and accurate to handle the tough cows in the finals, but, luckily, this run was the best he had been the whole show. Lindy told us he just got better and better the more runs he had, and she was pretty proud of him to say the least. Lindy and her husband, Wes Ashlock, joked halfway through the show that if Pedro did not come out and win this one he would be a gelding. He must have heard them and pulled out all of the stops! The duo collected a $39,982 check to add to their already great year. They have made multiple finals and were Non Pro Derby Reserve Champions at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity.
Lindy and In Reyverse 2017 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Non Pro Champions!
The Super Stakes was an incredible show for Wes and Lindy. It could not happen to better people in our opinion. It seemed as though others thought the same when it came time for either of them to show in the multiple finals they participated in over the past few weeks. Everyone cheered and wanted the success for them. You will never walk by either of them without getting a kind word or a welcoming smile. They are one of those couples that just inspire you to have a good day. They have done an incredible job with their horses as well as being stand up people. They plan to go to the Breeders Invitational next in Tulsa, OK, but first a little rest is in order. Lindy is also one of the leading contenders in the race to the Non Pro World Finals on her exceptional mare Little Miss One Time making us sure that rest will not last for long in the Ashlock household!
Lindy and Pedro after marking their 222.
See Lindy's interview with CHTO after her win:
Reserve Champion was Brandon Westfall riding Luguna Girl (CD Royal x Cats Stylish Diva) marking a 220.5 to claim a $36,170 check! It was a pretty good night for the 16-year-old not that he is not experienced in the winner’s circle. Brandon has been a tough Non Pro competitor for quite some time now, but it does not make it any less impressive. Ask him any question about a horse’s pedigree or who trained them, and he will definitely know the answer! He is eaten up with the sport, and it is fun to see that kind of passion at such a young age. He showed his horse with the confidence his parents Russ and Janet have instilled in him, as they are some of the best examples of such a feat.
Brandon Westfall and Laguna Girl, Reserve Champions in the Super Stakes Non Pro
Third place was none other than Mary Ann Rapp, one of the all time great Non Pro riders. If there was anyone who would come through victorious in such tough cattle, it would be her. She showed her horse, Molokai (Metallic Cat x Hickorys Tornado Rio), to a solid 219 run setting the pace for Lindy and Brandon later in the set. The team took home a $32,358 check for their efforts.
Mary Ann Rapp and Molokai third place in the Super Stakes Non Pro
In the Open Super Stakes, one of the favorites for the evening came out on top! Tatum Rice and Hashtags (Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag) have been a standout pair from the beginning. They were 2016 NCHA Open Futurity finalists and have had a successful 2017 thus far. Throughout the Super Stakes, they seemed to reach a whole new level, and there was a feeling in the air that it might be their night. A 220 marked in the second set of testy cattle proved to be the magic number for the win.
This is Tatum’s first major Open win in the Will Rogers, but he comes from a long line of Champions in this arena. It was only a matter of time before he achieved this goal. “Tag” has been one that Tatum has always had faith in and thought he was special enough to win on the “big stage.” He has always been willing and just an overall great horse. He is also one of Tatum’s wife, Kylie’s, favorites. This beautiful blue roan stallion is owned by Jose Garcia who has been so supportive throughout his training. The $74,095 check is a nice return on all of the preparation put in by Tatum and Tag’s entire team. Their next stop is also the Breeders Invitational, and we look forward to seeing more from this exceptional duo.
Tatum Rice and Hashtags 2017 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Open Champions!
See the CHTO Interview bith Tatum Rice:
Reserve Champion was Clay Johnson riding Melting Snow (Metallic Cat x Nurse Moss). They marked a 219.5 in the second set of the finals. The talented mare took home $65,178 for owners Buck Creek Quarter Horses. “Snow” has always been special and was a standout individual in the 2-year-old Futurity Sale under Hayden Upton. She was destined for greatness, and Clay led her to just that. This achievement was extra special for Clay as well because it pushed him over the $1 million mark in NCHA lifetime earnings. We would like to congratulate him and his wife Kelsey on such an awesome accomplishment.
Clay Johnson and Melting Snow Reserve Champions in the Derby Open.
Third place was James Payne riding Hot Revolver (Spots Hot x Baretta Boon) for owner Kathleen Moore. The pair marked a 219 in the first set of finals and collected a $56,260 check. They were the highest score coming out of the first set of finals and handled a tough situation with ease. James has never been one to be intimidated, and it was evident in his aggressive yet controlled run.
James Payne and Hot Revolver third place in the Super Stakes Open.
With the second leg of the NCHA Triple Crown in the books, we want to congratulate everyone who had a successful show. We are off to the Breeders Invitational next and look forward to seeing everyone in Tulsa!