Cowan Starts off Full Day of Finals in Tulsa!
Author: Lauren Middleton
The 2017 Breeders Invitational has reached the halfway point in Tulsa, OK and with that came a day full of finals. The Classic Non Pro Finals started things off on Saturday and it was Bill Cowan that came out on top riding homegrown mare, Billies Catty (Catty Hawk x Little Bonnie Blue). The pair marked a 222 to collect a $14,670 check. Bill also rode his wife’s horse, Shes Full Of Hope (Smart Mate x Tornados Rey Of Hope) to add another $3,863 to his earnings for the day. Michelle has been out of commission lately due to a skiing accident and Bill has been showing her horses in the meantime.
Bill came out swinging putting together an aggressive and well-conducted run to show the judges he was there to win! His mare seemed to get better and better with the tough cattle making him stand out in the stacked finals. Riding the babies by their stallion Catty Hawk has been a fun experience for Bill. They were not really looking to get into the stud business but they have been fortunate that he has turned into quite the producer! It is extra special when you raise them and go on to be successful in the show pen. They are looking forward to upcoming shows and future crops coming from their program.
Reserve Champion was Ty Moore riding Set Fire To The Reyn (Dual Rey x Shesa Smart Cat) marking a 220 and taking home a $12,222 check to add to the talented mare’s earnings. She is always a fun one to watch in any finals!
Third place was Kade Smith riding Hay U (Third Cutting x A Little Reylena) marking a 218 taking home a $9,773 check.
The second final to go on the long day of finals was the Derby Amateur Finals, which was topped by German Lugo who rode Ichi Bitsy Rider (Cat Ichi x Lenas Low Rider). They marked a 219 first out in the finals which held until the end to claim the Championship and a $7,015 check. This duo has had a great year thus far making almost every finals at each show they have attended. Their consistency has also put the little mare up in the standings for Amateur Horse of the Year! It is looking like it will be an exciting year for this team.
Reserve Champion was Colby Perry riding Rodger Rabbit (Cats Full Moon) marking a 216. They collected a $5,619 check for their efforts.
Next up was the Classic Amateur, which was dominated by the ladies! Madison Crum took home the Championship riding Metallictoy (Metallic Cat x Smartlittlelenastoy) marking a 219. The beautiful run was good enough to claim the hefty $9,788 check! Madison has enjoyed a great deal of success on this classy mare as of late putting quite a few finals under her belt.
Reserve Champion was Katherine VanBoekel riding Wendels Little Missy (High Brow CD x Justa Lil Freck) marking a 218.5 to take home the $8,276 check.
The Derby Unlimited Amateur was the next finals to go for the day. Kadie Hermes rode her new horse Reytalic (Metallic Cat x Reyling) to their first finals and first Championship! They seem to fit each other so well making it pretty fun for Kadie. The gelding has been in her brother in law, Clay Johnson’s, program from the start and so she knew the horse pretty well but it was just recently that they decided to purchase him. The $7,391.24 check was a great one to start off their career!
Reserve Champion was Hardy Rogers riding Bet Hesa Baygun (Bet Hesa Cat) marking a 216 to collect the $6,202.35 Reserve Champion’s check.
Katherine VanBoekel continued her great day taking home the Championship in the Classic Unlimited Amateur and the $10,042 check! She and her mare Wendels Little Missy (High Brow CD x Justa Lil Freck) marked a 222 first out in the two set finals. This team has really clicked from the beginning and has been able to put together some big runs especially this past week at the Breeders Invitational.
Reserve Champion was Lica Pinkston riding Stylish Metallic Cat (Metallic Cat) marking a 218 in the tough finals. They added another $8,722 to their earnings for 2017!
Congratulations to all of the Champions and finalists from everyone here at Cutting Horse Central. We look forward to the rest of the week here in Tulsa, OK!