Lennox and Cinca Im Hot Close the Breeders Invitational In a Big Way!
Author: Lauren Middleton
The 2017 Breeders Invitational ended on Saturday with one of the best Open Derby finals we have seen and full of some pretty amazing horses and riders. Jesse Lennox and Cinca Im Hot (Spots Hot x Cinca De Mya) marked a perfect 225 to take home the huge $70,362.11 check for owner Bobby Patton of Rocking P Ranch. The win here at the BI boosted the young mares earnings to just over $100,000 and was enough to help the Canadian Trainer hit the $1 million mark in NCHA Lifetime earnings and make him eligible for the Open Rider Hall Of Fame. Everyone remembers this unique mare from the NCHA Futurity. Watching her would give you goose bumps because it was unlike anything any of us had ever seen. Everything did not come together in the finals for them at the Futurity, but the duo went viral nonetheless. Jesse felt as though he had let “Cinca” down by not showing her better, but they seem to have figured it all out now!
Jesse Lennox and Cinca Im Hot
First and foremost, Jesse wanted to thank Bobby for trusting him to put together a program from scratch and find a mare like Cinca. She was started by and purchased from Justin Wright who Jesse gave a great deal of credit in creating the horse that she is today. She has had some bad luck along the way with injuries, and he believes that without Justin’s foundation she would not have come out of it as good as she has. Jesse feels very fortunate to be able to ride behind such a phenomenal hand. He went on to say that a trainer is only as good as what he is riding especially in today’s cutting horse industry, and to have the opportunity he has been given is such a blessing.
Jesse and Cinca Im Hot marking a 225 in the Derby Open Finals!
Jesse wanted to thank his help and coaches Lee Francois, Casey Green, Michael Cooper, and Jonathan Rogers. These guys have been there for almost everything he has ever won and talk him through his runs as well as teaching him out of the show pen. Knowing that he has a horse that can win gets him nervous especially after things not coming together at the Futurity. He said that was his biggest fear when she injured herself in the trailer on the way to the Abilene Spectacular, that he would never be able to show her to her full potential. Luckily she healed up fast, and there is so much to look forward to with this team. Jesse plans to let her rest a bit then focus on the NCHA Summer Spectacular coming up in July along with a number of shows in the fall. We are pretty certain we will see many more exciting runs in their future.
Recieving awards from Jeffrey Mathews
Co- Reserve Champions of the Open Derby were Michael Cooper riding Cattys Hope (Catty Hawk x Tornados Rey Of Hope) owned by Rose Valley Ranch and Tarin Rice riding HR Cats Starlight (High Brow Cat x Nurse Gray) owned by EJ and Audrey Huntley both marking a 224.5! Each pair collected a check for $30,932.62. Both “Faith” and “HR” have been so consistent throughout the year making numerous finals and securing several championships. This show was no different adding to their already stellar year.
Michael Cooper and Cattys Hope & Tarin Rice and HR Cats Starlight
The NCHA Super Stakes Champions, Tatum Rice and Hashtags (Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag) rounded out the top four marking a 222 taking home an $18,896.69 check for owner Jose Raul Garcia.
Tatum Rice and Hashtags
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The Limited Open Champion was Zeb Corvin riding Genuine Gold Rey (Dual Rey) collecting a $4,650.91 check for owners Wayne and Roxane Banks.
In the Derby Non Pro, it was Dean Holden and his stallion Samson Made Of Metal (Metallic Cat x Peptos Barbie) that took the top spot marking a 222 deep in the second set. Dean and “Samson” won the wild card round the night before to make a come back and continue his winning streak in the finals. The extra run did not seem to faze Samson at all. Dean told us that this horse really is so good minded and easy to prepare which is one of the reasons he and his wife, Chara, can show him multiple times.
Non Pro Derby Champions Dean Holden and Samson Made Of Metal
They purchased Samson through Ashley Baxtrom early in his three year old year after just missing him sell in the two year old sale at the NCHA Futurity. Dean had liked him from the beginning and was pretty excited when they were able to get him bought. He and Chara attribute all of their success to God and consider Samson a true blessing!
Dean and his wife Chara celebrating the win!
There was a three way tie for the Reserve Championship between Lindy Ashlock riding Catin Safari (Cats Moonshine x Safari Belle), Madalyn Colgrove riding Sweet Baby Marie (High Brow CD), and Armando Costa Neto riding Watch Me Nae Nae (Playgun x Look The Look) all marking a 219. They each received a nice check for $18,832.77.
Lindy Ashlock and Catin Safari & Madalyn Colgrove and Sweet Baby Marie
Armando Costa Neto and Watch Me Nae Nae
In the Limited Non Pro it was Holly Francois and Smart Dual Kat (Dual Smart Rey x Puddy Cat) that claimed the Championship. These two just came off of a Limited Non Pro win at the NCHA Super Stakes. Holly has only had “Lewis” as her own for these two shows making their batting average pretty strong! Holly was a little nervous after having such a great show at the Super Stakes, hoping it was not just a one-time thing. Lewis has been so great for her and she never wants to let him down. It all worked between the two of them and Holly’s help just like before. Like many others, she knows you cannot accomplish much in this sport without a great team behind you. She wanted to make sure to thank everyone for making this success possible. They added another $8,921.09 to their earnings for the year and next up for them will be the NCHA Summer Spectacular.
Holly recieving awards with her family
Elizabeth Quirk and Holmeboy (Metallic Cat x Twice As Reycy) marked a 224 to take home the win in the Non Pro Derby Novice Division Finals and a check for $13,395.39! The pair had some bad luck in the Non Pro finals after starting a beautiful run, so Elizabeth went into this finals trying to be smart. As the run built, it looked to be the same as before with a great run going. They just had to finish strong. It all worked, and they were able to get the job done. This was the first show she had shown this horse, which usually belongs to her husband, Todd. They got better and better as the show went on, and they look to be a great fit! Elizabeth and Todd plan on going to the PCCHA Derby next in Las Vegas in a couple short weeks.
Elizabeth Quirk and Holmeboy
Reserve Champion in the Derby Non Pro Novice Division was Brandon Westfall riding Lil Dusty Lucy (CD Royal x Smart Like Dusty). They marked a 220.5 to collect a $9,986.28 check.
Brandon Westfall and Lil Dusty Lucy
It was another exciting show in Tulsa, OK with so many awesome horses and riders! The staff at the Breeders Invitational always goes above and beyond to make it a great show, and this year was no different. We look forward to this show again next year. Next up are the PCCHA Derby in Las Vegas and the Non Pro in Oklahoma City! Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists from everyone here at Cutting Horse Central.