First Day of Finals at the PCCHA Derby in Las Vegas

Author: Lauren Middleton

First Day of Finals at the PCCHA Derby in Las Vegas

Saturday was the first of two days of finals at the 2017 PCCHA Core Balance Derby and Classic. We have had a great time this week at this show it is always a good time in Las Vegas but the facility and the producers of this show are second to none. It is a truly unique experience and we encourage everyone to take the time to go to a PCCHA event especially one in Las Vegas!  

The first finals of the day was the $50,000 Amateur Classic that was topped by Christine King and Metallicsfirstchoice (Metallic Cat) marking a 221.5 to take home a $2,000 check! Christine and “Bo Bo” as he is called were last out in the finals and came out swinging. This duo also claimed the Senior Championship for the class adding another $2,482 to their earnings. She has had a great week also making the Non Pro Mercuria finals on her gelding Buzzted. She was all smiles along with her team after such a fantastic week.


Reserve Champion was Jim Wesson riding Smooth ODual (Smooth As A Cat) marking a 218. The pair collected a $1,500 along with another $1,960 for being the Novice Champions of the class.

The second finals of the day was the $50,000 Derby Amateur Finals. It was Troy Boutonnet that took home the Championship and a check amounting to $2,014.40. He and his horse, This Cats My Darlin (WR This Cats Smart), marked a nice 217!

Reserve Champion was Kacey Garfinkel marking a 216 on her horse Starlight Genie (Starlights Gypsy). They collected a $1,845.32 check.

Champion of the gelding division in the $50,000 Derby Amateur was Metallicexpectations (Metallic Cat) ridden by Julie Sandford. They collected a $1,568 check. Julie was also the Senior Champion adding another $1,881.60 to their earnings for the show.

The Novice Champion for the $50,000 Derby Amateur was High On This Cat (That Sly Cat) ridden by Duff Sinclair, taking home a $1,176 check.

The two Open finals were next to go for the day starting with the Classic Open finals. It was none other than the pair we keep seeing in the winner’s circle, Beau Galyean and Metallic Rebel (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra), which secured another Championship for 2017! Beau and “Cecil” put together a beautiful run marking a 227! This is something we have grown accustomed to seeing from this duo. They also collected a $13,000 check for owner Thomas Guinn.

Reserve Champion was Tarin Rice riding CR Gotcha Covered (Dualin Boon) marking a 223.5. Tarin and this young stallion “Gotcha” are a duo we see often in the finals and in the winner’s circle as well. There are so many talented horses at every single one of these events it is pretty special to have one that stands out so much is such an impressive set of horses! They added another $11,500 to their earnings for owner Joel Colgrove.

The Open Classic Gelding Champion was What Daddy Don Know (WR This Cats Smart) ridden by Morgan Cromer. This pair also finished third in the finals making their total earnings come to $12,113.33 for owners Catherine and Monte Lamb.

The Classic Open Novice Divison Champion was Catsmeradaskoolchick (Cats Merada) ridden by Grant Setnicka and owned by J5 Horse Ranch Management. They picked up a $1,764.00 check.

The Open Derby Finals were next up in the schedule and it was a good day for both Jamie Snider and Darren Simpkins as they ended up Co- Champions both marking 223s! Jamie rode his talented gelding Reysin Kittens (Dual Rey x Kittens), and Darren rode Crafty With Cows (High Brow CD x Miss Haulin Hickory) who has had an excellent year as of late with both trainer RL Chartier up until this show and now with Darren aboard. They each received checks amounting to $16,500 for owners Bitter Root Ranch and Carol Ward Cutting Horses. Both of these horses have been doing double duty as well, being shown by their owners in Non Pro and Amateur classes. This makes them extra special to be able to be so versatile. It is great to see not only the trainers doing well on them at the highest level but also the owners getting to enjoy these exceptional horses. These two great geldings also split the Gelding Championship in the Derby Open adding another $2,730 to their earnings.


Third place in the Open Derby was Clint Allen riding DMAC Piccolo Pete (WR This Cats Smart x Cherry Chex Dually) marking a 220.5 and collecting a $13,000 check for owners David and Stacy McDavid.

The Novice Champion in the Derby Open was Betchalou (Bet Hesa Cat x Louella Again) ridden by Morgan Cromer and owned by Clarke Butte Ranch. They collected a $2,646 check for their efforts along with their $4,000 finals check.

The evening finished off with the two NCHA Mercuria World Series Finals starting with the Non Pro Division after a fantastic introduction and tribute to our Veterans. Michelle Barnes riding Hillbilly Handfishin (Autumn Acre) were our Champions marking a 223 second out in the finals! They raked in a $8,749.67 check boosting them in the Non Pro standings! It was a tough run with some testy cows involved but this duo made it look easy. Michelle is part of Mike Wood Cutting Horses who have done so well at this show. She along with fellow barn mate Christine King represented this team very well in the finals. This was her first Mercuria win but we are sure we will see more of her in the future in these events!

Reserve Champion was Lauren Middleton riding Sweet Reyvenge (Reys Dual Badger x Sweet Camille) marking a 219 third out in the Non Pro Finals. They added another $7,399.73 to their earnings for the year after winning the Houston Livestock Show Non Pro Mercuria back in February.

In the Open Mercuria it was Russ Westfall and Whiskey Cat (High Brow Cat x Jitters Brown) that wowed us all marking a 228! This talented gelding collected a huge $10,292 check for owner Suzanne Silverberg. It was an extremely tough lineup of horses in the Open finals, which was evident in the scores that were posted. Russ is known for laying it all on the line but as he has said jokingly, you cannot win if you do not get out of a walk! He certainly took chances to accomplish just that in his run, cutting his last cow for over thirty seconds was just one more way to seal the deal! This pair has had a great week helping to boost them in the Open World Finals standings.

Reserve Champion was Beau Galyean and the already mentioned, Metallic Rebel. They marked a 222 to add another $8,219 to their already very successful show. The performance and integrity of this stallion is unlike many that we have seen. Beau added a total of 56 points to his NCHA Open Horse Of the Year Standings tally this week which now stands at 437 points (unofficially). They currently lead Hashtags and Tatum Rice in second place by just 93 points and this is going to be a close race all year with several other top horses also in contention including Cattys Hope and Michael Cooper in 3rd with 336 points.

It has been said that it is unbelievable how people are so wildly excited about him, but how could you not be in all honesty. Next year will be an exciting year as his first foal crop hits the ground!

That wrapped up our first big day of finals in Las Vegas packed with some amazing runs! Stay tuned for more updates about this fun filled show, and congratulations to all of the winners from everyone here at Cutting Horse Central.

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