Summer Spectacular Open Derby Finalists Determined
Author: Lauren Middleton
The Derby Open Semi Finals was an exciting one last night at the 2017 NCHA Summer Spectacular! There are so many great horses and riders it is hard to get down to the ones that make the finals because they are all so deserving of the accomplishment! It took a stout 217 or better to qualify for Sunday evening's Open Derby Finals.
See highlights from the Open Derby Semi Finals below:
Lloyd Cox and Copperish (Metallic Cat x Stylish Play Lena) owned by Jimmie Miller Smith topped the round marking a 221.5 in the third set. This pair has made their mark this year and is one to watch tonight being third out in the second set.
Lee Francois and Desires Time (One Time Pepto x Reys Desire) owned by H B Bartlett, were second in the Semi Finals marking a 221! They are a little deeper in the second set tonight. You can always count on this duo to put on a show and we are looking forward to seeing what they can do this evening.
Third in the round was split between Austin Shepard riding Sir Long Legs (High Brow Cat x Lil Lena Long Legs) owned by Lew Hall, and Jesse Lennox riding Cinca Im Hot (Spots Hot x Cinca De Maya) owned by Rocking P Ranch, both marking a 220! Austin along with Matt Miller both have qualified two horses in tonight’s finals, a huge feat in this impressive lineup of horses! Jesse’s mare is so unique and impresses us every time with the amazing things that she can do look for them fourth out in the finals.
All of the horses and riders tonight are capable of winning this final leg of the Triple Crown for 2017; we look forward to an awesome finals! Good luck to everyone from all of us here at Cutting Horse Central!
See line up for the Non Pro Finals starting at 1pm today followed by the Open Derby Finals: