First Champions Crowned in Las Vegas

Author: Lauren Middleton

First Champions Crowned in Las Vegas

It has been an exciting week at the PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity in Las Vegas, Nevada! There have been a number of Champions already crowned and still more to go. The Open classes have come to a close other than the Open Futurity finals, which will be held Friday evening. We are looking forward to a great finals full of talented horses and riders!

In the Derby Open it was Lloyd Cox and Sweat Son (Metallic Cat x Travalin Miss Mosa) who topped the field marking a 221.5 taking home a $16,000 for owner NW VandeSteeg. This talented young stallion was originally trained by Tom Shelly and has been in Lloyd’s program as of late. The pair has enjoyed a great deal of success, which is not surprising of the now 8 million-dollar rider! They seem to fit really well and continue to get better and better.

Lloyd Cox and Sweat Son

Co-Reserve Champions were Morgan Cromer riding Betchalou (Bet Hesa Cat x Louella Again) for owners Clarke Butte Ranch and Grant Setnicka riding SVR Caught Ya Lookin (Dual Rey) for owner Carmel Cutting Horses Inc. Both teams marked a 219 to claim a check amounting to $12,500! Both of these horses were also Co-Champions in the Gelding Division of the Derby Open adding another $2,457 to their earnings.

Morgan Cromer and Betchalou                     Grant Setnicka and SVR Caught Ya Lookin

The Cutting Stakes is a class that is unique to the PCCHA Futurity that involves Derby Open horses that are eligible. To be a part of this added class the horse must be sired by one of the nominated stallions along with being entered in the class in addition to the regular Derby Open class. Each year this division is a popular one and adds to the already excellent show.

This year it was Matt Miller riding Metallic Smart Cat (Metallic Cat x Smart Jerri Lee) that finished on top marking a 223! They collected an $8,500 check for owner Cynthia Villa. Matt and “Bud” are not strangers to the spotlight; this is their second win for 2017 along with several other titles accumulated throughout the year.

Matt Miller and Metallic Smart Cat

Reserve Champion was Lloyd Cox riding Sweat Son marking a 220.5! They claimed another $7,250 for owner NW VandeSteeg making this show an extra special one for the whole team!

Lloyd Cox and Sweat Son

The last class to round out the Derby Open was the Intermediate Division that has been recently adjusted to try to better the show as a whole. It allows for riders that have won less than $200,000 in Open money in the past two years to compete as long as they are not in the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame. Riders can also participate if they have reached the age of sixty allowing them to go back into the class.

The Champion of the Derby Open Intermediate Division was Kody Porterfield riding Santallico Cat (Metallic Cat) owned by Greg and Shelly Coalson. They marked a 223 for the win adding another $6,302 to their career earnings! The duo missed the Derby Open finals by half a point due to a little bad luck. This class allowed for them to have another chance to do well for the owners. It is always nice to have options like the Intermediate for individuals that travel so far for these bigger shows, nothing but good things can come from what the PCCHA has come up with in this class.

Kody Porterfield and Santallico Cat

Reserve Champion was Salvador Cabral riding Halivous (Halreycious) for owner Verlie Doing making a 219. They picked up a $4,500 check for their great run!

Salvador Cabral and Halivous

In the Classic Open we were reminded why Beau Galyean and Metallic Rebel (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra) are currently leading the race for NCHA Horse of the Year! This stellar duo is just a blast to watch and makes every run look effortless. They marked a 225 for the win collecting a $16,000 check for owner Thomas Guinn. This win was a meaningful one as it put “Cecil” over $400,000 in lifetime earnings and into the NCHA Hall of Fame! We have loved watching this special horse and his career unfold and look forward to continue seeing him in the winner’s circle.

Beau Galyean and Metallic Rebel

Reserve Champion was Geoffrey Sheehan riding Chromed Out Cat (High Brow Cat x Dox King Becky 095) owned by Beechfork Ranch. They marked a 223.5 collecting a $13,000 check! This was one of the last aged events for this beautiful mare making it one to remember for everyone involved.

Geoffrey Sheehan and Chromed Out Cat

The Gelding Division Champion for the Classic Open was Rippin Ichi (Cat Ichi) ridden by Michael Cooper collecting a $2,195.20 check for owners Reata Cutting Horses LLC.

Michael Cooper and Rippin Ichi

The Novice Champion for the Classic Open was Moria Metallica (Metallic Cat) ridden by Tom Shelly.  The duo picked up a $1,176 check for owner Roger Booth.

Tom Shelly and Moria Metallica

The Intermediate Division for the Classic Open was another very bright spot in the already great show. Ashley Bosack marked a 223 riding Smooth Classical (Smooth As A Cat x Classical CD) owned by Karen Brody to claim her first aged event championship and a check amounting to $6,112! Ashley also qualified two other horses in Morgan Cromer’s program in the Derby Open Intermediate Finals adding to her success. The way that these divisions were formatted, being held in the second round of the class, made it possible for assistant trainers like Ashley to show horses that had bad luck in the first round. She had the chance to show horses she may not have been able to otherwise allowing her to gain experience and progress in the sport! Obviously in Ashley’s case especially she was able to run with the opportunity and have a standout first aged event experience. If you love cutting at all these kinds of stories make the sport that much better!

Ashley Bosack and Smooth Classical

Co-Reserve Champions were Tom Shelly riding Moria Metallica (Metallic Cat) owned by Roger Booth and Cookie Banuelos riding A Dual Named Sue owned by Gerald Gillock both marking a 218 collecting a $4,500 check.

Tom Shelly and Moria Metallica                       Cookie Banuelos and A Dual Named Sue

There is still quite a bit of cutting left to go at the South Point this week with the Non Pro and Amateur champions still to be crowned along with the already stated Open Futurity Finals remaining as well! Congratulations to all of the Champions and Finalists thus far and good luck to everyone left to compete from all of us here at Cutting Horse Central!

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