Starting 2018 The Right Way

Author: Lauren Middleton

Starting 2018 The Right Way

Open Classic

The 2018 show season is well underway as the first Champions of the year were crowned at the Abilene Spectacular! The Classic Open Finals was first out yesterday morning starting the exciting day. Two duos ended up on top making for a Co-Championship in the Classic Open. Lloyd Cox riding the great mare Copperish (Metallic Cat x Stylish Play Lena) owned by Jimmie Miller Smith and Jesse Lennox riding CR WRS Royal Tee (WR This Cats Smart x Cee Dee Royal Tee), a gelding he has had a great deal of success on owned by the Rockin P Ranch; both marked an impressive 221 to claim the win! They each received a $17,000 check and Jesse also claimed the Gelding Division Championship adding another $2,387.29 to his earnings.

Lloyd Cox and Copperish                              Jesse Lennox and CR WRS Royal Tee

This finals was difficult as always when you get into the 5/6 Open. The horses are even better with at least a year of experience under their belt. These trainers can ask them for more and trust them to handle testy cows, which in this case they were very testy! It is fun to see what these teams can really do and builds anticipation for the rest of the year.

Lloyd not only was a Co- Champion but also took the third place position riding Sweat Son (Metallic Cat x Travalin Miss Mosa) owned by Nick VandeSteeg. They received a $13,000 check to add to an already awesome day!

Lloyd Cox and Sweat Son

The Limited Division Champion in the Classic Open was Eric Magby riding One Sneaky Bluegrass (Bluegrass Cat x Squeaky Boon) owned by Browne’s Bar XL Ranch. They marked a 219 to collect a $7,500 check along with the $1,432.38 Limited Champion’s check.

Eric Magby and One Sneaky Bluegrass

James Payne rode The Golden Shot (WR This Cats Smart x Velvets Best Shot) for owner Kathleen Moore to claim the Novice Division Championship in the Classic Open. They took home a $1,718.85 check to go along with their $2,000 finalist check.

James Payne and The Golden Shot

Open Derby

Next up was the Derby Open Finals with two large sets totaling 32 horses and riders! Everyone was anxious to watch these four year olds after such a spectacular Futurity and as we know many of them had bad luck making this their first chance to make their mark. This was the story for Cullen Chartier and his stallion One Alley Cat (High Brow Cat x Nod N Smile Baby) owned by Tom and Hilary Watson. At the NCHA Futurity the duo made a statement marking a 222 in the first go round, but then had some bad luck in the second go taking the serious contender out of the cutting. He was one that we looked forward to watching again and we were not disappointed as they were high in the standings in both the first and second rounds then finished it off with a 223 to take home the Championship and the Hefty $31,000 check which included the $10,000 Stallion Incentive Bonus. They were also the Novice Division Champions adding another $4,848.09 to their earnings. Owners Tom and Hilary newly acquired the young stallion after the Futurity so they got to enjoy both the first show and first win for “Hercules” as their horse!

Cullen Chartier and One Alley Cat

The Reserve Championship was split three ways between Phil Rapp riding Dontt Happen Twice (Woody Be Tuff x Tapt Twice) owned by the Waco Bend Ranch, Michael Cooper riding Catarism RG (High Brow Cat x Paygirism) owned by the Rose Valley Ranch, and Tate Bennet riding Dual Primetime (Dual Rey x Prime Time Cat) all marking a 220. They each received a $15,000 check to go along with their title and Tate’s horse also was the Gelding Division Champion collecting another $2,936.37.

Phil Rapp and Dontt Happen Twice      Michael Cooper and Catarism RG                   Tate Bennet and Dual Primetime

Champion of the Limited Division of the Derby Open was Pedro Ornelas riding Little Jo Cat (High Brow Cat x Jo Jo Boon) marking a 218.5 in the finals. They collected a $2,148.56 check to go along with the $8,250 that they received in the finals for owners Anderson Cattle Company.

Pedro Ornelas and Little Jo Cat

Wes Ashlock claimed the Stallion Incentive Championship aboard Rebels Rey owned by Kenneth Munsell collecting the $10,222 winner's check!  This has tunred into such a nice program that the show has put together and just another reason to attend this event!

The Amateurs and Non-Pros will close out the show at the Abilene Spectacular be sure to tune in to all of the action through CHC Live Scoring and good luck to everyone from all of us here at Cutting Horse Central!

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