Amateurs Making History in Fort Worth
Author: Lauren Middleton
The Amateur competition at the 2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes has come to a close and the Champions have been crowned! It is always a fun week of getting together with friends and enjoying the sport of cutting. This year was no exception with an arena full of smiling faces and big scores posted.
$50,000 Amateur Derby
The first finals to go was the $50,000 Amateur Derby Finals in which history was made! Nelson Vivas rode Playboy Is Smooth (Smooth As A Cat x Mary Has Freckles) to a 216 point victory collecting the huge $12,689 Champion's check! The exciting part about this win is that this special gelding, "Paster", was part of the Championship team of the $50,000 Amateur at the NCHA Futurity with then owner, David Taurel. This means that Paster has claimed two legs of the allusive Triple Crown!
Nelson Vivas and Playboy Is Smooth
On top of the fact that this horse already has had a great deal of success, this was Nelson's very first finals! Talk about starting things off with a bang! He had only ridden Paster a few times before showing him this past week but they clicked right away. Nelson, along with his impressive cheering section, were happy that the stars aligned for this horse once again and even more happy for his new rider. Paster has certainly made more than one rider's dreams come true already in only the beginning of his career!
Reserve Champion was John Rocky riding Dureyngo Kid (Reys Dual Badger x Hissy Cat) marking a 214.5 taking home the $11,362 check along with the Senior Division Championship as well. John just came off of a double win at the Cattlemens Derby and Classic on this same horse winning both the Derby Amateur and the Unlimited Derby Amateur.
John Rocky and Dureyngo Kid
The Gelding Division Champion in the $50,000 Amateur Derby was Hustlin (Metallic Cat x Money Talks Smart) ridden by Melinda Gamot.
Melinda Gamot and Hustlin
Classic Unlimited Amateur
Next out was the Classic Unlimited Amateur where everyone was going for the gusto putting up some formidable scores! Gary Barker and Smooth Nu Cat (Smooth As A Cat x Special Nu Baby) marking a 224 for the win collecting a $13,815 check. Gary and "Duke" are no strangers to success as well with many championships and finals under their belts between the two of them. This is Gary's first aged event win in the "Big Pen" but he did take home a championship in Fort Worth winning the Amateur Slot Cutting put on by Western Bloodstock a few years ago. It is a special accomplishment for him and on a home bred horse as well makes it that much better. He was also the Senior Division Champion to add another title to his record.
Gary Barker and Smooth Nu Cat
Reserve Champion was Jacob Taurel marking a 223.5 aboard Little Jewels Olena (Athena Puddy Cat x Jewels Lil Olena). "Goose" as he is affectionately called is a crowd favorite along with Jacob. Friends and family cheered on the duo as they added the $12,416 Reserve Champion's check to their earnings!
Jacob Taurel and Little Jewels Olena
Derby Unlimited Amateur
Rocky Davis and Redneck Creyzy (Dual Rey x Xquizit Cat) also are on the road to make their mark in NCHA History. This win marked the second leg of the Derby Unlimited Amateur Triple Crown getting this team one step closer to that huge achievement. Let's not get ahead of ourselves though, just the fact that Rocky and "Creyzy" have won the first two Triple Crown events is beyond amazing but you cannot help getting excited about the potential! They collected the $13,232 Champion's check along with the Gelding Division Championship and Senior Division Championship bringing their earnings to nearly $28,000! It was a great day for them to say the least.
Rocky Davis and Redneck Creyzy
Reserve Champion was Traci Shehady ridng You Cant Buy Love (Cats Gotta Diamond x Biscuit Love) marking a 217 to claim the $12,639 Reserve Champion's check!
Traci Shehady and You Cant Buy Love
$50,000 Classic Amateur
The final class to go was the $50,000 Classic Amateur in which there were Co- Champions! James Vangilder riding Smooth Sailing Cat (Smooth As A Cat x Peptos Olenas Dually) and Langston Pattillo riding Dualin Smooth Legacy (Smooth As A Cat x Dual Legacy) both marking a 221 winning $9,171!
It has been an unbelievable week for Langston being in several finals with big scores in most. He is turning into quite the showman at the young age of sixteen putting together beautiful runs. Langston is also one of the best kids you will ever meet making it easy to be excited for his success. This particular horse was newly acquired before this show from Kenny Platt's barn and is looking like they will fit like a glove!
Langston Pattillo and Dualin Smooth Legacy
James Vangilder has been involved in this sport for the better part of a decade but is now starting to get back into the show pen after a brief hiatus. It seems as though it is like riding a bike for him jumping on his daughter's gelding the past couple of shows. They have made several finals and now taken home a win not a bad start for just jumping back into the deep end! Their program is in full swing as of late with iconic trainer Matt Gaines heading it up. James was also the Senior Division Champion to go along with his Co-Championship!
James Vangilder and Smooth Sailing Cat
Third Place was Langston Pattillo again this time riding High Stylin CD (High Brow CD x Stylin Playgirl) marking a 219 winning $8,554! These two were the Classic Limited Non-Pro Reserve Champions just the other night as well!
Langston Pattillo and High Stylin CD
It was a special week for these Champions and all of the finalists of these classes. Anytime you can put together a good run in Fort Worth it makes everything worthwhile because there is no feeling quite like it! Congratulations to everyone from all of us here at Cutting Horse Central and good luck with those left to show at the NCHA Super Stakes!