Best of The Best Make Waves in Tulsa
Author: Lauren Middleton
The 2018 Breeder’s Invitational has come to a close and the final set of Champions have been crowned! This show is always a favorite from year to year for anyone who loves the sport. The staff is beyond accommodating and the facility is one of the best we get to compete in and call home for nearly two weeks!
The Derby Open finals was one for the record books as it was concluded with a workoff between two of the best horses and riders in the business! It was a strong field of finalists but in the end, it was Austin Shepard and Dual Reyish (Hottish x A Little Reylena), owned by Billy Wolf, along with Sean Flynn and Cool N Hot (Hottish x Donas Cool Cat), owned by Kobie and Paula Wood, that tied with 223’s to go into the final showdown! They rode again following the second set with Austin up first on “Dre” followed by Sean and “Trigger”. Austin laid down another beautiful 223 on the 2017 NCHA Open Futurity Champion, then it was up to Sean. Sean’s first two cows had us on the edge of our seats we knew it would come down to how the run finished. Unfortunately, a testy red baldy had other plans leaving Sean and the Wood’s amazing stallion as the Reserve Champions.
Austin Shepard and Dual Reyish
It could have easily been either duo that prevailed and really any team in this challenging finals. It took a record breaking 438.5 to qualify for the finals so it was anyone’s game because everyone was capable of winning. It all comes down to the many variables involved in this sport. Austin collected an impressive $68,107.14 check for the win and Sean took home $34,632.82 for the Wood family.
Sean Flynn and Cool N Hot
This was not Sean’s first time to ride Cool N Hot, he also rode him earlier this year at the Ike Derby and Classic for Kobie. This time around Kobie had to sit out due to bypass surgery earlier in the show, but he knew Trigger was in good hands with Flynn. The pair impressed us again showing us why Kobie trusted him with their special horse.
Third place and also the Gelding Division Champion of the Derby Open was CR Smart Boots (Boon Too Suen), owned by the Sarco Creek Ranch, and Boyd Rice marking a 222! They took home a $4,063.64 check for the win in the Gelding to add on to their $25,541.08 third place check from the Open.
Boyd Rice and CR Smart Boots
The Limited Champion in the Derby Open was Zeb Corvin riding Justa Scootin Pepto (Scootin Boon), owned by Jim Cogdell) collecting a $4,296.36 check.
Zeb Corvin and Justa Scootin Pepto
Derby Open Novice Division
Boyd Rice was on a roll also being the Derby Open Novice Division Champion riding Smart Cat Melody (WR This Cats Smart) marking a 222 for owners Wagonhound Land and Livestock LLC. They claimed a $18,671.13 check for the win along with “Melody’s” first major title! Boyd put together this fast-paced run early in the first set of finals which held until the end only being neared by the Reserve Champion marking a 220.5 late in the second set. Boyd’s consistency was key throughout this show putting together a string of solid runs to make for an impressive show!
Boyd Rice and Smart Cat Melody
Bubba Matlock and Hot And Playful (Spots Hot), were the Reserve Champions of the Novice Division of the Derby Open! They took home a hefty $14,426.69 check for owner Barry Tutor.
Bubba Matlock and Hot N Playful
Tag Rice rode Tuff Like Skinny (Woody Be Tuff), owned by Sam Good, to claim the Gelding Division Championship of the Derby Novice collecting a $2,153 check.
Derby Non Pro
Chad Bushaw and his great mare Bittersweet (Metallic Cat x Miss Sea Rey) continued their winning streak marking a 223 first out to take home the Derby Non-Pro Championship and $23,757.83. Chad went to the herd with a purpose cutting his cows perfectly and the duo handled the tough run with ease. This win will continue to boost them in the standings for NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year to add icing on the cake! This mare has truly been one that is very special to the Bushaw family as they usually sell most of the exceptional ones to keep the business prospering. Chad was convinced to keep this one though, and it has turned out to be a great decision.
Chad Bushaw and Bittersweet
Reserve Champion was Ashley Flynn and Smooth Lines (Smooth As A Cat x Okies Skyline) marking a 221 late in the first set of the finals. They collected a $20,317.28 check along with the Gelding Division Championship adding another $2,551.82 to their winnings for the day.
Ashley Flynn and Smooth Lines
The Senior Division Champion of the Derby Non-Pro was Stacie McDavid riding DMAC Bikini Martini (Kit Kat Sugar x Shesa Dirty Martini) recieving a $1,674.55 check.
Stacie McDavid and DMAC Bikini Martini
The Limited Champion of the Derby Non-Pro was Cody De Cordova riding Metallic Doc (Metallic Cat) collecting $11,363.64 for the win! They were also the Gelding Champions in the Novice Division of the Derby Non-Pro winning another $1,311.73.
Russ De Cordova and Metallic Doc
Derby Non Pro Novice Division
In the Novice Division of the Derby Non-Pro Christina Cox dominated the field riding All My Love (One Time Royalty x Cats Live Oak) marking a 220! Christina was one spot out of the finals after marking a 217.5 in the Derby Non-Pro Wildcard the evening before but came back with the same kind of winning mentality for this run. They were quite the team claiming the Championship with a three-and-a-half-point lead and the formidable $15,164.93 check!
Christina Cox and All My Love
Reserve Champion was Sam Good marking a 217.5 riding Tuff Like Skinny (Woody Be Tuff) collecting a $11,356.21 check along with the Gelding Division of the Novice adding another $2,072.73 to their earnings.
Sam Good and Tuff Like Skinny
The Senior Champion in the Novice Division of the Derby Non-Pro was James Hooper riding Twiced Bet (Bet Hesa Cat) winning $1,400.
It was a fun show as said before, full of exciting runs and impressive wins, but mostly memories were made. Dreams came true for many along with huge accomplishments, or small steps were made toward a future goal. No matter the case it was a great show for all! We are looking forward to next year but until then there is a lot more cutting in between! It is a busy month coming up for us as we travel to Las Vegas, NV for the PCCHA Core Balance Derby, Ardmore, OK for the Non Pro + Open, Paso Robles, CA for the NRCHA Derby and starting tomorrow we'll be covering all the scores and standings in Australia for the NCHA SDP Buffalo Ranch Futurity. Stay tuned into www.chclivescoring.com or download the CHC Livescoring App from the Apple store for IOS devices.
Safe travels to everyone and congratulations to all of the finalists and Champions from all of us here at Cutting Horse Central!