Miller and Simpkins Win Big in Vegas

Author: Lauren Middleton



Miller and Simpkins Win Big in Vegas















Classic Open



It has been an action-packed week in Las Vegas at the 2018 PCCHA Core Balance Derby and Classic! Many Champions have been crowned and we have seen some fantastic horses crack the herd. It is always fun coming to a show in Las Vegas but the PCCHA goes above and beyond to make it about all of the cutters. They have innovative ideas to continue to improve their shows!

The first Champion we will mention is Matt Miller riding Misstresssis (Metallic Cat x Smart Crackin Chic), owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses, who marked a huge 226 to claim the Classic Open Championship and the $12,500 champion’s check! Matt has been topping the go rounds all week long on just about every horse he brought to the Vegas lights. This win was pretty impressive as it was an electric, fast paced run from the start. “Sister” has always been very talented and enjoyed a great deal of success but this is her first major win. The duo has come into their own and the results are exciting to see!


Matt Miller and Misstresssis

Reserve Champion was RL Chartier riding Crafty With Cows (High Brow CD x Miss Haulin Hickory), owned by Carol Ward, marking a 225.5. They took home a check amounting to $10,500 along with the Gelding Champion’s check of $3,073.28.


RL Chartier and Crafty With Cows

Third Place was Kenny Platt marking a 223.5 aboard Moms Stylish Player (Lizzys Gotta Player x Moms Stylish Babe), owned by Robert Tregemba. They took home an $8,500 check along with the Reserve Championship in the Gelding Division.


Kenny Platt and Moms Stylish Player

The Novice Division Champion of the Classic Open was Smart Metallic Jerri (Metallic Cat) ridden by Russ Elrod collecting a $940.80 check for owner Boggess Revocable Trust.



Intermediate Classic Open


The intermediate classes were once again a huge success at this show as they were at the 2017 PCCHA Futurity where they were first implemented.  Hayden Upton took advantage of the oppritunities it offered and it played a part in his decision to make the drive to Vegas!  He and Big Shoes To Phil (High Brow Cat x Tapt Twice), owned by the Bar RR Ranches, captured the Intermediate Open Classic Championship marking a 222 to take home the $6,967.49 Champion's check!


Hayden Upton and Big Shoes to Phil

Reserve Champion was Eric Wisehart marking a 220 aboard Chickmagnet (Metallic Cat), owned by Bob Luty, collecting a $5,823.99 check.


Eric Wisehart and Chickmagnet



Derby Open


In the Derby Open  Darren Simpkins defended his last year’s Championship by coming back to claim the 2018 title as well! This year he rode June Bug Jam (Kit Kat Sugar x June Bug Dually), owned by Carol Ward, to top the pack all through the go rounds only to finish on top in the finals as well! They marked a 224 for the win and the $18,000 Champion’s check. Owner Carol Ward had quite the day as her horses were dominating both classes that evening! She gives back so much to our industry every year making it even more fun to see her have success. A true lover of the sport in the spotlight is always good to see!


Darren Simpkins and June Bug Jam

Reserve Champion was Matt Miller and Carolena Reyn (Dual Smart Rey x Carolena Moon), owned by he and his wife Megan, marking a 223.5. Matt and “Lucy” collected a $15,000 check to add to their already awesome year!


Matt Miller and Carolena Reyn

Third Place was RL Chartier riding Nikes Lil Sue (Boon Too Suen x Cat In White Nikes), owned by Theresa Gillock, marking a 220. The duo took home a $13,000 check!


RL Chartier and Nikes Lil Sue

Co- Champions in the Gelding Division of the Derby Open were Taliate (Metallic Cat) ridden by Casey Green and owned by Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, along with Smooth Movez (Smooth As A Cat) ridden by TJ Good and owned by Tina Lattanzio both marking a 218. They each collected a check amounting to $3,087 for the win.


Casey Green and Taliate


TJ Good and Smooth Movez

Smooth Movez and TJ Good were also the Novice Division Champions in the Derby Open adding another $3,332 to their take-home for the day.


Intermediate Derby Open


In the Derby Intermediate Division David Costello rode Fancy Royal Dual (One Time Royalty), owned by Barbara Poundstone, to come out on top marking a 218 for the win!  They collected a $6,466.68 check and another intermediate title under David's belt.  He took advantage of the new oppritunity back at the 2017 PCCHA Futurity where he came home with a win as well.  David knows as much as anyone the benifits of the new ideas the PCCHA is implementing and is proud of their progress!


David Costello and Fancy Royal Dual

Reserve Champion in the Derby Intermediate was Dax Hadlock and This Cats Lethal, owned by E Squared Performance Horses.  The duo marked a 217 to claim the $5,597.23 Reserve Champion's check.


Dax Hadlock and This Cats Lethal



It was special to see all of these fantastic horses and riders go for the gusto trying to set the bar higher and higher for the next person in the draw. Vegas is the perfect setting for such an event and to showcase these amazing animals! Congratulations to all of the Champions and Finalists from all of us here at Cutting Horse Central!

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