The Non-Pro Plus the Open Wrap Up
Author: Alex Taft
It was a busy couple of weeks at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma, for The Non-Pro Plus the Open (The Non-Pro), but it turned out to be a successful show. Although the PCCHA Core Balance Derby and Classic runs at the same time as The Non-Pro, there was still plenty of action in Oklahoma and some new faces were seen in the pen.
Priscilla Rothwell after winning the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro on Metallic Stardust. • Photo by Lucchese Cogdell
Priscilla Rothwell made a big impression in the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro when she put together a 219 on Metallic Stardust (Metallic Cat x CD Royal Joyful). She not only picked up the main class win, but also the Senior and Limited titles, as well.
Altogether, Priscilla and Metallic Stardust accumulated $10,339 for their success at the events, and the mare now boasts lifetime earnings of nearly $30,000.
Ty Moore and his Sweet Sister Cat (Metallic Cat x Heavens Little Angel) picked up the Reserve title and $6,581 after they marked an impressive 221.
Alexa Stent & Bowmerang • Photo by BXPhoto
Alexa Stent was all business on family-owned Bowmerang (High Brow Cat x Bowmans Little Jewel) during the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals, and her clean run was rewarded with a big 225 from the judges.
That earned Alexa and Bowmerang the Championship and $9,685, which launched his NCHA record to $94,129.
The Reserve Championship went to Missy Jean Etheridge and Tommies Playgirl (Thomas E Hughes x Another Playgirl) after earning a 221, and the pair took home $7,487.
Gary Barker marked a 216 on Smooth Nu Cat (Smooth As A Cat x Special Nu Baby) to earn the Senior Championship and $1,131.
The Limited title and $1,401 was awarded to Megan Skinner Pine and Ahh Momma Mia (Auspicious Cat x Real Hickory Smoke) when they scored a 216.5.
Cool N Hot & Sean Flynn • Photo by Alex Taft
Cool N Hot has proven his worth time and time again, and at The Non-Pro, things were no different. Sean Flynn piloted Kobie and Paula Wood’s stallion to a smoking 226 in the 4-Year-Old Open, which proved unbeatable (Hottish x Donas Cool Cat).
Sean and “Trigger” picked up a paycheck of $7,414 for their success at the event, which pushed the stallion to lifetime earnings of more than $230,000.
Paul Hansma and Jimmie Smith’s Purdy Metallic (Metallic Cat x Purdy Aristocrat) took home the Reserve title and $6,311 after putting together a 222.5.
Hot Revolver & James Payne • Photo by Alex Taft
The 5/6-Year-Old Open was stacked with some of the industry’s top horses, but when James Payne marked a 223 on Kathleen Moore’s Hot Revolver (Spots Hot x Baretta Boon) as the first draw, no team could best that score.
In addition to bragging rights, the pair took home $7,867 for their win. Hot Revolver now boasts an NCHA record of $126,106.
Tarin Rice put together a solid 219 on CR Gotcha Covered (Dualin Boon x The Catattac), owned by Joel Colgrove, to clinch the Reserve title, worth $6,555.
4-Year-Old Limited Open
Tommys Easter Sunday & Nick Pilcher • Photo by BXPhoto
As the third draw of the 4-Year-Old Limited Open finals, Nick Pilcher stayed focused on Tommys Easter Sunday (Thomas E Hughes x O Cay Snazzy Pep), who is owned by Larry Cooper, and threw down a run that earned a 220.
Those marks were enough to hold up for the Championship, and Nick and Tommys Easter Sunday collected $4,154 for their efforts. Tommys Easter Sunday now has lifetime earnings of nearly $20,000.
Salvador Cabral tied himself for the Reserve title when he marked a 217 on both GA Hyper Metallic (Metallic Cat x Hyperlena), owned by G & A Performance Horses, and Redneck Creyzy (Dual Rey x Xquizit Cat), owned by Rocky Davis. “Chava” earned two $2,833 checks for his success.
5/6-Year-Old Limited Open
King Ichi & Kenny Miller • Photo by Alex Taft
Kenny Miller had his game face on when he walked to the herd on King Ichi (Cat Ichi x Styled By Oak) in the 5/6-Year-Old Limited Open finals, and that focus resulted in a big 220 that won the class.
Kenny and Sylvia Fuentes’ King Ichi earned $3,589 for the win, and King Ichi now has an NCHA record of $32,883.
A 216 earned Jessie Pritchard and Ellen Ganey-owned Chrome Catillac (Metallic Cat x Tootsie Rey) the Reserve Championship, worth $2,861.
4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur
James Vangilder after winning the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur. • Photo by Lucchese Cogdell
Competitors brought everything they had in the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur finals, but one team shined above the rest. They say the best is left for last, but James Vangilder proved that theory wrong when he marked a winning 219 on Wicked Little Cat as the first hole.
The team claimed both the main Championship and the Senior Championship for total class earnings of $7,138. Wicked Little Cat (Metallic Cat x Wicked Wanda Rey) was pushed to a lifetime record of more than $20,000.
The Reserve Championship was given to Traci Shehady and You Cant Buy Love (Cats Gotta Diamond x Biscuit Love), who marked a 216. They went home with a paycheck worth $4,001.
5/6-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur
Reyly Plendl (right) celebrating with her sister Regan after winning the 5/6-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur on Mr Metallic Rey. • Photo by Lucchese Cogdell
It’s always special when you can share memories with your family. For the Plendl twins, Reyly and Regan, everything is a team effort, and they are happy to share success. Reyly piloted family-owned Mr Metallic Rey (Metallic Cat x Rey Of Oak) to a winning 216.5 in the 5/6-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur finals, and Regan was quick to join in the celebration.
Reyly and Mr Metallic Rey collected $5,654 for their win, and the gelding now has lifetime earnings of nearly $100,000.
The Reserve Championship and $3,911 went to Kelly Eastburn and Highest Of The Stars (High Brow CD x Lil Missy Starlight) for marking a 216.
A 209 earned Christy Leeth and Rockin Zack (Rockin W x Zacks Lena) the Senior Championship and $1,698.
Devon MacArthur & Kinky Rey • Photo by Lucchese Cogdell
Canada resident Devon MacArthur made a name for herself in the states when she put together a run on Kinky Rey (Dual Rey x Zack Be Quick) that earned a 216 from the judges in the 4-Year-Old Amateur finals.
Those solid marks held up for the Championship and earned the pair checks worth $4,554. Kinky Rey has amassed more than $18,000 in her cutting career.
David House and Yep Just Once (Once In A Blu Boon x Miss Johnie Jo Lena) earned a 213 for the Reserve and Senior Championships, worth a total of $5,940.
David Taurel after his 5/6-Year-Old Amateur win. • Photo by Lucchese Cogdell
The 5/6-Year-Old Amateur finals were jam-packed with 16 talented combinations, so David Taurel knew he had to put his best foot forward to come out with the title. He did just that on Little Jewels Olena (Athena Puddy Cat x Jewels Lil Olena) when he laid down a winning 219.
The team garnered $4,889 for their impressive performance, and Little Jewels Olena was pushed to an NCHA record of more than $30,000.
Metallic Fox (Metallic Cat x Dainty Playgirl) carried Katherine Goodfried to a 219 for the Reserve Championship and $3,239.
Pauli Smith and Sassy Lights (CD Lights x Dual Sass) took home the Senior Championship, worth $1,886 after marking a 216.
For complete results from The Non-Pro Plus the Open, click here.