Non Pros and Amateurs Win Big in Vegas!

Author: Lauren Middleton



Non Pros and Amateurs Win Big in Vegas!











What better place than Las Vegas for a Non-Pro or Amateur Cutter to go show! It is the perfect place for anyone to go show honestly, but when you are trying to be part of the sport as a hobby then it is the best vacation spot of the year! As many of us know it is hard to be a cutter and it be purely a “hobby” but we can certainly try when we are at the South Point Casino! The 2018 PCCHA Core Balance Derby was full of fun and new opportunities for Amateurs and Non-Pros alike, making it that much more exciting for all involved.

Classic Non Pro


In the Classic Non-Pro it was Emily Clark riding Cool Cat N Shades (WR This Cats Smart) that topped the class marking a 222! This show was one for the record books as this was only one of her Championships for the week. The pair collected an $7,092.67 check along with the $2,352 Gelding Division Champion’s check.


Emily Clark and Cool Cat N Shades

Reserve Champion in the Classic Non-Pro was Cameron Thompson riding This Isa Third (Third Cutting x Cat Fancy This) marking a 219. This was also good enough to be the Gelding Division Reserve Champion adding $1,764 to their $5,923.33 Reserve Champion’s check! Not a bad day for this dynamic duo!


Cameron Thompson and This Isa Third

The Senior Division Champion of the Classic Non-Pro was Carol Ward riding Crafty With Cows (High Brow CD x Miss Haulin Hickory) taking home a $1,881.60.


Carol Ward and Crafty With Cows



In the Intermediate Division of the Classic Non-Pro it was Bonnie Martin and Reysin Kittens (Dual Rey x Kittens) that finished on top marking a 223 last out in the go round! They collected a $3,789 check.


Bonnie Martin and Reysin Kittens

Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Division was Lauren Minshall riding Faith In My Kat (Smooth As A Cat) receiving a $3,231.20 check.



Derby Non Pro


In the Derby Non-Pro it was Cougars Diesel (Highbrow Cougar x Miss Remanita) that brought home the win marking a 219! They collected a hefty $8,821.50 check for the win along with the $2,195.20 Gelding Division Champion’s check and the $1,176 Senior Division Champion’s check!  It was a pretty exciting day at all for this team.


Bill Lacy and Cougars Diesel

Reserve Champion was Megan Miller marking a 216 aboard Spur That Spot (Spots Hot x Princess Clarence). They took home a $6,881 for the Reserve Championship and another $1,658.16 for being the Novice Division Champions!


Megan Miller and Spur That Spot



The Intermediate Derby Non-Pro Champion was Barney Mac Smith marking a 220 on his mare SJR Smooth Cowgirl (Smooth As A Cat). They collected $3,807.90 for the win!


Barney Mac Smith and SJR Smooth Cowgirl

Reserve Champion was Kelsey Sayko riding One Instant Boon (Boon San) marking a 215.5 taking home $3,105.93.


Kelsey Sayko and One Instant Boon



Unlimited Amateur Any Age


First to go on the Amateur side of things was the Unlimited Amateur Any Age Finals. This was the first time for this class to be held at this PCCHA event. It was a huge success with quite the payout as well! Jody Radomske marked a 224 aboard Shesa Spoonful A Fun (Hesa Peptospoonful) to claim the first Amateur Any Age Championship and the $4,577.78 check!


Jody Radomske and Shesa Spoonful A Fun

Reserve Champion was Kimberly Irons riding Bet N On Billi Jo (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Hickory Hill). The duo marked a 218.5 to claim the $4,130.56 Reserve Champion’s check.


Kimberly Irons and Bet N On Billi Jo



Classic Unlimited Amateur


Next up was the Classic Unlimited Amateur where Emily Clark and Cool Cat N Shades (WR This Cats Smart) marked another 222 for the win! They added another $7,405.95 to their haul for the day along with $3,136 for being the Gelding Division Champion.


Emily Clark and Cool Cat N Shades

Reserve Champion was Langston Pattillo riding Dualin Smooth Legacy (Smooth As A Cat) marking a 219. They took home a formidable $6,905.46 check to go with their $1,881.60 Gelding Division Reserve Champion’s check.


Langston Pattillo and Dualin Smooth Legacy

The Novice Division Champion of the Classic Unlimited Amateur was Kathy Foote riding Juan Tough Cat collecting a $1,176 check.


Kathy Foote and Juan Tough Cat

The Senior Division Champion of the Unlimited Classic Amateur was Bonnie Martin riding Tricks On You (Smooth As A Cat x Trick Pepto) taking home a $2,853.76 check.


Bonnie Martin and Tricks On You



Derby Unlimited Amateur


The second Amateur Finals to go was the Derby Unlimited Amateur finals where Von Sutton and Stylish Hallie Cat (Halreycious x Stylish China Cat) put together a 217.5 point winning run to collect the $7,424.17 Champion’s check. They knew that showmanship was going to be the key to the win and that is exactly what Von did, he presented the judges with clean run to show off his mare’s talents. They were also the Novice Division Champions winning $1,999.20 along with the title.


Von Sutton and Stylish Hallie Cat

Reserve Champion in the Derby Unlimited Amateur was Michelle Barnes riding Keefer (Cats Merada x Keechi Pep) marking a 215 to receive the $6,219.33 check. They also were the Gelding Division Champions adding another $1,999.20 to their day.


Michelle Barnes and Keefer

The Senior Division Champion was Bonnie Martin riding One Kitten Ata Time (One Time Pepto x Kittens) winning $1,999.20.


Bonnie Martin and One Kitten Ata Time



$50,000 Classic Amateur

We saw another familiar duo in the $50,000 Classic Amateur finals with Langston Pattillo and Dualin Smooth Legacy (Smooth As A Cat) started out the finals with a stellar 223! They took home $4,036.01 for the win! They were also the Gelding Division Champions adding $1,999.20 to their earnings.


Langston Pattillo and Dualin Smooth Legacy

Reserve Champion was Dana Russell riding his new mare Time For A Smoothie (Smooth As A Cat) marking a 215 to collect the $3,638.01 check. They were also the Senior Division Champions winning the $2,822.40 Champion’s check.


Dana Russell and Time For A Smoothie

The $25,000 Novice Champion of the $50,000 Classic Amateur was Richard Minnix riding Metallic Tax (Metallic Cat) taking home a $2,026.64 check along with their finalist check.


Richard Minnix and Metallic Tax



$50,000 Derby Amateur


Last but not least was the $50,000 Derby Amateur Finals where Melvin Reynolds showed in his second finals of the day! He and Heatt (Hottish) marking a 217.5 to end up with the Champion’s title and the $4,190.53 check.


Melvin Reynolds and Heatt

Reserve Champion was John Rockey riding Dureyngo Kid (Reys Dual Badger x Hissy Cat) marking a 216. They collected a $3,455.40 check to add to their already awesome year. They were also the Senior Division Champions winning another $2,352.


John Rockey and Dureyngo Kid

The Gelding Division Champion was Metallic Pistol (Metallic Cat) ridden by Jane Mancuso. They marked a 214 which was good enough for the win and the $2,026.64 check.


Jane Mancuso and Metallic Pistol

The $25,000 Novice winner in the $50,000 Derby Amateur was Thomas Talley riding Royal Casanova. They received a $940.80 check.



There were so many to celebrate during this exciting week as the PCCHA is always trying to include as many riders as possible. They are always coming up with new ideas making it that much better for the cutters that choose to attend their shows! This one was no different and we want to congratulate all of the Champions and finalist at the 2018 PCCHA Core Balance Derby!

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