Youth Make the Most of Their Time in Fort Worth

Author: Lauren Middleton



Youth Make the Most of Their Time in Fort Worth











Youth week is an event we all look forward to from year to year but here at the 2018 Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular it has been something to remember! It has been full of talented youth riders battling it out in three rounds of the Holy Cow Performance Horses NYCHA World Finals and the highlight of the year for most of these kids, the Switch House Ranch Scholarship Cutting. It is also a week where memories are made for so many families that they will hold dear for years to come!

NYCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses World Finals Round One


In the first round of the World Finals it was Faith Farris and Smooth Serena Rey (Smooth As A Cat x Margaret Rey) that finished on top marking a 218. Faith went into the finals leading the pack and knew that she had the 2018 Junior Youth World Championship in the bag. Faith could just go and have fun without pressure other than the pressure she put on herself just to do a good job. Many of these young riders like anyone that is competitive in the sport always strive to be better but it is nice when you know after all of your hard work you can take in the experience of achieving your goals!


Faith Farris and Smooth Serena Rey 2018 Junior Youth World Champions

Reserve Champion was Charles Russel Bushaw riding Peptotoodie (Peptotime x Too Smart Toodie) marking a 216.


Charles Russel Bushaw and Peptotoodie

In the first round of the Senior Youth World Finals Ali Good and Cat Atat Cat (High Brow Cat x Miss Stylish Pepto) lit up the score board marking a 222 for the win! Ali and “Charlie” have been an amazing pair from the start and Ali has all of the confidence in the world showing him. Just recently they claimed Championship titles at both the Eastern and Western National Championships.


Ali Good and Cat Atat Cat

Reserve Champion was Cade Shepard riding Two Time Dual (Dual Rey x Lil Lena Long Legs), owned by Jimmy Barrows, marking a 219.


Cade Shepard and Two Time Dual

NYCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses World Finals Round Two


The Second Round of the NYCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses World Finals was just as action packed as the first with these kids going for the gusto to try and move up in the show average! In the Junior Youth Gavin Callahan rode Time N Tequila (One Time Pepto x Nu She Wood) marking a 220.5 to take home the win! Gavin borrowed “Nemo” from his sister one of the last weekends of the point year in order to collect the last few points he needed for the season! She was then nice enough to share the special gelding with him to show in the World Finals.


Gavin Callahan and Time N Tequila

Reserve Champion was Ryann Packard riding Playin In Jewels (Playin Stylish x Pretty Jewels) marking a 218.5.


Ryann Packard and Playin In Jewels

It was a challenging set in the Senior Youth but Joey Varnadore and Reyminate (Dual Rey x Amanda Stargun) hung tough marking a 217 for the win! This quick, cowy gelding had no trouble with the testy cows. He seemed to even like them, the faster it got the better he was throughout the run!


Joey Varnadore and Reyminate

Reserve Champion was split between Kelsey Jordan riding MSP Handle Me Smart (Mr Skyline Peppy xHH Handle Me Smart) and Jaycee Lowrey riding EE Ichi Bar (Cat Ichi x Freckles Beauty Bar) both marking a 215.


Kelsey Jordan and MSP Handle Me Smart


Jaycee Lowrey and EE Ichi Bar

NYCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses World Finals Round Three


In the third and final round of the NYCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Youth World Finals we saw some huge scores posted as these kids wanted to make the most of their last runs in the “Big Pen”. This round also determined the finishing averages for the pencil round of the finals as well.

Gavin Callahan and Time N Tequila (One Time Pepto x Nu She Wood) struck again this time marking a huge 224 to take home the third round of the Junior Youth World Finals! Everything fit perfectly for this duo and we could tell “Nemo” remembered the bright lights! He had quite a bit of success in the Will Rogers as a young horse and as most of us know these horses do not forget much. Gavin made sure to thank all of those involved in his success and this win sealed the deal on the Junior Youth Show Champion title!


Gavin Callahan and Time N Tequila 

Reserve Champion was split between Madison Flynn riding Cat Man Blue (High Brow Cat x Quintan Blue) and Jade Mitchell riding Miss Stylish Cat (High Brow Cat x Peptos Stylish Miss) both marking a 219.


Madison Flynn and Cat Man Blue


Jade Mitchell and Miss Stylish Cat

Chance Cerny also had something to celebrate at the conclusion of the third round of the NYCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses World Finals! He was officially named the 2018 Junior Youth Reserve World Champion! He rode He Bea Cat (High Brow Cat x Mae Bea Marie), owned by Jim Crawford, in the finals but there were several other horses that allowed him to achieve this title. He and his sister Cassie Cerny who finished third place for the year, have the greatest family supporting them, always making sure they have horses to go show and enjoy!


Chance Cerny and He Bea Cat 2018 Junior Youth Reserve World Champion

Ali Good and Cat Atat Cat (High Brow Cat x Miss Stylish Pepto) did it again late in the third round of the Senior Youth World Finals this time marking an unbelievable 226.5! As said before, there is just something extra special about these two. Ali showed with such confidence making the picture presented to the crowd nearly perfect! Ali and “Charlie” finished the show season as the 2018 Senior Youth Reserve World Champions, quite an accomplishment in her last year as a youth competitor!


Ali Good and Cat Atat Cat 2018 Senior Youth Reserve World Champion

Reserve Champion was Case Robertson marking a 223 aboard Swoopn Indian (Hickorys Indian Pep x Dellaware), owned by J5 Horse Ranch Management.


Case Robertson and Swoopn Indian

Chaser Crouch also had the World Championship wrapped up at the start of the world finals competition so he got to just enjoy every moment of the experience. He is known as one to always enjoy life anyway regardless of how things turn out so it was fun to see him have so much success. He and GS Zans Cat (Smooth As A Cat x Zans Red Gold) finished the finals with a bang marking a 219! At the conclusion of that run he was officially crowned the 2018 Senior Youth World Champion!


Chaser Crouch and GS Zans Cat 2018 Senior Youth World Champion

World Finals Show Champions


This exciting week also brings us to our World Finals Show Champions! In the Junior Youth it was Gavin Callahan riding Time N Tequila (One Time Pepto x Nu She Wood) that finished as the Show Champions with a total of 659.5 points!


Gavin Callahan and Time N Tequila Junior Youth Show Champions

Reserve Show Champion was Jade Michell riding Miss Stylish Cat (High Brow Cat x Peptos Stylish Miss) with 647 points.


Jade Mitchell and Miss Stylish Cat Junior Youth Reserve Show Champions

The Senior Youth Show Champion was Joey Varnadore riding Reyminate (Dual Rey x Amanda Stargun) with 650 points!


Joey Varnadore and Reyminate

Reserve Show Champion in the Senior Youth was Case Robertson riding Swoopn Indian (Hickorys Indian Pep x Dellaware), owned by J5 Horse Ranch Management, with 648 points!


Case Robertson and Swoopn Indian Senior Youth Reserve Show Champions

Switch House Ranch Youth Scholarship Cutting


The Youth World Finals are certainly a highlight and fun to watch those who have dedicated the year to qualifying for the three nights of excitement but the Scholarship Cutting has an allure all its own. Growing up everyone looked forward to this cutting all year long. We thought about what horse we might possibly show or about showing our own horse on the biggest stage in the industry. Either way it was something we anticipated and looked forward to. This year Switch House Ranch came to the forefront to sponsor the event keeping the dreams alive for these young riders!

In the Junior Youth Makenzie Cowan showed her own horse Exclusive Thyme (One Time Pepto x Classy Dualin) marking a 222 to take home the 2018 Switch House Ranch Junior Youth Scholarship Championship! This talented rider said she was nervous going into the finals but she could have fooled us conducting herself perfectly in the show pen. She knew she needed to be cool and show smoothly but her help had to remind her of that a little bit. One of her helpers in the show pen was her dad Bill Cowan adding a little extra security to the situation. She was sure to thank everyone involved knowing that it takes a team! She also thanked her sister for getting her special gelding ready for her for the event.


Makenzie Cowan and Exclusive Thyme

Reserve Champion was Jade Mitchell riding Junie Wood (Nitas Wood x Tuffs Junie), owned by the Slate River Ranch, marking a 219!


Jade Mitchell and Junie Wood

Third Place was Emma Rapp marking a 218.5 aboard Reyzin (High Brow CD x Miss Reycine), owned by Gayle Force Quarter Horses.


Emma Rapp and Reyzin

In the Senior Youth Lance Cooper continued to show us why he in so successful in the Will Rogers! He and Fancy Rey (Dual Rey x Poosmal), owned by Charles Burger, marked a cool 223 to claim the 2018 Switch House Ranch Senior Youth Scholarship Championship! Lance has been on fire this year and it does not seem to matter what horse he is riding. This is one of a number of Championships he has taken home this year in Fort Worth but getting to ride a horse like Fancy Rey added a little extra fun to the win. Lance actually did not even know who he was going to show until a week before the event! A little nerve wracking for most but Lance handled it all with confidence and the mentality to just go and enjoy the experience!



Reserve Champion was Ryan Rapp marking a 220.5 riding Dont Stopp Believin (Dual Rey x Dont Look Twice).


Ryan Rapp and Dont Stopp Believin

Third Place was Jessica Pietrafeso riding Spookystimetoshine (One Time Pepto x San Starlight), owned by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, making a 220!


Jessica Pietrafeso and Spookystimetoshine

The 2018 Youth Week is now in the books! There were great runs had and lots of lessons learned all while having fun with friends! This experience is truly unique and what a blessing it is that these young people get to enjoy everything that the NYCHA offers. These opportunities are only a dream for many and for it to be a reality for these talented kids, well that is something for which we can be proud.

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