Cutting Up at the Cotton Stakes

Author: Lauren Middleton



Cutting Up at the Cotton Stakes











The 2018 Cotton Stakes has been a huge success to say the least! Producer Robert Charles Brown decided to be the test pilot of the new proposed NCHA Leveling System and the results have been pretty interesting to see. Entries are up considerably and stalls completely sold out! There are some great advantages to the system as well as things that will need to be perfected. The bottom line is that the membership knows there needs to be some kind of restructure so trying new things is part of the overall goal, to have more people out enjoying the sport we all love!

Classic Open


In the Classic Open Brett McGlothlin and Somethingtobelievein (Hydrive Cat x Playin T Etta), owned by he and his wife Jody, marked a stellar 226 first out in the finals! They took home an $11,000 check for the win! This little mare has impressed us her entire career but this duo was on fire here in West Monroe!


Brett McGlothlin and Somethingtobelievein

Reserve Champion was Matt Miller riding Misstresssis (Metallic Cat x Smart Crackin Chic), owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses, marking a 222 to claim the $9,800 Reserve Champion’s check.


Matt Miller and Misstresssis

The Gelding Division Champion in the Classic Open was Hesa Smart Guy (My Guy Rey), owned by Charles Burger, ridden by Chris Hanson receiving a $1,783.60 check.


Chris Hanson and Hesa Smart Guy



Intermediate Classic Open


Brett McGlothlin and Somethingtobelievein (Hydrive Cat x Playin T Etta) dominated the Intermediate Classic Open Division as well marking a 227 for the win! They took home another $5,500 for the week making their trip to the Cotton Stakes a memorable one!


Brett McGlothlin and Somethingtobelievein

Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Classic Open was Kody Porterfield riding Santallico Cat (Metallic Cat), owned by Coalson Acres, marking a 220. They took home a $4,100 check along with the title.


Kody Porterfield and Santallico Cat

The Gelding Division Champion in the Intermediate Classic Open was Cat In The Marina shown by Brad Mitchell and owned by Dennis Levering, marking a 217. They claimed a $1,646.40 for the win!


Brad Mitchell and Cat In The Marina



Limited Classic Open


In the Classic Limited Open Hayden Upton and Superfly (Smooth As A Cat x Lenas Horn), owned by Brett Johnson, were victorious marking a 221! They received a $3,200 check for the Championship.


Hayden Upton and Superfly

Reserve Champion in the Classic Limited Open was Eric Magby riding One Sneaky Bluegrass (Bluegrass Cat), owned by Browne Enterprises Lllp, taking home $2,160.


Eric Magby and One Sneaky Bluegrass

The Gelding Division Champion in the Limited Classic Open was Smart Dealin (Dealinwithacoolcat), owned by Frank and Ora Diehl, ridden by John Mohler winning $1,029.



Derby Open


Brad Mitchell and Metallic Alley (Metallic Cat), owned by Dennis Levering, dominated the Derby events following the pattern already set in the Classic Open. They marked a 225 last out in the first set of finals making it that much more impressive. They received a $10,000 check for their win!


Brad Mitchell and Metallic Alley

Reserve Champion was Austin Shepard marking a 222 aboard Dual Reyish (Hottish x A Little Reylena), owned by Billy Wolf. They took home an $8,000 Reserve Champion’s check.


Austin Shepard and Dual Reyish

The Gelding Division Champion in the Derby Open was Taliate (Metallic Cat), owned by Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, ridden by Casey Green. They marked a 220 to claim the win along with the $2,058 check!


Casey Green and Taliate



Intermediate Derby Open


In the Intermediate Derby Open Brad Mitchell and Metallic Alley (Metallic Cat), owned by Dennis Levering, marked a 222 in a tough set of finals to take home their second win of the week along with a $6,000 check.


Brad Mitchell and Metallic Alley

Reserve Champion was Cullen Chartier and One Alley Cat (High Brow Cat x Nod N Smile Baby), owned by Tom and Hilary Watson, marking a 218.5 to receive the $5,500 Reserve Champion’s check.


Cullen Chartier and One Alley Cat

The Gelding Division Champion in the Intermediate Derby Open was Willie J Rey (Dual Rey x Cat Black I), owned by Charlie and Denise Seiz, ridden by Walt Erwin to claim a $1,612.10 check.


Walt Erwin and Willie J Rey



Limited Derby Open


In the Limited Derby Open Jessie Pritchard rode Rey Too Purdy, owned by the Belle Terre Ranch, marking a 219 for the win! They took home a $3,200 check along with the win.  They were also the Gelding Division Champions adding another $1,029 to their earnings.


Jessie Pritchard and Rey Too Purdy

Reserve Champion was Cass Tatum riding Sweet Sister Cat (Metallic Cat), owned by Ty Moore, marking a 217 to recieve $2,200.


Cass Tatum and Sweet Sister Cat



Futurity Open


Last but not least were the Futurity horses! In the Open Futurity it was James Payne that collected his second win for the year aboard the talented mare Stylish Haliee (Halreycious), owned by Kathleen Moore, marking a 222.5. They added another $10,000 to the young mare’s career. These two just won the West Texas Futurity as well not even a month ago.


James Payne and Stylish Haliee

Reserve Champion was Austin Shepard riding Bama Timme (Bamacat x Divas On Time), owned by Amanda Standish, marking a 220. They took home an $8,800 check. This duo also claimed the Gelding Division Championship adding another $1,749.30 to their earnings.


Austin Shepard and Bama Timme



Intermediate Futurity Open


Walt Erwin and Olena Shes Metallic (Metallic Cat), owned by Mark Senn, marked a 221 to win the Futurity Intermediate Open Division. They took home a nice $6,000 check for the win!


Walt Erwin and Olena Shes Metallic

Reserve Champion was Butch Lott riding Lil Shady Rey, owned by Billy Crenshaw, marking a 218 to take home $5,000.


Butch Lott and Lil Shady Rey

The Gelding Division Champion in the Futurity Intermediate Open Division was Rey Ahead (Dual Rey), owned and ridden by Tate Bennet. They received a $1,450.89 check.


Tate Bennet and Rey Ahead



Limited Futurity Open


In the Futurity Limited Open Division Shane Carlon marked a 216 aboard WRJ Smart Sassy Jewel, owned by Wayne Stewart, to take home a $3,800 check!


Shane Carlon and WJR Smart Sassy Jewel

Reserve Champion was Butch Lott and Lil Shady Rey claiming their second Reserve Championship for the show! They took home a $3,000 check for owner Billy Crenshaw.


Butch Lott and Lil Shady Rey



There is still quite a bit of cutting to go at this year’s Cotton Stakes but there have definitely been many horses and riders already walk to the herd! It has been a great week for the sport whether it be just something new to try out or the future of the sport. All we know is it has been a lot of fun and we are looking forward to the rest of the week! Congratulations to all of the Champions and Finalists thus far and good luck to the competitors left to go!

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