Thats a Wrap for the 2018 Cotton Stakes

Author: Lauren Middleton



Thats a Wrap for the 2018 Cotton Stakes
















The Non-Pro and Amateur competition at the 2018 Cotton Stakes was full of big scores and a lot of fun! We always enjoy the camaraderie that we get to experience during these classes and this show was no different. Trying out the new NCHA Leveling System was fun in these classes as well because there were more finalists, more champions, and more smiles on everyone’s faces!

Classic Non Pro


The Classic Non-Pro was the first to go and it was Chad Bushaw and his family’s new mount, Velvets Revolver (WR This Cats Smart x Velvets Best Shot), that stood in the spotlight! This is not this special gelding’s first time to shine, he has been wonderful for everyone who has had him. There are just some horses that will always tug on your heart strings and standout in the crowd! The duo took home a $7,000 check for the 222-point run! They were also the Gelding Division Champions adding another $1,440.60 to their earnings for the day.


Chad Bushaw and Velvets Revolver

Reserve Champion was Cade Shepard riding the very consistent mare Christy Hughes (Thomas E Hughes x MH San Tules Dually) marking a 218. She is another that has made her mark for this family throughout her aged event career! They took home a $5,600 check along with another title under the duo’s belt.


Cade Shepard and Christy Hughes



Intermediate Classic Non Pro


In the Intermediate Non-Pro Alexa Stent and Bowmerang (High Brow Cat x Bowmans Little Jewel) topped the class with a 220! “Russel” is the last baby out of this family’s great mare Bowmans Little Jewel who has been part of the foundation for their program. His name is very fitting to say the least as he is always making big moves covering the cow from one side to the other. He is one that Alexa might just keep because she has had so much fun with him. They added another $5,000 to their career earnings for the win!


Alexa Stent and Bowmerang

Reserve Champion was Eric Vanboekel riding Sweet Taylor Rey (Dual Rey) marking a 216. They collected a $4,500 check along with their title. Eric and his wife Katherine are true lovers of the sport of cutting. We see them at most shows and they always have several entries. They could do anything as a hobby because that is what this is for them, a hobby, but they choose to enjoy this sport. We are fortunate to be surrounded by people like them, it reminds us of the fun that can be had on these amazing horses.


Eric Vanboekel and Sweet Taylor Rey

The Gelding Division Champion in the Intermediate Classic Non-Pro was Magic Metalman (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra) ridden by Mandy Chisum marking a 213.5 collecting a $1,440.60 check.


Mandy Chisum and Magic Metalman




Classic Limited Non Pro


Caylee Shepard borrowed her brother’s mare Christy Hughes (Thomas E Hughes x MH San Tules Dually) to claim the Classic Limited Non-Pro Championship! It was her first aged event to ever compete in and she looked like a veteran. The pair marked a 216.5 for the win taking home a $2,100 check. They say like father like daughter and in this case like brother like sister as well! This family is a force to be reckoned with and it seems that little sister will be no different!


Caylee Shepard and Christy Hughes

Reserve Champion in the Classic Limited Non-Pro was Chelsea Tatum riding Bobs Smart Rey (Dual Rey x Bobs Smart Chance) marking a 215.5 taking home $1,700. These two are a perfect pair making it to the winner’s circle time and time again. We are sure to see them many more times!

The Gelding Division Champion in the Classic Limited Non-Pro was Fantastic One (Fantastic Cat) ridden by Kaden Rutherford marking a 215 to collect a $1,029 check!


Kaden Rutherford and Fantastic One



Derby Non Pro


The Derby Non-Pro was next to go and it was Dustin Adams who also rode a new horse to claim the Championship! Dustin rode Sly Pepto Girl (One Time Pepto x Sly Playgirl) to mark a 221 for the win and the $7,000 check. Dustin and his wife Deena purchased the mare from Rockin L Cutting Horses at the Western Bloodstock Summer sale a little more than a month ago. It seems as though the duo has clicked very well with their first show being such a success! No doubt they bought this mare as a future prospect to breed to their young stallion Hottish (Spots Hot x Stylish Play Lena) but to have fun in the meantime looks to be in the cards for this team!


Dustin Adams and Sly Pepto Girl

Reserve Champion was Kelsey Johnson riding Buckin Hot (Hottish x Buckaroo Boon) marking a 218 to take home $5,000! This spunky little mare is quick on a cow and handled a few tough cows with ease. Kelsey piloted her like she was not worried as well making for an action-packed run. These two are going places we are looking forward to their future!


Kelsey Johnson and Buckin Hot

The Gelding Division Champion in the Derby Non-Pro was Rey Too Purdy ridden by Missy Jean Etheridge marking a 215.5 to collect a $1,029 check.


Missy Jean Etheridge and Rey Too Purdy



Intermediate Derby Non Pro


In the Intermediate Derby Non-Pro, it was Dustin Adams and Sly Pepto Girl (One Time Pepto x Sly Playgirl) that took home their second win for the show! They marked a 220 to claim a $3,200 Champion’s check. As said before these two are clicking very well right off the bat making things a little extra exciting for this family.


Dustin Adams and Sly Pepto Girl

Reserve Champion was Joey Varnadore riding Sly Smooth Girl (Smooth As A Cat x Sly Playgirl) marking a 217 winning $2,800. Sly Playgirl should be a proud mom after this class with her babies taking the top two spots along with much more success during this show!


Joey Varnadore and Sly Smooth Girl 

The Gelding Division Champion in the Intermediate Classic Non-Pro was Rey Too Purdy ridden by Missy Jean Etheridge marking a 215.5. They collected a $823.20 check along with their title.


Missy Jean Etheridge and Rey Too Purdy



Limited Derby Non Pro


Lisa Crossen and Metallic Knight (Metallic Cat) topped the Limited Derby Non Pro with a 215.5 to claim the $2,100 Champion's check!


Lisa Cresson and Metallic Knight

Reserve Champion was Ali Good marking a 213.5 aboard Sneakish (Hottish x Smooth Sneakin) to collect $1,700.



Futurity Non Pro


The final Non-Pro class to go was the Futurity Non-Pro in which the Payne Ranch made themselves known once again! This time Nadine Payne that took center stage claiming the Championship aboard Desire A Gun with a cumulative score of 430. They collected $3,250 for the win! The Payne’s continuously bring excellent horses to the small futurities which is very impressive to say the least. It is hard to get these babies ready this early in the year and to see them looking so grown up and solid is very cool. Nadine’s husband James Payne claimed the Futurity Open Championship earlier in the week along with the West Texas Futurity Open title less than a month ago. Hard work certainly pays off for this team in all levels of the sport!


Nadine Payne and Desire A Gun

Reserve Champion was Cade Shepard riding Lite Headed (Light N Lena) with a cumulative score of 427 to collect the $2,750 Reserve Champion’s check. Cade was also in the Intermediate Open finals riding this mare earlier in the week!


Cade Shepard and Lite Headed

The Gelding Division Champion in the Futurity Non-Pro was Lean On Manny (Mandalay Rey x Lean On Stylish) ridden by Missy Jean Etheridge with a 397 cumulative score. They took home an $823.20 for their efforts.


Missy Jean Etheridge and Lean On Manny





Intermediate Futurity Non Pro


In the Intermediate Futurity Non Pro Division Nadine Payne and Desire A Gun took home their second Championship for the show with a 430 cummulative score collecting $2,600!


Nadine Payne and Desire A Gun 

Reserve Champion was Ryan Rapp riding Get Drunk N Trashy (Gunnatrashya) with a 416 cummulative score taking home $2,300.


Ryan Rapp and Get Drunk N Trashy

The Gelding Division Champion was Lean On Manny ridden by Missy Jean Etheridge with a 397 cummulative score to recieve $1,029.


Missy Jean Etheridge and Lean On Manny



Derby Amateur


Once the Non-Pro came to a close it was time for Amateur competition! In the Derby Amateur Robert Masterson and Little Guy Cat made their presence known once again. They marked a 219 for the win and a $3,700 check! They also took home the Gelding Division Championship adding another $1,450.89 to their earnings.


Robert Masterson and Little Guy Cat

Reserve Champion in the Derby Amateur was Joey Varnadore riding Sly Smooth Girl (Smooth As A Cat x Sly Playgirl) marking a 217. They collected $3,200 along with their win!


Joey Varnadore and Sly Smooth Girl

The Senior Division Champion in the Derby Amateur was Lica Pinkston riding CR Tuff Lil Sandy (Woody Be Tuff) marking a 215.5 receiving a $940.80 check.


Lica Pinkston and CR Tuff Lil Sandy



Intermediate Derby Amateur


Geman Lugo and Mamas Stylish Sophie (One Time Pepto x Stylish Amanda) claimed the Intermediate Derby Amateur Championship marking a stellar 221.5! This duo has been bound for success all year long but it finally all came together for them for a major win! They took home a $3,500 check and are ready to head to the next show.


German Lugo and Mamas Stylish Sophie

Reserve Champion was Jordan Vaughn riding Hott Dawg (Hottish) marking a 219! They collected $3,000 check along with another $1,450.89 for the Gelding Division Championship as well!


Jordan Vaughn and Hott Dawg

The Senior Division Champion in the Intermediate Derby Amateur was James Hooper riding CR Tuff Heart Attac (Woody Be Tuff x The Catattac) collecting $1,097.60.


James Hooper and CR Tuff Heart Attac




Limited Derby Amateur


In the Limited Derby Amateur Jacob Morris and Kickin It In The Stix claimed the win marking a 212. They took home a $1,400 check for their efforts.


Jacob Morris

Reserve Champion was Phillip Garrison riding Baby Blu Eyz (War Bird Dog x Cinsational) claiming a $900 check.

The Senior Division Champion in the Limited Derby Amateur Joe Wood claiming a $588 check aboard Souix Kitty Sue (Cat Man Blue x Scarlyte).



Classic Amateur


The Classic Amateur events will round out the results from the Cotton Stakes starting with the Classic Amateur Division. Charles Russell Bushaw had an awesome show making it to four Amateur finals and taking home two championships! He topped this class about the great gelding Velvets Revolver (WR This Cats Smart x Velvets Best Shot). His dad Chad Bushaw, had just claimed the Classic Non-Pro Championship aboard “Millhouse” earlier in the week as well! The duo marked a 222 for the win and the $4,000 check along with the Gelding Division Championship adding another $2,160.90 to their earnings.


Charles Russel Bushaw and Velvets Revolver

Reserve Champion was Von Sutten riding Superey (Dual Rey x Highbrow Supercat) marking a 219! They collected a $3,500 check to go along with their title.


Von Sutten and Superey

The Senior Division Champion was Lica Pinkston riding Stylish Top Brow (High Brow CD x Stylish Top Girl) marking a 210.5. They received a $940.80 check.


Lica Pinkston and Stylish Top Brow



Intermediate Classic Amateur


In the Intermediate Classic Amateur Division Charles Russell Bushaw dominated the field once again. He and Velvets Revolver (WR This Cats Smart x Velvets Best Shot) marked a 221 for the win! They also claimed the Gelding Division Championship as well.


Charles Russell Bushaw and Velvets Revolver

Reserve Co-Champions were Lisa Johnson riding Ettafied (High Brow CD x Travs Foxetta) and Langston Pattillo riding Dualin Smooth Legacy (Smooth As A Cat x Dual Legacy) both marking a 217.5!


Lisa Johnson and Ettafied


Langston Pattillo and Dualin Smooth Legacy

Senior Division Champion in the Inermediate Classic Amateur was Stephanie Sheen riding Metallic Alex (Metallic Cat).


Stephanie Sheen and Metallic Alex


Classic Limited Amateur


In the Classic Limited Amateur, it was Taylor Worley and her great gelding Blitzkat (Metallic Cat x Suggie Badger) that topped the field marking a 213 in a tough set of cattle. The took home a $2,100 check.


Taylor Worely and Blitzkat

Reserve Champion was John Lavelle marking a 212 aboard Rissy Cat (High Brow Cat x Play Miss) collecting a $1,476 check along with the Senior Division Championship adding another $705.60 to their take home that day.


John Lavelle and Rissy Cat

The Gelding Division Champion in the Limited Classic Amateur was MK Tim (Smooth As A Cat x MK Little Miss Trona) ridden by Tee Worley. The duo collected an $823.20 check for their efforts!


Tee Worley and MK Tim



That’s a wrap for the 2018 Cotton Stakes and as said before there was a lot of excitement and fun had at this show! Even if the NCHA Leveling System is changed it was a great start to the future of the NCHA! Thank you to Mr. Robert Charles Brown for his courage to try it out and the desire to help the sport evolve.

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