Wes Ashlock Claims First Derby Open Win for 2019!









The Derby Open finals rounded out the Open competition at the 2019 Abilene Spectacular!  Wes Ashlock and Smart Sugar Kitty (Kit Kat Sugar x Dual Smart Kitty), owned by Buck Creek Quarter Horses, marked a 221.5 in the second set of the finals to claim the Championship!

Wes has already had a memorable past few months with successes in the show pen, the sale arena, and on a personal level.  This win started the new year off with a bang for him and his family to keeping the pace going and giving confidence heading into the new show season!  “Kat” as she is affectionately called is a barn favorite for the Ashlock’s and a sweetheart to be around.  She has been a kind mare to train and a very smart throughout the time they have had her.  Hunter Meinzer trained the special mare as a two-year-old and Wes got her a few months into her three-year-old year.  He is visibly confident on Kat and shows her as if she is an older show horse!  They made the semifinals at the NCHA Futurity but had a little tough luck keeping them out of the finals.  It seems as though their luck is changing and we are sure to see a lot more from this duo as the year progresses!  They received a $17,000 check for the win along with the $10,000 Stallion Bonus bringing their total to $27,000!

Wes Ashlock and Smart Sugar Kitty

Watch the winning run here:

Reserve Champion was Michael Cooper riding The Red Mamba (High Brow Cat x BR Tommy Girl), owned by the Rose Valley Ranch.  They marked a 221 to claim not only the Reserve Championship but also the Novice Division Championship and the Gelding Division Championship.  “Kenny” was sharp in a tough set of cows showing us all what he is capable of!  They collected a $15,000 check for the Reserve Championship along with $1,695.49 for the Gelding Division and $3,288.21 for the Novice Division Championships.

Michael Cooper and The Red Mamba

Third Place was Lloyd Cox marking a 219 aboard Reycan In The Cash (Dual Rey x Cancan Kitty), owned by Pat and Lisa Taylor.  “Donald” has quite the personality and comes from an already very standout family!  They took home a $13,000 check to go along with their title.

Lloyd Cox and Reycan In The Cash 

See Highlights from the Open 4YO Derby Finals below:

The Abilene Stallion Incentive Champion was Neat Lil Time (Neat Little Cat x One Miracle Ata Time) ridden by Tom McTagart and owned by Ray Brazzel.  They received a hefty $11,583.35 check for their win!

Neat Lil Time and Tom McTagartt (Photo by BX Photo)

The Senior Division Champion was Gary Bellenfant riding Big Short Stuff (Mecom Bay Roan x Little Short Stuff), owned by Wichita Ranch, taking home a $1,130.32 check.

The Limited Division Champion was Justin Chalmers riding Tanquereynstilettos (Dual Rey x Miss Peptontilettos), owned by Rob and Jackie Davison.  They claimed a $1,695.49 check for the win!

The Abilene Spectacular with finish up with the Amateur and Non-Pro competition over the next couple of days.  Congratulations to all of the finalists and Champions thus far, it has been a great start to the New Year!