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ARC Moonstruck, Nick O'Dell Earn Classic/Challenge John Deere Open Title
The first finals for the Classic/Challenge portion of the National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth, Texas, took place Thursday, July 12, at Will Rogers Memorial Complex. After the Youth Scholarship classes wrapped up, the John Deere Open commenced. ARC Moostruckplease and Nick O’Dell emerged victorious.
ARC Moonstruckplease (Chic Please x Moonstruck Cat x High Brow Cat) is owned by George Ward, Lees Summit, Mo., and was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses, Weatherford, Texas. O’Dell said he has only been riding the 2007 gelding for a few months.
Michael Cooper, Weatherford, Texas, originally trained ARC Moonstruckplease when he was stationed in Kansas. When he moved to the cutting capital of the world, Cooper suggested O’Dell as a replacement.
Nine horses made it back to the John Deere Classic/Challenge Open finals, but from their first draw, O’Dell and ARC Moonstruckplease marked an unmatchable 219. This win, worth $5,495, pushes the horse’s earnings to more than $40,000.
From the next to last draw, Purcell, Okla.-based Robbie Boyce piloted Stylish Scotti to a 218 for the Reserve Champion. The 2006 mare (Peptos Stylish Oak x Lenas Scotti x Bobby Bo Badger), owned by Cowan Select Horses Inc., Havre, Mont., and bred by Bittercreek Quarter Horse Ranch, Hollis, Okla., had around $34,000 in Equi-Stat earnings before her title. The Reserve Championship was worth $4,884.
Boyce, a successful reined cow horse trainer, said he is enjoying his jump into cutting, but he still has a few horses entered in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity.