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Thomas E Hughes/Lyons Top Open, Hansen/Woody Be Lucky Top Non-Pro At Calgary World Series Show

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Dan Hansen & Woody Be Lucky
Thomas E Hughes, last year’s National Cutting Horse Association Reserve World Champion Open horse, and Tom Lyons, Grandview, Texas, posted a final-round 231 to win the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association Open World Series of Cutting title on Thursday, July 15, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and they earned $8,822.
Longtime non-pro cutters Don and Kathy Boone, West Columbia, Texas, own the 7-year-old stallion (High Brow Cat x Smart Letha x Smart Little Lena). The horse had competed sparingly during the first six months of 2010 after earning a combined $142,680 while competing often at limited-age and any-age cuttings last year.

Smart Frele Cat (High Brow Cat x Smart Savanah x Smart Little Lena), an 8-year-old gelding who won Open and Non-Pro titles at last year’s Calgary World Series of Cutting event, finished as the Reserve Champion in the Open this time with a 230 to earn $7,058. Les Timmons, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, guided the horse to the strong No. 2 finish after winning the Open title with him at the same event last year. Rod and Marilyn MacDonald, Stump Lake, British Columbia, Canada, own Smart Frele Cat.

Dan Hansen, 58, who splits time along with his wife, Karen, in Weatherford, Texas, and Nampa, Idaho, won the Non-Pro title with a 227 aboard Woody Be Lucky to earn $9,989. Woody Be Lucky (Nitas Wood x Playboys Ladyluck x Freckles Playboy) and Karen Hansen, the horse’s actual owner, placed fourth in the Non-Pro finals at the same event last year. Dan Hansen borrowed the horse from his wife in 2007 and earned a season-long NCHA World Championship title based primarily on the money the pair earned that year.

Fallon Nuttall, 19, Red Lodge, Mont., and Shortys Royal Blue (Bet On Me 498 x Miss Shorty Lena x Shorty Lena) finished as Non-Pro Reserve Champions with a 224 to earn $7,991. Fallon’s dad, cutting horse trainer Will Nuttall, owns the 7-year-old gelding.

Youth Champion Emma Reinhart, Irricana, Alberta, Can., and Reserve Champion Carly Christianson, Stony Plain, Alberta, Can., finished 1-2 with 221 and 217 scores. Reinhart competed with Kit Date, a 6-year old gelding (Dixie Kit x Sucha Smarty x Smart Peppy Date) owned by Ken Christenson, Okotoks, Alberta, Can. Christianson competed with Bob Playin (Bobs Freckles x Playboys Master Lady x Freckles Playboy), a 7-year-old mare owned by Equistar Enterprises, Spruce Grove, Alberta, Can.