The 2012 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Co-Champions He Bea Cat (High Brow Cat x Mae Bea Marie x Freckles Playboy), owned by Jim Crawford, and Tarin Rice took the Cattlemen’s Derby & Classic 4-Year-Old Open Championship and Gelding Open Championship Thurs., March 7, in Graham, Texas, with a score of 224.
The duo worked first in the second set – not usually his favorite draw, Rice admitted. But after working the three cows he planned to cut, the Jacksboro, Texas, trainer, who competed against his brother, Tatum, in the final field of 20, pocketed $14,000 for the Derby win and another $5,000 for the Gelding division win.
The Reserve Championship was shared by Brinkmanns Cool Cat and Phil Rapp with Cha Ching And Change and Sean Flynn. Both duos scored 222 and won $12,366. Brinkmanns Cool Cat (High Brow Cat x Aritopep x Smart Aristocrat) is owned by Baxter Brinkmann, and Cha Ching And Change (Im Countin Checks x Bling Bling Bling x Smooth As A Cat) is owned by Circle Y Ranch.
I Spot (Starlights Gypsy x Swinging Missy x Justa Swinging Peppy), owned by Joann Parker, and Chris Hanson won the 4-Year-Old Limited Open. Their score was 218 and they won $3,200.
The Cattlemen’s continues through the weekend with Non-Pro and Amateur titles up for grabs. Subscribe to Quarter Horse News for the full event coverage, featured in the April 15 issue.