Two 6-year old mares both posted scores of 222, resulting in a Co-Championship during Monday’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Classic/Challenge John Deere Open finals in Fort Worth. Sally Cats Hot and Jesse Lennox, along with Cherrey and Dean Domann, each secured $4,415 checks with those efforts.
Cherrey (Dual Rey x Shesa Smarty Lena x Smart Little Lena) and Domann, Gainesville, Texas, also made the July 20 Classic/Challenge Open finals, tying for 19th in that 25-horse field. The John Deere finish earned $6,629 for owner Rodney Wrinkle Cutting Horses, Lebanon, Mo. The mare ended up earning more money at this show than the $9,136 that she’d previously earned in her cutting career.
Domann, 36, a longtime trainer with $421,080 in prior cutting earnings, picked up his first Fort Worth limited-age title after a reserve title last year. “I didn’t think it was ever going to happen,” he said.
Spots Hot x RW Sally Cat x High Brow Cat), a mare bred and owned by Walton’s Rockin W Ranch, Millsap, Texas, Lennox’s training base, carried the 23-year-old Canada native to the pair’s second Classic/Challenge John Deere Open title in a row. They also won the NCHA Super Stakes John Deere Open on April 4 in Fort Worth with a 224-point effort. The horse has earned more than $38,000 in her career.Sally Cats Hot (
“Jesse’s just doing a wonderful job and that mare is a superstar in our book,” said Lennox’s employer Alice Walton. “She’s a fourth-generation [homebred]. We’re so thrilled for her, and we’re so proud of Jesse.”
Lennox, a career earner of $133,171 as a cutter heading into this show, has enjoyed a hot streak since last fall that has included earning more than $80,000 and making several high-profile limited-age finals. Lennox also rode Rose Rey (Dual Rey x Stylish Rosie x Docs Stylish Oak) in the July 20 Classic/Challenge Open finals and finished in the middle of the pack during the John Deere Open finals.
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