Cotton Stakes Classic with a 225 worth $11,000 Sept. 11 at the West Monroe, La., show.Consistent finalists Jett Setter and John Wold broke through for their first high-profile cutting victory during the Derby Open finals at the
The son of respected stallion Cats Merada, produced by the Docs Stylish Oak mare, Lenas Stylish Bunny, Jett Setter is bred and owned by Wold’s longtime employer, Furst Ranch of Bartonville, Texas. Since December, Jett Setter and Wold have reached prior 4-year-old Open finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity and the NCHA Super Stakes in Fort Worth, Texas, plus the Breeder’s Invitational, Bonanza and Augusta Futurity shows in Tulsa, Okla., Glen Rose, Texas, and Augusta, Ga. They also made July’s NCHA Summer Spectacular Open semifinals in Fort Worth.
“He’s been a really good horse,” Wold said of Jett Setter after their Cotton Stakes win. “He’s extremely smart. He knows what he’s doing and knows what his job is. We had a really nice ride tonight.”
JJS Catless Merada, another son of Cats Merada, ridden by Weatherford, Texas, trainer Michael Cooper, and owned by Rose Valley Ranch of Weatherford, secured the Reserve Championship and earned $9,700 with a 223. Kenneth Hammett of Houston, Texas, bred and originally owned JJS Catless Merada, who is out of the Smart Little Lena mare, Madelena.
The Cotton Stakes Futurity Open finals take place Sept. 13, and the show continues through Sept. 29 with several Non-Pro and Amateur events.