After a full day of go-rounds for the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting’s San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo leg, 13 Open horse-and-rider teams returned to the finals for a piece of the any-age prize. A Little Bossy and R.L. Chartier wrapped up the win.
From the next-to-last draw in the Open finals, Chartier piloted A Little Bossy to a cool 225.5, besting his nearest competition by a three-point margin. The 9-year-old gelding (CD Lights x Pistol Smart x Smart Little Lena), bred by Bailey Quarter Horses, of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, is owned by Gary and Karen Fields, of Weatherford, Texas.
Chartier and A Little Bossy picked up a check for $6,050. Reserve Champions Woodys Wildest Cat (High Brow Cat x Miss Echo Wood x Doctor Wood) and Matt Gaines, who marked a 222.5, earned $5,412 for owner Mandy Chisum.
This event will elevate A Little Bossy, who has also been shown under the saddle of Tatum Rice this year, near the top of the World standings. According to Equi-Stat, the gelding’s lifetime earnings are in excess of $233,000.
Allie Roger, of Weatherford, Texas, grabbed the Mercuria Non-Pro title after piloting Billy Joe Rey to a 219.5. Her and her 9-year-old gelding (Dual Rey x Hug Me Darling x Hug Me Doc), bred by Jim McNulty, bested the 12-horse field by two and one-half points.
Roger, a career earner of nearly $220,000, secured a check for $7,803, bringing her World standings total to $12,657 and pushing her into the lead. Billy Joe Rey boasts an Equi-Stat record of more than $52,000, including a win in the 2009 El Rancho Futurity’s Derby Non-Pro and a tie for reserve in the 2011 Brazos Bash Classic Non-Pro. Both of those achievements came with Roger aboard.
Joe Howard Williamson picked up the Reserve Championship in San Antonio. He rode his 7-year-old gelding Acatbequick (High Brow Cat x KD Shorty x Kit Dual), bred by Elizabeth Brumbaugh Quirk, to a 217. They left the arena with $6,789 earned toward their $4,379 standing total in the race for the Non-Pro World title.
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