The Cattlemen’s Derby and Classic came to an end Sunday, March 9, in Graham, Texas. The event’s last weekend hosted the final rounds of Non-Pro, Amateur and Unlimited Amateur competition, and the show-goers didn’t disappoint with the action.
In the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals, Armando Costa Neto, of Weatherford, Texas, piloted 2008 mare Look The Look (High Brow Cat x Dual Lookin Pep x Dual Pep) to mark a score of 221. Their Championship came with a check worth $7,125. The mare, owned by Fazenda Barrinha Corp., of Weatherford, and bred by Ken Jackson, of Hermann, Mo., now boasts an Equi-Stat record of more than $141,200.
The 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Reserve Championship went to Weatherford resident Chad Bushaw and Bet On A Cat (High Brow Cat x Bet On Houston x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Crown Ranch LP, of Weatherford, and bred by Niangua River Ranch, of Eldridge, Mo. The duo marked a 215.5 for the title and earned $6,300.
Coopersburg, Pa., cutter Michelle Sly piloted her 2009 gelding MK Smooth Texas (Smooth As A Cat x Meradas Chiq Oak x Meradas Money Talks) to win the 5/6-Year-Old Amateur finals with a 217. They also made a run in the 5/6-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur finals to marked a 222 for their second title. Sly and the gelding, bred by the Gene McKown Living Trust, of Norman, Okla., took home more than $5,000 in prize money.
The 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Reserve title went to Barbara Eccott, of Princeton, British Columbia, Canada, and her gelding ATM Wild Haired Cat (Wild Haired Cat x Another Tornado Mate x Smart Mate), bred by Dan Churchill, of Moline, Ill. The duo marked a score of 216 to earn $2,429.
With a score of 220, the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship went to Poolville, Texas, resident Dustin Adams and Cat Scann (High Brow Cat x Reyann Hickory x Dual Rey). Their title came with a check for $7,500. Cat Scann is owned and bred by Adams and his wife, Deena.
The 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Reserve Championship went to WSR Hal Of A Promise (Halreycious x Hickorys Promise x Doc’s Hickory), bred by Lloyd Cox, of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Austin Adams, of Poolville.
The 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur Championship went to Robert Tieperman, of Jewett, Texas, and TS Reys N Cats (Rey Dual x Hide A Kitty x High Brow Cat), bred by Robert and Lynn Meyer, of Wake Forest, N.C. The duo marked a 215 in the finals to earn the title and a check worth $3,000.
Taking the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur Reserve Championship and $2,453 with a 214 was Wade Smith, of Geary, Okla., and his mare Lil Pep N Time (One Time Pepto x Shortys Lil Pep x Dual Pep), bred by Matthews Cutting Horses LLC, of Warsaw, N.C. Smith and Lil Pep N Time also took the 4-Year-Old Amateur Championship with a score of 217 and earned an additional $3,000.