National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Limited Non-Pro finals Friday night. Royal Red Hal, bred by Gary and Kathy Benton, of Arkansas City, Kan., is sired by Halreycious and out of the Peptoboonsmal mare Royal Red Pepto.Whitney Hall, of Commanche, Okla., and Royal Red Hal earned a 219 to win the
Hall earned $5,262 for her cutting victory, but the freshman at Western Oklahoma State College didn’t have much time to enjoy her that success as she headed straight home to grab her rope horse so she could compete in Hays, Kan., at a collegiate rodeo on Saturday morning in breakaway roping.
“I saw the draw last night and thought, ‘OK. The cattle have been better at the end, so maybe, and whatever God wants to have happen, it will happen.’ I tried not to watch – just stay focused on the cattle that I knew and the cattle that we had picked and wanted to cut,” Hall said.
Royal Red Hal earns his keep at the Halls’ ranch. Next week, he’ll be used to drag calves to the branding fire. His dam, Royal Red Pepto, helped push Hall’s dad, Shannon, past the $3 million earnings mark back in 2008.
Stephen Silva, of Templeton, Calif., and One Precious Pepto (Peptoboonsmal x Lenas Good Nus x Lenas Jewel Bars) followed up their Reserve Champion honors won earlier at the Super Stakes in the Amateur finals with a Reserve Championship in the Limited Non-Pro. Silva and his mare were ninth to work in the 22-horse finals and marked a 216 that held up until Hall entered the pen next to last in the final set. Silva earned $5,086.
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