Non-Pros & Amateurs Take Center Stage At Breeder’s Invitational

kelleearnheart-flashaboutKelle Earnheart and Flash AboutFlash About and Kelle Earnhert, one of cutting’s top pairs the past two years, won Saturday’s Classic/Challenge Non-Pro at the Breeder’s Invitational in Tulsa, Okla., with a 227, earning $15,161.

The 5-year-old mare (Purdy Boy Flash x Play Miss x Playgun) has earned $141,265, primarily with her owner, Earnheart, of Weatherford, Texas, in the saddle. Earnheart and “Flash Em” were the Cotton Stakes and Brazos Bash Derby Non-Pro Champions last year.

Laura Fenimore, an Oregon native now living and working in Poolville, Texas, and 2009 gelding Mr Quenique earned more money than any other duo at the BI last week. The pair secured the Classic/Challenge Limited Non-Pro title with a two-go 437 to earn $5,862, then finished as Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Reserve Champions with a final-go 220 to earn $12,565.

Amateur winners Saturday included teen-age sisters Blakeley and Madalyn Colgrove, of Boligee, Ala., Julie Sheedy, of Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia, and Isidro Sigala, a Venezuela native who lives in Weatherford, Texas.

Sheedy and her mare Sweetallic (Metallic Cat x Sweet Little Boon x Smart Little Lena) won the Derby Amateur finals with a 217 to earn $6,476. Australia native and Texas trainer Eddie Flynn trains Sweetallic and competes with the mare, too.

Sigala and his mare Prettyprettyprinces (Reys Dual Badger x ARC Little Dualena x Dual Pep) marked a 218 to earn $6,372 as Derby Unlimited Amateur Champions. His brother, Francisco, earned the Derby Non-Pro title at last year’s BI, and their father, Jose, has made finals several times at the Breeder’s Invitational.

A 225 finish by Blakeley and 5-year-old stallion Vespaa (CD Olena x My Scooters Smokin x Smart Lil Scoot) topped the Classic/Challenge Unlimited Amateur to secure a $9,471 check. Madalyn and 6-year-old stallion Hes A Heapinspoonful (Hes A Peptospoonful x Miss Hickory Hill x Docs Hickory) won the Classic/Challenge Amateur with a 219 to earn $7,551. Austin Shepard, of Summerdale, Ala., trains both horses and works with the young riders.

The Breeder’s Invitational, cutting’s fourth-highest paying event behind only Fort Worth’s “Triple Crown” limited-age shows, continues through Saturday, May 24.