Another great day of finals was had at the Four Sixes Ranch/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western National Championships on May 5 in Denver, Colo. The show was filled with excitement and competition as cutters competed for $35,000 Non-Pro and $15,000 Amateur Championships.
It was a particularly rewarding night for Kingsley, Iowa, resident Regan Plendl. The 14-year-old rode into the $35,000 Non-Pro finals aboard Rey Nounce (Dual Rey x Peek A Boon), whom she’d won the Junior Youth Championship with only a couple days before, and made a run to mark a score of 221 and earned her second title at the Western Nationals.
“I felt pretty confident,” Plendl said of her run. “My horse was really good. He was trying his best all week. Everything worked together. I’m pretty blessed to win two times in a row.”
The show became even more special for Plendl when her sister, Reyly, took third place in the finals with a 219.5 aboard Dual N Tuff (Dual Rey x Cats Little Gal), owned by their father, Rick.
“It would have been pretty cool to see her win,” Plendl said. “I kind of wanted to be Co-Champions with her. That would be cool. I’m proud of her.”
Plendl earned $5,441 for her win with Rey Nounce, who is also owned by her father.
The $35,000 Non-Pro Reserve Championship went to Virginia Kilduff, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and Wood I Jazz (Zack T Wood x Jazzy Bay Loxie). They marked a 220 to take the title and earned $4,336.
Bugsy Maloy & Juanita SteenGlenns Ferry, Idaho, cutter Juanita Steen rode her horse Bugsy Maloy into the $15,000 Amateur finals, and marked a score of 222 to take the Championship. The win came with a check for $5,584.
“I had super help,” Steen said after her win, and credited her trainer, Todd Adolf, Mike Wood, Greg Smith and Les Timmons. “Todd told me which cows were good. I just had to bring all three of them out in the middle. This win means the world to me.”
Steen purchased Bugsy Maloy (Bugs Valentino x Downtroden) as a 7-year-old from Dan and Karen Hansen, of Nampa, Idaho. Now 12, the horse is still proving he’s got some good competition left in him.
“He’s super quick and he’s always alert,” Steen said. “He’s always afraid something’s going to sneak up on him and get him. I know he trusts me, and I trust him.”
Gail Costello and Joes Midnight Son (San Jo Lena x Marlenas Starlight) took the $15,000 Amateur Reserve Championship with a score of 216.5, and the duo walked away with $4,464 in prize money.
For full coverage of the Western Nationals, subscribe to Quarter Horse News.