As the first to cut in the $29,018 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby John Deere Open on July 29, Cullen Chartier, riding Sensacious, had his choice of cattle. His top three choices worked like champs, helping the duo mark a 224. The next-to-last entry in the 11-horse finals, Andy Sherrerd and Draggin A Hawk, put in an impressive performance, and their 220 earned the Reserve Championship.
“She’s gotten better every run,” Chartier said of Sensacious. “I thought that she had enough in her to go in there and mark something. I didn’t know that she could mark that big, but I knew she had talent and the cows fits and the run fit and it all fit together at the right time.”
Sensacious (Halreycious x Tracys Alittle Reyce x Peptoboonsmal) is owned by Luis De Armas’ Rocking L Cutting Horses. The mare earned $4,799 for the victory. De Armas is from Venezuela and was introduced to cutting through a visit to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Texas.
Owned by Brent and Sheri Kuehny of Elmore City, Okla., Draggin A Hawk is a gelding by EBR Kitty Hawk out of the Tina Bars Peppy mare Tina Moria Lena. Draggin A Hawk picked up a check for $4,360.
“It was fun,” Sherrerd said after collecting the awards for the class. “I couldn’t ask anything more from the horse. I cut him kind of a gentle, first cow, and then after that, the yellow cow was a lot better. The horse did his part, and Cullen did an outstanding job showing his horse right off the bat. It was a tough mark to beat. We tried, but my first cow was just a little too gentle.”