Attamilliondollarcat & Craig Thompson Top Cotton Stakes Futurity Open

CThompRTiepFuturity Open Champion Craig Thompson (right), pictured with Attamilliondollarcat’s owner Robert Tieperman and loper Tenaya Lord

The Cotton Stakes, held in West Monroe, La., crowned a new Futurity Open Champion on Thursday, Sept. 11. Known for his talent aboard 3-year-olds, it came as no surprise when Craig Thompson topped the class riding Attamilliondollarcat.

The Buffalo, Texas, trainer marked a 219.5 aboard the gelding, for owners Robert and Melanie Tieperman, of Midway, Texas. The duo topped Reserve Champions DMAC Spicy Spoon, owned by Madill, Okla., non-pro Kathleen Moore, and James Payne, of Marietta, Okla., by merely a half-point.

Thompson, a two-time National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion, has lifetime earnings in excess of $2 million. Although he has not been riding Attamilliondollarcat for long, his experience paid off to the tune of a $12,000 winner’s check. Payne and his mount earned $10,000 for their 219-scored performance.

Derby Open

Spoonful Of Stella carried trainer Jason Clark, of Weatherford, Texas, to the Derby Open title. The duo picked up the championship by a single point after marking a 223 in the finals on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Clark, who boasts lifetime earnings of $2.2 million, piloted the mare (Hes A Peptospoonful x Stella Starlight x Grays Starlight), in her debut at the 2013 NCHA Futurity. In Louisiana, she picked up a check worth $11,000 for owner Wrigley Ranches, of Weatherford. This win brings the Lach Perks-bred mare’s NCHA earnings to $60,130.

The Derby Open Reserve Champions, Junie Wood (Nitas Wood x Tuffs Junie x Tuff Lena) and John Mitchell, pocketed $9,500 for their 222 in the finals. Junie Wood, owned by Glade Knight, is currently sitting second in the NCHA Open Horse of the Year race.

Classic Open

Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Austin Shepard, of Summerdale, Ala., won the Classic Open riding Sweet Little Cats. The stallion (High Brow Cat x Sweet Little CD x CD Olena), a full brother to $502,202-earner High Brow CD, marked a strong 227 for the win.

Sweet Little Cats is nearing the $100,000 mark for owners Todd and Elizabeth Quirk’s Ten/27 Ranch, of Denham Springs, La. After picking up $11,000 for the title, he is less than $5,000 away from the achievement.

Paula Wood’s Donas Suen Boon, the 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion, carried her husband, Kobie, to the Classic Open Reserve title, worth $9,100, after earning a 223 in the finals. The homebred mare (Boon Too Suen x Donas Cool Cat x High Brow Cat) has more than $160,000 on her lifetime record, and Wood boasts more than $2 million in earnings.

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