just the way he started it – with a Mercuria Open Championship.At the ninth and final leg of the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting in Kansas City, Missouri, A Little Bossy closed the season out
R.L. Chartier piloted A Little Bossy to the win in the six-horse finals from the first draw. The 9-year-old gelding (CD Lights x Pistol Smart x Smart Little Lena), bred by Bailey Quarter Horses, of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, and his Weatherford, Texas-based trainer earned a $12,052 paycheck for owners Gary and Karen Fields, also of Weatherford.
John Mitchell piloted the 2014 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, Junie Wood (Nitas Wood x Tuffs Junie x Tuff Lena), to the Mercuria Open Reserve title, earning $8,569 for Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch.
Allie Roger and Billy Joe Rey picked up their first Mercuria title at the series’ first leg this year in San Antonio, Texas. They too finished the year with a repeat performance.
Roger, of Weatherford, piloted her and husband Neil’s 9-year-old gelding Billy Joe Rey (Dual Rey x Hug Me Darling x Hug Me Doc), bred by Jim McNulty, of Bakersfield, California, to the win from the next-to-last draw out of six finalists. They picked up a check for $12,420.
Mica Chartier, the wife of Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider R.L., finished as the Mercuria Non-Pro Reserve Champion riding the couple’s SL Jaybrid (Smart Little Jerry x Peyote Bird x Hickoryote), bred by Renee Carter, of Santo Texas. Their performance paid $8,815.
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