Sunday, April 26, kicked off the Four Sixes/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western National Championships, held at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, in Reno, Nevada. The Open finals were held Wednesday afternoon, and it did not take long for the champions to make their presence known. From the first draw, Catlena Rey and Steve Schlesinger scored a 223, and that score held through the rest of the finals.
The 8-year-old gelding is by High Brow Cat and out of the Smart Little Lena mare Miss Reylena. He boasts earnings of $91,493 and is the highest-earning offspring out of Miss Reylena. Schlesinger, who is from Lockeford, California, boasts his own Equi-Stat record of $529,355. He and Catlena Rey earned $4,224 for their win.
The Open Reserve Champion was This Cats Got Style, piloted by Dustin Gonnet. The duo scored a 219 as the second draw in the finals, bringing home a $3,452 paycheck. This Cats Got Style (High Brow Cat x Moms Stylish Pepto x Peptoboonsmal) is a 6-year-old mare who was bred by Rhodes River Ranch, of Arlington, Washington. Ronald Patton, of Nanton, Alberta, Canada, owns the mare, who recently took the Reserve Championship in the Open at the 2014 Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting in Calgary.
This Cats Got Style and Dustin Gonnet did not end their success with the Open at the show. In the $15,000 Novice, Gonnet rode into the arena on This Cats Got Style as the sixth draw out of 28 horses. The duo won the first go-round with a 221, but they managed to beat themselves in the finals by scoring a big 225, which held throughout the rest of the competition to win. Gonnet, who is from Cayley, Alberta, Canada, and This Cats Got Style walked away with a $3,681 check for their win. With her paycheck from the Open and her win in the $15,000 Novice, the mare’s Equi-Stat record now sits at more than $77,000.
Daintys Kual Kitty (Dual Smart Rey x Kats Dainty Gal x High Brow Cat) and Morgan Cromer were 7 points behind Gonnet with a 218, which gave them the Reserve Championship and a check for $3,020. The chestnut mare is owned by Clarke Butte Ranch, in Bend, Oregon, and was bred by Austin Kenyon, of Park Hill, Oklahoma. Cromer rode three horses in the finals and also placed third and tied for seventh.
In the $5,000 Novice, it was Christine King’s Jae Bar One Time and Roper Curtiss who came out as the seventh draw in the second set of cattle to win with a 221, besting the second-place team by 2 points. The 7-year-old stallion (One Time Pepto x Jae Bars Fancy Cat x High Brow Cat) was bred by Crystal Creek Ranch/Longley, of Fort Worth, Texas. The $4,574 check for his win pushed his earnings to $196,942. Jae Bar One Time is One Time Pepto’s fifth-highest money-earner out of 385 money-earning offspring. He is the highest money-earner out of Jae Bars Fancy Cat.
This win pushed Curtiss’ Equi-Stat record to more than $31,000. He is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to Jae Bar One Time, Curtiss also qualified Timely Addition for the finals, tying for 16th on the gelding.
Taking home the Reserve Championship with a score of 219 were Aristocrat Boon (Mr Boonsmal To You x Ristos Sweet Play x Smart Aristocrat) and Tim Johnson, of La Crosse, Washington. The mare was bred by Justin and Kari Knight, of Weatherford, Texas, and is owned by Kimberley Gustafson, also of La Crosse. Aristocrat Boon and Johnson took home a check worth $3,692.
$2,000 Limit Rider
Janelle Oakham had an especially good run in the $2,000 Limit Rider class when she scored a 221 on Dr. Jean Metzler’s horse Scatter (High Brow Cat x Sandina x Peppy San Badger). The score was 4.5 points higher than the reserve score and garnered a $3,887 paycheck. Oakham is from Capay, California. Her win in Reno more than quintupled the earnings on her Equi-Stat record, bringing it to $4,679.
Scatter was bred by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup, of Clovis, New Mexico. The 10-year-old stallion’s Equi-Stat record was boosted to more than $50,000 with this win. He is the top-performing offspring out of Sandina.
The Reserve Champions were Ashley Bosack, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Backwoods Smoker (Lenas Telesis x Docs Angelfish x Doc Bar). The 16-year-old gelding was bred by Dolores Pendola, of Grass Valley, California, and is owned by Time Kaehr, who is also from Scottsdale. Bosack and Backwoods Smoker won $3,181 for the Reserve Championship.
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