The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Core Balance Derby and Classic/Challenge crowned its first winners on Friday, June 12, in Las Vegas, and Gary Gonsalves got his fair share of the spotlight. The Millsap, Texas-based trainer piloted the Derby Open and Classic/Challenge Open champions to their respective titles.
Reyzin The Cash (Dual Rey x Spookys Cash x Miss N Cash), bred and owned by Iron Rose Ranch LLC, of Carbondale, Colorado, has been waiting for his time to shine. The 4-year-old stallion impressed cutters at the 2014 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity when he marked a strong 220 in the first Open go-round; however, a lost cow in the second round took him out of the running.
“I’ve always known how special he was. Going through all of that just makes it even sweeter when it does happen,” said Gonsalves, who qualified four horses for the Derby Open finals, about his run on Reyzin The Cash. “This is unbelievable.”
During the Derby Open finals, “Elvis” proved what Gonsalves, an Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider, had always known. Deep in the second set of a 29-horse class, the stallion and his trainer thrilled spectators with a flashy run that the judges marked a 229. That winning performance earned the duo a check for $20,000, bringing Reyzin The Cash’s lifetime earnings to more than $80,000.
Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Wes Galyean couldn’t be too upset about the 7.5-point spread between his mount, Cowcat 511, and Reyzin The Cash. The 221.5 he marked on the Reata Cutting Horses-bred gelding (Metallic Cat x Cowstruck x Smart Little Lena), owned by SMF Cutting Horses, was good enough for the Derby Open Reserve title, along with wins in the Metallic Cat Incentive and Gelding Open. Altogether, the duo garnered approximately $45,000.
The Derby Novice Horse Open Championship went to Cats Double Down (Reys Dual Badger x This Cats Stylish x High Brow Cat), ridden by Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Clint Allen, of Weatherford, Texas, and owned by Mandy Chisum, of Atascadero, California.
Before he took the lucrative Derby Open Championship, Gonsalves rode Sally Cats Meow to the Classic/Challenge Open title after marking a 223.5. The 5-year-old mare is another bred and owned by Iron Rose Ranch.
Sally Cats Meow (High Brow Cat x Rey Down Sally x Dual Rey) won the 2013 PCCHA Futurity Open with her trainer, and this win, which paid $12,000, brings the mare’s Equi-Stat record to more than $90,000. She is the leading money-earner out of her dam, who earned more than $410,000 in her own cutting career.
The Classic/Challenge Reserve title went to Beau Galyean, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Cattalou (High Brow Cat x Louella Again x Dual Pep), owned by Curtis Chester, of Weatherford, Texas. The duo marked a 222 from the first draw in the 20-horse finals to earn $9,000. Circle Oak Ranch’s Rubys CD (High Brow CD x Playboys Ruby x Freckles Playboy), who drew second, carried Scott Weis, of Ojai, California, to the Gelding Championship and third place overall.
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