The Non Pro Plus the Open, which started June 9 and runs through 16 in Oklahoma City, named its first champions Thursday, June 11. In the $35,000 Non-Pro finals, Garrett Hampton, 15, and Pretty Fancee Cat marked a 223 to win by a 5-point margin.
Hampton, of Rogersville, Missouri, and his 7-year-old mare earned a $4,811 paycheck for the win, which added to Hampton’s prior lifetime earnings of $19,198, according to Equi-Stat. This is the second year for the duo to compete at the Non Pro Plus the Open, however, and their first outside of the youth division.
“She is so much more solid now,” Hampton said of Pretty Fancee Cat (Pretty Boy Cat x Solano Fancee Echols x Doc’s Solano). “It’s crazy how much she has changed in just a year’s time. She is really quick-footed and sometimes she’s too fast, but not today. She was perfect today.”
Marking a 218, John Johnson, of Mayville, Mississippi, and Bada Cat (High Brow Cat x Badabing Badaboon x Peptoboonsmal) earned the $35,000 Non-Pro Reserve Championship and a paycheck worth $3,186.
5/6-Year-Old $50,000 Amateur
Lisa Crossen, of Era, Texas, did not allow her nerves to influence her finals run in the 5/6-Year-Old $50,000 Amateur. Instead, she piloted her 6-year-old mare Wild Cat Girl to mark a 219, winning the class and taking home $3,937.
“I was nervous, but I still felt in control,” Crossen said. “The run was clean and I just had fun.”
Crossen purchased the mare, bred by Doug Adamson and Jim Green, of Frisco, Texas, as a 4-year-old. James Payne, of Overbrook, Oklahoma, currently trains Wild Cat Girl (Wild Haired Cat x Kodoriffic x Kodo).
Gary Reichart, of Frankton, Indiana, and Catcandu Oh Cay marked a 216 to take home the Reserve title and a check worth $2,448. Catcandu Oh Cay (High Brow Cat x Oh Cay With Me x Oh Cay Quixote) was bred by Andy Beckstein, of Uniondale, Indiana.
Rising to the top of the competition, Mark Gardiner and Duals Play Time (One Time Pepto x Duals Play Kit x Kit Dual) scored a 221 to take the $15,000 Amateur Championship. The run earned the duo a paycheck worth $4,687, which more than doubled Gardiner’s earnings, according to Equi-Stat.
“My mare is just awesome,” Gardiner said of the mare trained by Shannon Hall and bred by Clay McCullar, of Baird, Texas. “If I do my job and stay out of her way, she always takes care of me. She is such a natural and as she proved today, she’s all cow horse.”
The Reserve Championship went to Katherine Brooks and Cash My Boon (Duals Blue Boon x Rio Chick Gay x Cash Chick Gay). The gelding, bred by Kobie and Paula Wood, of Stephenville, Texas, carried Brooks, of Sarcoxie, Mississippi, to a score of 217.
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