On the sixth day of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular, held July 11-Aug. 1 at the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, lopers warmed up mounts, talented riders showed off their horses’ skills in the Non-Pro second go, and the first champion was crowned.
In the Classic/Challenge Limited Non-Pro, McCall Hansma rode Chex My Cat to a 222, the highest score by 1.5 points. The duo was third in the draw, which meant they had to wait for 13 more horse-and-rider teams to show before knowing their championship was secure. But Hansma said she wasn’t really nervous.
“I was just really happy I got something done on him. I would have been happy with anything,” Hansma said, who scored a 215 with “Chex” during the Limited Non-Pro first go, which put the duo in a tie for tenth place coming into the finals.
The daughter of trainer Paul Hansma practices a lot – every day but Sundays – and was happy to see her hard work pay off. The fact that she won the same class that her twin sister, Cade Hansma, tied to win last year was just icing on the cake. Hansma said there was no rivalry between she and her sister and that each genuinely supported the other in her showing endeavors.
Hansma described Chex (Smooth As A Cat x Bueno Chex Dually x Dual Pep) as the class clown at home, but said that in the show pen he can be a handful.
“He’s very front-endy and he can throw you over the saddle very easily, so he makes you think about your stops so you don’t fall off,” Hansma said. The Sunrise Ranch Llc-bred gelding and Hansma brought home $7,674 for her parents, Paul and Julie Hansma.
The Classic/Challenge Limited Non-Pro Reserve Champion was Sheridan Clark, riding her horse Meradas Puddy Cat (Athena Puddy Cat x Meradas Beauty Bars x Freckles Merada). Clark and the mare, who was bred by John and Sierra Ayres, marked a 220.5 and brought home a $$7,257 check.
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