The first go-rounds of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA)/Western Bloodstock Showdown In Cowtown slot cutting, held in Fort Worth, Texas, brought large crowds and plenty of talented horses and riders vying for a spot in the finals.
Seventy-two horses were entered in the Open, held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, but the winners were Junie Wood (Nitas Wood x Tuffs Junie x Tuff Lena) and John Mitchell with a score of 225. 2014 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Junie Wood, who was bred by Craig and Janet Crumpler, of Wichita Falls, Texas, and is owned by Slate River Ranch, of Weatherford, Texas, has lifetime earnings of $454,803. Her long list of accolades includes the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Championship.
In addition, Third Cutting (Boonlight Dancer x Crab Grass x Smart Little Lena) qualified for the Open finals with Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Boyd Rice. After several years of retirement, the 10-year-old stallion came back with a bang, posting a 222 tying for seventh in the go-round.
Third Cutting, whose offspring earnings total $335,320, garnered $528,467 in his cutting career before retiring. After finishing in the top 10 of the 2008 NCHA Futurity Open finals, the 2005 stallion topped the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Open and NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open. The American Quarter Horse Association Junior Cutting Reserve World Champion also won the Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Open and tied for the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Championship in 2010.
The following horses, who finished with a 221 or higher, will advance to the finals on Friday, Dec. 4
- Junie Wood/John Mitchell/225
- Snap Crackle Cat/Tatum Rice/224.5
- Stylish Bet/Lindy Burch/224.5
- Lil Rattler/Wesley Galyean/223.5
- ARC Ruby Playgunia/Matthew Budge/223
- Holly Is Smooth/Michael Cooper/222.5
- Third Cutting/Boyd Rice/222
- Donas Suen Boon/Kobie Wood/222
- TGI Playtime/Skip Queen/221.5
- Boon San Baby/Jesse Lennox/221.5
- Cattahoochie/Jason Clark/221
- Lil Metallic Cat/Lee Francois/221
- Little Dirty Deeds/Morgan Cromer/221
- This Cats Got Style/Dustin Gonnet/221
- Sweet Lil Amanda/Matt Miller/221
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