The last day of The Ike Derby and Classic was an exciting one for Nadine Payne. She and Velvets Revolver topped the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro on Friday, Feb. 5. With a score of 220, the duo banked $10,601.
This title brings the 2012 gelding’s lifetime earnings to $23,754, and Payne, of Overbrook, Oklahoma, surpassed the $300,000 mark in lifetime earnings.
This is their first championship since their debut at the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity. Payne’s husband, James Payne, also shows Velvets Revolver (WR This Cats Smart x Velvets Best Shot x Playgun) in the Open classes.
“James has loved him since day one and it’s been more his horse, but he let me show him here,” Payne said. “Unfortunately, I have to give him up in Ardmore [Oklahoma, for the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity].”
Payne plans to share the gelding with her husband at the NCHA’s major limited-age events this year, and after the season is over, Velvets Revolver may find himself in a new home while the Paynes focus on their other up-and-coming cutters.
The Reserve Championship went to Cade Shepard and Christy Hughes (Thomas E Hughes x MH San Tules Dually x San Tule Freckles). The 4-year-old mare and the 14-year-old horseman marked a 218 and earned a check for $8,706.
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