In spite of bad weather all week, cutters still made the trip to Graham, Texas, for The Cattlemen’s Derby and Classic. The Derby Open finals, held Thurs., March 10, did not disappoint.
Matt Miller, last year’s Derby Open Champion with Sweet Lil Amanda, received the Championship again this year – this time on Sweet Lil Amanda’s full sister, Amandas CD. Owned by Chris and Tracy Brengard and bred by Sunrise Ranch LLC, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Amandas CD (High Brow CD x Amanda Stargun x Playgun) marked a 224 and added $13,000 to her bankroll.
“It’s pretty cool. I like both of those mares so much, to come back and do it again on the sister is pretty neat,” Miller, of Poolville, Texas, said.
The mare had quite a record already before coming to Graham. She and Miller tied for ninth at the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, won the 4-Year-Old Open at the Abilene Cutting Spectacular and took second in the 4-Year-Old Open at The Ike Derby and Classic. Her Equi-Stat record now stands at $101,800.
Three horse-and-rider duos came close to besting Miller’s score but fell short by 4.5 points. Each marked a 219.5 to take home the Reserve Championship and $11,417. The first was Kattalyst (Metallic Cat x Hottness x Spots Hot), ridden by Sean Flynn, of Weatherford, Texas. The mare was bred by Alvin and Becky Fults and is owned by Ten/27 Ranch. Sharing the Reserve title were Mister Rey Gun and Robbie Boyce. Mister Rey Gun (Stylish Rey x Miss Bay Gun x Playgun) is a gelding bred and owned by Havre, Montana-based Cowan Select Horses LLC. Rounding out the tie for Reserve were EE Ranches of Texas Inc.-bred Ichis My Choice (Cat Ichi x My Little Abra x Abrakadabracre) and Grant Setnicka, who was riding for owner J Five Horse Management LLC.
Classic Open results on page 2