Saturday was all about the youth members at The Four Sixes/NCHA Western National Championships. Garrett Hampton, of Rogersville, Missouri, topped his competition with a 221.5 aboard Alexis Stephas’ Ima Little Ichi. The win was worth $183.
Hampton’s Equi-Stat record is nearing the $28,000 mark, and Ima Little Ichi (Cat Ichi x Ms Bag Of Hope x Freckles Loverboy), who was bred by Double Dove Ranch, of Fort Worth, Texas, boasts nearly $216,000 in lifetime earnings.
“We got the two main cows we wanted and then we got to finish up on a cow that we thought would be alright,” 16-year-old Hampton said. “Everything worked out perfect.”
Stephanie Croft and Metallic Moon Cat (Metallic Cat x Little Moonpie x Haidas Little Pep) marked a 221 to earn the Reserve Championship and $177.
Ryann Packard, of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, rode Jimmy Packard’s MK Lollie Pop to the Junior Youth Championship. Their score of 220 earned the pair a check for $224.
Packard, 12, now boasts lifetime earnings of more than $6,000, and MK Lollie Pop (High Brow Cat x MK Little Miss Trona x Little Trona), who was bred by The Gene McKown Living Trust, elevated her Equi-Stat record to more than $11,000.
“My first two cows were pretty slow, so I wasn’t sure if I would get a big score with that,” Packard said after her run. “My last cow was a lot faster and a lot better, so I think that’s what put me ahead.”
Gentry Gonsalves and Dr Metallica (Metallic Cat x Nurse Gray x Grays Starlight) claimed the Junior Youth Reserve Championship and a check for $211 with a score of 219.
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