After the limited-age event classes wrapped up for the day on Saturday at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Core Balance Derby and Classic/Challenge, the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting kicked off with an exciting opening ceremony that helped honor U.S. war veterans and recognize the accomplishments of each finalist.
Fifteen horse-and-rider combinations entered the arena during the Open finals, and the crowd showed its enthusiasm by cheering for their favorite pair. At the end of the night, it was Adan Banuelos and Glitter Done that took top honors. Their score of 227.5 earned a check worth $5,620 for owner/breeder Susan Hearst.
This brings Glitter Done’s (Dual Smart Rey x Tinsels Cat Lady x High Brow Cat) lifetime earnings to nearly $14,000, and Banuelos was excited to score a win on the mare since she had not been consistently shown in almost two years.
“The last time I really showed this mare was during her 6-year-old year,” Banuelos said. “She hadn’t won hardly anything and now she finally got what she deserves.”
Two competitors came close to beating Banuelos’ score, but they ended up tying for the Reserve Championship. Lindy Burch and Stylish Bet (Docs Stylish Oak x Bet Yer Blue Boons x Freckles Playboy), and Gary Gonsalves and Reyzin The Cash (Dual Rey x Spookys Cash x Miss N Cash) marked 227s and went home with $4,923 each.
As Kaitlyn Wimberly walked to the herd aboard Light N Lily, she knew she needed to lay down a solid run. Luckily, she had faith in her mare and knew they stood a strong chance of taking home the title. As she exited the working area after her run, she saw her score of 227. Once the final horse in the set was finished, she began to celebrate her $7,470 payday.
Wimberly, who is leading the NCHA Non-Pro World standings by more than $10,000, boasts an Equi-Stat record of nearly $610,000. Light N Lily (Light N Lena x Meradas Oh Cay x Freckles Merada) was bred by Wimberly’s father, Billy Martin, and has earned $210,000 in her cutting career.
“I was just really proud of my horse and myself and my help, because we got all three cows cut the cleanest we have all week,” Wimberly said after her run.
Jessica Banuelos claimed the Reserve Championship with Highbrow Time (High Brow CD x One Time Soon x Smart Little Lena). They marked a 225 and their efforts were rewarded with a check for $6,542.
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