First Champions Crowned at NCHA Summer Spectacular

GrantSimonwebElite Cat & Grant SimonThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular kicked off on July 16, and the first final to take center stage was the John Deere Open. The competition was tough, but Grant Simon edged out the rest of the group.

He rode two horses in the finals, but it was his first draw, 6-year-old mare Elite Cat (High Brow Cat x Little Swiss Miss x Haidas Little Pep), who marked a 222 for the Championship. The win was worth $2,757, which pushed Simon’s Equi-Stat record to more than $376,307.

Although Simon describes the mare, having earned just $3,034 before the event, as a late bloomer, he said that she is better than ever and relaxed in the show pen.

“I wanted to work her really slow and correct, and she was dead on and exactly where she needed to be,” Simon said of the mare, who is owned and bred by Jerry Durant.

Rosie Boon San (Boon San x Stylish Rosie x Docs Stylish Oak), who is owned by Kelly Gates and was bred by Walton’s Rockin W Ranch, carried Walt Erwin to a 219 for the Reserve Championship, worth $2,191.

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