Wade Meador has not had Dual N Tomcat in his barn for very long, but he was able to mesh with the gelding and win the Derby Open and Intermediate Open championships, along with $2,411, for 13-year-old owner McKenna Ivey. The duo landed a composite 440.5.
Dual N Tomcat was previously in training with Sarah Dawson before Ivey purchased him. The plan is for the Tomcat Chex gelding (out of Dual N Mary x Dual Rey) to one day become Ivey’s mount.
“She’s excited,” Meador said. “The horse was purchased from Chris and Sarah [Dawson] to eventually be her horse to replace the two that she has now, and it’s a down the road plan to be her horse. In the process we’ll keep showing and try and recoup some of the money it took to purchase to him. He’s of age to take and keep going and showing in those big derbies and win some money, so that’s what they want to try and do, continue his career while he can and further train her eventually for her. I’m just lucky to get to be part of it.”
Meador also collected the $5,000 Novice Horse Championship with Martha Jo Soule’s Stylish Bronx, banking $700.
Taking the Derby Level 1 Limited Open Championship were Aristo Rose CD and Danielle Lybbert. The duo scored a total of 423, which brought owner Patricia Wilmoth $683. Aristo Rose CD is by High Brow CD and out of Aristo Rose (by Smart Aristocrat).
Jens Naglestad worked double-duty at the SRCHA Pre-Futurity between showing his horses and acting as the show’s official farrier. He still was able to ride his mare Daisies to a composite 433.5 (144.5 herd/142.5 rein/146.5 cow), winning the Derby Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro championships.
“It’s very exciting. I’ve been one or two, been doing very good going into the fence work, and then I’ve always had some kind of bobble,” Naglestad said. “Finally this time, in this arena, I was able to have a nice run.”
Daisies (One Time Pepto x Violets x Grays Starlight) collected $493 from the herd, rein and cow work, plus $1,036 for topping the composite.
Jay Clements and Balanced Catalyst were the Amateur Champions with their total score of 376.5 (135 herd/120 rein/121.5 cow). Clements and Balance Ranch’s mare (Lil Ruf Catalyst x Surely Gotta Player x Surely A Pepto) took home $475.
Meredith Graber and CSR Lay Down Sally’s 429.5 won the Derby Non-Pro Limited Championship. Graber and the mare (Dual Spark x Look At Her Glo x CD O Cody) scored a 145 in the herd work, a 139 in the rein work and a 145.5 down the fence. They accumulated $580.
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