Rhein and Amanda Standish watched from the stands as their Deluxe Checks won the 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World Championship, but on Monday, Rhein earned a new title from the saddle.
The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, resident rode the couple’s 2010 mare, Countin on Stella, to the Augusta Futurity $50,000 Amateur Any Age Championship. He and the daughter of Im Countin Checks took the title with a 220.5. They earned $1,601.
Countin on Stella is out of Smooth Stella (by Smooth As A Cat). She was bred by Tommy Manion Inc., of Aubrey, Texas. The win pushed her lifetime NCHA earnings to more than $116,000.
The Reserve Championship went to Katie Fehrman and Athenamillionaire (Athena Puddy Cat x Brothersamillionaire x San Tule Freckles). The duo marked a 219 to take home the $1,252 prize.
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