Team Crouch, of Corsicana, Texas, celebrated its second win in two days at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western Nationals in Denver, Colorado.
Chaser Crouch won the Senior Youth class June 23, and his father, Casey, won the $25,000 Novice June 24 after marking a 222.
“Everything just fit together. He felt pretty good and when I put my hand down, he gave me all he had,” Crouch said.
In the finals, Crouch was the fourth draw in the second set. He thought the herd settled well, but after the first few horses worked, the cattle were touchy. The seasoned 9-year-old stallion didn’t let the pressure get to him. Stepping up to the herd, they cut the first cow fairly easily, but it ran to the judges stand. Crouch knew it was a risky move to go after the cow, but he took a shot, and it paid off. He stayed with it and was able to get it back under control before quitting.
For their second cut, they stepped into the herd and pinched a cow right off the edge. For the final cow, they turned around to find a cow right on top of the herd. With 35 seconds left to work, Crouch gave the cow a few seconds to settle and then worked.
“He had smooth, clean cuts and all the stars aligned,” he said of Louis The Cat. “I really have to thank my herd help.”
Crouch also showed in the Open first go on Monday, June 25. His 216 qualified him back for the finals, which will be held on Tuesday, June 26.
Louis The Cat is owned by Amy and Mike Delange and Rick Dubay. With the winner’s check of $3,687, he has lifetime earnings of more than $222,000, according to the NCHA. He and Crouch were crowned the 2017 NCHA $25,000 Novice World Champions, and he also topped the 2017 NCHA $25,000 Novice Non-Pro World standings with the Delanges’ son, Tyler. Earlier this season, Tyler piloted the stallion to a reserve championship in the 2018 NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro.
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