Myles Brown and Miss Scarlets Cat have been proving themselves in the reined cow horse pen since the 2017 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity, where they won the Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open, placed eighth in the Intermediate Open and took 16th in the Open finals. They were also Derby Non-Pro reserve champions at the 2018 NRCHA Cow Horse Classic.
The Derby Non-Pro at the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association (SRCHA) Pre-Futurity was no different, as the duo rode out first in the fence work and marked a 143, which gave them a composite 436 overall and the Derby Non-Pro title. They banked $1,056, pushing Miss Scarlets Cat’s lifetime earnings to nearly $49,000, according to Equi-Stat. Brown now has $104,768.
“It’s good to be here,” Brown said. “I was trying to put some good, consistent runs together and hopefully prepare her for the [NRCHA] Hackamore Classic.”
Going into his fence run, Brown planned to stick with the basics – control the cow and circle it up in the middle. He said Miss Scarlets Cat (Metallic Cat x Bee Miss Scarlet x Lenas Busy Bee) did her job and more.
“She doesn’t miss much in the fence work,” he explained of the Brenda Michael-bred mare. “In the cutting, we just cut her a couple of pretty soft cows. She just sat around there and quivered around, and the judges liked it.”
Brown has been hauling Miss Scarlets Cat to a few cuttings this year to strengthen her herd work, a move that resulted in the highest herd score, a 149. They went to the Breeder’s Invitational earlier in the year, but he picked his hand up during his run, which knocked him out of the running for a title. They came back at the National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular and tied for seventh in the Derby Unlimited Amateur.
He’s also seen her rein work improve since last year’s Futurity. During the SRCHA Derby Non-Pro, he and the mare marked a 144.
“She’d been needing quite a bit of schooling in the reining since the hard Futurity runs we put on her,” he said. “This was kind of the third time I’d shown her in reining since the Futurity, and she was a lot quieter and let me handle her, so I was very happy with that.
“We’ll probably cut on her just a little bit more and cow horse on her some more,” he added. “We’ll probably breed her this spring, flush her a couple times. I’ll try and angle her toward the World’s Greatest [Horseman]. She’s just a really good horse, and we’re very blessed and fortunate to have her.”
Intermediate Non-Pro, Novice Non-Pro & Amateur
From draw No. 5, Ashley O’Donnell rode Annie Reynolds-bred Lucky Remedy (Very Smart Remedy x Gunna Be Lucky x Gunna Smoke) to a 143, which tied to win the fence work and boosted her composite score to a 426 (138 herd/145 rein). In addition to the Derby Non-Pro Reserve Championship, O’Donnell won the Intermediate and Novice Non-Pro, as well as the Amateur. She collected a paycheck worth $1,775.
Wes Housler and Mobile Deposit took second in all three divisions and third in the Derby Non-Pro with their composite 423.5 (143 herd/142 rein/138.5 cow). The gelding, who was bred by Equine Embryo Transfer Fac., and his owner accumulated $1,157. Mobile Deposit is by Im Countin Checks and out of the Smart Little Jerry mare Smart Little Philus.
Seven competitors vied for the Derby Non-Pro Limited title, but it was Monica Duflock and She Wants A Prenup who came out on top with their composite 427 (140 herd/142 rein/145 boxing). The daughter of High Brow Cat (out of Heres Lookin At You x Peptoboonsmal), who was bred by Kathleen Moore, banked $580.