When Brian Pearse needed another horse to ride to finish out the $35,000 Non-Pro World Championship race, he didn’t have to look very far to find one. He didn’t even have to look outside the family to find a good partner in Reys Hot Wheels.
It turned out to be a good pairing, as the Arizona rider and the gelding owned by his wife, Colleen, took the $35,000 Non-Pro World Finals Show Championship Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas. They finished the show with a composite of 440.5 (222/218.5) and show earnings of $2,387.50.
The $35,000 Non-Pro Show Champion is the rider with the most earnings in the class during the NCHA World Finals show, which is held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity. The World championship in the $35,000 Non-Pro, which was won this year by Melissa Corcoran, goes to the rider who earned the most money in the class throughout the course of the entire year.
“For me it worked out fantastic,” said Pearse, who entered the show with an Equi-Stat record of $52,259. “She’s got two [show horses] and mine’s just on a little R&R and has been for a little bit here, so she very kindly lent me her horse.”
A retired engineer, Pearse and his wife began showing cutting horses about three years ago. They ride with trainer Mike Wood, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and thoroughly enjoy hauling for the World Championship, Pearse said.
Last year, Pearse won the $35,000 Non-Pro World Championship aboard his own horse, Reyd. He and the gelding (Dual Rey x Merada Missy x Freckles Merada) also were $2,000 Limit Rider Reserve World Champions in 2016.
“We like everything about it,” he said. “We like the traveling, just great people we see and meet all the time, the help that always shows up for us in the pen. It just couldn’t be better. So, we like everything.”
Going into this year’s World Finals, Pearse said he was just looking to enjoy the experience with Reys Hot Wheels (Dual Rey x Smart Little Beauty x Smart Little Lena).
“My attitude coming into this was let’s just go in there and have some fun,” said Pearse, who moved from Alberta, Canada, to Arizona after retiring. “And, I guess that’s exactly what happened. Hopefully, it was fun for ‘Hot Wheels.’ I know it was fun for me.”
The $35,000 Non-Pro World Championship went to Melissa Corcoran, of Alamo, California. Corcoran, who rode Smart Freckled Cat at the World Finals, finished the year with $15,387.09 in earnings.
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