The Metallic Cat National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Derby Limited Non-Pro finals was small, but the 10 horses and riders that competed gave it their all. In the end, it was the duo in draw No. 2, Ali Good and Sabrina Boon, who went home with the title.
“It’s pretty cool, especially on that mare that I’ve done everything with since her 3-year-old year,” said Good, of Ringling, Oklahoma. “I’ve never trained one myself, and Grand-dad [Bill Riddle] gave me the opportunity to finish her and keep showing her, and he trusted me. We raised her so that makes it even more important. She’s been a really good horse for me and we’ve enjoyed it. I’ve had a lot of fun with her.”
The pair cut to a 218, and Good said it was their third cow out that gave them an edge.
“My last cow made the run,” she said. “The other ones just kind of floated away from her, but that one actually took a hold of me.”
Though she had to wait out eight other runs, Good said she wasn’t nervous. She was happy with her score and knew that “whatever happens, happens.”
Good started working with Sabrina Boon in August of her 3-year-old year. They made the Non-Pro semifinals and the Limited Non-Pro finals at the 2018 NCHA Futurity. In 2019, they made finals appearances in several Derby-aged events. It was at the Breeder’s Invitational that they got a taste of the limelight when they won the Derby Limited Non-Pro.
“She’s small but she moves good,” Good said of “Sabrina.” “I can ask her and use her, and she handles it really well.”
The mare is by Boon A Little and is the third-highest earner out of the High Brow Hickory mare Ms Highliner. She is a half-sister to Quejana Reeves (by Quejanaisalena), a producer of $20,000-plus, and a full sister to Steve Earl ($71,128), among others.
The winner’s check of $9,576 pushed Sabrina’s lifetime earnings to $63,767. Good’s are nearly at $220,000. The duo will have a chance at even more money on Sunday when they take a shot at the Derby Non-Pro title. Then, they’ll hit the road and travel to several West Coast events.
Good thanked Riddle, who she has worked with throughout her cutting career, all her help and her whole family — everyone who supports her. And she expressed gratitude to her little mare.
“She’s into everything. She’s a mess,” Good said. “She definitely has a big personality.”
Rebecca Sheehan and homebred mare Counting Starz took home the Reserve Championship for their score of 216.5. The daughter of Smooth As A Cat (out of Starlight Starbrite x Somebody Smart) and her owner collected $8,779.