Claiming the World’s Richest Stock Horse Open title closed a circle of wins for Call Me Mitch and trainer Phillip Ralls. It was the fourth major title the duo won at the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) annual show. Their NSHA run began in 2014, when Ralls rode “Mitch” to the NSHA Futurity win. In 2016, the duo rode to the NSHA Classic Derby win. Now, the horse has the coveted bridle event win and lays claim to the World’s Richest Stock Horse title.
Owner Estelle Roitblat, of Paso Robles, Calif., has her own moniker for the 2011 stallion.
“Just watching him, it fills my heart,” said Rotblat, who was in Las Vegas to watch her horse take the win. “I call him ‘Magnificent Mitch.’ He is a great gift to me.”
Paired with trainer Ralls, also from Paso Robles, the stallion earned more than $175,000. The pair are consistent winners in bridle events, from taking the 2018 Magnificent 7 All-Around Stock Horse and reserve in the 2018 World’s Greatest Horseman events to winning to the NSHA horse show open bridle win just two days before the World’s Richest Stock Horse event. Mitch is an athlete, and one that competes with his own style.
“The most electric moment for me was getting a good cow down the fence,” Roitblat said. “We came here to win this because he has won the NSHA futurity, the derby and the two rein [class] here, and now this.”
The son of Metallic Cat, out of Miss Hickory Hill by Docs Hickory, kicked off the World’s Richest Stock Horse by marking a 225 in the herd work. Followed by a 219.5 in the rein work, the title was in sight by the time Ralls rode in the pen for the cow work. Down the fence, the pair scored a 223.5; in total, a 668 took the title.
With a slew of reined cow horse premier event wins to his name, Mitch’s résumé reads like that of an older horse. Roitblat said that while they are breeding Mitch and continuing to show him, the long-term plan is up to the horse.
“He will show us what is next,” she said. “We are excited about starting his babies. So far, Mitch still likes doing this and he can [compete]. Oh my God, he is the most special hrose I’ve owned. He is a once-in-a-lifetime horse—the one you dream about. I am very lucky he fell into my lap. We just try to respect him.”
For the win, Call Me Mitch earned an additional $9,000. The reserve horse, Shine Smarter (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark) earned $5,000. Sarah Dawson rode Shine Smarter to a 666.5 for owner Linda Mars.
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