Moms Stylish Player and Kenny Platt were a force to be reckoned with at the 7 Ranch National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals.
Platt, of Fort Lupton, Colorado, and the bay gelding nicknamed “Sprout” won three of four rounds in the Open – starting with a 227 in round one followed by a pair of 230s in rounds two and three – and the composite to earn a show-high $26,071 take the prestigious World Finals Show Championship.
Their final round, a solid 220, sealed the deal in front of a packed house Saturday night (Dec. 7) at W.R. Watt Arena in Fort Worth. It was one more accolade for the 2012 gelding by Lizzys Gotta Player who has been ridden, almost exclusively, by Platt to more than $400,000 in earnings.
Prior to entering the weekend ranks, Moms Stylish Player had a very successful aged event career. One of his many highlights was winning the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open Championship.
“He’s pretty unbelievable. He’s just pretty much like a family member,” Platt said. “He takes pretty good care of me. I don’t have to worry about too much when I show him.”
Even though Platt said he and owner Robert Tregemba felt the horse didn’t have anything to prove after his aged-event career, the trainer relished the chance to ride the horse in Open weekend events. Platt grew up watching the top 15 horses and riders compete, and Moms Stylish Player seemed to excel in the format.
“I’ve won over [$400,000] on him now. The most fun I’ve ever had showing him has been in about the last 60 days,” Platt said. “It’s just so fun to kind of let go of trying to mark a 19 and get through go-rounds and just go have some fun and just go show your horse.”
He said the win wouldn’t have been possible without his help, which in the arena include T.J. Good, Grant Setnicka, Lloyd Cox and Clay Johnson. He also thanked 7 Ranch for coming on board this year as the NCHA World Finals sponsor.
The 2019 NCHA Open World Championship went to CR Gotcha Covered and Tarin Rice. The son of Dualin Boon had the title wrapped up before the World Finals, having won so much money throughout the year he couldn’t be caught in Fort Worth.
The stallion owned by Joel Colgrove finished the year with $84,274 in earnings, roughly $30,000 more than the next-highest money earner in the division, Moms Stylish Player.
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