trs best player and mike wood
TRs Best Player and Mike Wood won the $25,000 Novice World Finals Show Championship by winning the most money at the event in Fort Worth, Texas. • Photo by Molly Montag.

TRs Best Player & Mike Wood Flourish in $25,000 Novice World Finals

Mike Wood’s goal for TRs Best Player at the beginning of the year was simply to make the 7 Ranch National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals. They did that, but also took home a slew of prizes and a championship.

The 2009 mare took to Fort Worth in a big way, laying down solid performances in the $25,000 Novice World Finals under Wood’s guidance. They won the first round with a 223 and placed third in round two with a 220.5, which combined for the highest composite of 444.5. Those placings generated a class-high $3,981, which meant owner Debra Winard will have to find space for a trophy and prizes.

“Deb showed her the first year we got her and did well in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro,” said Wood, who trains in Scottsdale, Arizona. “And, then, I had a spot open this year in the $25,000 Novice, so I started out the year thinking see where it goes. And, we ended up making the World Finals.”

Click here for the full order of finish in the $25,000 Novice World Finals.

The mare seemed right at home in Fort Worth, and Wood tried to showcase her unique style on a cow.

“She has worked really well here this week and she’s goa a really low cool style when she takes a hold of a cow,” he said. “She has a really great look.”

Bred by SDP Buffalo Ranch, TRs Best Player has banked more than $36,000 and is the only money earner from her dam, Lizzys Player. The 1994 broodmare (Lizzys Gotta Player x Stylish Sharon x Docs Stylish Oak) is a sibling to 13 earners of more than $559,000, including her full brother Sir Stylish Lizzy ($239,082).

Wood said the mare’s future plans are as a broodmare. Winard has futurity horses to keep her busy, as well as Reys Hot Wheels – a gelding she rode to this year’s $35,000 Non-Pro World Finals Show Reserve Championship. 

“We’ve exceeded the goals because our goal was to be in the top 15,” he said. “And, that’s where we were, but to be the World Champion Mare and Show Champion, it’s really good.”

The $25,000 Novice World Championship, which goes to the horse in the division with the most earnings during all of 2019, went to Peptos Scootin Man and Tim Smith.

Smith, who became an Equi-Stat Elite$6 Million Rider this year, piloted the son of Smart Lil Scoot to more than $43,000 in earnings during the year.  The 2012 gelding out of Peptos Little Gal (by Peptoboonsmal) is owned by Smith and his wife, Diane.

The horse was bred by S & S Farms, of Oil City, Oklahoma.

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