Rising to the top and becoming a member of a Hall of Fame in any competitive organization is a demanding and complex task, and the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Hall of Fame is no different.
The NCHA has announced Jeff Barnes, Blakley Colgrove, Madalyn Colgrove and Ali were the latest to be inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame.
Posting his first check to Equi-Stat in 1993, Jeff Barnes has only missed one year of competition. The Wilton, California, native made a massive 2019 push to reach the $500,000 requirement to make the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame — and overshot it by $78,461. Now an earner of $578,461, Barnes isn’t slowing down.
His recent competition years has seen him riding horses that trace back to San Starlight, a 1989 mare Barnes rode during the 1994 season. Although Barnes and the mare by Grays Starlight and out of Doctresa San (by Doc Holliday) never won more than a few thousand dollars together, the mare seems to have left a lasting impression on Barnes — and his show string.
Spookys Cash (by Miss N Cash), a 1997 mare earned more than $75,000 of her $291,410 lifetime earnings with Barnes. He also won $37,198 with her half brother, Spookys Catmando (by High Brow Cat).
Barnes and San Starlight granddaughter Spookys Jackpot (High Brow CD x Spookys Got Cash x Miss N Cash) cruised to three non-pro futurity reserve championships in 2019, banking nearly $15,000 in the Cascade Cow Cutters, El Rancho and the Pacific Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) futurities.
With less than a decade of earnings under her belt, Boligee, Alabama, native Blakley Colgrove will be enshrined into the NCHA Hall of Fame alongside sister Madalyn. Boasting more than $761,584 in Equi-Stat earnings, Colgrove earned in excess of $115,000 during 2014, 2015 and 2017, pulling checks in more than 25 shows in 2017 alone, according to Equi-Stat.
Heavy-hitting horses Colgrove has ridden throughout her career include 2007 stallion Cat Man Blue, a High Brow Cat son Colgrove began winning with at the end of 2018. They blew the doors off the competition with more than $55,000 won in 2019, bagging the NCHA World Finals Non-Pro Championship worth $23,537.
Other standout accomplishments Colgrove has to her name includes becoming the youngest NCHA Futurity Champion, when at age 13 she won the 2014 Amateur on Paradox Cat (High Brow Cat x Thimblerey x Dual Rey).
When Madalyn Colgrove, the older of the Colgrove sisters, began winning checks in 2011, younger sister Blakley quickly followed suit. The Colgrove name quickly became associated with capable young women.
Colgrove boasts an Equi-Stat record of $702,988, punching her ticket into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame the same way her sister did — earning $500,000 or more in non-pro competition.
The feat was bolstered by the years 2014 and 2017, where Colgrove was particularly fruitful, bagging more than $145,000 in each of those years. She competed in limited age and weekend events alike, riding across the United States and often swapping horses with Blakley.
In 2019, Colgrove and Sweet Baby Marie (High Brow CD x Hangem High Pep x Hickorys Indian) brought home the Cotton Stakes Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Championship, and reserve in the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro with the same mare at The Ike Derby and Classic.
The NCHA Futurity was also exciting for Colgrove as she advanced to the Semi-Finals with her sister, riding DMAC In Good Faith (Metallic Cat x Wise Little Miss x Wise Play).
The Colgrove sisters have been aided in her Hall of Fame accomplishment by Joel Colgrove Sr., their grandfather, who has owned a majority of the horses they compete on.
It’s as if Ali Good’s last name was foreshadowing her cutting abilities.
Beginning slowly, Good averaged $448 in earnings from the years 2007-2016, according to Equi-Stat. In 2017, things changed. Good’s record jumped to averaging $122,291 per year and she never looked back.
Pulling checks at a staggering number of at least 36 shows in 2019, Good now has lifetime earnings of $371,350, according to Equi-Stat. She set herself up for Hall of Fame success in 2017 when she won a NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro Co-Championship on Sneakish (Hottish x Smooth Sneakin x Smooth As A Cat).
She more than exceeded the requirements in 2019 when she was the NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Limited Non-Pro Champion with Sabrina Boon (Boon A Little x MS Highliner x High Brow Hickory) and later winning the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship with Cat Atat Cat. Good joins grandfather and mentor Bill Riddle in the NCHA Hall of Fame.
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