Bella Anderson has been winning checks in the cutting pen for nine years, and the 17-year-old has enjoyed every second. Now, she and equine partner Charlie Brown have a new highlight after winning the Breeder’s Invitational Derby Amateur Championship.
They put together a 221-point run during the finals on Saturday, March 22 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I don’t think I breathed the entire two-and-a-half minutes of that run,” Anderson said. “We just tried to have a clean run. I knew he could hold some bad cows, so I just tried to have the cleanest run I possibly could on him and let the judges decide if they liked it.”
Winning $6,006 for their efforts, Anderson and Charlie Brown add another notch to their belt following a solid appearance at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes in April, where they advanced to the Derby Amateur finals, winning $8,432.
Her family’s Anderson Cattle Company purchased Charlie Brown in January of this year. The gelding by EquiStat Elite $86 Million Sire High Brow Cat and out of Moms Stylish Scoot, a mare by Smart Lil Scoot who earned $151,228 in the cutting pen.
In 2020, Charlie Brown started his career by winning the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Limited Non-Pro with Laura Bennett.
“He’s been super great to have, he tries hard every time and does his job every time. He is a goofball. He’s into everything, super sweet, super chill and an easy horse to be around,” Anderson said.
Anderson, who boasts more than $270,000 on her EquiStat record, is Charlie Brown’s primary rider. According to Anderson, his correct stops and effort on tough cattle are some of his best qualities.
“If the cows are really good, he’s got a cute little look on a cow,” Anderson said.
Reserve Champion in the Breeder’s Invitational Derby Amateur was Phar Out and C.J. Pease with a 215, worth $5,061. The gelding by Smooth As A Cat and out of Shez Sinsational (by Dual Pep) was bred by Kathleen Moore or Madill, Oklahoma and is owned by Pease of Kemp, Texas.