The first-ever CD Survivor Memorial Super Spectacular Open Champions were Short N Catt and Phillip Ralls. • Photo by Primo Morales.

Short N Catt & Phillip Ralls Rope in Super Spectacular Win

Short N Catt and Phillip Ralls were the epitome of versatility in winning the first-ever CD Survivor Bridle Horse Super Spectacular in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The event, which finished Thursday, June 10, featured a steer stopping run in addition to the regular bridle classes. Ralls and the Sophisticated Catt gelding earned the win with a composite of 886.5 (218.5 herd/220 rein/218 cow/230 herd) at the DT Horses Western Derby. Holy Cow Performance Horses added $5,000 overall to the Super Spectacular event, and Open won $1,000.

“Growing up with my dad [Ron Ralls], that was always our biggest focus, a horse’s longevity in their career,” said Ralls. “We don’t want them to be done as 3-year-olds but to go through the whole process. I take a lot of pride in my bridle horses and the finished product that can show at these big events. These are the most exciting events to go to and there are always great horses, great riders, and to show these horse’s true all-around talents is important. It doesn’t get any more exciting.”

Ralls said he appreciated the opportunity to try out Short N Catt in a four-event format, much like the World’s Greatest Horseman competition that is held in February during the NRCHA Celebration of Champions.    

Bred by Tommy Mather and owned by Sarah Davis, Short N Catt is out of Shortys Sugar Sue (by Shorty Lena).

Randy Paul and LenaLilToTheWright finished in reserve for the Spectacular with a composite of 878  (210 herd/218 rein/ 218.5 cow/213.5 steer) and earned $800.