* Photo by Molly Montag.

All Spice Wins NCHA Open Horse of the Year

All Spice has added a new title to her long list of accomplishments: National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Horse of the Year.

The 4-year-old daughter of Once In A Blu Boon entered 2021 as the reigning NCHA Futurity Open Champion, and maintained top form during her sophomore show season. The mare bred by Royce Stallcup, of Seymour, Texas, earned Derby Open victories at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Futurity, El Rancho Futurity and the Cattlemen’s Derby. In addition, she achieved Open Reserve honors at the PCCHA Derby and The Ike.

A winner of $384,304, the mare now owned by Teton Ridge ended the year atop the NCHA Open Horse of the Year Standing with 630 points.

All Spice is one of six money earners out of the mare Show Biz Kitty, a daughter of High Brow Cat whose foals have earned more than $1.4 million. In addition to All Spice, the mare’s leading money earners are NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Badboonarising ($367,101, by Once In A Blu Boon) and multiple limited-age event winner Rollz Royce ($353,872, by Dual Smart Rey).

Non-Pro Horse Of The Year

Like All Spice, Fiddle And Steel entered the year off a victory in last year’s NCHA Futurity – in his case, in the Futurity Non-Pro.

He and Brandon Westfall continued to make their presence felt in the Derby Non-Pro ranks, winning class titles at the NCHA Super Stakes, Breeder’s Invitational and The Cattlemen’s Derby. They also made some Open finals at events as well.

Fiddle And Steel and Brandon Westfall won the 2021 NCHA Super Stakes 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. • Photo by Kristin Pitzer.

Fiddle And Steel is atop the Non-Pro Horse of the Year ranks with 334 points.

Owned by his breeders, Russ and Janet Westfall, Fiddle And Steel is by Metallic Cat and one of five winners foaled from the mare Lil Bit Reckless, a CD Royal mare whose foals have earned more than $405,712. With $165,761 on his EquiStat record, Fiddle And Steel is her leading earner.

Amateur Horse of the Year

With 606 points, Redneck Hillbillie ended the year on top of the Amateur Horse of the Year race.

As with his fellow 2021 Horse of The Year winners, Redneck Hillbillie found success at last year’s NCHA Futurity. He and Makayla Cowan, whose family owns and bred the horse, won the NCHA Futurity Amatuer at Will Rogers Coliseum.

Makayla Cowan and Redneck Hillbillie won the NCHA Futurity Amateur in their debut show together — and her first time showing at the Futurity. * Photo by Molly Montag.

Cowan and the double-registered sorrel gelding by Light N Lena out of the Cowan family homebred and $228,222-winner Billies Catty (by Catty Hawk) continued to find success at limited-age events in 2021. They earned money at several shows, including The Ike, the NCHA Super Stakes, Breeder’s Invitational, West Texas Futurity, Brazos Bash and the PCCHA Derby.

Both Redneck Hillbillie and his mother, Billies Catty, were bred by Cowan Ranch, Inc., of Ardmore, Oklahoma. What’s more, the Amateur Horse of the Year winner is a grandson of Cowan Ranch stallion and EquiStat Elite $2 Million Sire Catty Hawk.