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Call Signn came through for Kelsey Johnson in the NCHA Super Stakes. • Photo by Seth Petit.

Call Signn Strong for Kelsey Johnson in NCHA Super Stakes

Call Signn sure knows how to make a comeback.

After a two-month layoff due to an injury earlier this year, the gelding returned to action to mark a 218 with Kelsey Johnson in the saddle to win the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship.

“Goose is quirky, he takes a lot of riding but he is a strong horse and he can control a lot of different kinds of cows,” Johnson said after they won $31,684 on Thursday, April 7 in Fort Worth. “He has a lot of integrity and gives me so much confidence going into the herd.”

In the Super Stakes finals go-round, Johnson strayed from the plan created by her herd helpers. She cut whatever cow popped off the top, which happened to be a wild cow. She remembers hearing her helpers yelling to “sit down.”

“My husband (Clay Johnson) said he saw Goose’s eyes get big and thought ‘Oh no,’ but it all worked out,” she said. “He has a monster stop, he is the strongest horse I’ve ridden.”

Bred by John Bishop, of Paicines, California, Call Signn is owned by Johnson’s parents, Curtis and Brenda Weeks, of Cotulla, Texas. He is by EquiStat Elite $10 Million Sire Dual Smart Rey and out of This Cats Smilen (by WR This Cats Smart).

“We usually buy mares, and he was a stallion  so I was surprised when Clay suggested we look at him,” she said. “I only had to work one cow. I looked at our friend James (Payne) and told him I was good. He told me to work another to be sure. Our styles just fit together and it felt right.”

Ty Moore piloted Windsomcash (Reyzin the Cash x Windsemal x Bodee Boonsmal )to the Reserve Champion title with 217.5 to earn $28,335.42 for owner Kathleen Moore, of Madill, Oklahoma. Earlier this year, Moore and Windsomcash won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity.