The 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Finals Champions of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) NRR Cat King Cole Super Stakes were crowned April 16 at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas following an exceptional three weeks of competition, and an exciting semi-final round of 67 horses.
Coming out of the semi-finals were 21 horses that had proven their athletic ability and skill; but only one team came out on top, Reyzn Cats and Regan Plendl, who boasted a score of 218 in the finals. Reyzn Cats (Dual Rey x Cats Pepto Star x High Brow Cat) is a 6-year-old sorrel mare with a unique experience that is bred, raised, trained and owned by Regan and her twin sister Reyly Plendl.
“When we were breaking her to ride as a 2-year-old, midway through the year, she kept getting fatter and fatter,” Regan said about the family’s horse. “We were riding this horse every day and thought, ‘This horse should not be getting fatter.’ We left for the summer show, and my grandpa calls and tells us there’s a baby on the ground; so as a 2-year-old, she had a baby.”
Riding into the arena as draw three, Regan picked a black cow from the top of the herd to kick-start their run. From there, the pair continued to work the second two so skillfully that both the judges and everyone in the coliseum knew why they deserved the championship purse of $18,212.
“I told my sister before I showed, ‘Top 10 would be nice’,” Regan said. “She pointed to first, and I said, ‘That would be nice too.’ I would say we just tried to be clean.”
Regan said she respects and appreciates all her help, which includes Nick O’Dell, Cara Brewer, Lloyd Cox and Sean Flynn, as well as her family.
Coming in two points shy of the winning score with a 216, Kitty Whistle (One Time Royalty x Smooth Miss Trona x Smooth As A Cat) and Cash Lee Carpenter were named the reserve champion pair. The 5-year-old sorrel mare, bred and owned by Ryder Cogdell Carpenter, garnered $15,083 in the class.