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Final Champions Named at NCHA Scottsdale Nationals

BeaPureCat JRothJill Roth and Bea Pure Cat, pictured at the 2015 Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Futurity • Photo by Kristin PitzerThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Scottsdale Nationals wrapped up on May 10, with six more champions being named at the inaugural event.

First Champions Crowned at Scottsdale Nationals

BeaPureCat KPlatt 15SSBea Pure Cat, pictured with Kenny Platt • Photo by Suzanne SylvesterLast year, the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) executive committee voted to produce a third National Championship show in Scottsdale, Arizona. The action kicked off on May 4 at the WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Hashtags’ Status: Super Stakes Champion

Hashtags TRice 041517Hashtags & Tatum Rice • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe horses in the April 15 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open finals clawed their way through sets of difficult cattle to qualify for a chance at glory. With a field of 21 hopeful 4-year-olds and their riders, cutting fans in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, were anxious to see how the finals would unfold.

Lindy Ashlock Tops Super Stakes Non-Pro

InReyverse LAshlock 17HHLindy Ashlock & In Reyverse • Photo by Hannah HarrelLindy Ashlock had a pep talk with In Reyverse before they went in for their run in the Non-Pro finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes in hopes they would improve upon their 214 from the semifinals two days before. They ended up topping the field of 20 horses with a score of 222 to clinch the Championship.

Holly Francois Claims Limited Non-Pro Title

SmartDualKat HFrancois 17HHHolly Francois & Smart Dual Kat • Photo by Hannah HarrelWith just a few champions left to be crowned at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes, the Limited Non-Pro finalists took to the arena on April 14, following the Open semifinals. Out of 12 horse-and-rider combinations, Holly Francois and Smart Dual Kat emerged victorious.

NCHA Super Stakes Open Finalists Named

PharoahAndJames CAllen 041417Clint Allen, pictured aboard Pharaoh And James, was the only rider to qualify three horses to the Open finals. • Photo by Kelsey PecsekFive sets of talented 4-year-old cutting horses battled challenging cattle all afternoon in the Will Rogers Coliseum on April 14 in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open semifinals. When the last of 56 horse-and-rider teams completed their run, the bubble sat at 214.5.