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Cutting Events

Queen Wins New Title at Bonanza

MetallicManziel KQueenKatherine Queen & Metallic ManzielThe Bonanza Cutting 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals took place Feb. 15 at the Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Texas, and the class proved tough. Each horse-and-rider pair gave it their all, and only one team scored less than a 210.

Cox Takes Co-Champion Honors at Bonanza Cutting

LCox NothingElzMattersNothin Elz Matters & Lloyd CoxWhile there were several riders that had multiple horses in the 4-Year-Old Open finals at the Bonanza Cutting in Weatherford, Texas, one rider in particular had his work cut out for him. Lloyd Cox, of Marietta, Oklahoma, got all six of his horses from the first go into the finals, competing twice in the second bunch and four times in the third bunch. The hard work paid off when he rode two horses to a 223 and tied for the Championship.

Final Champions Crowned at The Ike

CS15 LHRSmoothJamesRey AFlynnJAR7786Ashley Flynn (pictured with LHR Smooth James Rey) rode Smooth Sailing Cat to the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship. • Photo by Hart PhotosThe final day at The Ike Derby and Classic was jam-packed with excitement, and four champions were crowned by the time the cows left the arena on Feb. 4. In the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro, Ashley Flynn piloted Smooth Sailing Cat to a winning 218, which was worth a $14,959 payday.

Chisum, Shepard Tie for 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Title

AS17 CatsDoubleDown MChisum 15DBMandy Chisum (pictured) and Cade Shepard were the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Co-Champions. • Photo by Dawn BaxstromOn Feb. 2, the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finalists took to the arena at The Ike Derby and Classic. Out of six horse-and-rider combinations, two – Cade Shepard with Twistful Thinking and Mandy Chisum with Cats Double Down – came out on top to tie for the Championship.

Reyzurbetsonthiscat Tops The Ike 4-Year-Old Open

Reyzurbetsonthiscat CThompson 16HHReyzurbetsonthiscat & Craig Thompson • Photo by Hannah HarrelThe action at The Ike Derby and Classic continued in West Monroe, Louisiana, on Jan. 31 with the 4-Year-Old Open finals. Reyzurbetsonthiscat and Craig Thompson came out on top to secure the Championship.

Twistful Thinking Takes 5/6-Year-Old Open at The Ike

TwistfulThinking CShepard 16HPTwistful Thinking (pictured with Cade Shepard) claimed the 5/6-Year-Old Open Championship at The Ike Derby & Classic with Austin Shepard. • Photo by Hart PhotosThe Ike Derby and Classic kicked off on Jan. 27, and the first champions were crowned during the 5/6-Year-Old Open finals on Jan. 29. Out of a field of 21 horses, Equi-Stat Elite $6 Million Rider Austin Shepard and Twistful Thinking took home top honors.

Augusta Futurity Mercuria Crowns Two Champions

gaylon-wellsJay Moss Cougar & Gaylon Wells • Photo by Kristin PitzerWith added money sponsored by Miles and Becky Elliott, the NCHA and the Atlantic Coast Cutting Horse Association, the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting, held in conjunction with the Augusta Futurity, drew quite a few people to Augusta, Georgia. The Open boasted 34 entries, with 9 making it back to the finals.