2019 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Champions Crowned

Landri Lisac and Soulanova, Youth Limited Spectacular & Youth Limited 13 & Under Champions Landri Lisac and Soulanova, Youth Limited Spectacular & Youth Limited 13 & Under Champions Photo Courtesy NRCHA
April 08, 2019

The final day of competition was deep at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center. On Saturday, April 6, the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes Open and Non Pro champions were crowned, along with finalizing the horse show class winners. They say it all comes down to the fence work and the Stakes Finals was no exception. Excitement filled the arena as Open and Non Pro posted large scores.

It was a spectacular night for NRCHA non pro competitor and owner Eric Frietas. After capturing the Stakes Non Pro championship title aboard CR Tuff Tornado, Justin Wright piloted his horse, Scooter Kat, to the prestigious title of Stakes Open Champion.

Stakes Open Champion
In an elite field of horses and riders, it was Justin Wright, of Santa Maria, California, and Scooter Kat who topped the Stakes Open by a mere one-half point. Scooter Kat (Kit Kat Sugar X Scooters Daisy Dukes X Dual Smart Rey) and Wright earned owner Eric Freitas $37,150 and the prestigious NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open championship title . The pair posted a 222 in the herd work, a 221.5 in the rein work and 223.5 down the fence, for a 667 composite.

Wright and Scooter Kat were reserve champions at the 2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity®.

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Stakes Intermediate Open Champion
Shadd Parkinson clinched the 2019 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Intermediate Open win for owner Bronwyn McCormick. The Arizona horseman piloted Metal Storm (Metallic Cat X CowStruck X Smart Little Lena) to a $11,351 payday with the composite score of 658.5 (218 herd/218 rein/222.5 cow).

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Stakes Limited Open Champion
Trevor Carter's smoking fence run of 220.5 took him straight to the top of the NRCHA Stallion Stakes Limited Open Finals. The New Mexico horseman rode Mc CowHammer (Metallic Cat X GunSmart Gay X Playgun) to a 653 composite (213 herd / 219.5 rein / 220.5 cow), capturing the Limited Open champion title and $8,147. The 4-year-old stallion is owned by the Bogle Brothers LLC.

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Stakes Non Pro Champion
Eric Freitas and CR Tuff Tornado (Woody Be Tuff X CR Shes Uh Secret X Peptoboonsmal) captured the NRCHA Stallion Stakes Non Pro championship.

Freitas, from Santa Maria, California, was a strong competitor throughout the 2019 NRCHA Stallion Stakes. He sealed the deal by piloting his 4-year-old gelding to 216 in the herd work, a 220.5 in the rein and a 213 in the fence work. The 649.5 composite score was accompanied with a $7,593 paycheck.

Freitas also finished third aboard Cat Snacks (Cats Full Moon X Chic Snacks X Snackbox) with a 646.5 composite (213 herd / 220.5 rein / 213 cow).

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Stakes Intermediate & Novice Non Pro Champion
It was the incredible 222.5 fence score that sent Jesse Spence soaring to the top of the Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Stakes Finals. Spence, of Yamhill, Oregon, rode Hes Got The Luck (Smart Luck X Peppys Little Orphan X A Little Shady Jac) to a composite score of 648 (207 herd / 218.5 rein / 222.5 cow).

In addition to being crowned the 2019 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Novice Non Pro champions, the pair also finished reserve champions in the Non Pro. Spence collected over $12,000 for the combined wins.

$5,000 Non Pro Limited & Select Non Pro Limited Champion
Winning the $5,000 Non Pro Limited was Sue Schmitz, of Phoenix, Arizona. She piloted Smoking Red Pepper (Smokeelan X A Red Belle Pepper X Mister Dual Pep) to a 144 in the rein work and a 146.5 in cow work, for a 290.5 composite. Sue and "Pepper" collected $784 for the win.


$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion
Alexandra Hart and Shadyrools (Shady Lil Starlight X Sheza Roo X Gallo Del Cielo) clinched the $1,000 Non Pro Limited championship at the 2019 NRCHA Stallion Stakes.

The pair earned an impressive 142 in the rein work and a 144.5 in the cow work for a 286.5 and $285 win check.

Youth Bridle Spectacular & Youth Bridle Champion
Douglas J. McDaniel made his debut down the fence at the 2019 NRCHA Stallion Stakes in the Youth Bridle Spectacular.

CR Tuffs Magic Tonic (Woody Be Tuff X Miss Oak Tonic X Little Peppy Oak) and McDaniel, of Portland, Indiana, added two more premier event wins to their already impressive show record.

McDaniel rode CR Tuffs Magic Tonic to first place in the Youth Bridle Spectacular and Youth Bridle horse show class. The scores of 143 in the herd work, 144 in the rein work and 147 down the fence paid nearly $900.
Youth Limited Spectacular & Youth Limited 13 & Under Champion

Landri Lisac, of Pueblo, Colorado, and Soulanova (Soula Jule Star X Round Oak Annie X Smokum Oak) entered up in their first spectacular and rode away with the win.

Landri guided her sister's gelding to a 146 in the herd work, a 146 in the rein work and a 142.5 in the cow work. In addition to the Youth Limited Spectacular win, Landri and "Bucket" finished second in the Youth Limited horse show class and first place in the Youth Limited 13 & Under.


Youth Limited Champion
Braelynn Weaver's first NRCHA premier event was a success.

Weaver, of Enterprise, Utah, piloted Sheza Stylish Player (Playin Stylish X Pretty In The Pink X Peptoboonsmal) to the Stakes Youth Limited championship title. The 290 composite scored the duo a $180 win check.
The NRCHA Stallion Stakes is the second of four NRCHA premier events, and it pays out more than $600,000 in prize money. The event's success is largely due to its tie to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Subscribed stallion nominators pay a fee so 4- and 5-year-old offspring can be eligible to compete in the limited aged event portion of the show. Besides paying lucrative checks to the Stakes winners, the NRCHA also presents an incentive checks to the nominator of the Stakes Champion's sire in each division.

In addition to the Stakes divisions, the event offers a full slate of horse show classes, and several Spectaculars, including the $25,000 added Open Bridle Spectacular sponsored by Holy Cow Performance Horses.

By NRCHA Press Release