2020 NCHA Eastern Nationals Presented by 6666 Ranch

Missy Jean Etheridge captures NCHA Eastern National Non-Pro championship
Missy Jean Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., scored 224 points riding Cutting Commander on Saturday, March 14, to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern National Non-Pro Finals. Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., showing Highbrow Nadine, claimed the reserve championship with 222 points, while Denise Seiz, Cedartown, Ga., placed third with 217.5 aboard Willie J Rey.
This was Missy Jean Etheridge’s thirty-fourth ride in an NCHA Eastern Nationals division finals and her second win. Her first win came in the 2004 NCHA Eastern Nationals $10,000 Amateur aboard Pepto Jack LTE $33,466, by Peptoboonsmal, following her 2003 reserve championship in the $2,000 Limited Rider Finals on Chloes My Aunt LTE $57,299, by SR Hallmarked. The NCHA earner of $396,242, Etheridge has also competed successfully in NCHA limited age events, including last year, when she showed Rey Too Purdy LTE $59,291, by Dual Smart Rey, to win The Non-Pro 5/6 Classic, and earlier this year when she won the Ike Hamilton Futurity Classic Non-Pro Intermediate with Metallic Royal Mate LTE $98,831, by Metallic Cat.

Missy Jean Etheridge on Cutting Commander. Seth Petit photo

Eight-year-old Cutting Commander LTE $98,855, a Third Cutting daughter, had also been a successful limited age event competitor under Tag Rice, who showed her as an NCHA Futurity Open finalist and to place third in the NCHA Derby. Missy Jean and Vick Etheridge, also showed her as finalists, respectively, in Non-Pro and Amateur limited age events.


William Moore on Highbrow Nadine. Seth Petit photo

This marks Colt Moore’s second 2019 NCHA Eastern championship title aboard Highbrow Nadine LTE $83,462. Last Sunday, March 8, he won the Senior Youth Finals showing the 7-year-old High Brow CD daughter, who won the $25,000 Non-Pro/Novice this week for Kolby Don Moore, Colt’s brother. Owned by Kolby Don, Highbrow Nadine, is the only NCHA money earner out of 24-year-old Ladys Pagan, by Haidas Little Pep.
Denise Seiz, the NCHA earner of $303,462, won the 2011 NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro on Stylish Playlin LTE $181,525, the Docs Stylish Oak gelding who had been reserve champions of the 1997 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity and 1998 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes under Tag Rice.
Seiz’s 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals ride, 6-year-old Willie J Rey LTE $105,545, most recently carried her to place eighth in the 2020 Augusta Futurity 5/6 Amateur Finals. The Dual Rey gelding also carried Walt Erwin to win the 2019 Augusta Futurity Open 5/6 Classic, and to place third in the 2020 Augusta Classic. Willie J Rey’s dam, Cat Black I LTE $208,229, carried Seiz to win the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur championship, as well as the reserve amateur championship of the 2013 Tunica Classic, and was also was shown by Randy Chartier, as an NCHA Open World Top 10 finalist in 2016 and 2017.

Jordan Vaughn wins $5,000 Novice Non-Pro championship
It was has been “Juan” special week for Jordan Vaughn, Forsyth, Ga., who scored 222.5 points with Juan In A Million on Friday, March 13, to win the NCHA Eastern $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro championship, one day after he and his 7-year-old gelding claimed the $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro reserve championship. In addition, Vaughn placed third in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals with 219 points on CR Tuff Catty Trey, by Woody Be Tuff.  Doug Secrest, New Albany, Ohio, claimed the reserve championship with 219.5 points aboard Desire A Third Cat, by Third Cutting.

Jordan Vaughn on Juan In A Million. Seth Petit photo

Vaughn, the NCHA earner of $308,539, and Juan In A Million LTE $84,203, by Spots Hot, won five major limited age event championships in 2018 and 2019, and captured top money in many other non-working finals. Earlier this year, the pair also captured the Augusta Amateur All-Age Championship. In addition, Vaughn and 4-year-old CR Tuff Catty Trey LTE $31,115 claimed championship wins in the 2020 Augusta Futurity Non-Pro and the Amateur Finals.
Juan In A Million, bred by Patrick and Laura Collins out of Oh Miss Peacock LTE $104,607, by High Brow Cat, is a full brother to 2006 NCHA Open and Amateur champion Oh Cay Felix LTE $466,878, also bred by Patrick and Laura Collins, and shown in the NCHA Futurity by Craig Thompson and Patrick Collins.
CR Tuff Catty Trey, bred by Arcese Quarter Horses out of ARC Catty Dual LTE $168,762, by Dual Pep, is a full brother to 5-year-old CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $90,256, who placed third earlier this week under Austin Shepard in the NCHA Nationals $25,000 Novice Finals, and who is a half-brother to One Catty Cupid LTE $191,577, by One Time Pepto.


Doug Secrest on Desire A Third Cat. Seth Petit photo

Doug Secrest, the NCHA earner of $126,644, rode Dual Smart Sherman LTE $30,168, by Dual Smart Rey, and Smooth Spyder Rey LTE $77,830, by Smooth As A Cat, as a five-time finalist at last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals. He showed Smooth Spyder Rey as reserve champion of the $50,000 Amateur and to place seventh in the $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro. He also showed Dual Smart Sherman as reserve champion of the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro, as well as a finalist in the $50,000 Amateur and the $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro.
Earlier this year, Secrest and 6-year-old Desire A Third Cat LTE $18,346 placed second in the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro Intermediate Finals, and fourth in the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro. Desire A Third Cat is the first of two NCHA money earners out of Desires Prissy Cat, a full sister to Thundercat LTE $302,762, Desires Katrina LTE $128,812, and Desires Kitty Cat LTE $118,149, among 30 NCHA money earners out of Desire Some Freckles LTE $188,990, a leading dam of NCHA money earners of over $1.5 million.

Kolby Don Moore wins NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro

Riding Highbrow Nadine, by High Brow CD, on Thursday, March 12, Kolby Don Moore, Crawfordville, Fla., scored 220 points to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro championship. Jordan Vaughn, Forsyth, Ga., scored 219.5 points on Juan In A Million, by Spots Hot, to earn reserve, and Trey Rogillio, Ethel, La.; Kandace Stone, Dublin, Tex.; and Lauren Minshall, Vine Grove, Ky, tied with 218 points to split third, fourth and fifth riding, respectively, Sweet Lil Willy, by Sweet Lil Pepto; Laneys Gotta Player, by Lizzys Gotta Player; and Lafite R Hot, by Spots Hot.

Kolby Don Moore on Highbrow Nadine. Seth Petit photo

Kolby Don Moore, the NCHA earner of $142,116, had shown Highbrow Nadine LTE $80,351 successfully as a limited age event finalist, including as reserve champion of the 2018 Southern Futurity Classic Non-Pro Finals and champion of the Non-Pro Limited. He also showed her as last year’s  NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro reserve champion.
Last Sunday, March 8, Kolby Don’s brother Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., scored 220 points to claim the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth Championship riding Highbrow Nadine. The 7-year-old gray mare is the only NCHA money earner out of 24-year-old Ladys Pagan, by Haidas Little Pep.

Jordan Vaughn on Juan In A Million. Seth Petit photo

Jordan Vaughn, the NCHA earner of $305,794, and Juan In A Million LTE $81,458, won five major limited age event championships in 2018 and 2019 and captured top money in many other non-working finals. Earlier this year, Vaughn and his 7-year-old Spots Hot gelding also won the Augusta Amateur Championship. At the same time, Vaughn and 4-year-old CR Tuff Catty Trey LTE $29,786, by Woody Be Tuff, claimed championship wins in the 2020 Augusta Futurity Non-Pro and Amateur Finals.
Trey Rogillio, the NCHA earner of $75,524, and 10-year-old Sweet Lil Willy LTE $21,837, were finalists in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro and $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro divisions, as well as in the NCHA Western Nationals Non-Pro and $50,000 Amateur divisions. Rogillio also showed Sadie Smooth LTE $8,121, by Smooth As A Cat, earlier this year as reserve champion of the Augusta Amateur Futurity, and placed in the Augusta 5/6 Classic Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited aboard Hughes Your Daddy LTE $25,579, by Thomas E Hughes.
Kandace Stone, the NCHA earner of $51,032, and 7-year-old Laneys Gotta Player LTE $34,391 placed in last year’s NCHA Western Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro and $50,000 Amateur Finals, as well as in the NCHA Classic Challenge 5/6 Amateur Finals.
Lauren Minshall, the NCHA earner of $407,794, came to Jackson after earning a fourth-place finish and first-place money in the Augusta Non-Pro and Non-Pro Intermediate Futurity with Reyz Your Chelada LTE $10,752, by Reydioactive. Minshall won 2006 NCHA Eastern Nationals $20,000 Finals on Suggies Travelin LTE $95, 084, by Travalena.

Larry Cooper claims NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro championship

Larry Cooper, Orleans, Ind., overwhelmed the field with a 222-point win on LCS Silver Cat, by High Brow Cat, in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro Finals, on Wednesday, March 11. Carrie Watkins, West Mansfield, Ohio, claimed the reserve title with 216 points on Smart Mojo Cat, by Cats Moonshine, while Madeline Nix, Blackville, N.C., and Chase Lackey, Burlington, N.C., tied with 214.5 points to split third and fourth on Two Cat Shakur and Cowgirl Catsanova, respectively.

Larry Cooper on LCS Silver Cat. Seth Petit photo

Larry Cooper, the NCHA earner of $24,441, first showed LCS Silver Cat LTE $41,838 to place as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur Semi-Finalist. He then placed third in the 2017 Augusta Futurity 4-Year Old Amateur Unlimited, at the same time that Nick Pilcher was reserve champion of the Augusta Open Futurity on the gray mare. In 2018, Pilcher showed LCS Silver Cat as an NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice Finalist. Out of Ms Silver Pitchfork, by Playgun, LCS Silver Cat is a three-quarter brother to Happy Tobe Here LTE $135,328, by Metallic Cat.

Carrie Watkins on Smart Mojo Cat. Seth Petit photo

This is the first NCHA Eastern Nationals Finals for Carrie Watkins, the NCHA earner of $11,537, who also placed as a finalist in the $15,000 Amateur Finals. Ryan Smith also showed Smart Mojo Cat in the $2,000 Limited Rider Finals on Friday, March 6. Twelve-year old Smart Mojo Cat LTE $34,149, the only NCHA money earner out of Mates Jo, by Smart Mate, was an Open finalist under Matt Williams in the 2011 AQHA Congress 3-Year-Old Futurity and the 2012 CHAN 4-Year-Old Futurity.
Madeline Nix, the NCHA earner of $32,474, showed Two Cat Shakur LTE $76,452 as reserve champion of the $35,000 Non-Pro and as a $50,000 Amateur finalist in last year’s NCHA Eastern National Championships. Most recently, Nix placed third in the 2020 Augusta Futurity on 4-year-old  Gurl Friend LTE $8,169, by Stylin Cat. Earlier in his show career, 10-year-old Two Cat Shakur, by Metallic Cat, was a successful Amateur Unlimited finalist for Bubba McAnear, Weatherford, Tex.
Riding Cowgirl Catsanova on Tuesday, March 10, Chase Lackey tied for third place in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $15,000 Amateur Finals. Lackey, the NCHA earner of $32,495, also placed in the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic Amateur Limited and Amateur Intermediate earlier this year, showing Streyght Drive LTE $9,047, by Hydrive Cat. Last year, Lackey was an NCHA Eastern Nationals $15,000 Amateur finalist riding Stellas Lil Scoot LTE $107,286, by Smart Lil Scoot. Cowgirl Catsanova LTE $32,495, Lackey’s 2019 Eastern Nationals entry, is a 10-year-old daughter of Cowboy Cattylac.

Joseph Gavin Mesalam wins $15,000 Amateur championship

Mar 11, 2020 - Joseph Gavin Mesalam, riding Crystal Blue Boon, scored 223 points on Tuesday, March 12, to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern National $15,000 Amateur championship. Tyler Grace Green claimed the reserve title with 219 points aboard Charm Checks, while Chase Lackey and Scott Skinkis tied with 216.5 points to split third and fourth riding Cowgirl Catsanova and Lil Pep In Time, respectively.

Joseph Gavin Mesalam on Crystal Blue Boon. Seth Petit photo

Joseph Gavin Mesalam, Versailles, Ky., is the NCHA earner of $3,177, and this is his second time to show in the NCHA Eastern Nationals. Last year the NYCHA competitor placed third in the Junior Youth and eleventh in the $2,000 Limited Rider, on Stylish Import LTE $50,864, by Lizzys Gotta Player. Crystal Blue Boon LTE $55,675, his 2019 mount, is a 16-year-old gelding by Pepto Jack out of Crystal Acre, by Christys Acre.

Tyler Grace Green on Charm Checks. Seth Petit photo

This is the fifth year for Tyler Grace Green, an NYCHA competitor from Bishop, Ga., and the NCHA earner of $19,856, to show in the NCHA Eastern Nationals. Last year, she placed in the finals of the $35,000 Non-Pro and the Senior Youth riding Smart Widow LTE $29,678, by Widows Freckles. Her 2019 mount, 10-year-old Charm Checks, LTE $10,343, by Im Countin Checks, also carried her as a finalist in the 2017 Eastern Nationals $15,000 Amateur and the Senior Youth.
Chase Lackey, Burlington, N.C., the NCHA earner of $26,729, placed in the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic Amateur Limited and Amateur Intermediate earlier this year, showing Streyght Drive LTE $9,047, by Hydrive Cat. Last year, Lackey was an NCHA Eastern Nationals $15,000 Amateur finalist riding Stellas Lil Scoot LTE $107,286, by Smart Lil Scoot. Cowgirl Catsanova LTE $32,495, Lackey’s 2019 Eastern Nationals entry, is a 10-year-old daughter of Cowboy Cattylac.
Scott Skinkis LTE $1,751, Brillion, Wis., the NCHA earner of $1,751 and a first-time NCHA Eastern Nationals finalist, rode the 10-year-old One Time Pepto daughter Lil Pep In Time LTE $111,016, who had been a successful Non-Pro and Amateur limited-age event competitor with Wade Smith.

Riding Bama Jelly, Austin Shepard wins record 10th Eastern Nationals Open title

March 10, 2020 - Bama Jelly, by Bamacat, scored 228 points on Monday, March 9, in Jackson, Miss., to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals Open Championship under Austin Shepard. Ichi Sangria, by Cat Ichi, scored 225 with Guy Woods to claim the reserve championship, while Looks Halreycious, by Halreycious, scored 223 points with Bill Pierce for third place.


Bama Jelly, ridden by Austin Shepard. Seth Petit photo

With his past record and three high-profile 2019 Open Finals mounts, Shepard rated as an odds-on favorite coming into the Finals. An all-time leading NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $8.2 million, Shepard had won a record nine NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championships prior to this year’s event, including last year, when he claimed the title on Dual Reyish LTE $386,617, by Hottish. This year, Shepard  and Dual Reyish scored 221.5, to place fourth. Last year’s Open reserve champion Sir Long Legs LTE $383,546, by High Brow Cat, was Shepard’s third 2019 Eastern Open Finals mount, and won the qualifying go-round with 225 points, but lost to a cow in the Finals.
Five-year-old stallion Bama Jelly LTE $162,488 is owned by his breeder Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., who showed him earlier this year to place third in the Ike Hamilton Non-Pro 5/6 Classic. Bamacat LTE $351,360, Bama Jelly’s sire, was bred by Austin and Stacy Shepard; his dam is the Nitas Wood daughter Wood She Be Neat LTE $27,600, who Madalyn Colgrove showed successfully in Amateur and Non-Pro limited age event competition.
In addition to Bama Jelly, Shepard also showed CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $90,256 last week to win the 2019 Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice Finals and to split third and fourth in the $25,000 Novice Finals.

Ichi Sangria, ridden by Guy Woods. Seth Petit photo

Guy Woods and 10-year-old Ichi Sangria LTE $173,712, bred and owned by EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Tex., placed third in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Open. Together, Woods and Ichi Sangria have won four NCHA Eastern championship titles and placed in 10 more; they have also placed in five NCHA Western Nationals finals. Woods, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of over $2.7 million, has won 13 NCHA Eastern Nationals titles riding for EE Ranches, including the Open championship on Scratchin, the dam of Ichi Sangria. Woods also scored 221.5 points to place fifth in Friday’s $25,000 Novice Finals riding 4-year-old Blu Laney Bird LTE $10,160, by Once In A Blu Boon, which was won by Looks Halreycious LTE $114,753 and rider Bill Pierce, for J3 Cutting Horses, Kentwood, La.
Looks Halreycious LTE $114,753, owned J3 Cutting Horses, Kentwood, La., won the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice championship last Friday with Bill Pierce, and was also an NCHA Eastern Nationals Open finalist last year, under Pierce. The 11-year-old gelding was bred by Three Trees Ranch and is out of 1999 NCHA Open Derby champion Smart Lookin Hi Brow $216,395.
The NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of $1,166,888, Bill Pierce has won or placed in 34 NCHA Eastern National division finals, including last year, when he showed Dual Smart Dee Jay LTE $56,785, owned by Linda Polk, to win the Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice, and this year, where in addition to Looks Halreycious, he showed Dual Smart Dee Jay, by Dual Smart Rey, to place in the $25,000 Novice.

 

Colt Moore wins NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth Championship

Mar 9, 2020 - On Sunday, March 8, riding Highbrow Nadine, by High Brow CD, Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., scored 220 points to claim the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth Championship. Evelyn Cox, North Salem, Ind., scored 219.5 points on Cats Miller Time, by High Brow Cat, to earn the reserve championship, while Gavin Callahan, McConnell, S.C., placed third with 217 points showing Reytallic, by Metallic Cat.

Colt Moore on Highbrow Nadine. Seth Petit photo

Colt Moore, the NCHA earner of $122,743, won last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth Championship riding Catscratch Sister LTE $154,924, by WR This Cats Smart, who he also showed to place third in the Non-Pro Finals, and as reserve champion of the 2019 NCHA Summer Spectacular Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting. Seven-year-old High Brow Nadine LTE $80,068 is owned by Colt’s brother, Kolby Don, who showed her successfully in Non-Pro limited age competition, as well as at the NCHA Eastern Nationals.



Evelyn Cox on Cats Miller Time. Seth Petit photo

Evelyn Cox, the NCHA earner of $9,549, enjoyed her first NYCHA Finals success in 2017, when she placed third in the NCHA Junior Youth World Finals, as well as tenth in the NYCHA Junior Youth Scholarship Cutting. Cats Miller Time LTE $49,150, Evelyn’s mount this week in Jackson, is owned by Jason Cox. The 11-year-old gelding won the 2014 NCHA Eastern Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider championship with Shae Forby, as well as the 2013 NCHA Derby Amateur Finals with Matthew Dedden.
Gavin Callahan, the NCHA earner of $47,725, won last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro Finals riding Hot Dona LTE $40,627, by Boon Too Suen. He also won the 2018 NYCHA Junior Youth World Finals on Time N Tequila. Reytallic LTE $33,052, who Gavin showed this year in Jackson, is owned by Jeff and Janet Canter, Jonesville, N.C. The 8-year-old gelding was an Open limited age event finalist with Ed Flynn, as well as an Amateur finalist with his breeder, Eddie Young, San Angelo, Tex., and Carson Cantor, Jonesville, N.C.



Charles Cody Gann on Hevvy Metal. Seth Petit photo


Charles Cody Gann wins NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth Championship


Cody Gann, Leighton, Ala., scored 222 points on Hevvy Metal, by Metallic Cat, to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth Championship. Will Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., aboard Smooth Sailing Cat, by Smooth As A Cat, claimed the reserve title with 216.5 points, while Breanna Collier, Cypress, Tex., placed third with 214.5 points on Creyzy Train, by Auspicious Cat.
The NCHA earner of $12,263, Cody Gann, was also champion of last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth competition on Hevvy Metal LTE $170,920, owned by Jerry and Patti Gann. Cody also rode Hevvy Metal  as reserve champion of last year’s NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth Scholarship Cutting.


Will Bushaw on Smooth Sailing Cat. Seth Petit photo


Will Bushaw, the NCHA earner of $88,734 and a successful limited age event Amateur finalist, won last year’s NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth Cutting on Velvets Revolver LTE $277,351, who carried his brother, Charles Russell, in the Amateur finals of numerous limited age events.  Smooth Sailing Cat LTE $131,818, owned by Grace Ann Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex., and Will’s NCHA Eastern Nationals mount, was a Non-Pro and Amateur limited event money earner for Ashley Flynn, in 2017, as well as for Grace Ann Vangilder and her father, Jim Vangilder, in 2018 and 2019. 
Breanna Collier, an NCHA earner of $5,383, showed Countacular LTE $71,981, by Im Countin Checks, to place tenth in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth finals. She also showed Gin Is So Smooth LTE $23,991, by Smooth As A Cat as an Eastern Nationals Junior Youth finalist. In addition, she showed Smartys Boon LTE $23,397, by Smart Lil Scoot, last year as an NCHA Spectacular Junior Youth Scholarship finalist, as well as an NCHA World Finals Junior Youth finalist.
Eight-year-old Creyzy Train LTE $51862, Breanna’s 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals mount, owned by Ron Knutson, Spokane, Wash., was a 2017 Non-Pro limited age event finalist with her breeder, Brandon Dufurrena. Creyzy Train, out of Miss Ella Rey LTE $375,842, is a three-quarter sister to Stevie Rey Von LTE $418,947 and Purple Reyn LTE $356,632.


CR Dualin Out Tuff, ridden by Austin Shepard. Seth Petit photo


CR Dualin Out Tuff tops $5,000 Novice Finals

March 8, 2020 - CR Dualin Out Tuff, owned by Julie Beasley, Montgomery, Ala., and shown by Austin Shepard, scored 225 points on Saturday to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern National $5,000 Novice Finals. GCH Mistah Cat, owned by Ronnie Griffin, Pioneer, La., and shown by Mason Griffin, scored 220.5 for the reserve championship, while Blu Laney Bird, ridden by Guy Woods, and Getting Hott In Here, with Ryan Moore, tied with 220 points to split third and fourth.
Five-year-old CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $86,424, by Woody Be Tuff, also placed third with Shepard in Friday’s $25,000 Novice Finals. In 2018, Julie Beasley showed CR Dualin Out Tuff in the finals of the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. The pair also won five amateur titles in 2019. Shepard, an all-time leading NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $8.2 million, has won a record nine NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championships, including his first, in 2002, when he showed Widows Freckles LTE $113,522, who also carried owner Lauren Middleton to win the Non-Pro title that same year.



GCH Mistah Cat, ridden by Mason Griffin. Seth Petit photo


Eight-year-old GCH Mistah Cat LTE $36,360, bred by Ronnie Griffin and sired by Smart Morias Cat, was a finalist under Mason Griffin in the 2019 NCHA World $25,000 Novice Finals, as well as in the 2017 NCHA World $5,000 Novice Finals. 
Mason Griffin, the NCHA earner of $89,477, also showed GCH Mistah Cat to place in the Top 15 World standings of the $25,000 Novice division, and Smart Quixote Boon, to place in the Top 10 World standings of the $5,000 Novice.
Blu Laney Bird LTE $11,786, owned and bred by EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Tex., came to Jackson following a win with Guy Woods in the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Open Limited. Sired by Once In A Blu Boon, 4-year-old Blu Laney Bird is out of a full sister to Cat Ichi LTE $238,691, sire of the earners of over $6 million. Woods, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of $2,710,059 million, has won 16 NCHA Eastern National  championships riding EE Ranches bred and owned horses.
Six-year-old Gettin Hott In Here LTE $32,447, by Hottish, was bred by Beechfork Ranch and is owned and shown by Ryan Moore, Birch Tree, Mo. Gettin Hott In Here and Moore also placed in the finals of the $25,000 Novice Finals on Friday. Last year, the pair placed third in the Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice and seventh in the $25,000 Novice, and they were third and seventh, respectively, in last year’s finals of the NCHA Western Nationals $25,000 and $5,000 divisions. 
Ryan Moore, the NCHA earner of $364,105, showed his own horse, Pepsi Boon LTE $66,996, to place in the 2018 NCHA Open Futurity and Futurity Open Limited Finals. Ryan and the Once In A Blu Boon son also placed third in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited.


Looks Halreycious, ridden by Bill Pierce. Seth Petit photo


Looks Halreycious wins NCHA Eastern $25,000 Novice

March 7th, 2020 - Looks Halreycious LTE $111,278, shown by Bill Pierce for J3 Cutting Horses, Kentwood, La., scored 225 points on Friday, March 6, to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice Finals. Ichi Sangria LTE $172,935 earned the reserve title with 223 points, under Guy Woods for EE Ranches Inc., Whitesboro, Tex. CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $84,471 and Metallic Cash Flo LTE $64,813 tied to split third and fourth with 222 points under Austin Shepard for Julie Beasley, Montgomery, Ala., and Brett Davis for E.T. Jones, Dallas, Tex.
Eleven-year-old Looks Halreycious, by Halreycious and out of 1999 NCHA Open Derby champion Smart Lookin Hi Brow $216,395, was also an NCHA Eastern Nationals Open finalist last year under Bill Pierce. The NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of $1,166,888, Pierce also showed Dual Smart Dee Jay LTE $56,785, owned by Linda Polk, to win last year’s Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice.


Ichi Sangria, ridden by Guy Woods. Seth Petit photo

Guy Woods and 10-year-old Ichi Sangria, by Cat Ichi, placed third in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Open. Together, Woods and Ichi Sangria have won four NCHA Eastern championship titles and placed in eight more; they have also placed in five NCHA Western Nationals finals. Woods, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of over $2.7 million, has won 13 NCHA Eastern Nationals titles riding for EE Ranches, including the Open championship on Scratchin, the dam of Ichi Sangria.
Woods also scored 221.5 points to place fifth in Friday’s finals for EE Ranches riding 4-year-old Blu Laney Bird LTE $10,160, by Once In A Blu Boon.
Five-year-old CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $84,471, by Woody Be Tuff, was a 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist under owner Julie Beasley. The pair also won five amateur titles in 2019. Austin Shepard, an all-time leading NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $8.2 million, has won a record nine NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championships, including his first, in 2002, when he won aboard Widows Freckles LTE $113,522, who also carried owner Lauren Middleton to win the Non-Pro title the same year.
Seven-year-old Metallic Cash Flo, by Metallic Cat, was reserve champion under Brett Davis in last year’s NCHA Western Nationals Open and placed fourth in the $25,000 Novice. Most recently this year, the red roan mare placed third with Davis in the Augusta Futurity Classic. Davis, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of over $2.1 million, won the NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championship in 2001 riding Son Of Olena LTE $39,091, and in 2010 on A Track Runs Thru It $108,312.


 

Jimmy Snodgrass on Divas On Time. Seth Petit photo


Jimmy Snodgrass wins NCHA Eastern $2,000 Limited

Jimmy Snodgrass, Byron, Ill., who had $421 in NCHA earnings when he came to this year’s Eastern Nationals, will leave with $5,344, including $4,934 earned as champion of the $2,000 Limited Rider Finals. Riding Divas On Time, owned by Amanda Standish, Baton Rouge, La., Snodgrass scored 223.5 points for his win. 
Cody Cain, Chancellor, Ala., scored 221.5 on CD Cats Olena to claim the reserve champion’s title, and Heather Todd, Murray, Ky., placed third with 219 points on GS Zans Cat, owned by Chaser Crouch, Corsicana, Tex.
Twelve-year-old Divas On Time LTE $173,746, by One Time Pepto, was trained and shown in Open limited age events by Austin Shepard, and ridden in amateur events by Amanda Standish. In 2016, the red roan mare carried Rhein Standish to win the NCHA Eastern Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider championship, and Amanda to win the 2013 NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro, as well as the 2015 ($50,000) Amateur. Brett Davis also showed Divas On Time as reserve champion of the 2015 Eastern Nationals.


Cody Cain on CD Cats Olena. Seth Petit photo


CD Cats Olena LTE $30,095, sired by CD Olena and bred by Gene Quirk Jr., is the NCHA earner of $30,095. This is the 16-year-old mare’s first time to be shown in Jackson, but her rider Cody Cain, the NCHA earner of $3,348, showed Peponitas Gunner LTE $61,860 in the 2017, and the 2018 $2,000 Limited Rider finals.
This is also the first time for Heather Todd, the NCHA earner of $16,491, to show in the Eastern Nationals. However, she showed  GS Zans Cat to place sixth in the 2019 NCHA World Finals $2,000 Limited Rider Finals, as well as Suzie Stylish Rey LTE $36,545 in the $15,000 Amateur.
Thirteen-year-old GS Zans Cat $185,847, by Smooth As A Cat, competed as a five and six-year-old limited event Open finalist with Kenneth Miller; Casey and Chaser Crouch have showed her successfully in all-age events, including the NCHA Eastern and Western, with Casey and Croucher, and the NCHA Youth World

Finals with Croucher.



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