Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Katy, 20 March—When the second section of the Non Pro Classic preliminary round wrapped up Tuesday evening from the elegant Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, a competitive field of entries was whittled down to the top-scoring finals qualifiers. Levels 4, 3, 2, 1 and Prime Time Non Pro finalists will return to vie for championships on Friday, April 23 in the Coliseum Arena.

The WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) has announced a partnership with Wrangler as the "Official Jeans and Shirts" of the organization.
 
“WCRA is honored to welcome Wrangler as our first national sponsorship partner,” said WCRA President Bobby Mote. “WCRA and Wrangler share a common interest in growing the sport of rodeo. Rodeo is steeped in tradition, this relationship unites the sport’s most legendary brand, with the most progressive rodeo property in the industry. This partnership will advance rodeo in ways we can't even articulate today.”

Super win for Catolena Cashin In
Catolena Cashin In, ridden by Tarin Rice for Joel Colgrove of Boligee, Ala., scored 230 to win the Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes 4-Year-Old Open in Fort Worth on Saturday, April 17. It was the 40th edition of the second leg of the NCHA Triple Crown, which had been interrupted last year by Covid-19. The winning score was the second highest in Super Stakes history, with Rice tying his father, Boyd’s mark in 2009 on Third Cutting. Sunettes Dually established the record of 231 in 2001 with Matt Gaines.

On the final day of ESP Spring II, a new partnership continued to blossom as Laura Kraut (USA) and Baloutinue, owned by St. Bride’s Farm, took top prize in the Sunday afternoon feature class, winning the $137,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix CSI3* on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village.
A total of 44 horse-and-rider combinations set out over the opening-round track designed by Catsy Cruz (MEX) and Andy Christiansen (ECU) that featured 16 jumping efforts. The field was narrowed down to just 11 pairs qualifying to return for the jump-off over a shortened track.

Sharn Wordley (NZL) was the trailblazer as the first to return aboard Verdini D’Houtveld Z, owned by Lauren Balcomb, posting a double-clear effort and the time to beat of 41.90 seconds. His time in the lead was short but sweet as the next entry moved up to the top of the leaderboard as Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) rode Chacna, the horse he co-owns with Alice Lawaetz, to a clear round in a quicker time of 40.05 seconds.
The lead changes continued from there as Paris Sellon (USA) produced a clear round aboard Anna Jo, owned by Willow Grace Farm, in 40.95 seconds, but it was Olympic champion Laura Kraut riding Baloutinue to answer all the questions asked in the quickest time of the day. The Olympic team gold-medalist guided her new mount, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Balou du Rouet x Landor S, across the finish line with a double-clear effort in an impressive 40 seconds flat.
It was a great way to end the first week of their partnership together as Kraut and the talented gelding also finished fourth in the $37,000 JTWG Qualifier CSI3* on Friday.