Cheyenne Johnson on CR Tuff Boo Bear. Seth Petit Photography.
Cheyenne Johnson, Pine Level, Ala., scored 219 points on Friday, to win the NCHA Eastern Nationals $50,000 Amateur championship for the second consecutive year. Doug Secrest, Blacklick, Ohio, was reserve champion with 216.5 points, and Jason Britt, Seven Springs, N.C., posted 214 points to place third.
Cheyenne Johnson won last year’s $50,000 Amateur Eastern
Nationals on Tom E Toy, by Thomas E Hughes. This year she was aboard CR Tuff
Boo Bear LTE $51,410, by Woody Be Tuff, who also scored 219 points in the first
go-round of the Amateur.
Johnson is the NCHA earner of $65,596 and was winner in 2012 of both the Todd Drummond Memorial and the Greg and Whitney Welch Memorial Awards. She also won the NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth championship in 2009, and followed with the NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth championship the next year, as well. Both times she was riding Freckles Blue Jewel LTE $39,466, by Duals Blue Boon, who carried her as an Eastern Nationals Youth finalist for six consecutive years.
Doug Secrest on Smooth Spyder Rey. Seth Petit Photography.
Doug Secrest had shown his $50,000 Amateur reserve champion, Smooth Spyder Rey LTE $69,854, as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro finals on Wednesday, March 13, at the same time that he also showed Dual Smart Sherman LTE $25,500. Both horses have carried Secrest as an amateur and non-pro limited age event finalist as well, most recently at the 2019 Augusta Futurity, where Secrest and 6-year-old Smooth Spyder Rey, by Smooth As A Cat, placed sixth in the Non-Pro Classic.
Secrest also was a finalist with 9-year-old Dual Smart Sherman, by Dual Smart Rey on Friday, in the $50,000 Amateur finals.
Jason Britt, the NCHA earner of $97,549, showed DMAC Hipster
LTE $52,624, the horse he also rode to claim last year’s Eastern Nationals $50,000
Amateur reserve championship. Britt and the 6-year-old Hickorys Indian Pep
gelding have been finalists in numerous limited age events, including earlier
this year, where they placed third in the Ike Hamilton Amateur Classic and
fifth in the Augusta Futurity Classic Amateur Unlimited.
Cade Shepard on Chexy Louella. Seth Petit Photography.
The NCHA Eastern National Championships concluded in
Jackson, Miss., on Friday, March 15, with the Non-Pro Finals, won by Cade
Shepard with 222 points on Chexy Louella, the mare Shepard also showed to win
the 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship.
Eight years ago, Cade Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., was named the
2011 NCHA Junior Youth Rookie of the Year. In 2016, he was inducted into the
NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, and currently has NCHA earnings of over $786,000. In
addition to the NCHA Futurity win, his impressive list of Non-Pro championships,
some of which he has won multiple times, and in both 4 and 5/6-year-old divisions,
includes the NCHA Super Stakes, the NCHA Derby, the PCCHA Derby, the Ike
Hamilton Futurity, the Southern Futurity, the Cotton Stakes, the Augusta
Futurity, and the Breeders Invitational.
Cade’s mount, Chexy Louella LTE $59,721, by Im Countin Checks, was bred by Oxbow Ranch and is the first money earner out of Louellas Cat LTE $302,483, by High Brow Cat, and a full sister to Cattalou $306,149, winner of the 2014 Breeders Invitational Open. Chexy Louella was a $30,000 purchase as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.
Blake Graham on Legal Dream. Seth Petit Photography.
Blake Graham, Rockledge, Ga., earned the NCHA Eastern
Nationals Non-Pro reserve championship with 217.5 points riding Legal Dream,
while Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., placed third with 217 points aboard
Blake Graham was Amateur reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA
Futurity on Zacks Smoothie, and also showed the Smooth As A Cat daughter to win
the 2017 Augusta Amateur Unlimited Futurity. He showed Legal Dream in 2017, as
well, to take win the NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro reserve championship.
Fourteen-year-old Legal Dream LTE $181,028, by Dual Rey, has
carried Graham as a finalist in 11 divisions of the Eastern Nationals, over
four years, including in 2015, when Graham was Junior Youth reserve champion.
Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., third- placed with 217 points aboard
Catscratch Sister LTE $132,187, won the Eastern Nationals Senior Youth
championship, last weekend, riding the 10-year-old WR This Cats Smart daughter.
Moore and Catscratch Sister also claimed the 2016 Senior Youth championship.
Moore, the 2009 NCHA Junior Youth Rookie of the Year, is the
NCHA earner of $74,297. He won the 2015 Eastern Nationals riding Highwood
Dancer LTE $74,122, and placed third in the same division last year on
Lauren Middleton on Ironn Butterfly. Seth Petit Photography.
Lauren Middleton, riding Ironn Butterfly, scored 219.5
points on Thursday, March 14, to win the NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000
Novice/Non-Pro championship for the second consecutive year. Doug Secrest,
Blacklick, Ohio, earned 218.5 points for the reserve championship aboard Dual
Smart Sherman, while Missy Jean Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., placed third with
217 points on Rey Too Purdy.
Together, Middleton and Ironn Butterfly LTE $106,965 were Non-Pro finalists in 12 limited age events, including the 4-year-old finals of the NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby. On Wednesday, March 13, Middleton also showed the 9-year-old Just Playin Stylish daughter as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro division, where Middleton placed third with 5-year-old Light Em Upp LTE $43,170, who she also qualified for the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro Finals.
Middleton, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $719,699, has an impressive record of NCHA Eastern National Championship wins, including Non-Pro titles in 2002 with Widows Freckles, and in 2010 and 2015 with Cees Little Poo. She also earned Novice/Non-Pro wins in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018 with Cees Little Poo, Swoopn Indian, Spoonful Of Tears, Sweet Reyvenge, and Ironn Butterfly.
Doug Secrest on Dual Smart Sherman. Seth Petit Photography.
Doug Secrest, the NCHA earner of $101,377, showed both Dual
Smart Sherman and Smooth Spyder Rey, in the finals of the $25,000
Novice/Non-Pro on Wednesday. Five-year-old Dual Smart Sherman LTE $25,500, by
Dual Smart Rey, previously carried Secrest to place second in the 2018 Southern
Futurity Unlimited Amateur and fourth in the Amateur Finals. Earlier this year,
the gelding placed seventh with Gabe Reynolds in the Augusta Futurity Classic
6-year-old Smooth Spyder Rey LTE $69,854, by Smooth As A Cat, gave Secrest his first big Non-Pro limited age championship win, in the 2017 Congress Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. And last year, Secrest showed the gelding as a finalist in NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro and $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro.
At the NCHA Eastern Nationals in 2015, Secrest placed third
in the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro with Ear N A Hat LTE $33,852, by Cat N A Hat, and
the next year, was reserve champion in the $35,000 Non-Pro with Copencougarhagen
LTE $28,201, by High Brow Cougar.
Missy Jean Etheridge, the NCHA earner of $352,179, made her
first mark in Jackson as champion, in 2004, of the NCHA Eastern Nationals
$10,000 Amateur riding Pepto Jack LTE $33,436, by Peptoboonsmal. In 2010, Justa
Lil Freck LTE $113,253, by Bobs Freckle, carried her to claim the reserve
championship of the Eastern Nationals Non-Pro.
This year, Etheridge rode Rey Too Purdy LTE $35,299, by Dual
Smart Rey, to place third in the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro, where her husband, Vick
Etheridge, placed fourth on 7-year-old Third Cutting daughter Cutting Commander
LTE $90,887, who Missy also showed as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro.
In addition, Missy is also showing 5-year-old Blue Chip Dually LTE $4,247, by Dual Rey, and Light Of Grace LTE $93,509,
by CD Lights, in the Non-Pro go-round on
Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., scored 220 points aboard Sneakish
on Wednesday, to top 29 finalists in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000
Novice/Non-Pro championship. Kolby Don Moore, Crawford, Fla., claimed the
reserve championship with 219 points on Highbrow Nadine, while Lauren
Middleton, Weatherford, Tex., showed Light Em Upp to score 217 points for
After winning the 2017 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro championship with 5-year-old Sneakish LTE $44,895, Ali Good and the Hottish-sired son, placed among the top three finalists in four 2018 limited age events, including the NCHA Derby Limited Non-Pro, where they were third. The pair placed third in the 2109 Augusta Futurity Non-Pro finals, as well.
This is the second $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro Eastern Nationals championship
win for Good, the NCHA earner of $195,858, who claimed the title last year, as
well as the Senior Youth championship, riding Cat Atat Cat LTE $173,108, by
High Brow Cat. Additionally, Good and Cat Atat Cat won last year’s NCHA Western
National Non-Pro championship and reserve in the NCHA Non-Pro World Finals.
Kolby Don Moore on Highbrow Nadine. Seth Petit Photography.
Kolby Don Moore and 6-year-old Highbrow Nadine LTE $35,898,
by High Brow CD, made their mark in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals as
fourth-placed finalists in the Non-Pro division, as well as third-placed finalists
in the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro. Moore also earned significant payouts on Highbrow
Nadine as reserve champion of the Southern Futurity Non-Pro Classic and as sixth-place
finalist in the NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro.
Moore, the NCHA earner of $103,065, won the 2013 NYCHA
Senior Youth Finals riding Smart Little Cranbar LTE $75,991, by Smart Little
Lena, after claiming the 2011 NCHA Eastern Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider on
FMR Smart Duces, by Smart Sugar Badger.
Lauren Middleton and 5-year-old Light Em Upp LTE $43,170, by
Light N Lena, earned their first checks as a team when they placed third in the
2017 PCCHA Non-Pro Futurity and the 2017 Southern Futurity Non-Pro. In 2018,
they claimed their biggest payout in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finals, and
also won the Congress Futurity Non-Pro. Earlier this year, the pair placed in
the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro Classic.
Middleton the NCHA earner of $719,699, had shown Light Em
Upp’s dam, Widows Tears LTE $92,741, as a Youth finalist in the 2006 NCHA
Eastern Nationals, as well as his half-brother, Spoonful Of Tears LTE $84,608,
as 2014 NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro champion, and as reserve
champion of the 2014 $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro. In addition, Middleton won the
2002 NCHA Eastern National Non-Pro championship aboard Widows Freckles, the
sire of Widows Tears $113,522, and of Widows Intentions LTE $352,665.
Cutting horse trainer and NCHA Members Hall of Fame honoree Jimmy Orrell, 85, Monticello, Ark., passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Orrell, a friend, helper, and mentor to cutting competitors and newcomers to the sport for nearly six decades, said that the greatest reward for his efforts was the appreciation expressed by so many.
Raised to farming in Dermott, Ark., Orrell was introduced to
cutting in 1954, while he was riding and training roping horses for Jack
Mehrens. Riding Joe Peg for Mehrens four years later, in 1958, Orrell found
himself in a three-way tie for first with Matlock Rose, on Goldwood, and Bill
Iller, riding Poco Pine, at the renowned Fort Worth Fat Stock Show and Rodeo.
In the sixties and seventies, Orrell showed his own horse Marbo
McCue to prominence in AQHA and NCHA competition, including as Open reserve champion
in the 1974 NCHA World Finals, and in 1999, he showed Olena Dually to place
sixth in NCHA Open World Championship standings for Robert Charles Brown.
In 2014, Jimmy Orrell won the annual NCHA Zane Schulte
Award, given to a trainer who exemplifies the characteristics for which Zane
Schulte is remembered, “integrity, service, values, respect of peers,
contribution to the industry, and excellence in the arena.”
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial to follow in Rash Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Online guestbook at http://www.stephensondearman.com
Gavin Callahn on Hot Dona. Seth Petit Photography.
Gavin Callahan, McConnells, S.C., riding Hot Dona, scored
222 points on Monday to overwhelm the $35,000 Non-Pro Eastern National Finals
field by a margin of six points. Madeline Nix, Blackville, S.C., and Heidi
Denis, Geneva, Fla., tied for the reserve championship with 216 points, showing
Two Cat Shakur, and Dualin Pepto Rio, respectively, in the field of 30 finalists.
Last year, Gavin Callahan placed third in the Eastern Youth
competition riding Johnny Reyngo LTE $195,280, by Dual Rey, and went on to Fort
Worth to capture the NYCHA World Finals Junior Youth championship aboard Time N
Tequila LTE $172,845, by One Time Pepto. Eight-year-old Hot Dona, by Boon Too
Suen, a full sister to 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Donas Suen Boon LTE
$425,911, previously carried Callahan to place sixth in the 2017 Congress
Gavin Callahan is the NCHA earner of $31,093. Hot Dona LTE $36,910 was also shown by Gabe Reynolds to place fourth in last week’s Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice finals.
Madeline Nix on Two Cat Shakur. Seth Petit Photography.
Madeline Nix, the NCHA earner of $24,944, showed Two Cat
Shakur, by Metallic Cat, earlier this year to place fifth in the Augusta $50,000
Amateur All-Age Championship, and eighth in the $35,000 Non-Pro. Nine-year-old
gelding Two Cat Shakur LTE $67,047 is a three-quarter brother, out of Dually
Lil Pep, by Dual Pep, to 2006 Smooth As A Cat daughters Smooth Going Cat LTE
$215,019 and Shes Twice As Smooth LTE $191,734.
Heidi Denis on Dualin Pepto Rio. Seth Petit Photography.
Heidi Denis and Dualin Pepto Rio LTE $37,855 have a solid history of success at the NCHA Eastern Nationals. Last week, the pair won the $15,000 Amateur championship, and have two times previously been finalists in both the $15,000 Amateur and the $35,000 Non-Pro . Eleven-year-old Dualin Pepto Rio, sired by Pepto Rio Playboy, is out of DPS Lenas Lucinda LTE $70,987, a full sister, by Dual Pep, to Lenas Dualin LTE $167,143.
The Cattlemen’s Derby, in Graham, Tex., concluded its 2019 program with five finals, including the Derby Non-Pro, on Sunday, March 10,
Dustin Adams, Springtown, Tex., and Kade Smith, Mineral Wells, Tex., tied with 217 points to win as co-champions of the Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Derby, riding Hottish For You and Playboy Bunny, respectively. Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Tex., placed third with 214 points on Wood Ya Teles. Adams and Smith each earned a payout of $5,941, while Hedlund earned $3,961.
Dustin Adams, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $3,890,249, won the inaugural Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Derby, in 2010, riding KR Winston LTE $51,385, by High Brow Cat. He also won the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro on Hottish LTE $286,109, sire of Hottish For You, who carried Adams to place fifth in the 2019 Abilene Spectacular.
Adams also placed fourth in the Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Classic riding One Time Pepto daughter Sly Pepto Girl LTE $88,833, who he showed as reserve champion in the 2019 Bonanza Class Non-Pro, and as a finalist in the Ike Hamilton Non-Pro Classic and the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic. Hot Sriracha LTE $15,635, by Hottish, has carried Adams as a 4-year-old finalist in three events this year, as well.
Kade Smith and Playboy Bunny LTE $20,686, by Metallic Cat,
were ninth-placed finalists in the 2018 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Smith, the NCHA
Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $607,829, claimed the 2011 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro
championship with Lean This Rey $128,993, by Dual Rey. The NCHA Futurity win
was one among Smith’s nearly 20 major
limited age event championship titles.
Playboy Bunny, bred by Smith’s sister, Ashley Snider, out of Taquitas Playgirl, by Freckles Playboy, is a three-quarter brother to Sly Playgirl LTE $332,135, the dam of Dustin Adams’ 2019 Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Classic mount, Sly Pepto Girl LTE $88,833.
Cody Hedlund and his homebred Woody Be Tuff daughter, Wood Ya Teles LTE $21,074, came into the Cattlemen’s Derby following the Ike Hamilton Derby Non-Pro championship win. Hedlund, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $927,011, showed Wood Ya Teles’s dam, Teles Bout This Cat, by WR This Cats Smart, to earn $230,047 in non-pro competition, including the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes.
Cody also showed Teles Bout This Cat’s daughter, Iggy Reyzalea, by Dual Smart Rey, to place third in the 2017 NCHA Futurity; and Meteles Cat LTE $433,565, a three-quarter brother to Teles Bout This Cat, who was trained and also shown in Open competition by Rock Hedlund, Cody’s father.
For complete results for all 2019 Cattlemen Derby results go to this link.
Mary Michael Britt on Dontreynonmyparadesf. Seth Petit Photography.
Mary Britt, Seven Springs, N.C., scored 219 points on Sunday to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider championship riding Dontreynonmyparadesf. Jeffery Walker, Kinder, La., scored 210 to claim the reserve championship with CD Lil Pepto, and Caylee Shepard placed third with 208 points aboard MK Rey Girl.
Mary Britt also showed 11-year-old Dontreynonmyparadesf LTE
$67,749, by Duals Rey Badger, to place in the finals of the $15,000 Amateur.
And last year, showed him as reserve champion of the $2,000 Limited Rider, as
fourth-placed finalist in the $15,000 Amateur, and as a finalist in the $35,000
Non-Pro. Mary Britt is the NCHA earner of $15,371.
Jeffery Walker on CD Lil Pepto. Seth Petit Photography.
Jeffery Walker, the NCHA earner of $4,075, collected his first NCHA Eastern Nationals check and his first title on Sunday, as reserve champion of the $2,000 Limited Rider. Twelve-year-old CD Lil Pepto LTE $31,389, by Sweet Lil Pepto, was a Limited Open aged event finalist under Casey Green, as well as an Amateur limited age events finalist, who placed as reserve champion of the 2012 West Texas Classic Amateur with Paula Overstreet.
Caylee Shepard, the NCHA earner of $4,698, first showed as
an Eastern Junior Youth finalist in 2016, riding High Brow Doll LTE $216,688, a
paint mare that placed third in the 2004 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro with Mel Blount.
Last year Caylee was also a finalist on MK Rey Girl, and earned her first title
and first limited age event as champion of the Cotton Stakes Classic Non-Pro
Limited riding Christy Hughes LTE $178,334, by Thomas E Hughes. Nine-year-old
MK Rey Girl LTE $76,866, won last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Open
championship with Austin Shepard, Caylee’s father.
Cody Gann, Leighton, Ala., scored 218.5 points on Sunday, riding Hevvy Metal, to win the NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth championship. Ryleigh Ferrier, Aubrey, Tex., earned the reserve championship with 215.5 points aboard James One Five, while Gavin Mesalam, Versailles, Ky., placed third with 215 points on Stylish Import.
Cody Gann has made his mark in Junior Youth competition over the past two years. He was a 2017 finalist in the NCHA Denver Nationals Junior Youth riding Defiant Cat, as well as an NYCHA Youth Scholarship finalist in 2017 with Hes A Heapinspoonful and in 2018 on My Pepto Jewels. Last year, Cody placed second with Hevvy Metal in the finals of the $2,000 Limited Rider, at The Non-Pro Cutting,.
Nine-year-old gelding Hevvy Metal LTE $143,002, by Metallic Cat, was a successful limited-age event competitor with trainer Todd Gann, who showed him to win the 2016 Congress Futurity Open Classic and to place as reserve champion of the Southern Futurity Open Classic. Todd Gann has also shown Hevvy Metal as an Open finalist at the Eastern Nationals, including this year, where he placed fifth.
Ryleigh Ferrier on James One Five. Seth Petit Photography.
Ryleigh Ferrier won last year’s Eastern Nationals $15,000
Amateur aboard the Cat Ichi gelding Ichi City Limits LTE $23,356, the horse she
also rode to win the 2017 Eastern Nationals Junior Youth championship, and to place
in the finals of five other events.
James One Five, Ferrier’s 2019 mount, is owned by Billy and
Rosemary Atwood, Weatherford, Tex. The 5-year-old High Brow CD gelding was a
2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited finalist with Billy Atwood, as well as a
2018 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited finalist.
Gavin Mesalam made his very first finals performances count, with his third-place showing in the 2019 Eastern Nationals Junior Youth, as well as eleventh-place in the $2,000 Limited Rider. His horse, 10-year-old Stylish Player LTE $49,703, by Lizzys Gotta Player, was a successful open and non-pro limited-age events finalist with Steve Oehlhof and Missy Etheridge. Gavin’s parent, Randy and Sabrina Mesalam, purchased Stylish Import from Etheridge in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales.
Colt Moore on Catscratch Sister. Seth Petit Photography.
Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., scored 221 points on Catscratch
Sister, by WR This Cats Smart, to win the NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth
champion title. It was his second championship win in Jackson; in 2015 he rode
Highwood Dancer to claim the Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro title.
Jaycee Lowery, Gardendale, Ala., the 2012 NCHA LAE Rookie of
the Year, was Senior Youth reserve champion with 220.5 points aboard EE Ichi
Bar, while Blakley Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., took third with 217 points riding
Cat Man Blue.
This is the third year Moore, the NCHA earner of $86,794,
and 10-year-old Catscratch Sister LTE $131,885, have competed in the Eastern
Nationals. In 2017 they placed as finalists in the $5,000 Non-Pro Novice and
the $25,000 Non-Pro Novice, and in 2018, they placed third in the $25,000
Novice Non-Pro and seventh in the Senior Youth.
With his win, Colt Moore continues a family legacy. His
father, Casey Moore, won the NCHA National Finals Senior Youth championship in
1990, before the event was split into the Eastern and Western Nationals. Casey
Moore, a trainer with earnings of $900,949, showed Catscratch Sister last year
to place fourth in the Eastern Nationals Open.
Jaycee Lowery on EE Ichi Bar. Seth Petit Photography.
Jaycee Lowery has been successful with 12-year-old EE Ichi
Bar LTE 254,772 in limited age and weekend competition. The Cat Ichi gelding
carried her as a finalist in the 2013 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur division,
as well as an Eastern Nationals Non-Pro and $15,000 Non-Pro finalist, and as a
2016 Junior Youth finalist. Jaycee is the NCHA earner of $164,375.
Blakley Colgrove, the NCHA earner of $668,459, is a many-times limited age event champion. Among other major events, she won the 2014 NCHA Futurity Amateur championship on Paradox Cat, who also carried her as 2015 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited champion, and 2017, NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro champion. Blakley’s Eastern Nationals mount this year, Cat Man Blue LTE $229,203, by High Brow Cat, is owned by Lazy M Cattle LLC, Forney, Tex.