Cat son wins Derby while Dual Rey filly captures Classic
North Ridge Ranch’s son of High Brow Cat, NRR Cat King Cole, rallied to the Open Derby Champion Circuit Award. Scott Amos guided PRF Reys Gingerpunch, the filly sired by Dual Rey, to the Open Classic Champion Circuit Award.
“Started off shaky but finished where we needed to,” said Tracy Barton, trainer for North Ridge Ranch, South Dakota. “Only marking a 70 the first day really put us in a tough spot.” The pair was able to rally to second place the second day and finished the three day event with a 75, winning the class and the Circuit Award.
Placing second, third and fourth over the three day event was the winning combination for PRF Reys Gingerpunch and Scott Amos to take the Circuit Award in the Open Classic. “She was real good,” said Scott. This was a repeat win for the rider/horse combination. They captured the Derby Champion at the Western States CHA Fall LAE. Scott says he loves coming to the Loveland venue, with all the event under one roof, wash racks with warm water, good ground and such a well run event.
The NonPro competitors found the Mexican steers quick and challenging. Pam Schaeffer’s derby mare, Royal Red Play, managed the herds each day to secure both the Derby NonPro Circuit Award Champion with Pam from Eagle Colorado aboard and the Reserve in the Open Derby Circuit Award with her trainer Scott Amos, also from the western slope of Colorado. The NonPro Classic Circuit Award went to Kathi Fisher of Denver, Colo., on the very
stylish Smart Anna Doc (mare by Smart Little Jerry) with less than $50 separating champion from reserve.
Two out of state cutters took the NonPro Reserve Circuit Awards. Jerry Ward drove in from South Dakota showing his mare Lean Starlights by Instant Starlights all three days
in the Derby NonPro and Jim O’Neil flew in from Virginia to compete on Kittyote Cat a
mare by High Brow Cat securing the NonPro Reserve Classic.
Producers of this event are quite pleased with the repore between the weekend cutters and the riders that came in expressly for the LAE. According to WSCHA President Todd Adolf the three day show had over 350 total runs paid out over $60,000 and even with 12 classes on Saturday the day finished up around 9:30. “Our numbers were up at our fall LAE and really increased with this spring show,” said Adolf. “We really want people to enjoy coming to this great facility and have fun at our cuttings.”