After a four round work-off, the National Cutting Horse Association crowned two new World Champions Saturday night at the Mercuria/NCHA World Championship Finals. Ms Peppy Cat, owned byAfter a four round work-off, the National Cutting Horse Association crowned two new World Champions Saturday night at the Mercuria/NCHA World Championship Finals. Ms Peppy Cat, owned by
After a four round work-off, the National Cutting Horse Association crowned two new World Champions Saturday night at the Mercuria/NCHA World Championship Finals. Ms Peppy Cat, owned by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup of Clovis, N.M., was named this year’s Open champion, and Tara Gaines, Weatherford, Texas, the Non-Pro champion.
Ms Peppy Cat and Pete Branch earned more than $79,000 throughout the point year, placing them at the top of the Open going into the finals. The pair won two of the four final rounds, was reserve in another, and by the end of the finals Ms Peppy Cat’s earnings exceeded $103,000. Branch and Ms Peppy Cat made quite a showing at several of Mercuria/NCHA’s World Series of Cutting stops in 2010. They won at Reno and Houston, and were finalists at the Battle in the Saddle, the Breeder’s Invitational, and the San Antonio Stock Show. The final night of the World Finals was also the 8-year-old mare’s final career run.
Tara Gaines and her gelding Patrick La Dual came into the finals with a little more than $49,000 from the point year, with just $5,000 separating Gaines from the Non-Pro leader at the time, Mary Jo Milner. By the end of the finals, Gaines had racked up another $25,000 for a grand total of $74,639 along with a Non-Pro World Championship title. Gaines is the wife of Hall of Fame Trainer Matt Gaines. Patrick La Dual has also won six major titles with Tara.
Ms Peppy Cat and Gaines were honored at a World Finals Party following their final round alongside their fellow top 15 finishers as well as the top 15 finishers from the other 10 NCHA-sanctioned classes. Boon Too Suen, owned by Gary Rosenbach of Greenwich, Conn., was recognized as the champion stallion, and Tachitas Cat, owned by Margot Hazell of Livermore, Calif., was the champion gelding. Norman Clark, Dos Palos, Calif., won the award for Non-Pro riding a single horse. For a complete list of standings in each class, visit www.nchacutting.com/ag/shows/world_standings.php.
The sport of cutting has roots in Western ranching traditions, where good horses were a necessity for everyday ranch work and cattle handling. The National Cutting Horse Association was formed in 1946 by a group of cowboys and ranchers, who wanted to promote cutting competition, standardize rules and preserve the cutting horses’ Western heritage.
Today, the Fort Worth-based NCHA represents more than 21,000 people and oversees more than 2,200 NCHA-approved shows with more than $43 million in total prize money awarded annually.
For more information about the NCHA and the sport of cutting, please call (817) 244-6188 or log on to www.nchacutting.com.