The National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic wrapped up in Fort Worth, Texas following a 20-day long run at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. More than 1,400 entries vied for a piece of the $2.3 million purse. Cara Barry dominated the Open Division on Playin’ Tag owned by her mother, Sue Barry, of Byron, IL. Barry became the youngest open rider to win an NCHA Open Limited Aged event in Fort Worth with her score of 225. Guy Woods, riding Cat Ichi, owned by EE Ranches of Texas Inc. of Whitesboro, TX tied with Russ Westfall riding Jeeps Posi Traction, owned by Russ and Janet Westfall of Los Olivos, CA with scores of 222 for second and third in the open competition.
A woman also dominated the Non-Professional division. Mary Jo Milner of Southlake, TX captured the Non-Pro title riding Genuine Gold Cat. Milner is also a six-time NCHA World Champion Non-Professional rider. She holds the record of most championships won by an individual. Jim Milne of Woodside, CA riding Miss N A Little Cash, won the Amateur Division. The Super Stakes is the second jewel in the Triple Crown of Cutting events held in Fort Worth, TX. The competition is limited to four-year old horses.
The Super Stakes Classic is an event for five and six year old horses. In the Amateur Division, Colton Rothwell of Abilene, Texas claimed the title on his horse, Little Lady Stylish. Benji Neely of Lyons, GA riding Little Lacey captured the Non-Pro Division, and Tag Rice captured the Open title riding Mr. Beamon owned by Charlie Seiz of Cedartown, GA.
This year NCHA along with Western Bloodstock was also able to offer a Gelding Stakes for the four-year old competition. Reys Highlight owned and shown by Robert Borick of Weatherford, TX was the Non-Pro Gelding Champion while Wood Ya Wanna owned by Julie Ann Wrigley of Glenbrook, NV and ridden by Tom Long was the Open Gelding Champion.
NCHA is honored to have the support of Sean Ryon Western Store and Saddle Shop, Cowboy Tack and Gist Silversmiths in hosting this event.
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 over 15,000 people and oversees more than 1,400 NCHA-approved shows with more than $30 million in total prize money awarded annually.
For more information about the National Cutting Horse Association or the sport of cutting, please call 817-244-6188 or visit www.nchacutting.com.