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NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular champions crowned

NCHA Press Release

(Fort Worth, TX)—The National Cutting Horse Association Summer Cutting Spectacular presented by Emison Insurance and underwritten by the Insurance Corporation of Hannover has wrapped up in Fort Worth. More than 1,400 entries vied for a piece of the $1.9 million purse.

Guy Woods, Pilot Point, TX, dominated the Derby Open division riding Cat Ichi, owned by EE Ranches of Whitesboro, TX. The event paid $75,000 adding to Woods’ illustrious $1.6 million career as an NCHA professional trainer. Cat Ichi has won more than $160,000 this year in Limited Age Events. Earlier this year this duo was the Reserve Champion in the NCHA World Championship Futurity as well as winning the Augusta Futurity. Woods also claimed a spot in the Western Horseman Cup by claiming the title in the Quarter Horse News spring season.

Austin Shepard, of Summerdale, AL, marked 223 points aboard Widows Intentions, owned by Richard and Debbie Middleton of Summit, MS to claim reserve champion. Lloyd Dennis Cox, of Fort Lupton, Co claimed third place, marking 222 points aboard Twice as Reycy owned by Gail E. Holmes of Longmont, CO.

The Derby Non-Pro division was claimed by Scott Ferguson, Hempsted, TX, riding Laredo Blue. The duo continues to dominate in the four-year old division. Reserve champion was Lewie Wood, Dennis, TX, riding PRF Playguns Pep. Third place was claimed by Skip Queen of Lipan, TX riding Smart Miss Jeri.

For the first time in NCHA history, an Amateur rider claimed both the Classic/Challenge and Derby titles. Mary Ellen Graves of Hilton Head, SC swept both divisions at the tender age of 15. In the Classic/Challenge division Graves rode So She Wood to mark 223 points. Second place was Matt Miller, Millsap, TX, riding Hokies Pepto. Collen Holt of Weatherford, TX claimed third place riding Catjumpedovertheboon.

In the Derby division, Graves marked 218.5 points aboard Smart Bobbi Sock to win the title. Clay McCullar of Baird, TX was second riding Duals Play Kit and third place was captured by Carl Smith, Jacksboro, TX, riding Little Cat Olena.

The Open Classic/Challenge division was claimed by Terry Hollis, Richards, TX riding LB Cowtown Twist owned by Julie Wells, also of Richards. Zeke Entz showed the second place horse, Nutn Buta Houndog, owned by Arthur Noble of Madison, MS. Third place was Cats Merada shown by John Wold and owned by Debra and Jack Furst of Argyle, TX.

Bob Kingsley, the voice of American Country Countdown, claimed the Non-pro Classic/Challenge division riding Little Pepto Gal. The Weatherford, TX resident marked a score of 223 to win the title. There was a tie for reserve champion in this division between Benji Neely, Lyons, GA and Hope Mitchell, Weatherford, TX. Both marked 217 points.

The National Youth Cutting Horse Association also held their annual member convention during the Summer Spectacular. A record 230 youth cutters convened in Fort Worth to vie for $28,000 in scholarship money. Colton Rothwell, Abilene, TX, claimed the Senior Youth title marking a score of 229 points. Kenneth Platt of Fort Lupton, Co was second place followed closely by Tarin Rice of Spearman, TX in third place.

Blaze Cogdell of Tulia, TX claimed the title in the Junior youth division. Cogdell posted a score of 228 to win the title. The brother and sister duo, Jake and Jordan Milner of Southlake, TX claimed second and third places, respectively.

NCHA is honored to have the support of Sean Ryon Western Store and Saddle Shop, Cowboy Tack, Gist Silversmiths, Stetson Hat Company, and KO Trading in hosting this event.

In 2002, the Insurance Corporation of Hannover joined NCHA as the title sponsor of the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular. The Insurance Corporation of Hannover is a niche, special-program insurance company that writes policies in areas where they have special knowledge and underwriting expertise. In this case, ICH writes livestock mortality policies. The company carries an “A” rating from A.M. Best rating services, and is the fifth-largest reinsurer in the world.

The National Cutting Horse Association is made up of 16,000 members across the United States with a wide range of backgrounds. The sport of cutting has roots in Western ranching traditions, where good horses were a necessity for everyday ranch work and cattle handling. From cowgirls to CEOs, from firefighters to professional football players, the common ground is often in the cutting arena. Each year more than 1,400 NCHA-approved events are held throughout the country with more than $30 million in prize money awarded.

To learn more about the National Cutting Horse Association and the sport of cutting, call 817-244-6188 or visit