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☛ NRBC/NCHA hold major events





By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 23, 2018

Duane Latimer

Two major performance events culminated on Sunday, April 22, with the finalists lining their pockets with cash.


Duane Latimer cashed in for the most dough by winning the Level 4 Open Finals and the Open Prime Time Finals in the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) held April 15-22 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Latimer won a total of $76,950 from the event after winning the Level 4 Open for $75,000 with a 228 score as well as taking the Prime Time title riding Modern Gun (Gunners Special Nite x Taris Modern Design x Mr Boomerjac), owned by MS Stables.

Kobie Wood, Stephenville, Texas, took home $69,076 for the championship of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Super Stakes held March 29 through April 22 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Texas. Riding Cool N Hot (Hottish x Donas Cool Cat x High Brow Cat) owned by his wife Paula, the pair scored a whopping 227 points.




This year’s win for Latimer was a first NRBC Classic Open title since 2000 when he won the title on Conquistador Whiz. Latimer had trained Modern Gun, nicknamed “Mickey” since he was a 2-year-old.

“He was dialed in really, really good today. I was really happy,” said Latimer following the beautiful palomino’s winning run.

The Reserve title was split between Andrea Fappani, riding Epic Titan (Colonels Smoking Gun x Princess In Diamonds) owned by Clinton Anderson, and Pedro Baiao, riding Smokesgottachicolena (Spooks Gotta  Gun x Braz Us), owned by Michael Garnett, with each marking a 225.5. Each went home with a $41,000 paycheck.


Fappani also finished ninth, scoring a 222 on Ifwhizwereguns (Spooks Gotta Gun x Ifwhizsweredollars) owned by Rancho Oso Rio, collecting an additional $15,000 for a grand total of $56,000.


Pedro Baiao and Spookesgottachicolena also won the Level 3 finals, taking home an additional $20,782.26, for a total of $61,782.86. Baio’s finals score of 225.5 was the highest of his career.


The Level 2 Championship was won by Ricky Nicolazzi riding Spooks Show Time (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Dolittle Lena x Shining Spark) to a 219 score and an $8,128 paycheck. The 5-year-old gelding is also owned by Rancho Oso Rio.


There was a three-way tie in the Level 1 Open shared by Benny Maddox, Chris Dawson and Gabril Borges, with each scoring a 218 to earn $2,103.  Maddox’s win on Thebettertohearuwith (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chex Out The Cowgirl x Lean With Me) owned by Bill Coburn, it was his first major championship.


Dawson rode Shiney Outlaw (Shiners Nickle x Mereyda x Dual Rey) owned by Michelle Canon. He previously took the 6-year-old stallion to the 2017 AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse World Championship.


Borges rode Checksworth (Big Chex To Cash x Banjoes Shining Star x Shining Spark) to the 2017 tulsa Reining Classic Futurity Level 2 Open Co-Championship The 4-year-old mare is owned by Terry Leffew. For full results go to

NRBC Open Classic Finals Results



Kobie Wood, Stephenville, Texas, is a five-time NCHA Open World Champion; however, he was experiencing his first NCHA Triple Crown (Futurity, Super Stakes,  Summer Spectacular) win when he scored 227 points in the finals of the Open Super Stakes riding Cool N Hot by Hottish, one of the hottest new sire in the cutting horse industry, out of Donas Cool Cat sired by High Brow Cat. Owned and also shown by Kobie’s wife, Paula, Cool N Hot picked up $69,076 for their Open win at the Super Stakes; however, Paula and Cool N Hot were also finalists in the Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals, winning an additional $13,337 for total earnings of $82,413 for the show. Donas Cool Cat currently has lifetime earnings of $189,284.


Kobie is also, an NCHA Horse of the Year rider and 1993 NCHA Hall of Fame Rider inductee. He earned his first Triple Crown championship in the 1988 NCHA Classic aboard Cash Quixote Rio, a horse that Wood also showed to two NCHA Open World Championship wins.


The Reserve title in the Super Stakes and $60,476 paycheck went to Rollz Royce (Dual Smart Rey x Show Biz Kitty), owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., ridden by NCHA Hall of Fame rider Beau Galyean to a 222.5. Prior to the Super Stakes, the pair won $51,975 in aged events. Beau has lifetime earnings of close to $3.4 million.
NCHA Super Stakes Open finals


But the Open Division of the Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic were very profitable to the Galyean family, as Beau also rode Stevie Rey Von (Metallic Cat x Miss Ella Rey) owned by the Fults Ranch, Amarillo, Texas, to the Open title in the Super Stakes Classic for a $26,216 paycheck.


In the Super Stakes, Beau’s brother Wesley tied for 4/5 riding Duramax Dually with a 219, taking home $44,381 and his father, Jody, also took home $14,642 riding Desiresomemettalic, owned by Beau and his wife Ashley. In fact, the Galyean family and had total winnings of $119,499 from the Open Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic.

NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Finals

The Non-Pro Division of the Super Stakes was split between Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Texas, riding Bittersweet (Metallic Cat x Miss Sea Rey x Dual Rey) and Megan Miller, Poolville, Texas, riding Carolena Reyn (Dual Smart Rey x Carolena Moon), with both winning $36,319 for their 222 score.


This is the second time Bushaw has shared the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro title. In 2008, he rode Cats Ruby to a 222-point tie for the championship with Paula Wood on Cash My Boon. He also won the 2012 NCHA Derby on Bet On A Cat. Bushaw ranks third among all-time top NCHA Non-Pro money earners, also won the 2001 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro aboard Jerryoes, the 2008 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Cats Ruby and the 2012 NCHA Derby on Bet On A Cat.


Megan Miller, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame Inductee and the earner of $1,021,452 won the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Itawtathenapuddycat and the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro on Travs Scooter. She also finished fourth in this year’s Non-Pro Super Stakes with a 216 score riding Hey Boo Boo (Dual Smart Rey x Travs Scooter), taking home a total of $62,581.

NCHA Super Stakes NP finals

The NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Champion was Steve Anderson, Victoria, Texas, riding Littlemak (Starlights Gypsy x Justa Swinging Gal) to a 224, collecting a $16,999 paycheck. The Reserve title went to Alexa Stent, Gardnerville, Nev., riding Bowmerang (High Brow Cat x Bowmans Little Jewel), to a 223.5 and collecting $15,480.

NCHA Super Stakes Classic NP Finals

For full results go to





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