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☛ Austin Shepard takes NCHA World Championship and Futurity titles 11-11-17

AUSTIN SHEPARD TOPS HIS NCHA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH HIS NCHA FUTURITY CHAMPIONSHIP RIDING DUAL REYISH

NON-PRO TITLE GOES TO CHAD BUSHAW RIDING BITTERSWEET

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 11, 2017

Only eight days following his NCHA World Championship title in the Watt Arena of the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Alabama., rode Dual Relish, a stallion sired by first-time sire Hottish out of Reylena by Dual Rey, to his second winning title at the cutting industry’s biggest jewel, the NCHA World Championship Futurity. The pair claimed the estimated $192,672 first-place paycheck for first-time cutting horse owner Billy Wolf,  Whitesboro, Texas.  The stallion was bred by first-time winning breeder, Greg Smith, Mineral Wells, Texas.

Shepard, who was the first rider in the herd in the Futurity Open Finals, also placed in a tie for 12th in the 24-horse finals riding CR Dublin Tuff, sired by Woody Be Tuff out of ARC Catty Dual, owned by the Center Ranch Centerville, Texas, and earned an additional estimated $41,988 for his 216 score.

At the NCHA Finals, Shepard was riding Deluxe Checks, owned by Amanda and Rhein Standish, Baton Rouge, La., picking  up a $23,777.50 paycheck, giving him total earnings for the year $146,977.35

Scoring a whopping 228 points, Shepard bested the 23 other finalists in the NCHA Futurity, including the Reserve Champion The Animal (Cat Ichi x My Little Abra), owned by Richard and Beth Carney, Kemp, Texas, and ridden by Lee Francois to a 225.5, winning an estimated $169,404. Third place went to Special Nu Boon (Boon Too Suen x Special Nu Kitty), owned by the Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and ridden by Michael Cooper to a 224, taking home an estimated $126,135.

Boon Too Suen also sired the 4th place finisher, CR Smart Boots, owned by Sarco Creek Ranch, Victoria, Texas and ridden by Ty Brown, with their 223 score taking home an estimated $111,292.

AUSTIN SHEPARD AND HOTTISH, A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH!

This was Shepard’s second Futurity Championship. He also won the 2007 NCHA Futurity on High Brow CD and was Reserve Champion in 2016 on Sir Long Legs. For his first World Championship, he rode Bet Hesa Cat.

Another offspring of the first foal crop of Hottish was Just Gettin Started, out of KR Isadora Dual. Finishing fifth in the finals, scoring a 220 for owners Lloyd and Christina Cox, Marietta, Okla., he was ridden by Jody Galyean to a 220, collecting an estimated $100,660.

In the Non Pro Finals, there were two finalists sired by Hottish, including Cool N Hot ridden by Paula Wood to fifth place and Sheza Smoking Hot Gal, owned by Ty Moore, Madill, Okla. to 10th place.

CHAD BUSHAW CLAIMS NON-PRO FUTURITY TITLE RIDING BITTERSWEET; EVENT BECOMES A FAMILY AFFAIR

It was anything but “bittersweet” for Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Texas, when he won the Non Pro Finals of the NCHA Futurity held Friday, Dec. 8 riding Bittersweet, his daughter of Metallic Cat out of Miss Sea Rey by Dual Rey, bred by Marilyn Jo Franz, Stillwater, Okla. Bushaw picked up an estimated $61,162 for his 225 score, which was four points ahead of second-place – teenager Brandon Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., riding Smooth Lil Cowtown by Smooth As A Cat.

But the icing on Bushaw’s cake when his 14-year-old son, Charles Russell Bushaw, was a finalist in the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur Finals. Riding Snappcat (High Brow Cat x Badgers Playdough), the younger Bush scored a 214, in a three-way tie for seventh pace, earning $9,461.The division was won by Canadian Rocky Davis riding Redneck Creyzy (Dual Rey x Xqizit Cat). The pair scored a 219.5.

This year’s NCHA Futurity was the second winning title for Chad Bushaw, as he won the 2001 Non-Pro Futurity riding Jerryoes and has been a finalist eight other times

The NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner, with over $3 million in earnings, won his first Futurity championship when he was a finalist in the Amateur Division in 1991 when he was only 18.

He also won the NCHA Super Stakes in 2008 riding Cats Ruby and the 2012 NCHA Derby riding Bet On A Cat. He was Reserve  Champion in 2007 riding Mocha Cappuccino.

Reserve Champion Westfall, 17, the son of accomplished cutters Russ and Janet Westfall and the earner of over $300,000 was the reserve Champion, scoring a 221 and earned an estimated $52,105.

Westfall was also a 2016 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro finalist aboard Big and Reckless by CD Royal, the stallion owned by his mother. who rode him to the Reserve title of the 2000 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Brandon was also Reserve Non-Pro Champion at the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes and a 2017 NCHA Derby Non Pro finalist riding offspring of CD Royal.

Third place in the Non-Pro went to Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Texas riding Iggy Reyzalea (Dual Smart Rey x Teles Bout This Cat) scoring 220 for a $41,047 paycheck. Hedlund is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member, earning over $763,000.

For complete results, go to www.nchacutting.com.

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