NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Ends in Tie
The Kit Kat Sugar National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Non-Pro finals turned out to be a marriage of ties, as both the champion and reserve champion spots made room for four.
A purse of $471,864 was the carrot for the 20 riders hoping their ride might be blessed on Palm Sunday, April 14, at Will Rogers Coliseum, yet it was Chad Bushaw who felt he might have gotten a little help from above as the last to work in the first set aboard Rey Banz Gal.
“I was very, very confident in the cows we had picked, so it wasn’t an issue of being deep,” he said. “My help team, Matt Gaines, Casey Green, Michael Cooper and Clay Johnson, they were just phenomenal. Having those good guys help me just makes me feel, not bulletproof, but very confident.”
Rey Banz Gal’s (Auspicious Cat x Toodie Doc Rey x Dual Rey), who was bred by Jandon Ltd., 222 stirred the crowd and the judges, and she took the lead going into the second set.
“Coming off having Bittersweet (Metallic Cat x Miss Sea Rey x Dual Rey) and having a horse as phenomenal as she is, I just have to pinch myself every day thinking how in the world did I end up having two really good mares in a row,” Bushaw said.
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by Julie Bryant
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