Congratulations to J&S Equine Spa customer and trainer Cullen Chartier and owner Alexis Stephas and ONCE YOU GO BLACK on their Championship win with a 221 and Reserve Champion win for Cullen and owner Hillary Watson and SCOOTER MCGAVIN 220 at the NCHA Western Nationals in Denver this week!
Congratulations to Madalyn Colgrove and CD Stylish Girl on making the Non-Pro Finals! CD Stylish Girl in the ECB Spa at M/M Equine Rehab...
Open Derby Results:
The Derby Open at the Ike was full of great horses and several exceptional runs. It is exciting to see all of the new four year olds starting their careers and coming into their own. Metallic Rebel (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra) and Beau Galyean marked a 225 to take home the Championship and a check for $21,750.67
Metallic Rebel or “Cecil”, as he is affectionately referred to after Alvin Fults’ middle name, has always had the potential to be great and is proving to be getting the hang of things to say the least. Beau was not sure if Cecil would make the NCHA Futurity as he was a little "green" and needed a good bit of work. It was around Derby time when he called Tom Guinn about the talented, young stallion as Tom had always had a special feeling about this horse. Beau has been very excited about the string of horses he currently has showing including Cecil and other Open Derby finalist from the Ike, Chrome Cadillac (Metallic Cat x Tootsie Rey). “Chrome”, owned by Ellen Carter, was not only a finalist but also the Novice Champion and Gelding Champion accumulating checks equaling $5,723.20.
Matt Gaines and Special Nu Baby (Dual Rey x Nu I Wood) owned by Barker Ranch LLC., knew they had a tough draw being last to work in the seven horse finals and when Matt’s wife Tara handed him the reins he told her he didn’t think he had the cows left to win on. As it turns out, “Baby” proved once again that she doesn’t need “cows to win on”, and like Matt told us afterwards, she just needs him to “cut cows that won’t take them out of the cutting”! This quick-thinking little powerhouse of a mare faced the challenge ahead and never looked back. When the clock ran out on this exciting run the announcer, Danny Moore had to shout out over the noise from the crowd to let Matt know he was done and when the 230 score came up on the board the crowd got even louder. FULL ARTICLE
Matt and “Baby” made history again by being the only Open horse & rider to qualify for all eight of the Mercuria Finals in one year with last night’s win being his fourth Mercuria Championship in a row to go along with the first one in San Antonio earlier this year and the Reserve Championship in Calgary a few months ago. In total they have racked up a little over $66,000 in Mercuria earnings alone and giving him total Open earnings of somewhere around $115,000 for the year. Matt has a huge lead in the Open standings and has already secured the Open Championship but they have one more goal in their sights which is the record held by Pete Branch and Ms Peppy Cat for the most money ever won in the Open in one year which stands at $131,516 set back in 2008 BEFORE the Mercuria World Series of Cutting format was implemented.
Matt said they will go home and get rested up before heading to the Southern Cutting Futurity and possibly some of the Batesville cuttings. Matt also wanted to give a shout out to all his help that have helped them along the way and especially his wife Tara who has had "Baby" ready for him all year and taken such great care of her and keeping her feeling good. On an interesting little side note Matt Gaines was also the original trainer on second placed horse Cat Black I and 4th place horse Meradas Chula.
Read the full article on Cutting Horse Central.
Congratulations to ECB Spa owner Matt Gaines on a phenomenal run with Baby to win the Open Mercuria Finals at the El Rancho Futurity in Ranch Murieta California and tie the highest score ever marked in NCHA history!
Congratulations to ECB Spa owner Matt Miller riding Sweet Lil Amanda owned by Chris & Tracy Brengard marking a 225 - The New Derby Open Champions winning $11,500! For more on Matt Miller's facility, check out M/M Equine Spa and Rehab
Wes Galyean advancing to the Finals with a 222 on Lil Rattler. Beau Galyean advancing to the Finals on Sannman with a score of 221. The finals will take place on Sunday at Will Rogers. Wes has an ECB Spa on his ranch in OK and Beau has one in TX! ECB wishes best of luck to each of them! For more information on their programs, you can visit their respective websites at the following:
Desires Kitty Cat, owned by Rockin 5 Ranch has her game face on for the Semi Finals at the NCHA Super Stakes this afternoon...
Wide World of Horses - ECB Equine Spa owner Pat Grohl of Premier Equine Center brought his Spa to the Snaffle Bit Futurity and was featured in an episode of Wide World of Horses with Les Vogt on RFD-TV. Top trainers such as Todd Crawford, Bob Avila, Boyd Rice, and the champion Zane Davis used the spa to help maintain their horses throughout the show. In addition, 13 of the 25 Open Futurity Finalists used the Spa for their horse during the competition. Pat has also taken his Spa to the PCCHA Cutting Futurity where Matt Gaines, Morgan Cromer, Grant Setnicka and the eventual champion, Phil Rapp, all used the Spa.
Premier Equine Center's Mobile Spa has proven to be a huge success at two large horse shows.
The spa was in place to treat horses at both the NRCHA World Championship Snaffle Bit Show in Reno, Nevada and the PCCHA Cutting Horse Futurity in Paso Robles, California.
At the Snaffle Bit, top trainers such as Todd Crawford, Bob Avila, Boyd Rice and the champion, Zane Davis, used the spa to help maintain their horses through out the show. 13 of the 25 Open Futurity Finalist used the spa for their horse at point or another during the competition.
At the PCCHA Cutting Futurity, top trainers such as Matt Gaines, Morgan Cromer, Grant Setnicka and the eventual champion, Phil Rapp, used the spa on at least one of their horses.