Winners at the NCHA Western Nationals by Allen Gutowski

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!

ECB Spa Owner Beau Galyean First in Open Derby at the 2016 Ike Derby and Classic by Allen Gutowski

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 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress - Another history making event by Allen Gutowski

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.

Open Mercuria Champion Matt Gaines & Special Nu Baby

Open Mercuria Champion Matt Gaines & Special Nu Baby

Matt Gaines Phenomenal Run To Win The Open Finals At El Rancho Futurity by Allen Gutowski

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!

Shown: El Rancho Futurity & Mercuria WS Finals Shown by: Matt Gaines Rancho Murieta Equine Center Rancho Murieta, California