Weatherford, Texas, November 17, 2008 – The first four introductory events produced by team roping’s newest organization, the National Team Roping Horse Association, drew well over 350 entries and paid out more than $100,000 in prize money.
Two weeks after the inaugural event in Guthrie, Okla., an NTRHA roping in Glen Rose, Texas on September 26-28 showcased the current top contenders for NTRHA Horse of the Year. Thirteen-time National Finals Rodeo heeler Britt Bockius took top honors in Open Heeling aboard Clay Logan’s 6-year-old gelding, Replay Blue Boon, with a the high score of 545.39. Walter Donnell also won the Limited Open Heeling with “Replay” and a score of 544.78. The former AQHA world champion gelding sent Logan home with $4,800 after four steers.
Another big winner of the day was Herman Rose’s dun stallion, Twist Of Fritz, a 7-year-old with Hollywood Dun It and Peppy San Badger bloodlines. He and roper Cody Thornton took the Open Heading with a score of 539.96 – and a spread of only four points separated the top three placings. Twist Of Fritz and Thornton also won the Limited Open Heading, earning a total of $3,700 on the day for Rose.
At the third NTHRA event held in Abilene, Texas, Oct. 3-5, Bockius and Replay returned to win the Open Heeling with a score of 544.97, bringing Replay’s two-event tally to $7,200. Bockius also took a second on Jud Little’s bay mare, Uno Cheetah – a 6-year-old granddaughter of Dual Pep and Smart Little Lena. Uno Cheetah was trained by Clay Logan and went with Bockius to win some day money at the 2007 NFR. Charles Pogue placed the mare in Open Heading that day, as well, behind winner Mikey Fletcher on Clay Bay Cortez. Fletcher showed his rodeo horse with no tie-down during the win.
The Limited Open Heading was won by the athletic Bossy Lill Bonita, an 11-year-old Doc Bar granddaughter shown by Ty Murphy. “Bonny” and Ty were just edged out for first in Limited Open Heeling by Kevin Hancock’s Paint gelding, Dox Tommy Tucker. Bonny did return with her owner, Cary Chambers, to take top honors in Novice Amateur Heading.
Dave Koontz of Wolfforth, Texas won the Amateur Heading on Brennas Nifty Harley, while the Non Pro Heading and Amateur Heeling classes were won by 6-year-old Starbert Opinion, who racked up $2,245. She was shown and also trained by 20-year-old Jace Henry from Mt. Vernon, Ark. The Senior Amateur Heading championship went to 65-year-old Tommy Houston and his gelding, Ghost.
The most recent event, held Oct. 9 in Rancho Murieta, Calif., proved to be a success for Les Oswald of Byron, Calif. Oswald won or placed on all six horses he showed, taking a first in Open Heading on Michael Brandon’s 8-year-old gelding Paybacks Are Double. The grandson of Smart Little Lena earned his owner $1,440 and placed in four other classes. Oswald won another $1,040 for a second in Open Heeling on Pabst Budha Ribbon. The 9-year-old gray stallion is a grandson of Doc Bar and owned by Tony Costa. He was just edged out for first by Babes Big Cash, owned and shown by PRCA California Circuit veteran Todd Hampton of Chowchilla, Calif. “Monkey” is a 9-year-old grandson of both Dash For Cash and Doc O Lena. Hampton’s win on Monkey was unplanned but appreciated by him, as he was attending the event simply to rope for Oswald.
“I went there hired to ride for Les and ended up winning a class,” he said, joking, “It’s great when a plan works.”
The high-money winner in Rancho Murieta was also the NTRHA’s greatest female money-winner to date. Cindy Pacatte of Sebastopol, Calif., dominated both the Non Pro and Amateur Heading on JW Joe Eyed, a 10-year-old sorrel gelding by Skatty Joe and out of MS Starla Eyed Pine. Pacatte took firsts with checks totaling $3,425, while Tammy West-White of Los Osos, Calif., placed second in Open Heading on her flashy 9-year-old black mare, TM Sunnys Girl.
Kevin Hancock of Fallon, Nevada and Dox Tommy Tucker returned to their fourth NTRHA event to win the Non Pro Heeling, taking home $1,800 cash.
“I got this horse when he was coming 2, because I knew the mare,” he said. “A friend of mine in Eureka raised him. I tried to buy the mare for quite a while.
Hancock, who traveled from Nevada to all four NTRHA introductory events in Oklahoma, Texas and California, said the stallion is real quiet for his age.
“He can do things like a little horse, and he’s a pretty good size,” Hancock said. “He just does things so easy. He’s just willing to do it. He was a little tough to start, but that’s true of any of them that are going to be any good.”
Other contenders of the day included a 5-year-old grandson of Colonel Freckles – Colonels Kid, owned and shown to the win in Amateur Heeling by Buddy Simmons of Oakdale, Calif.
Also, winning second in Limited Open Heading was Be Our Pride, an 8-year-old bay gelding by Pep O Pride and out of Barbie O Lena. He was shown by Bryan Kendrick for owner Eddie Gomes. Also, a horse named Cee San Dee Slide stayed in the top five of every class he was entered in throughout both days. The horse scored high in Limited Open Heeling, Non Pro Heading and Heeling and Amateur Heading and Heeling, while Les Oswald picked up a third with him in Open Heeling. Cee San Dee Slide is an 8-year-old granddaughter of Stormy Chex and Peppy San Bar.
Upcoming: Watch for the first NTRHA “major” – the $50,000-added NTRHA 2009 Premier World Championship Futurity and World Championship Sweepstakes, scheduled for April 28 – May 3 at Expo Square in Tulsa Okla. The Futurity is limited to 5-year-olds only and is the first leg of the NTRHA Triple Crown. All breeds can exhibit, but unregistered horses must be NTRHA permitted. All horses are eligible for the aged events, regardless of past show history. The Sweepstakes is for 6-year-olds and 7-year-olds, and will give entrants a second chance at the NTRHA triple Crown. There are five sanctioned divisions within the Futurity and Sweepstakes: Open, Limited Open, Non Pro, Amateur and Novice Amateur.
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