The National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes Open and Non Pro champions were crowned on Saturday, April 6. They say it all comes down to the fence work and the Stakes Finals was no exception.
It was a spectacular night for NRCHA non pro competitor and owner Eric Frietas. After capturing the Stakes Non Pro championship title aboard CR Tuff Tornado, Justin Wright piloted his horse, Scooter Kat, to the prestigious title of Stakes Open Champion.
Stakes Open Champion
In an elite field of horses and riders, it was Justin Wright, of Santa Maria, California, and Scooter Kat who topped the Stakes Open by a mere one-half point. Scooter Kat (Kit Kat Sugar X Scooters Daisy Dukes X Dual Smart Rey) and Wright earned owner Eric Freitas $37,150 and the prestigious NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open championship title . The pair posted a 222 in the herd work, a 221.5 in the rein work and 223.5 down the fence, for a 667 composite.Wright and Scooter Kat were reserve champions at the 2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity®.
Stakes Intermediate Open Champion
Shadd Parkinson clinched the 2019 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Intermediate Open win for owner Bronwyn McCormick. The Arizona horseman piloted Metal Storm (Metallic Cat X CowStruck X Smart Little Lena) to a $11,351 payday with the composite score of 658.5 (218 herd/218 rein/222.5 cow).
Stakes Limited Open Champion
Trevor Carter’s smoking fence run of 220.5 took him straight to the top of the NRCHA Stallion Stakes Limited Open Finals. The New Mexico horseman rode Mc CowHammer (Metallic Cat X GunSmart Gay X Playgun) to a 653 composite (213 herd / 219.5 rein / 220.5 cow), capturing the Limited Open champion title and $8,147. The 4-year-old stallion is owned by the Bogle Brothers LLC.
The NRCHA Stallion Stakes is the second of four NRCHA premier events, and it pays out more than $600,000 in prize money. The event’s success is largely due to its tie to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Subscribed stallion nominators pay a fee so 4- and 5-year-old offspring can be eligible to compete in the limited aged event portion of the show. Besides paying lucrative checks to the Stakes winners, the NRCHA also presents an incentive checks to the nominator of the Stakes Champion’s sire in each division.