Brazos Bash Non-Pro
Brazos Bash Non-Pro Champions
The 2018 Brazos Bash concluded this weekend with finals in the 4-year-old and the 5/6-year-old non-pro and amateur divisions. Kylie Knight Rice, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219 points to win the Non-Pro Derby on Fadie Lou, by Woody Be Tuff, while Alexa Stent, Aledo, Tex., and Bowmerang, by High Brow Cat, claimed the Non-Pro Classic with 219 points.
Kylie Rice, lifetime earner of $482,850 and NCHA Non-Pro Reserve World Champion in 2017, first showed Fadie Lou as an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalist. This year the pair placed fourth in the Breeders Invitational; claimed third-place at Idaho, as well at the El Rancho Futurity; and earned $11,227 as finalists in the NCHA Super Stakes. Including her Brazos winnings, Fadie Lou has current earnings of $69,336.
NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame Riders Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., and Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., finished second and third in the Non-Pro Derby with 218.5 and 217.5 points, respectively. Payne, 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion and career earner of $510,256, won the 2017 Brazos Bash Non-Pro 3-Year-Old division on her 2018 mount, Peaceful EZ Feelin. This year Payne and the Lizzys Gotta Player daughter also placed (5th) in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro and third in the Cattlemen’s Derby.
Elizabeth Quirk, NCHA earner of $787,385, and her Metallic Cat gelding Catillac Reys built on a successful season, which began at the Abilene Spectacular, where Quirk was eighth in the Non-Pro Finals and Adan Banuelos placed in the Open. Banuelos and Catillac Reys also claimed reserve in the NCHA Derby Open and third in the Bonanza, while Quirk and the gelding earned reserve at the Ike Hamilton Futurity and El Rancho.
In addition to showing Catillac Reys in the Brazos Bash Derby Non-Pro, Quirk also placed third in the Classic with B Nimble, by Dual Smart Rey, and was a finalist on Holmeboy, by Metallic Cat.
Alexa Stent, NCHA earner of $384,852, and her homebred gelding Bowmerang, by High Brow Cat, gained the finals of seven major events prior to their Brazos Bash championship, with a win in the Non-Pro Cutting and reserve championships in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic and in the Bonanza. They also won the Cotton Stakes Non-Pro Intermediate.
Stent also showed Peepaboo, by Docs Stylish Oak, to place seventh in the Classic. Peepaboo’s maternal granddam, Bowmans Little Jewel, is also Bowmerang’s dam.
Kathleen Moore, NCHA earner of $507,110, scored 218 points for the Classic reserve championship riding The Golden Shot, by WR This Cats Smart. The pair had previously, this year, scored reserve in West Texas Futurity Classic Non-Pro, and were finalists in both the NCHA Super Stakes Classic and the NCHA Classic Challenge.
For complete results for all divisions of the 2018 Brazos Bash go to brazosbash.com.