Ali Good wins $25K Novice/Non-Pro championship
Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., scored 220 points aboard Sneakish on Wednesday, to top 29 finalists in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro championship. Kolby Don Moore, Crawford, Fla., claimed the reserve championship with 219 points on Highbrow Nadine, while Lauren Middleton, Weatherford, Tex., showed Light Em Upp to score 217 points for third.
After winning the 2017 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro championship with 5-year-old Sneakish LTE $44,895, Ali Good and the Hottish-sired son, placed among the top three finalists in four 2018 limited age events, including the NCHA Derby Limited Non-Pro, where they were third. The pair placed third in the 2109 Augusta Futurity Non-Pro finals, as well.
This is the second $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro Eastern Nationals championship win for Good, the NCHA earner of $195,858, who claimed the title last year, as well as the Senior Youth championship, riding Cat Atat Cat LTE $173,108, by High Brow Cat. Additionally, Good and Cat Atat Cat won last year’s NCHA Western National Non-Pro championship and reserve in the NCHA Non-Pro World Finals.
Kolby Don Moore and 6-year-old Highbrow Nadine LTE $35,898, by High Brow CD, made their mark in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals as fourth-placed finalists in the Non-Pro division, as well as third-placed finalists in the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro. Moore also earned significant payouts on Highbrow Nadine as reserve champion of the Southern Futurity Non-Pro Classic and as sixth-place finalist in the NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro.
Moore, the NCHA earner of $103,065, won the 2013 NYCHA Senior Youth Finals riding Smart Little Cranbar LTE $75,991, by Smart Little Lena, after claiming the 2011 NCHA Eastern Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider on FMR Smart Duces, by Smart Sugar Badger.
Lauren Middleton and 5-year-old Light Em Upp LTE $43,170, by Light N Lena, earned their first checks as a team when they placed third in the 2017 PCCHA Non-Pro Futurity and the 2017 Southern Futurity Non-Pro. In 2018, they claimed their biggest payout in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finals, and also won the Congress Futurity Non-Pro. Earlier this year, the pair placed in the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro Classic.
Middleton the NCHA earner of $719,699, had shown Light Em Upp’s dam, Widows Tears LTE $92,741, as a Youth finalist in the 2006 NCHA Eastern Nationals, as well as his half-brother, Spoonful Of Tears LTE $84,608, as 2014 NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro champion, and as reserve champion of the 2014 $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro. In addition, Middleton won the 2002 NCHA Eastern National Non-Pro championship aboard Widows Freckles, the sire of Widows Tears $113,522, and of Widows Intentions LTE $352,665.
The 2019 NCHA Eastern National Championships continues through Friday, March 15, in Jackson, Miss.