Michelle Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., who claimed the high cumulative with 436 points in the go-rounds of the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular Non-Pro Derby, tied Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., with 220 points, the high score from the Non-Pro Semi-Finals, on Friday, August 2. Cowan’s mount, Gingrsnap, and Pattillo’s, Shesa Tuff Teaspoon, are both sired by Woody Be Tuff.
Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., earned 218 points, the second-highest score in the Semi-Finals, riding Sabrina Boon, by Boon A Little, while Ryan Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., was third-highest with 217points, aboard Driving Miss Em, by Woody Be Tuff.
Michelle Cowan, the NCHA Non-Pro earner of $524,600, showed Gingrsnap LTE $30,504 to win the 2019 Ike Hamilton Futurity Non-Pro Intermediate and to place third in the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Non-Pro. Cowan earned her richest paycheck as reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro on Iridescent Cat and showed Catty N Smooth LTE $62,282, by Catty Hawk, to place in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro.
Gingrsnap was bred by Center Ranch, out of the Peptoboonsmal daughter Pepto Smoothy LTE $32,306, a half-sister to Light Blue Smoothy LTE $94,034, by CD Lights.
Langston Pattillo, the 2018 NCHA Amateur Rider of the Year, has made the most of entries during the 2019 Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular. He showed High Stylin CD LTE $224,218, by High Brow CD, to win the Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited championship and the Amateur Unlimited Gelding division, and he also placed third with High Stylin CD in the Classic Challenge Non-Pro and collected second-place money in the Non-Pro Gelding division. In addition, Pattillo also showed Zinging Some Reys LTE $9,783, by Stylin Cat, to place in the Derby Amateur Unlimited and to collect money in the Amateur Unlimited division. So far during the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular, Pattillo has earned $35,289.
Shesa Tuff Teaspoon, with earnings of $1,218, was bred by Harland Radomske out of Shesa Spoonful A Fun $82,335, who carried Harlan and Jody Radomske as Amateur and Non-Pro limited age event finalists, including last year, when Jody won the PCCHA Derby All-Age Amateur Unlimited on the Hes A Peptospoonful daughter.
Ali Good, the NCHA earner of $260,008, won the 2019 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Limited showing Sabrina Boon LTE $50,368, who she also rode as a finalist in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited, as well as a finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited, and as reserve champion of the Augusta Non-Pro 4-Year-Old Futurity.
Good placed third in last year’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited riding the Hottish-sired gelding Sneakish LTE $59,439, who she also showed as champion of the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited. In addition, Good placed second in last year’s NCHA World Finals Non-Pro with Cat Atat Cat LTE $202,706, who Good’s grandfather, Bill Riddle, showed as 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge Open reserve champion.
Ryan Rapp, the 2015 NCHA Junior Youth Rookie of the Year and the NCHA earner of $304,638, won the 2016 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited at 15, and placed fourth in the Derby Non-Pro, showing Tuff Julie LTE $67,845, by Woody Be Tuff. In 2015, Rapp placed ninth in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited with Metalic Smoke, by Metallic Cat; last year, he placed in the Derby Non-Pro aboard Poor Lil Guy LTE $27,517, by Kit Kat Sugar.
Earlier this year, Rapp won the Cattlemen’s Derby 5/6 Classic Non-Pro with Manteca Moe LTE $96,246, who he also showed to place fifth in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro and sixth in the Breeders Invitational 5/6 Non-Pro.
Driving Miss Em LTE $8,707 was bred by Ryan’s parents, Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, out of Swing Thru The Drive, by Hydrive Cat. Mary Ann Rapp showed Swing Thru The Drive, a half-sister to Justa Smart Peanut LTE $353,414, to earn $74,739. Driving Miss Em is Swing Thru The Drive’s first money earner.