Limited Non-Pro Derby
Good show for Ali and Sabrina Boon
Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., scored 218 points on Saturday, July 3, to win the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited aboard Sabrina Boon, by Boon A Little. Rebecca Sheehan, Weatherford, Tex., was reserve championship with 216.5 points on Counting Starz, by Smooth As A Cat, and Laura Bennett placed third with 214 points on Tictac Sugar, by Kit Kat Sugar.
Ali Good, the NCHA earner of $260,008, also scored 2018 points riding Sabrina Boon in Friday’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro Semi-Finals. The score was the second-highest among qualifiers for Sunday’s 22-rider NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals.
Good’s first success with Sabrina Boon came as a finalist in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited, where she placed tenth. Earlier this year, she won the 2019 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Limited on the sorrel mare; was reserve champion of the Augusta Non-Pro Futurity; placed in the Non-Pro Finals of the Ike Hamilton Futurity, as well as the Breeders Invitational; and placed sixth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited.
Sabrina Boon LTE $59,944, bred by the Riddle Family Trust and trained by Good’s grandfather, Bill Riddle, is a half-sister to Quejana Reeves LTE $121,611.
Last year, Good placed third in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited riding the Hottish-sired gelding Sneakish LTE $59,439, who she had also shown as champion of the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited. In addition, Good placed second in last year’s NCHA World Finals Non-Pro aboard Cat Atat Cat LTE $202,706, who her grandfather had shown as reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Open Classic Challenge.
Rebecca Sheehan, the NCHA earner of $26,770, also qualified for the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals with Counting Starz LTE $38,403, who she had shown to place twelfth in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals. This year, Rebecca’s husband, Geoffrey Sheehan, showed the mare as a finalist in the Breeders Invitational and the Arbuckle Mountain Open Finals.
Counting Starz LTE $38,403 was bred by Rebecca out of the Somebody Smart daughter Starlight Starbrite LTE $136,764, who Geoffrey Sheehan showed as reserve champion of the 2011 NCHA Futurity Open Limited, as well as an Open Limited or Open finalist in six other events. Sheehan also won the 2010 NCHA Derby Open Limited on Dualin Cats Merada LTE $107,406.
Geoffrey Sheehan was the only rider to qualify three horses for Sunday’s 23-horse NCHA Derby Open Finals: Toytallic LTE $60,193, sired by Metallic Cat, and bred and owned by Beechfork Ranch; and Ten Blade LTE $37,581 and The Cat Doctress LTE $59,250, both sired by High Brow Cat and owned by Beechfork Ranch.
Laura Bennett, the NCHA earner of $16,130, showed Tictac Sugar as a Semi-Finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes. Tate Bennett, Laura’s husband, won the Open Limited championships of the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby on Reyn Maker $169,801. He also showed Tictac Sugar as a finalist on Wednesday, in the NCHA Derby Open Limited Finals.
Bred by Matt Gaines Cutting Horses, Tictac Sugar is a half-sister to Smooth N Cattacular LTE $121,281, and out of Peptacular $110,362, a half-sister to Woodys Wildest Cat LTE $342,510. Her second dam is Miss Echo Wood, an all-time leading producer of cutting earners of over $1.3 million.