Nadine Payne wins NCHA Derby Non-Pro title
Working ninth in the 11-horse first set of the Metallic Cat NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals, where 217 was the high score by four points, Nadine Payne and Blu Velvet, by Once In A Blue Boon, took control and served up a 221-point challenge. Langston Pattillo and Shesa Tuff Teaspoon, by Woody Be Tuff, came close with 220.5 points, deep in the second set, to earn the reserve championship, while Ty Moore and Scantly Clad, by Metallic Cat, placed third with 220 points.
Nadine Payne, the NCHA earner of $605,003, and Blu Velvet came into the NCHA Derby with $44,107 in 2019 earnings, including over $27,000 from the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro, where they tied for third and fourth, and nearly $10,000 for sixth place in the Breeders Invitational. Their win in the NCHA Derby brings their 2019 tally to $61,628.
Blu Velvet, a half-sister to Velvets Revolver LTE $271,541, was bred by Nadine Payne out of Velvets Best Shot LTE $53,156, by Playgun. Payne showed Velvets Best Shot, as well as Velvets Revolver, who carried her to win the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship. Both horses were shown by Nadine’s husband, James Payne, co-champion of the 2019 NCHA Open Derby.
Langston Pattillo, the 2018 NCHA Amateur Rider of the Year, who came into the 2019 Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular with official earnings of $310,846, has made the most of his entries during the show. He rode 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. Altogether during the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular, Pattillo collected $51,121, in estimated NCHA earnings.
Shesa Tuff Teaspoon 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.
Ty Moore, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,117,549, won the 2019 Bonanza Cutting Non-Pro championship on Scantly Clad, and also placed with her in the NCHA Super Stakes, the NCHA Breeders Invitational, and the Arbuckle Mountain Derby.
Moore showed Shez Smokin Hot Gal LTE $60,384, by Hottish, to place fourth in last year’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro, and was third in the 2016 NCHA Derby riding Set Fire To The Reyn LTE $132,646, by Dual Rey.
Scantly Clad LTE $80,490 is out of Scoot A Lil Closer LTE $67,150, by Smart Lil Scoot, a half-sister, out of Miss Echo Wood LTE $57,186, to earners of over $1.3 million, including Peptacular LTE $110,362, the dam of Tictac Sugar LTE $26,897, by Kit Kat Sugar, a 2019 NCHA Derby Open Limited and Non-Pro Limited finalist under Tate and Laura Bennett, respectively.