When 20-year-old Janelle Oakham headed to the $2,000 Limited Rider finals at the Western Nationals on her horse Scatter she was a bit tense. The horse she was riding, Scatter, was shown by her boyfriend, Ben Neasham, just two sets prior and got run over by a cow.
“As soon as I cut my first cow it took off and I thought I was going to lose it,” said Oakham. “But we held it and my horse worked great.”
The two posted a 221 to lead the 27-horse finals by two points.
Scatter is an 11-year-old stud owned by Jean Metzler, Orangevale, Calif. According to Oakham, the horse has battled numerous injuries throughout his show career that has limited his showing. Still, he has earned more than $50,000 and Oakham said the plan is to retire the horse after this year.
“He always gives 110 percent,” said Oakham. “And he’s so gentle and quiet for a stud.”
Scatter (High Brow Cat x Sandina x Peppy San Badger) was bred by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup. He was shown by Brent Erickson through the 2011. The two were Reserve in the $3,000 Novice at the 2011 Western Nationals and also made the $10,000 Novice finals. Later that year, they won the Open 5/6-Year-Old finals at the El Rancho Futurity and Aged Event. Neasham has been riding the horse for about four years now, Oakham said.
Oakham, who comes from a cutting family, started showing in the Junior Youth. This is her first big win, but not her last as she said she hopes to win the World on Scatter this year.
Steve Schlesinger and Catlena Rey marked 223 to win the Open finals for Ted and Lauren Cooper of Shingle Springs, California Wednesday at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Reno, Nevada.
Dustin Gonnet and This Cats Got Style, champions of the $15,000 Novice earlier in the show, took the reserve title in the Open with a 219.
Catlena Rey is an 8-year-old High Brow Cat gelding bred by John Harrah out of Miss Reylena, a Smart Little Lena mare that earned $71,000.
Catlena Rey was fifth in the 2010 Pacific Coast Futurity and was reserve champion of both the Open and Non-Pro El Rancho Futurity that year. His win at Reno takes his career earnings over $99,000.
Schlesinger, 36, has won major titles at the Pacific Coast Futurity and Derby, El Rancho Futurity and the Fort Klamath Ranch Festival. This was his first Western Nationals win.
Roper Curtiss marked 221 on Christine King’s Jae Bar One Time for a two-point win over Aristocrat Boon Wednesday in the $5,000 Novice finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Reno, Nevada.
The $4,574 paycheck takes Jae Bar One Time over $197,000 in career earnings. The 7-year-old One Time Pepto gelding was bred by Crystal Creek Ranch out of Jae Bars Fancy Cat, a daughter of $584,000 producer Jae Bar Maisie.
Jae Bar One Time placed third in the 2011 NCHA Futurity and won the 2012 Abilene Spectacular with Michael Cooper.
He qualified for the 27-horse finals on the bubble with a 214.5, and then drew midway through the second set of the finals. Mike Wood led the go-round with a 221 on Gerald Dorros’ WR This Cats Smart mare Cyndi Cat.
Roper Curtiss, 34, has been a finalist three times at past NCHA Western National Championships.
Reserve champion Aristocrat Boon is a 6-year-old mare by Mr Boonsmal To You out of Ristos Sweet Play, owned by Kimberly Gustafson and ridden by Tim Johnson.
Dustin Gonnet and This Cats Got Style marked 225 Monday for a 7-point win in the $15,000 Novice finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Reno, Nevada. The win was worth $3,681, while Morgan Cromer’s reserve championship on Daintys Kual Kitty was good for $3,020.
This Cats Got Style is owned by Canada’s Ronald Patton and was bred by Rhodes River Ranch. The 6-year-old mare is by High Brow Cat out of Moms Stylish Pepto. Moms Stylish Pepto has produced earners of more than $890,000, including Moms Stylish Cat ($236,000), Moms Dual N Badger ($153,000) and Moms Stylish Scoot ($151,000).
This Cats Got Style will go over the $80,000 mark with her latest win. Gonnet rode the mare to win the Canadian Supreme as a 3-year-old, and again last year at five.
Gonnet previously won the Novice title at the Western Nationals in 2011 when he rode Patton’s Mecom Blue mare Christinas Blue. He also won the Open championship that year on Rod MacDonald’s CD Olena mare CD Graceful Dual.
Reserve champion Daintys Kual Kitty is a 6-year-old Dual Smart Rey mare bred by Austin Kenyon and ridden by Morgan Cromer for Clark Butte Ranch of Bend, Oregon.
The NCHA would like to extend appreciation to the Palo Duro Cutting Horse Association for helping a cutter in need during their show this past weekend.
After learning that 4A judge and longtime NCHA member Dewayne Stamper of Locust Grove, Okla., lost his home to an electrical fire, the club’s show secretary, Cheryl Callis, announced that they would be raising funds to help assist Stamper. In doing so, competitors and attendants contributed $5,600 and, as Callis pointed out, this was during a small show that only had about 100 entries.
Thank you to everyone who pulled through for Stamper. The members of the NCHA prove time and again what a great “family” we have. Hats off to Palo Dura CHA! If you would like to contribute to Stamper’s fund, please contact the First State Bank in Locust Grove (918) 479-5001.