Matthew Dedden, NCHA’s 2011 Junior Youth World Champion, added another title to his credits Sunday at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.
Riding A Cat Named Sue (P), he marked 221 for a half-point win over Kolby Don Moore in the Junior Youth finals. Dedden and A Cat Named Sue won the same event two years ago.
Bred by Larry Bylo and owned by Dedden’s sister, Chloe, A Cat Named Sue is by High Brow Cat out of Merada Hickory Sue. The 12-year-old gelding has won over $80,000.
Dedden, from Burlington, Kentucky came out of the go-round in a three-way tie for first, with Lance Cooper and Joey Varnadore.
Reserve champion Kolby Don Moore marked 220.5 in the finals on Smart Little Cranbar, a Smart Little Lena 7-year-old owned by Bill Wilkins.
The show continues in Jackson, Mississippi through March 16.