Matthew Dedden repeats with Junior Youth title

Matthew Dedden

Matthew Dedden on A Cat Named Sue (P). Forrest Photography.

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.