The 2015 Calgary Stampede welcomed NCHA’s top horses and riders competing in the NCHA Mercuria World Series of Cutting this week as they vie for $50,000 in added money offered at the event. Many of these riders are battling it out to secure their World standings as they prepare for the Mercuria NCHA World Finals to take place in Fort Worth in November during the NCHA Futurity.
With nearly $45,000 in earnings for 2015, Special Nu Baby a dynamic mare owned by Gary and Shannon Barker, has been piloted by Matt Gaines to top the field thus far as they hold the No.1 slot headed into the Canadian competition. Other popular teams ready to take on the Stampede include Lindy Burch and Stylish Bet, who currently sit No. 4 in the Open standings, and One Time Choice and Chubby Turner the 2013 and 2014 NCHA Open World Champions that also claimed the Open win in Calgary last year. The competition has also attracted numerous highly skilled riders from the Canadian area including Dustin Gonnet and This Cats Got Style, the pair that finished second during last year’s Mercuria event.
In the Non-Pro, Constance Jaeggi and her gelding Saguaro Ichi, who were last year’s Non-Pro World Champions and are fresh off a victory at the PCCHA Derby Mercuria in Las Vegas, marked 221.5 for second in the first round of the Non-Pro. Multiple World Champion Joe Howard Williamson led the Non-Pro go-round with a 222 on Sweet Little Cat. Two-time World Champion and current leader in the World standings, Dan Hansen will also show in the finals on Play Corn.
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