John Mitchell & Junie Wood Top Brazos Bash Derby Open

John MitchellTwo finals were held at the Brazos Bash on Sept. 30 in Weatherford, Texas. Both held tough competition and both ended up being close races. In the Derby Open finals, Slate River Ranch’& rsquo; s Junie Wood and John Mitchell took the top honors with a crowd-pleasing run.
The Weatherford fitness instructor and the 4-year-old mare (Nitas Wood x Tuffs Junie x Tuff Lena) had actually marked previous first and 2nd go-round ratings of 217.5 and 220, respectively, to land in the No. 2 spot moving into the finals with a composite score of 437.5. They drew last in the two-set finals, however they rode to the herd with determination, and walked out of the program pen with a score of 225.5 to win the Derby Open Championship and a paycheck worth $20,000.
Junie Wood, who was bred by Craig Crumpler and his partner, Janet, of Wichita Falls, Texas, landed her first significant win with Crumpler aboard at the 2013 National Cutting Equine Association (NCHA) Futurity, where she took home the Futurity Non-Pro title and added her originally check to Equi-Stat in the quantity of $56,825. After being bought by Slate River Ranch, she won this year’& rsquo; s NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion with Mitchell in the saddle, and took the Reserve title at the NCHA Summertime Spectacular.
The Derby Open Reserve Champion went to Spoonful Of Stella (Hes A Peptospoonful x Stella Starlight x Grays Starlight), possessed by Wrigley Ranches LLC, and bred by Lachlan and Jan Advantages, of Rockford, Ill., and Weatherford trainer Jason Clark. The duo marked a rating of 224 to take the title and made $17,500.
Traditional Open
When In A Blu Boon with James & & Nadine PayneOnce In A Blu Benefit has actually become a common name in the cutting world, and during the Classic Open finals, he made it clear why. The 6-year-old stallion and Overbrook, Okla., fitness instructor James Payne saved the finest for last as they rode to the herd last in the 19-team, two set finals. Single points separated the lead and 2nd location identifies up till then, and after Once In A Blu Benefit and Payne’& rsquo; s performance, they took the Champion with a one-point lead after marking a score of 226.
The Classic Open Champion included a look for $20,000, which contributed to Once In A Blu Boon’& rsquo; s previous Equi-Stat record of even more than $268,400. The stallion (Peptoboonsmal x Fall Boon x Dual Pep) is owned by Charlotte Farms Inc., of Rosston, Texas, and was reproduced by Bill Freeman Inc., likewise of Rosston.
Clark earned his second Reserve Championship of the night aboard Dallas, Texas, homeowner Darren Blanton’& rsquo; s Brief N Smooth (Smooth As A Feline x Playin Shorty x Playin Stylish), who was bred by Eddie Shelton, of Union Hall, Va. A score of 225 earned Clark and the gelding a check worth $17,500.
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