Eastern National Finals VOL 3, NO. 1, TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2001 AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NATIONAL CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION TODAY’S Mississippi “horse-pitality” NEWS.... draws finalists to Jackson $3,000 Novice 1st go heads 12-day schedule 925 entries ready for showdown J Corky Sokol, winner of last years ackson in the spring has be- $3,000 Novice Eastern Finals come an annual pilgrimage for 2000 aboard Colonel Flip Dox, is cutters from coast-to-coast. CHEVY TRUCKS NCHA mounted on Lots Of Handle, owned This marks the 21st year the city EASTERN NATIONAL FINALS by Peter Deleeuw of Tomball, TX, has hosted the National Finals and in the fifth bunch. Sokol was also entries include contestants from 30 the 1996 Open Eastern Finals cham- states, as well as Germany and pion riding Handle Bar Jane. Canada. Robert Rust, last years $3,000 Jim Reno, former NCHA presi- SCHEDULE Novice reserve champion on Miss dent, remembers when the event Tuesday, March 13 Freckles Boon, rides in the fourth was held for several years in Albu- and seventh bunches. He is querque, NM, in the late 1960s, and 1st go-round mounted on Little Hickory Jane was limited to the top horse from $3,000 Novice for Susan Stoval of Cuero, TX, as each area. We only had eight or Beginning at 8:00 a.m. 95 entries • 7 sets of cattle the last rider in the fourth bunch, nine horse, said Reno. So we and has drawn in the middle of the changed the format in 1976 and Wednesday, March 14 seventh and last bunch on Huggs took the top ten horses in each Olena for Shannon Rust of New area. 1st go-round Ulm, TX. The 1976 event was held in $10,000 Novice Last years Open reserve cham- Waco, TX and for the first time, Beginning at 8:00 a.m. 95 entries • 7 sets of cattle pion, Bryant Slaughter (Mr instituted the five-judge system. Hickory Smoke) rides Star G Bob Also for the first time, an added Thursday, March 15 Acre for Hubert Gentry of Indus- purse was available, to be divided Beginning at 8:00 a.m. try, TX, in the sixth bunch. equally between open and non-pro Also watch for Gil Porter on divisions. FINALS $10,000 Novice Miss Magic Molly in the sixth I got Diagnostic Data, who FINALS $3,000 Novice bunch. Porter, a non-pro who hails produced Drive supplement, to put 1st go-round from Silver Spring, MD, has missed up $20,000, said Reno. They were $10,000 Novice/Non-Pro 28 entries • 2 sets of cattle riding in just two National Finals the first ever NCHA sponsor. Some since 1976. Among many accom- of the trainers wanted it (added TASTE of MISSISSIPPI plishments, Porter was 1986 Open money) in the Derby, but I always & Chevy Truck Giveaway National Finals champion with War felt that we needed to promote the 8:00 p.m. China, the same horse he rode as area workoff. That is our grass roots Mississippi Trade Mart Non-Pro champion in 1982, and for and where it all began. Adjacent to State Fair Grounds reserve champion titles in the non- In 1987, the format was Schedule resumes Friday, March pro division in 1983 and 1988. changed once more to include af- 16 at 8:00 a.m. & continues Mark Mills, former National Fi- filiates and the top ten horses from through Saturday, March 25 nals Open champion and reserve each class. Reno was president at champion (1995, Oakanitos Last, the time and recalled, When we HOSPITALITY ROOM 1998, Dox Time And Again, respec- changed the rule to where the af- Daily 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Second floor, south end of arena tively, rides Vibrant Docogold in the fifth bunch for Bethel Steward. Continued on page 2 A Horse of a Different Color D onna Canada, of Yukon, OK, hopes to make a splash at this years Chevy Trucks NCHA Eastern Na- tional Championship. Canada is an Appal- oosa breeder who has been riding cutting horses for about a year. Last year she made her debut in the Eastern National Champi- onships, after having shown just 10 times. I was scared to death, Canada said of her first ride in Jackson. I was so fright- ened about the big pen. I was eighth or ninth out of 107 in the go-round, then I went brain Renowned sculptor and former NCHA dead in the finals. Im hoping to do better Appaloosa mare Lily Olena, pictured with president, Jim Reno, had a hand in this year. Glynn Whitman, is an area champion and developing the National Finals format. While Canada is still learning the ropes, Appaloosa Futurity champion. her mare, Lily Olena, knows her way around Larry Williams photo Continued from page 1 a cutting pen, no matter the size. The Ima filiates could participate, we had the big- Doc Olena (ApHA) daughter has earned He has a big blanket, says Canada of gest cutting we had ever had up until that nearly $16,000 in NCHA competition and flashy Ima Red Ryder, reserve champion of time -- more than 700 entries. That was a $10,000 as the winner of the Appaloosa the Appaloosa Breeders Futurity. real milestone. Breeders Futurity. Canada raised both Ima Red Ryder and It helped the weekend cutters and gave People are always startled to find out Lily Olena, whose dam died last year at 29, people that for whatever reason couldnt that shes an Appaloosa, says Canada of just one week after Canadas six-year-old haul a horse for the Top Ten, a showcase. Lily Olena, whose markings are subtle. She grandson won his first belt buckle with her Its a fantastic show. Jackson loves it and has some color, but most people dont be- at the local county fair. theyve done a great job. lieve shes an App. She kind of looks like a A televised segment of the Calgary The late Carl Crawford, of Indianola, mustang with a long mane and tail. People Stampede featuring cutting in slow motion MS, was instrumental in bringing the Area have teased me about her having a BLM and set to classical music, attracted Canada Workoffs to Jackson. Crawford was an avid (Bureau of Land Management) brand. to the sport. I thought it was the most beau- non-pro competitor who qualified for the Ridden by Glynn Whitman, of El Reno, tiful thing you could do on horseback, she NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame riding just one OK, nine-year-old Lily Olena was last years said. horse -- Chickasha Marie, by Chickasha Area 8 and Oklahoma CHA champion While Canada is taking one day at a Danny. $10,000 novice horse, and Southwest Okla- time with her own riding career, she has For the past five years, Lamar Thaggard homa CHA reserve $10,000 novice horse. definite plans for her horses. My personal M.D., of Madden, MS, has played a major Canada also rode her to earn amateur cham- goal is to make (cutting) people like Appal- role in coordinating the event with NCHA, pions at the Spring Fling and the Non-Pro. oosas, she said. They dont now, but the City of Jackson, and the State of Mis- In addition to Lily Olena, Whitman will eventually, if enough good ones show up, sissippi. Lee Garner, of Batesville, MS, and ride Ima Red Ryder, a six-year-old Ima Doc theyre going to have to like them. Johnny Sanders, of Canton, MS, have also Olena son, for Canadas husband, Ronnie, Lily Olena is an outstanding mare and devoted countless hours to assure that the who rides the gelding in the $2,000 limited people love her. Thats neat when you can Eastern National Championship maintains rider division. change their minds just a little bit. its reputation as the weekend cutters fa- vorite springtime destination. Said Garner, Dr. Thaggard makes sure VIP & Media Cutting that the Hospitality Room is open and that On Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., cutters be present to win. we feed everybody lunch every day. NCHA and area-residents wont want to miss the A separate drawing will be made for has taken that on and done really well with NCHA VIP & Media Cutting and John those who cannot attend the NCHA VIP & it. And the hospitality in Jackson is fantas- Deere Lawn Mower Giveaway. Just a Media Cutting and John Deere Lawn tic. $5.00 donation to the University of Mower Giveaway, but who would like to Were happy that everyone came to Mississippi Medical Center, MS Health make a $5.00 donation. The winner of this see us this year, said Dr. Thaggard. Any- Science Campus, entitles the purchaser to drawing will receive a lifetime NCHA thing we can do to make their stay better, a ticket to the event and a chance to win a membership (including a lifetime subscrip- we hope they will just let us know. brand new John Deere riding lawn mower. tion to the Cutting Horse Chatter), along A drawing will be made immediately with a leather and wool NCHA jacket following the cutting; ticket holder must valued at $250. DEFENDING CHAMPIONS (1999) Open – ALOTTA MERADA, owned by Anthony Caporina, Washington, TX; Kenny Pugh Res. – Mr Smoke Hickory, owned by Marcus and Rosanne Haggard, League City, TX; Bryant Slaughter Non-Pro – LEE GARNER, Batesville, MS, riding Peponitas Acre Res. – Tennessee Walker, Tehuacana, TX, riding High N Fancy $20,000 Non-Pro – WAYLON OVERSTREET, Kenansville, FL, riding Bouncer Solano Res. - Kelle Earnheart, Hernando, MS, riding Peppys Bo Diddley $10,000 Amateur - LINDSAY MOORE, Onsted, MI, riding Playboys Habit Res. – Barbara Brooks, Brentwood, TN, riding SC Sprat This horse won the NCHA Futurity, but was Reserve Open Champion of the 1996 $50,000 Amateur – TIFFANY STERNFELS, Plattenville, LA, riding Gods Little Acre National Finals with Terry Riddle. Can you name the horse and the rider in the photo? Res. - Lindsay Moore, Onsted, MI, riding Playboys Habit Answer in next issue. Dalco photo $3,000 Novice – COLONEL FLIP DOX, owned by Kelly Stanford, Victoria, TX; Corky Sokol Res. – Miss Freckles Boon, Lonnie & Barbara Allsup, Clovis, NM; Robert Rust Good Taste $10,000 Novice – WIDOWS FRECKLES, owned by Robert and Debbie Middleton, Summit, & Giveaways MS; Robert Rust Res. - Last Little Lena, Punk Carter, Celina, TX; Punk Carter On Thursday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m., the Mississippi Division of Tourism Res. - Little Blue Lynx, Joy Smith, Livingston, MT; Mike Chrustawka presents the Taste of Mississippi. The $10,000 Novice Horse/Non-Pro Rider – RBS TWISTER, Wade Rust, New Ulm, TX much anticipated event is hosted for cutters by Jackson-area restaurants at Res. - Dances With Dually, Gayle Allen, Leola, AR the Mississippi Trade Mart, located next $2,000 Limit Rider – MALINDA MOORE, Onsted, MI, riding Squall N Chex to the Mississippi State Fair Grounds Equine Center. In a drawing following Res. - Tamra Gilbert, Leander, TX, riding Fancy Little Peppy dinner, one lucky competitor will receive Senior Youth – LINDSAY MOORE, Onsted, MI, riding Playboys Habit a brand new Chevy Duramax Diesel Truck, courtesy of Chevy Trucks, the Res. - Nikki Sokol, New Smyrna Beach, FL, riding Lucky Bottom Roy official truck of NCHA. Junior Youth – ANDREW HESTAD, Jackson, GA, riding Aprils March Every cutting competitor will be Res. - Jamie Sokol, New Smyrna Beach, FL, riding Peppy Sandalena hoping for the luck of the Irish, on Saturday, March 17, St. Patricks Day, at the Catfish Fry and Sooner Trailers Can you match the horses entered in the 1976 and 1977 National Finals with Giveaway. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., 400 their riders? Look for the answers in the next issue of the Jackson Chatter. pounds of catfish, donated by Jimmy Sandifer of Isola, MS, will be served to 1. Miss Cocoa Jay a. Kobie Wood cutters by the Mississippi Department of 2. Doc’s Dulce Bar b. Jim Milner Agriculture. Following dinner, a drawing 3. Golden Wonder c. Gil Porter will be held for competitors. The lucky 4. Mr San Peppy d. Edd Bottom winner will receive the use of a beautiful, 5. Gun Smoke’s Dream e. Mike Mowery new three-horse gooseneck trailer for a 6. Doc’s Haida f. Shorty Freeman full year, courtesy of Sooner Trailers, the 7. Doc’s Starlight g. Buster Welch official trailer of NCHA. 8. Hollywood Gracie h. Pat Patterson 9. Rey Jay’s Pete i. Helen Groves Daily Chatter 10. Ward’s Star Bar j. Dale Wilkinson Editor: Sally Harrison 11. Chickasha Gay k. Norman Bruce Contributers: Carolyn Crist 12. Sport Model James l. Matlock Rose 13. Doc’s Wimpy m. Billy Baker Contributions, comments, and 14. Peponita n. John Carter suggestions are welcome. Call 15. War China o. Spencer Harden Sally Harrison at (817) 460-1325 16. Lucky Bottom 79 p. George Bunn or email@example.com Where do they come from? Home states and countries of this year’s Chevy Trucks NCHA Eastern National Finals entries. Canada Germany 3 For nearly a decade, Chevy Trucks has been a corporate sponsor of the NCHA and title sponsor of the Chevy Trucks Eastern and Western National Cham- pionships. Chevy offers more full-size pickup models than anyone else that are the most dependable, long-lasting trucks on the road. So, when its time to buy that new haulin rig, see your local Chevy dealer for a new Chevy Truck. www.chevrolet.com Cartoonist Jerry McAdams, that cow art guy, is publisher of the Hico News Re- view and a nationally recognized artist whose favorite subjects are horses and cattle.
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