THE NATIONAL Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) National Finals are off and running, with the third day kick-starting the new and exciting Breeders Incentive event.
The Breeders Incentive Derby was met with open arms as 25 competitors and their horses signed up to take part in the new aged event being held at Tamworth’s Australian Equine & Livestock Events Centre (AELEC).
Ballimore’s Scott Johnston took out the top mark on Tom Cat Alley with an exceptional score of 148 points, securing him a place in the top eight accepted into the final to be held tomorrow.
Not far behind with the second highest score of 146.5 was local Loomberah cutter Grant Quigley riding Spin N The Cat.
“I was truly happy with the way my horse worked, the cows were great and I just pointed my horse towards a cow and let him go. He did all the work,” Quigley said.
Spin N The Cat was previously owned and bred by Uralla local Deidre Gosper who also owns the top-performing mare Hickorys Mystery Girl, currently leading the national title for the $3500 Novice.
The Breeders Incentive Derby Final is sure to be a nailbiter, with some of the best four-year-old horses competing to take out the title and have a hand in up to $50,000 in prize money.
Tomorrow’s events include the Breeders Incentive Classic, second go-round of the Snafflebit Futurity, Breeders Incentive Derby Final and the Breeders Incentive Classic Final.
Spectators are welcome at the AELEC for some top-class cutting action with free entry and canteen and bar facilities on site.