Tamworth horsemen in the mix at NCHA National Finals

Dungowan's Steve Byrne and SP Docs Miss Drive. Photo: Ken Anderson Photography.
Dungowan's Steve Byrne and SP Docs Miss Drive. Photo: Ken Anderson Photography.

Dungowan’s Steve Byrne was one of the top performers in the $15,000 Novice event at the National Cutting Horse Association’s National Finals at AELEC.

Attracting 82 competitors from all around the country, the field was strong. Riding his own horse SP Docs Miss Drive, Byrne, who drew in the fourth out of six herds, was placed second with a combined score of 221 between three judges.

In first place was Oakey professional trainer and $2 million dollar NCHA earner Todd Graham aboard Spins Gypsy Queen, with the pair achieving a satisfying score of 224 for owner Yulgilbar Quarter Horse Stud.

The first go round of the Yulgilbar & Mavericks Western Wear Snafflebit Futurity showed 44 three year olds with Loomberah’s Wyatt Young leading the charge on Willdraft Fancy Rey with 220.

In the $15,000 Non Pro Snafflebit. Andrew Wrigley of Condobolin came out as the very last draw of the event and blitzed the field of 35 horses with a 223 on his chestnut mare GB Mrs Gump.

The Finals continue through to Wednesday.

Chad Reynolds. Photo: Peter Hardin 1703PHG017

Chad Reynolds. Photo: Peter Hardin 1703PHG017

Daniel Lithgrow. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG285

Daniel Lithgrow. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG285

Tony Laing. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG171

Tony Laing. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG171

Andrew Chapman. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG043

Andrew Chapman. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG043

Ellen Forge. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG216

Ellen Forge. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG216

Wyatt Young. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG138

Wyatt Young. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG138

Daniel Summers. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG097

Daniel Summers. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG097

Quentin Stapleton. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG275

Quentin Stapleton. Photo: Peter Hardin 170317PHG275