The National Cutting Horse Association is presently in the middle of its Super Stakes Classic at Will Rogers Coliseum. The competition runs until April 19th and is filled with daily cutting horse excitement. The No-Pro Division has just ended and has scored a tie for first place.
Paula Wood, previously a four-time champion in Will Rogers Coliseum, and Steven Feiner, looking for his first win in Fort Worth’s hallowed hall of cutting, tied last night with 220 points to become co-champions of the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro.
Patrick Collins, a two-time NCHA major event champion, scored 219.5 points to place third.
“You can have the best run in the world going and in the last second have a cow run over you, so when you finish runs in this arena, it is an honor,” said Wood, who was riding Donas Suen Boon, a homegrown Boon Too Suen daughter and Wood’s 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion mount.
“She’s an amazing horse and us raising her and taking every step with her, it just doesn’t get any more special,” she added.
Wood’s husband, Kobie, record-holding, five-time NCHA Open World Champion, trained Donas Suen Boon, who is out of Donas Cool Cat, lifetime earner of $315,104 and the mare Paula rode to win the 2006 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals and place four times in the NCHA Non-Pro World Top 10 standings.
Although she has claimed the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship twice, this was Wood’s first time to win the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro. She won the Super Stakes Non-Pro with Chita Cash Cat in 2005, and again in 2008, showing Cash My Boon. She also was reserve champion with My Blue Hagan in 2002.
In addition to her NCHA Futurity win aboard Donas Suen Boon in 2012, Wood captured the 2010 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve championship with Little Black Boon. She also won the 1997 NCHA Derby Non-Pro riding Chita Cash.
“When you know you have a horse that can win, it’s a lot of pressure,” said Wood. “And coming in with the highest scores, you try to ignore it, but you can’t.” Wood won the Super Stakes Classic second go-round with Donas Suen Boon and also earned the highest cumulative score of 437 points.
Steven Feiner came close to a Fort Worth win in 2011, when he was reserve champion of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited on Rascal Cats. But last night’s performance on 5-year-old Lil Rattler put him over the top.
“It’s a big deal,” said Feiner, a retired East Coast entrepreneur, who splits his time between his home in Aspen, Colo., and North Texas. “They don’t come easy.
“I knew we had a good run developing with the first cow we cut, and when I saw the score, I was super happy.”
Feiner purchased Lil Rattler, by Dual Rey, from breeder Paul Dean, who owns her dam, 2005 NCHA Futurity champion Highbrow Supercat, the earner of $364,690. Wesley Galyean showed Lil Rattler for Feiner to place fourth in the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes and third in the NCHA Derby, as well as to fifth place in the 2014 Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open.
Feiner most recently placed fourth with Lil Rattler in the Bonanza Classic Non-Pro.