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Shane Crawford Claims Second World Title: $50K Amateur!

December 12th, 2016 by Simone Cobb

Shane Crawford from Mount Olive, Ms, brought home his second world championship when he took out the 2016 Mercuria $50,000 Amateur World Title.

Shane and War Dually came into the finals almost $10,000 in the lead. He scored a 195 in the first go, but came back to win the second go with a 218 and take the title.

At just 14 years of age,  Shane and his horse War Dually could be considered experienced haulers, after three years on the road.

The pair also won the $2K Limited Rider in 2014. Shane told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he wants to be a trainer when he grows up.

Karen Bourghnou won the Reserve buckle on Copenhagen Cat and Shannon Lamb came third aboard Torino Ichi.


Eric Schmoyer Dominates 2016 Mercuria $15K Amateur World Finals!

December 10th, 2016 by Simone Cobb

Eric Schmoyer proved too dominant at the 2016 Mercuria World Finals, taking out the $15K Amateur Title and the show average.
Eric rode Ms Nita to finish the year with more than $17,600 in earnings. He beat Jim Townsend from Washington on MKMiss Trona Cat, who won the Reserve buckle, while Austin Paddock from California came third on AA Wild Way.

Eric, who began cutting about 5 years ago, made the World Finals in the same event in 2014.

Based in Pennsylvania, Eric told CHTO’s Simone Cobb about the challenges of cutting there and the help he got from his trainer Ben Roberson.


Jill Roth Claims 2016 Mercuria $25K Novice Non Pro World Final!

December 10th, 2016 by Simone Cobb

Congratulations to Jill Roth who put in a strong showing at the 2016 Mercuria World Finals to win the $25K Novice/Non Pro Championship.
Jill, who comes from California, came into the finals in second place just $56 behind. After marking a massive 225 in the second go, Jill got just the boost she needed to take the title and the show average.She took home more than $32,500 for the year’s winnings.

Putting up a strong fight for the title was Sherry Graham, Tx, who won the Reserve Buckle on Lil Luigi Long Legs.

Jill spoke to CHTO’s Simone Cobb about what it meant to win her second world championship. Jill was the 2013 $50,000 Amateur World Champion.


RL Chartier Crowned 2016 Mercuria Open World Champion!

December 7th, 2016 by Simone Cobb

RL Chartier checked off one of his major career goals when he claimed the 2016 Mercuria Open World Championship in Fort Worth.

After a competitive year, RL rode A Little Bossy to finish the year on more than $98,000 in winnings and secure the title.

It was a historic finals, with RL’s father Randy and brother Cullen also making the year end event.

Tracy Barton on NRR Cat King Cole was trailing RL by less than $5,000 going into the finals but just couldn’t close the gap, taking out the Reserve Championship, while Gaylon Wells and Rue Du Ichi came in third.

A little Bossy is a gelding by CD Lights and owned by Gary and Karen Fields.
RL told CHTO’s Simone Cobb, his next big goal now is to win the Futurity.


Linda Davies Claims 2016 NCHA $35K Non Pro World Title!

December 5th, 2016 by Simone Cobb

Canada’s Linda Davies proved unbeatable at the 2016 NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth.

Linda rode Cetas Ahoy Mate to take out the $35,000 Non Pro Championship and the finals average.

The pair scored a 219.5 in the first go round and backed up it with a 222 in the second to end the year on $16,628 in earnings.

Linda, who is based in Alberta, told CHTO”s Simone Cobb she’s had great fun hauling this year and praised her trainer Mike Wood.

The Reserve Championship went to Kim Davis from California and Cary Patteson from Texas came in third.


Erin Bimat Crowned $5K Nov/NonPro World Champion!

December 5th, 2016 by Simone Cobb

Elated with her first world title, Erin Bimat praised her horse and husband trainer Todd Bimat for helping her secure the win in the $5,000 Novice Non Pro at the 2016 NCHA World Finals.

Erin rode CT Desireable to end the year on more than $25,000 in earnings. She tied for second in the average, scoring 222 and 208 in both go rounds.

Erin told CHTO’s Simone Cobb she may haul again next year depending on how their horses shape up.

Ed Wold placed second on Simply Bird with more than $25,000 in winnings, while Gilda Jackson and Scoots Lead Free were third.


Gavin Jordan Wins 2016 NCHA $25,000 Novice World Title!

December 5th, 2016 by Simone Cobb

Gavin Jordan is well acquainted with the feeling of being a World Champion after winning his fifth such title at the 2016 NCHA World Finals.

Gavin won the $25,000 Novice buckle convincingly aboard Mercedes Smooth with a total of $43,589 in earnings, some $17,000 ahead of the field.

Mercedes Smooth scored 222.5 and 218 in the two go rounds respectively. The mare, by Smooth As A Cat, is up for sale at the Futurity.

Gavin, who is based in California, placed second in the average for the division and also clinched a reserve title in the $5,000 Novice Division. On top of that, Gavin made the NCHA Futurity semi-finals on A Hollywood Royalty.

Gavin spoke to CHTO’s Simone Cobb about his win.


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