Adapting To Unprecedented Times: Introducing The 6/7 Class

June 14th, 2021 by Sophia Skeith

Geoffrey Sheehan riding Hiss N Vinegar to a 228 to claim the Open 6/7 Championship.
Photo Courtesy of the NCHA

Necessity is the mother of invention, so when the 2020 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes was cancelled due to the COVID-19 shutdown, the Association got busy finding a solution.

While cutting is a fun recreation for many, for trainers, breeders and other professionals, it’s a livelihood. So the loss of a major show creates a big financial hole.

NCHA Director of Shows, Shianne Megel, said that the 2020 Super Stakes was the most discussed and researched topic the Association dealt with all year in 2020. After the 2020 cancellation, a portion of the Stallion and Foal funds were still available to be paid out to eligible horses.

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Trainer’s Corner – Geoffrey Sheehan – Weatherford, TX

October 5th, 2020 by Sophia Skeith

Geoffrey Sheehan

Total Earnings: $1,779,320

Geoffrey Sheehan grew up in Gundagai, New South Wales, Australia. At about 12 years old he started working for renowned trainer Graham Amos on school holidays. When Sheehan was 16, Graham Amos came to the States to compete in cutting. Sheehan decided that was his path too and continued working for him in America.

Amos was Sheehan’s main mentor, but he also credits other trainers for teaching him along the way such as John Mitchell, Roger Wagner, and Clint Allen to name a few.

“The first time I ever walked into Will Rogers I [thought] this is what I want to do,” Sheehan said.

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Kenny Platt Wins 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open Final!

April 21st, 2016 by CHTO

Watch Kenny Platt’s outstanding run in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open four-year-old Final!

Kenny dominated the field with an impressive 228 aboard Moms Stylish Player, some five and a half points ahead of the field. With this win, Kenny has now made it into the NCHA Rider’s Hall of Fame by surpassing the million dollar mark in earnings.

Moms Stylish Player is by Lizzys Gotta Player out of Moms Stylish Babe and has now won more than $100,000.

Kenny gave a great interview with CHTO following his win, however technology failed us and we are unable to bring it to you so please enjoy his run.

Grant Setnicka had a great run on Ichis My Choice to mark a 222.5 and claim the reserve championship while Geoffrey Sheehan placed third riding Cromed Out Cat with a 222.


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