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Trainer’s Corner: James Payne

July 5th, 2019 by Sophia Skeith

From Overbook, Oklahoma, James Payne has been operating his ranch and training for the public out of his own facility since 2008. After a long line of training reining horses for Dick Piper, he eventually fell in love with the cutting industry with the help of the Pipers and the spectacular horse Playgun!

Payne’s persistent attitude is what drives him to continue his hard work ethic in the pen. No-one would ride more horses every day than this gritty trainer. His primary training philosophy is to, “Be there everyday and grind, with a lot of repetition,”.

This is evident in his impressive results. James has been a multi NCHA Futurity Finalist, as well the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Reserve Champion, the 2012 and 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Champion, 2018 NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Classic CHAMPION riding PG Heavily Armed and the 2018 NCHA OPEN WORLD FINALS AGGREGATE CHAMPION on PG HEAVILY ARMED, to name some of many titles.
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James Payne Wins Third Classic Challenge Title at 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 22nd, 2018 by Simone Cobb

James Payne proved he owns the Classic Challenge Championship after notching up his third such title at the 2018 Summer Spectacular.

He rode PG Heavily Armed, to blow past the competition and mark a 229!

James told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he specially wanted to thank his wife Nadine who is a large part of his success.

Reserve champion was Matt Miller aboard Metallic Smart Cat who scored 224.

PG Heavily Armed, a Playgun out of Not Quite An Acre, has now won more than $178,000 and is owned by Michael and Brenda Armstrong from Marietta, OK.

The pair picked up $18,639 for their win. James Payne has now earned over $2.8-million.

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Tatum Rice Victorious in 2017 Super Stakes Open, Making History

April 16th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Tatum Rice made history last night when he won the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes open final.

All three generations of the Rice family have now won at least one major title in the famed Will Rogers coliseum. You could easily say the Rices are cutting’s most successful family in the sport.

Tatum rode Hashtags and marked a 220 that couldn’t be beaten.

Tatum told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he had a good feeling coming into the final.

Tatum took home just over $74,ooo for the win, taking his lifetime earnings to more than $1.43-million.

It was a close contest with Clay Johnson clinching Reserve just half a point behind on Melting Snow. James Payne came in third with Hot Revolver on a 219.


Morgan Cromer Wins 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic!

April 3rd, 2016 by CHTO

Californian cutters were celebrating last night after Morgan Cromer’s victory in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic final at Fort Worth, Tx.

Morgan rode Maid of Metal and marked a 223 after being second out in the first herd.

Overjoyed with her win, it was Morgan’s first major title in the famed Will Rogers Coliseum, where she picked up almost $65,000 for the win.

Maid of Metal, a 5-yr-old by Metallic Cat, is owned by Judy Siebel, (also from California) and has now won more than $100,000.

Morgan, who recently earned the nickname, California Chrome, had two other horses make it to the finals, Little Dirty Deeds and TF High Chex CD, with her total earnings for the night coming to approximately $82,000.

She told CHTO’s Simone Cobb she was climbing the fence with nerves when watching the rest of the competitors, especially when John Mitchell put in a strong performance 3rd from last on CR Tuff Lucy.

John Mitchell and CR Tuff Lucy placed second just behind Morgan with a 222.5, while James Payne came in third on Cherry Peppers, scoring 220.5.

In just three months this year, Morgan’s earnings have totaled around $180,000. She says she plans to continue that momentum.

It was a full field of 29 competitors, with total prize money just shy of $465,000. The winner pocketed an extra $25,000 thanks to sponsor Alvin Fults, who owns the sire Metallic Cat. Both final winners of the Super Stakes thus far have been by Metallic Cat.


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