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Lee Francois – His Time To Shine!

August 23rd, 2018 by Simone Cobb
Lee Francois & The Animal

Lee Francois & The Animal

He made the Open Derby Final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular on 3 different horses, but Lee Francois still seems to find time to minister to the needs of others. The pro trainer you see is also a pastor and it’s something he loves to be able to do together.

He inspired the crowd with his sublime 228 run on The Animal to win the Derby Championship. An emotional Lee said it has
been a roller coaster year since the pair was Reserve Futurity Champions, making this victory all the sweeter.

“It’s always a blessing to win something here. You got your family with you and they go through the hard times too. It just feels good. It’s great, you know to ride a great horse. You grow up dreaming about these moments when we’re kids and to have that kind of horse, it makes all the hard times worth it, we’re just a blessed family,” said Lee.

Lee and Holly Francois

Lee and Holly Francois celebrate his win

The Animal sustained a hoof injury following the Futurity which put him out of action for a time.
“He had a quarter crack after the Futurity and that hindered us a lot so it was mainly just getting that healed up. I got to give Pete May some praise for getting that horse healed up and taking care of him so we got that fixed and now he’s back 100%,” Lee said.

Lee faced immense pressure in the finals, going to the herd 3 times. He gave recognition to his wife, Holly for her support.
“It was a struggle. I know Holly, she was tired of putting up with me all day you know cause of nerves and trying to figure out how to handle it,” he joked. “But you know, you just take it one run at a time, one cow at a time.”

It’s the same philosophy Lee applies to his ministry work, serving one person at a time. For people who live on the road, hauling from one horse show to another, there’s not too many chances to catch a church service. So Lee brings it to the cutters.

Lee Francois baptizing Sadie with his wife Holly

Lee Francois baptizing Sadie with his wife Holly

After a full day of showing at the recent Breeder’s Invitational in Tulsa, OK, Lee even performed a Baptism behind the stalls.
A young non pro rider, Sadie Marie Watkins had attended Lee’s service that morning before the show began and asked him to baptize her that day. So once competition was over, he rounded up a horse trough, cleaned it up and filled it with water. A crowd gathered at the stalls to lend their support and Lee did the honors.

A video of the baptism was put on Facebook which to date has been seen by almost 14,000 people. “Thank you to the Francois family and all who participate in horses how ministries to allow the Lord to work thru you for victories like this one!” said Gita Crane, one of the many voices celebrating the event.

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Jim Vangilder Clinches Ltd NP Derby at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 4th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Jim Vangilder snagged his second major victory of the year after clinching first place in the Limited Non Pro Derby Final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular.
Jim and Take It Eazee marked a 220 to take the lead over Reserve Champion Lauren Minshall on CR Sister Tuff with a 218.
Jim told CHTO’s Simone Cobb the horse made it easy having only just showed him for the first time at the Summer Spectacular.

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Justin Chalmers Wins Ltd Open Derby at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 2nd, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Justin Chalmers has put his stamp on the Limited Open Derby Final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular taking out the title two years running.
Justin rode Reystylin Smooth to mark a 2220.5, ahead of Reserve Champion Kevin Walden on Couture De Force who scored 219.
Justin told CHTO”s Simone Cobb he’s feeling confident going into the open Derby Semi finals on the horse that he trained.

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Isidro Sigala Clinches Unltd. Am Derby At 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 27th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Isidro Sigala was proudly flying the flag for Venezuela after winning the Unlimited Amateur Derby Championship at the 2018 Summer Spectacular.

Issy rode Safari Smooth Cat to mark 216.5 in a tough final ahead of Reserve Champion Russ De Cordova on Lucille Russell with a 215.5.

Issy told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he’s the third Venezuelan to win at the Will Rogers recently following David Taurel’s win at the Futurity in December last year and Nelson Vivas’s victory at the Super Stakes in April.

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Langston Pattillo Snaps Up Amateur CL/CH Final at 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 27th, 2018 by Simone Cobb
Langston Pattillo dominated the Amateur Classic Challenge final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular to take his second title in the Will Rogers Coliseum.
The 16-year-old looked like a pro aboard High Stylin CD to mark 223, two points ahead of Taylor Worley on Blitzkat.
Langston told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he has a special relationship with his horse.

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Cash Carpenter Claims 2018 Amateur Derby at Summer Spectacular

July 27th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Cash Carpenter was over the moon with his win in the Will Rogers when he took out the Amateur Derby title at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

The 17-year-old rode Iggy Katzalea to mark a 218, edging out Kristin Spencer Morias on Wherever I May Roan by half a point.

Cash told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he named his horse after one of his favorite singers Iggy Azalea.

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Steve Anderson Dominates Non Pro Classic Final at 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 23rd, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Steve Anderson made it two for two when he won the Non Pro Classic Challenge Final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Steve dominated the final aboard Littlemak to mark a 223, five points ahead of Reserve Champion, Carol Anderson Ward on Crafty With Cows.

The pair won the same event at the Super Stakes in April. Steve told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he’s having a blast showing such a great horse.

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Terry Hollis Wins 2018 Summer Spectacular Ltd Open Classic Challenge

July 18th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Terry Hollis surpassed the $600,000 mark in earnings with his victory in the Limited Open Classic Challenge at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Terry marked a 222 aboard Isabella Rey to win the final by two points ahead of Glynn Whitman on Reyvinmetallicat.

Terry told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he was thrilled with the win especially for the horse’s owner, Paul Thompson.

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Austin Shepard Claims the Derby Crown at the 2017 Summer Spectacular

August 9th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Austin Shepard was a man with a purpose when he came out last in the final to lay down the most exciting run of the Open Derby at the 2017 Summer Spectacular.
Austin had the crowd on the edge of their seats as he and Sir Long Legs shut down one cow after another to mark a 229! Reserve Champion, Matt Miller had been holding the lead at 224 on Metallic Smart Cat until Austin crossed the timeline.
He told CHTO’s Simone Cobb his first Derby Championship in the Will Rogers felt very special.


Paula Woods Takes Out Non Pro Derby at 2017 Summer Spectacular

August 9th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

No Stranger to winning, Paula Woods from Stephenville, TX, claimed another victory when she took out the Non Pro Derby at the 2017 Summer Spectacular.
Paul scored a 219.5 aboard Suen Too Be Black and pocketed more than $18,500.
She told CHTO’s Simone Cobb she’s often spontaneous in the herd but this time was glad she decided to cut to plan instead!


Cole Rothwell Crowned Ltd. Non Pro Derby Champion at 2017 Summer Spectacular

August 6th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

You could say Cole Rothwell was victorious in his own Game Of Thrones when he was crowned Limited Non-Pro Derby Champion at the 2017 NCHA Summer Spectacular.
Cole rode Khaleesi Cat and marked 221 to defeat the field by 3.5 points. Khaleesi Cat, (named in reference to the hugely popular TV show referred to above) was sired by Jazarell Cat out of Bobbie Boonsmal.
Cole told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he was excited about his first victory since taking a five year break from cutting.

Reserve champion went to Lica Pinkston who Stylish Top Brow and scored 217.5.


Justin Chalmers Runs Away With Ltd. Open Derby Championship at 2017 Summer Spectacular

August 2nd, 2017 by Simone Cobb

He came, he cut, he conquered! Justin Chalmers owned the Limited Open Derby Final in the 2017 NCHA Summer Spectacular.
He rode HC Herd Boss to lay down an exciting 225, some 6 points ahead of second place!

The horse is owned by Eddie and Barbara Young and is bby Herding Cats out of Chinosa Rey.
Justin told CHTO’s Simone Cobb, he was excited about winning his first ever final at the Will Rogers.

Reserve went to Brett McGlothlin on Somethingtobelievein with a 219.


Madison Flynn Claims 2017 NCHYA Junior Scholarship Cutting

July 29th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Madison Flynn from Weatherford, TX dominated the 2017 NCHYA Junior Scholarship Cutting in Forth Worth.
The 11 year old marked a 223 on Cat Man Blue in the final, after posting her best score yet in the go round of 226.
Maddie spoke to CHTO’s Ruby Cobb about how she followed her dad Sean Flynn’s advice to not mess up!


Katherine Vanboekel Wins Unltd Amateur Classic at 2017 Summer Spectacular

July 29th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Hauling all the way from Ontario, Canada, Katherine Vanboekel conquered the Unlimited Amateur Classic Final at the 2017 Summer Spectacular.
Katherine clinched first place aboard Wendels Little Missy scoring a 221, then came seventh on Sweet EE motion with a 215.5. She took home almost $21,000 for her efforts.
She told CHTO’s Simone Cobb that her first win in a Triple Crown event was a dream come true.

Jimmy Baros from Blanco, TX won the Reserve Championship on Two Time Dual with 218.


Ryann Packard Wins 2017 NYCHA Junior Youth World Championship

July 29th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

After a tough year of hauling and competition, Ryann Packard from Sun City, KS, made it all worthwhile when she claimed the 2017 NYCHA Junior Youth World Finals at the Summer Spectacular.

Ryann, who came into the event with a 14 point lead, rode Sir Stylish Lizzy to mark 211 in the final and claim the championship.

Things didn’t always go her way in the go rounds, scoring 199 and 200.

She told CHTO’s Ruby Cobb that she had a lot of fun throughout youth week.

Reserve champion was Faith Farris who rode Quite The Fat Cat and finished the year 11 points behind Ryann.


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