It was a dream come true for Nelson Vivas who claimed victory in the 2018 Super Stakes Amateur Derby Championship. Nelson, who’s only been cutting for 3 years, rode Futurity Champion Playboy is Smooth to mark a 216 to win. He told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he’s only had 3 rides on his horse and immediately gelled with him. Reserve Champion, John Rockey secured his spot with a 214.5 on Dureyngo Kid.
Robert Masterson honored the memory of his father after he shared first place in the 2017 NCHA Amateur Futurity Championship.
Robert, from Guthrie, TX marked a 215 aboard Little Guy Cat, a score matched by David Taurel.
He told CHTO’s Simone Cobb Little Guy Cat was his Father’s horse which made the win extremely special.
Meanwhile, seven horses later in the first set tough cows and the pressure of a Futurity final failed to get the better of David Taurel.
David, from Whitesboro, TX, rode Playboy Is Smooth to meet Robert Masterson’s score of 215.
The Co-Champion told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he was looking forward to a run off to decide first, but was happy to win a coin toss that saw him take home a horse trailer.
The two winners both took home more than $17,500 in prize money. Third place went to Bella Anderson who rode Bobby Jack Cat and marked a 212.5.