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6/7 Open Finals

Apr 19, 2021, 10:22 AM by Sally Harrison
Hiss N Vinegar and Sheehan mark a 228 for the Open championship

Hiss N Vinegar just the formula for 6/7 win

Hiss N Vinegar, ridden by Geoffrey Sheehan. Suzanne Sylvester photo.

Hiss N Vinegar LTE $227,674, a 6-year-old Dual Smart Rey daughter shown by Geoffrey Sheehan for Jeffrey and Jennifer Foland, Weatherford, Tex., scored 228 points in the finals of the 2021 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Open Super Stakes to claim the championship and winner’s purse of $22,981. Miss Lacey LTE $65,496, a 7-year-old Kit Kat Sugar daughter shown by Michael Cooper for Pattillo Cutting Horses, St. Elmo, Ill., scored 225 for the reserve championship. Steel Betty LTE $128,094, a 7-year-old Metallic Cat daughter, shown by Monty Buntin for Ravi Tumber, Winters, Calif., scored 223.5 points for third place and $17,738.

This is the second NCHA Super Stakes win for Hiss N Vinegar, who won the 4-Year-Old Open in 2019 under Phil Hanson, who had shown her to place seventh in the NCHA Futurity. Jennifer Foland, who has shown Hiss N Vinegar successfully in Non-Pro limited age events, also showed her on Friday, April 16, as a 6/7 Non-Pro finalist.

Hiss N Vinegar was bred by the Folands out of the High Brow Cat daughter Hissy Cat LTE $307,099, who was an NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes and Derby Open finalist under Darren Simpkins, and as an Amateur and Non-Pro finalist, including as 2008 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur champion, for Jennifer Foland. Hissy Cat is the dam of earners of over $1.2 million, including Hiss N Vinegar’s three-quarter brother Johnny Reyngo LTE $199,470, by Dual Rey.

Geoffrey Sheehan, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,608,447, is a 12-times NCHA Super Stakes finalist, including in 2016, when he placed third on 4-year-old Cromed Out Cat LTE $246,639, owned by Beechfork Ranch.

Miss Lacey has won three championships with Langston Pattillo, including the 2020 NCHA Non-Pro Classic/Challenge, the 2020 Bonanza Unlimited Amateur Classic, and the 2020 Brazos Bash Unlimited Amateur Classic. Bred by Jon and Traci Burgess, Miss Lacey is out of the unshown Smart Little Lena daughter Smart Gemolena, and is a half-sister to Im On A Safari LTE $205,416.

Michael Cooper, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $3.9 million, is a 12-times NCHA Super Stakes Open finalist.

Steel Betty was an impressive finalist in 2020, with a win and reserve under Monty Buntin in the 2020 El Rancho Futurity 5/6 Open and the Utah Futurity 5/6 Open.  She also carried her owner Ravi Tumber as champion of the PCCHA 5/6 Amateur Futurity, and the PCCHA Intermediate Amateur 5/6 Futurity.

Bred by Linda Holmes, Steel Betty is out of the Stylish Rey daughter Betty Greyble LTE $50,156, a half-sister out of High Brows Nurse LTE $134,445, dam of earners of $715,344, including Nurse Nellie LTE $156, 156, by Dual Rey, and Nurse Gary LTE $93,188, by Grays Starlight, both also producers of NCHA money earners.

Monty Buntin, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $1.5 million, won the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Limited Open aboard High Brow Jackson LTE $251,348, who he also showed as reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity Limited Open reserve champion.

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