2023 NCHA NATIONAL CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS

Running concurrently with the NRR Cat King Cole Super Stakes, the 2023 National Circuit Championship made its debut in the Watt Arena from April 3 – 14, 2024. This event highlighted the local champions and reserve champions, plus the top ten in the 2023 year-end standings from 14 different circuits. Those who competed in Fort Worth entered the show pen with a clean slate and took part in a single go-round followed by a working finals.

Each champion received a trophy saddle donated by Steve Norris. Other placings received custom Cuttin Up Saddle pads, director’s chair, pocketknife, and more! Finalists in each class received a certificate to Tioga Territory for a National Circuit Championship finalist jacket.

Taking home the NCHA National Circuit Championship title in the $50,000 Amateur is Jan Dunham of Loomis California aboard Bohemiann Rhapsody.

Bohemiann Rhapsody is owned and shown by Dunham. In the $50,000 Amateur, Dunham showed Bohemiann Rhapsody to a score of 214. The pair will go home with $8,100.00 along with the coveted title of $50,000 Amateur Champion.

In the $5,000 Novice, Sonny Martin of Steelville, Missouri aboard BTR Stylish Rey ran away with the championship title.

BTR Stylish Rey is owned by Ronald Var Vera of Fredricktown, Missouri. In the $5,000 Novice, Martin showed BTR Stylish Rey to a score of 224. The pair will go home with an estimated $9,161.00, along with the coveted title of $5,000 Novice Champion.

Winning the $35,000 Non-Pro is Claire Sterling of Parma, Idaho aboard Hes A Hot Spots Cat.
Hes A Hot Spots Cat is owned and shown by Sterling. In the $35,000 Non-Pro, Sterling showed Hes A Hot Spots Cat to a score of 222. The pair will go home with an estimated $7,529.00, along with the coveted title of $35,000 Non-Pro Champion.

Congratulations to Brittany Overstreet of Kenansville, Florida aboard Kit Kat Sugar Daddy on their Unlimited Amateur championship at the 2024 NCHA National Circuit Championship.
Kit Kat Sugar Daddy is owned and shown by Overstreet. In the Unlimited Amateur, Overstreet showed Kit Kat Sugar Daddy to a score of 222. The pair will go home with an estimated $7,961.00, along with the coveted title of Unlimited Amateur Champion.

Kolby Moore of Williston, Florida aboard Smarrt Lil Pepto took home the $25,000 Novice championship title at the 2023 NCHA National Circuit Championship.
Smarrt Lil Pepto is owned by Erica Walton of Fort McCoy, Florida. In the $25,000 Novice, Moore showed Smarrt Lil Pepto to a score of 223. The pair will go home with an estimated $8,100.00along with the coveted title of $25,000 Novice Champion.

Congratulations to Bryce Karl of Longview, Alberta aboard Look Both Reys on their $2,000 Limited Rider championship at the 2023 NCHA National Circuit Championships.
Look Both Reys is owned by the Stampede Ranch. In the $2,000 Limit Rider, Karl showed Look Both Reys to a score of 219. The pair will go home with an estimated $8,211.00, along with the coveted title of $2,000 Limited Rider Champion.

Dean Holden of Marietta, Oklahoma aboard Walk Thru The Fire took home the championship title in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro.
Walk Thru The Fire is owned and shown by Dean Holden. In the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro, Holden showed Walk Thru The Fire to a score of 220. The pair will go home with an estimated $9,100.65along with the coveted title of $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Champion.

Coming all the way from La Spezia, Italy, Vittoria Antonini aboard Trendzetter showed up and showed out to take home the championship title in the $15,000 Amateur.
Trendzetter is owned by Silvia Viaggi. In the $15,000 Amateur, Antonini showed Trendzetter to a score of 223. The pair will go home with an estimated $8,284.00, along with the coveted title of $15,000 Amateur Champion.

A special congratulations to Kate Gaughan Banuelos of Las Vegas, Nevada aboard Queso Cat and Gavin Mesalam of Weatherford, Texas aboard Take It Eazee on their co-championship at the 2023 NCHA National Circuit Championships.

In the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro, both showed to a spectacular score of 223. Each pair will go home with an estimated $7,824.00, not including bonus incentives, along with the coveted title of $25,000 Novice Non-Pro Co-Champion.

Taking home the title in the Junior Youth is Isabella Bañuelos of Las Vegas, Nevada aboard Queso Cat.
Queso Cat is owned by Kate Gaughan Bañuelos of Las Vegas, Nevada. In the finals Bañuelos showed Queso Cat to a score of 216.5. The pair will take home an estimated $1,282.50 along with the coveted title of Junior Youth champion at the 2023 NCHA National Circuit Championships.

In the Senior Youth, Preslie Green of Perrin, Texas aboard Taliate secured the championship title.
Green is the owner and operator of Taliate. The pair scored a 222 in both the first round and the final round to earn an estimated $1,406.00 along with the coveted title of Senior Youth champion at the 2023 National Circuit Championships.

The Open champion crowned at the inaugural 2023 National Circuit Championships is none other than Monty Buntin of Lincoln, California aboard Dual Cat Pepto.
Dual Cat Pepto is owned by the Stryker Family Trust of Loomis, California. Buntin showed Dual Cat Pepto to a score of 221 in the finals. The pair will go home with $9,300.00 along with the coveted title of Open champion at the 2023 NCHA National Circuit Championships.

Taking home the championship title in the Non-Pro is William (Monty) Nix of Blackville, South Carolina aboard Reyl Metallic Rebel.
Reyl Metallic Rebel is owned by Madeline Nix of Blackville, South Carolina. Nix showed Reyl Metallic Rebel to a score of 221 in the final round. The pair will go home with an estimated $8,211.00 along with the coveted title of Non-Pro champion at the 2023 NCHA National Circuit Championships.

The National Circuit Championships would not be possible without the National Cutting Horse Association’s continued partnership with the following: Norris Cattle Company, Adams Tack, Kubota, PK Cutters, and Texas CHA.

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