Hall of Fame Rider Gary Bellenfant earned two championships, and a place in the history books with his victory on Metallic Rey Mink in the 2019 Great American Insurance NCHA Futurity presented by the North Texas Chevy Dealers on December 15 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Bellenfant is the oldest rider ever to win an NCHA Triple Crown Open finals, and he also collected the Senior Championship. Along with his NCHA Futurity win on Peptoboonsmal in 1995, he set a record for the longest span between championships in Triple Crown events.
At 69, Bellenfant is the oldest rider to ever win the NCHA Open Futurity. He is also one of just nine Open riders to have won the 58-year-old event more than once. In 1995, Bellenfant scored 225 points for his first Futurity win, showing Peptoboonsmal
Bellenfant showed as an NCHA Futurity finalist for the first time in 1978, when he was 28, riding the Doc Bar daughter Docs Linda. Since then, Bellenfant has been a finalist 12 times and a semi-finalist 30 times
Twice In Santiago, sired by Once In A Blu Boon, and owned and bred by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., placed as Reserve Champion with 223 points under Adan Banuelos. Hot Whittle Kitty, by Hottish, and Pipe Bomb Dream, by Metallic Cat, tied with 220 points for third, shown by Cookie Banuelos, for Paula Gaughn, Las Vegas, Nev., and Geoffrey Sheehan, for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., respectively.
Shehady Shines In Unlimited Amateur
Traci Shehady of Poolville, Texas, marked 217.5 for a half-point win in the McAlister Assets Unlimited Amateur finals at the Great American Insurance NCHA Futurity presented by North Texas Chevy Dealers in Fort Worth on December 13.
Reagan Glenn of Paso Robles, California scored 217 for the Reserve Championship. while Bridget Trenary of Nashville, Tennessee, placed third with 216.5.
Reserve champion Reagan Glenn showed Catalic, a Metallic Cat daughter, bred by Beechfork Ranch out of Justasassycat, by High Brow Cat. Earlier in the show, Glenn also showed Catalic as a Limited Non-Pro Finalist and an Amateur Semi-Finalist.
Catalic’s dam, Justasassycat, a Super Stakes Open finalist under Phil Hanson and a daughter of $1.9 million producer Autumn Boon, also produced Fore Ever Smooth, an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist last year with Kyle Manion.
Glenn, the Junior Youth champion at the 2018 Pacific Coast Futurity, won the 5/6-year-old Limited Amateur title at this year’s Pacific Coast Derby. Glenn brought career earnings of $35,805 to the Futurity, and added more than $31,000 to her total at the show.
In third place, Bridget Trenary marked 216.5 on Ametallicmanda, a Metallic Cat x Stylish Amanda mare bred by Mama’s Ranch.
Westfall and Galyean Co-Champions of NCHA Non-Pro Futurity
Brandon Westfall, Weatherford, Tex., aboard I Reckon So, by Kit Kat Sugar, and Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., showing Coureygous, by Dual Rey, tied with 222 points on Friday, Dec., 13, to become co-champions of the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity; each earned $52,672. Westfall also claimed the reserve championship and $37,726 with 218.5 points on Desires One And Only, by One Time Pepto.
This will be the second year for 19-year-old Brandon to ride in NCHA Futurity Open competition. His first Futurity check came in 2014, when he qualified for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals.
Coureygous is a Dual Rey daughter out of 2005 NCHA Futurity Open winner Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690, by High Brow Cat.