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Defending champions Lindy Burch and Louellas Cat marked 227 for a 3-point win over Matt Budge and Arc Ruby Playgunia in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at El Rancho Futurity on September 14.

Louellas Cat, by High Brow Cat out of Louella Again, is owned by Oxbow Ranch. Earlier in the show, she finished third in the Open Classic Challenge. That, along with her $9,386 Mercuria paycheck, took her lifetime earnings over $232,000.

The Mercuria money will also move Louellas Cat into the Top 10 in the 2013 NCHA World Standings.

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2013 Sr. Youth Scholarship Cutting

Trea Rice marked a 226 in the Senior Youth Scholarship finals aboard CR Sun Reys to take the championship. “She’s just awesome,” said Rice, 15, of her mount, CR Sun Reys, owned by Center Ranch.

2013 Jr. Youth Scholarship Cutting

Lance Cooper marked a 225 on A Little Bossy to take the Junior Youth Scholarship Finals. Cooper, 12, steadied his nerves by remembering to stay focused, and was buoyed by the memory of his 223-point ride on A Little Bossy in the 2012 Junior Youth go-round.

2013 Derby Open

Buzzted, winner of the Semi-Finals with 220 points, and an Open Gelding finalist, scored 225 points Saturday to claim the NCHA Open Derby championship.

2013 Derby Non-Pro

Kevin Murray, 21, a University of Denver finance major, made his trip to the Summer Spectacular count. Riding Travelin Smooth, Murray won Saturday night’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro with 221 points.

2013 Derby Limited Non-Pro

Kevin Murray won Friday night’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited riding Travelin Smooth with 220 points. This is Kevin’s first major limited aged event victory.

2013 Derby John Deere Open

Cullen Chartier and DMAC Spoonbill commanded an eleventh hour win with 221.5 points in Tuesday’s John Deere Open Limited Finals.

2013 Derby Gelding Open

Smooth Strategy, shown by Phil Hanson for Kyle Manion, the 20th to work in the 22-horse finals, took the Gelding Open finals with 224 points.

2013 Classic Challenge Non-Pro

“I really wanted to do well on her, this being her last run in here,” said Brandon Dufurrena, following his 223-point win aboard six-year-old Nievas, by Cats Merada, in the Classic Challenge Non-Pro.

2013 Derby Gelding Non-Pro

Glenn Barlow, a fourth generation rancher from Gillette, Wyo., claimed an eleventh hour victory on homebred Mr Connerey with a 223-point performance, as the last rider in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Gelding Finals.