For the past quarter century, Ascencion Banuelos has been a competitor to be reckoned with on the National Cutting Horse Association aged event circuit.But at the NCHA Super Stakes on Saturday, it was his son, Adan, who rode into the spotlight.The younger Banuelos finished the Classic Open Division prelims with the highest aggregate score.Adan Baneulos and a stallion named Innovation Time, owned by Vincenzo Vario of Weatherford, turned in a two-ride score of 441. A field of 20 horses with scores of at least 434.5 advanced to the 5- and 6-year-old open finals, which are scheduled for Friday.Matt Miller and Look The Look, the duo who won the first round with a 222.5, qualified with a 440.5. They posted a 218 in Saturday’s second round.In other action, former Super Stakes champion rider Austin Shepard and Cats In Ya Dreams turned in a 219 in the first round, but they received a 0 in the second round. Shepard, however, advanced to the finals on Time To Hangem after finishing with a 434 (220 and 214).Death of a starNCHA members are mourning the death of former Futurity champion Spencer Harden.Harden, who died Thursday, and Allen Hamilton are the only two competitors who won both the non-pro and open division titles at the Futurity, the sport’s most prestigious show that traditionally runs each December in Fort Worth.Harden won the Futurity non-pro titles in 1972 (aboard Pecos Billie), 1975 (Wee Darlin) and in 1982 (Jazabell Quixote). He snared the 1989 open division title atop July Jazz.Tarleton winning bigWith only three of the 10 scheduled regular-season shows remaining for competitors in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region, the Tarleton State men and women are ranked No. 1 in the team standings.For the men, Tarleton has 4,015 points and Odessa College is ranked No. 2 with 2,886. In the women’s race, Tarleton has 2,160 and No. 2 Texas Tech has 1,303.The top two teams from the region will advance to the June 9-15 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., after the regular season concludes on April 20 with the Tarleton Rodeo in Stephenville.Hill College thrivingHill College’s men’s team also is on pace to qualify for the Casper-based CNFR.With only two of the 10 scheduled regular season shows remaining for NIRA Southern Region competitors, Hill College is ranked No. 2 in the men’s team standings with 2,600.5 points, 368.25 ahead of No. 3 McNeese State. Sam Houston State is No. 1 with 3,223.Hedeman event setThe 21st Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge is scheduled for 8 p.m. April 6 at Cowtown Coliseum. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com or at the coliseum’s box office at 817-625-1025.