The winner’s circle at the National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular is a familiar place for Alice Walton.
Over the past 16 years, Walton, daughter of the late Walmart founder Sam Walton, has owned six championship horses.
The latest was Boon San Spoon with rider Jesse Lennox. The duo clinched the Classic/Challenge open division title after turning in a score of 225 on Friday at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
Walton, who owns a ranch near Millsap, earned $30,584 for the victory.
Walton said Boon San Spoon thrived on her determination, intelligence and athleticism.
“She has a heart bigger than Dallas,” Walton said. “She’s super, super cow smart. She’s such a powerful mare and she’s so sound — she’s never taken a lame step in her life. She’s never been sore, and that’s hard to believe for a horse who does what she does.”
Walton’s first Summer Spectacular victory came in 2000, when rider/trainer Eddie Flynn clinched the Derby open title aboard BR Instant Replay. Flynn also won the Derby open title in 2006 on Stylish Baby Doll.
Flynn and Boon San Kitty clinched the Classic/Challenge open titles in 2005 and 2006, and Lennox tied for first in the 2013 Classic Challenge Limited open division title race aboard Sally Cats Hot.
The 2015 Summer Spectacular runs through Aug. 1. The show will conclude with the Derby finals, which is the third jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series.
Crawley riding tough
After missing out on the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last year, Stephenville saddle bronc rider Sterling Crawley is on pace to earn a berth this season.
Crawley moved a step closer to qualifying for the NFR by winning the renowned California Rodeo Salinas last weekend in Salinas, Calif. He finished No. 1 in the title race after turning in a two-ride score of 164.
Crawley won the first round in Salinas with a score of 84 aboard a Rafter G Rodeo Co bronc named Sundance. When the title was at stake in Sunday’s final round, Crawley clinched the victory with an 80-point ride aboard a bronc named Rounder — owned by the Four Star Rodeo Co.
Crawley earned $7,288 for winning the Salinas title. He is ranked 15th in the world title race with $39,297 in regular-season earnings.
In order to qualify for the Dec. 3-12 NFR in Las Vegas, Crawley must finish in the top 15 when the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s regular season concludes Sept. 30. Crawley qualified for the NFR in 2012 and 2013.
At the 100th Snake River Stampede last weekend in Nampa, Idaho, 21-time PRCA world champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur pocketed $8,654 after tying for third in tie-down roping.
Brazile also pocketed $4,933 in Salinas to bring his weekend total to $13,587. He is ranked No. 1 in the 2015 world all-around race with $138,552 — $62,834 ahead of second-ranked Tuf Cooper.
Stockyards rodeo update
Two Mineral Wells competitors won titles last weekend at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo.
Amanda Buster-O’Brien won Friday night’s barrel racing title with a time of 14.57 seconds at Cowtown Coliseum. Brady Barron won the tie-down roping crown Saturday night with a 10.38.