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American Paint Horse Catsalena Shines at Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby/Classic Challenge

Catslena stood a cut above the competition at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby Classic/Challenge March 13–18 in Paso Robles, California.

Catsalena outranked competitors in the cutting field at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby Classic/Challenge March 13–18, 2012 in Paso Robles, California.

Catsalena, a 2007 bay overo gelding, shined at the 2012 Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby Classic/Challenge event in Paso Robles, California. Photo by Midge Ames.

The 5-year-old bay overo gelding picked up a trio of honors for owner Martin Pelcyger of Pleasant Cove Stables, Inc. of Tucson, Arizona.

Ridden by David Costello, Catsalena scored a 220 to lead the field of competitors in the Classic/Challenge Open division. In the $10,000 Novice class, the pair placed first, winning $2,127 for the title. Within the same class, Catsalena finished second place in the Open Classic/Challenge Gelding finals, earning an additional $1,256.50. David and Catsalena then capped off their earnings with a $6,568 check for placing third in the Open Classic/Challenge finals.

Catsalena is by Cats Merada (QH) and out of Dotsalena. Bred by Patricia Bello of Creston, California, Catsalena is owned by Pleasant Cove Stables Inc. of Tucson, Arizona.

The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association’s Derby Classic/Challenge featured more than $100,000 in added money and offered lucrative classes for both open and non-pro competitors.

About APHA
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), the international breed registry for the American Paint Horse, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves over 58,000 active youth and adult members around the world.