"DELTA FLYER WINS
Kenny Patterson is shown in
these photographs with Delta Flyer, winner of the NCHA Super Stakes held
during May in Fort Worth, Texas.
Those two horses tied for second place with scores of 218 1/2.
Claiming a leading position
from the beginning, Delta Flyer opened his scoring with a 220. In
the semi-finals, Delta Flyer tallied 2121/2.
Patterson cut three cows in the finals. According to Delta Flyer's trainer, that performance was the best the horse had ever turned in during a show.
Delta Flyer had been shown only four times prior to the Super Stakes, winning approximately $1,500. According to Patterson, the stallion performed well at home but didn't reach his competitive peak until the Super Stakes.
Delta Flyer's dam is Delta -- one of the first horses Patterson rode in cutting competition. The only Paint mare ever named to the NCHA Hall of Fame, Delta was second in the NCHA World Championships in 1973 and Patterson rode her to fifth place in the 1977 Top Ten NCHA standings.
Patterson found out in 1984 that country-western singer Lynn
Anderson wanted to sell Delta, he and Moore negotiated to
purchase Delta, Delta Flyer and a half-brother to Delta Flyer.
Flyer's achievement at the Super Stakes is a milestone event for the
American Paint Horse Association, according to Association President, Bill
Ridden by Kenny Patterson of Madisonville, Texas, for owner Floyd Moore of
Huntsville, Texas, Delta Flyer scored 2201/2
in the finals, edging out
Miss Silver Pistol and Especials Quixote.
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