Auspicious Cat, a 4-year-old stallion trained and ridden by Ed Dufurrena, 41, Gainesville, Texas, finished as the Reserve Champion with a 219.5 to earn $10,578. Auspicious Cat (High Brow Cat x Lenas O Lady x Peppy San Badger) and Dufurrena, 41, and a career winner of more than $500,000 as a cutter, also competed well in 2009 at aged events.
Dont Look Twice (High Brow Cat x Tapt Twice x Dual Pep), owned by Waco Bend Ranch, Graham, Texas, earned about $250,000 during a standout aged event campaign, but made time early in 2009 to qualify for the American Quarter Horse Association’s year-end showcase. Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Dont Look Twice’s breeders, frequently compete with horses they are connected with at the AQHA World Show.
“It’s a great show,” Phil Rapp said. “To win a World Championship title on a horse like this is something. It’s great exposure.”
The show provided a perfect ending to a storybook season for the horse and the rider, Waco Bend Ranch manager Ray Baldwin said. “She’s had a phenomenal year and Phil’s had an incredible year showing her,” Baldwin said. “She stepped up to the plate just about everywhere.”