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Dont Look Twice, Rapp Win AQHA Junior Cutting World Championship

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Dont Look Twice and Phil Rapp
Dont Look Twice, a 4-year-old mare who made finals at all 13 aged events she competed at in 2009 while winning five and finishing second in the NCHA Horse of the Year race, teamed with trainer Phil Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, to mark a 222 on Nov. 17 as they won a Junior Cutting World Championship and $13,222 at the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City.

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.”