West Texas Futurity, held Aug. 10-18 in Amarillo, Texas. There were 17 teams competing for the Futurity Open Championship, but in the end, it was CR Too Catty and Tatum Rice who led the field and took home the title with a 220.It was a big night for 3 year olds at the
Rice, of Weatherford, Texas, had two horses competing in the finals. He marked a 216 on his first horse, Shes A Smokin Dually, owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, also of Weatherford. It all came down to the wire as he rode into the show pen for the second time aboard the Center Ranch-owned mare CR Too Catty (Cat T Masterson x Dually Lil Pep x Dual Pep), bred by Banawien Ranch of Little Rock, Ark. Despite a tough herd of cattle, Rice successfully showed the mare to a 220, only one point higher than Reserve Champions Dizzy Lizzy Girl and James Payne, to land the title. Rice’s win came with a hefty paycheck worth $14,000.
“This was my first time to win an Open cutting,” Rice said. “I won a cutting in the Non-Pro a long time ago, but I haven’t won anything in the Open. It was good. I’ve had pretty good horses this year and felt like I had a chance to win several times, and it hadn’t happened yet, so it was good to finally get that done.”
With a busy show season ahead of him, Rice said he believes the mare will only gain more successful momentum with each show.
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