West Texas Futurity, held Aug. 10-18 in Amarillo, Texas, came to a close, Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Carl Gerwien and WS Shortyote still had something to prove in the show pen. Despite being the last to team to ride into the herd, their final run in the Futurity Non-Pro topped all competitors for the Championship.As the last day of the
The Nanton, Alberta, Canada resident rode into the arena aboard 3-year-old mare WS Shortyote (Smart Peppy Ote x Shorty Jay Lena x Shorty Lena), owned and bred by Willow Spring Ranch. With only one set of cattle, they were the last of 10 teams to go. They made a run to score a 215.5 for a two-go composite of 431, which earned them the Futurity Non-Pro title and a check for $7,000.
The Futurity Non-Pro Reserve went to John East of Linn, Texas, and homebred Cee Deez Freckles (Mr Peppys Freckles x CD Dulce Bar 001 x CD Olena). The duo marked a 218 for a two-go composite of 428 worth $5,000.
The Derby Amateur title was shared between two competitors who shared a finals score of 216. Michelle Sly Laughlin of Coopersburg, Pa., marked a 218 in the first go with her 2009 gelding MK Smooth Texas (Smooth As A Cat x Meradas Chiq Oak x Meradas Money Talks), bred by the Gene McKown Living Trust of Norman Okla.
Erica Banuelos of Boerne, Texas, shared the Championship riding Cat Diesel (One Time Pepto x Cats Glamour Girl x High Brow Cat), owned by Tiffani Banuelos, also of Boerne, and bred by Dave and Georgia Husby of Delta, British Columbia, Canada. Both riders earned a check for $1,449.
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