Idaho Futurity, but two Open horse-and-rider teams surpassed the difficult competition.
On Sept. 1 in Nampa, Idaho, One Time Choice, by One Time Pepto, carried Chubby Turner to a 228 from the fifth draw in a nine-horse finals. The performance brought the crowd to their feet and earned the duo a check for $8,423. One Time Choice is owned by J Five Horse Ranch, of Weatherford, Texas.
Dont Look Twice (High Brow Cat x Tapt Twice x Dual Pep) walked to the herd two draws later with Phil Rapp aboard. Cutting’s all-time leading mare and all-time leading rider matched the 228 to share the Championship.
Rapp, also of Weatherford, indicated that his goal for the Waco Bend Ranch-owned mare is to make the NCHA’s Top 15 in Open World standings, and from there, he will keep showing her until “she says she’s done.”
Teles Bout This Cat and Cody Hedlund won the Mercuria Non-Pro with an impressive 225. The mare (WR This Cats Smart x Teles Lies x Lenas Telesis) and her Weatherford, Texas-based owner earned $11,242 for their efforts.
“Gidget” has succeeded all over the country and earned several limited-age and any-age titles, including 2011 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year. Hedlund says he has a baby out of the mare, but plans to continue showing her as long as she stays sound and keeps enjoying it.
Julie Jarma piloted SS Blacks Lil Kitty to a 222 for the Reserve Championship and a check worth $8,831.