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Elseware and Lee Francois Win Cotton Stakes Futurity Open

Elseware LeeFrancoisSydneyRowlandBethRichardCarneyLee Francois, SydneyRowland, Elseware, and owners Beth and RichardCarneyRidden by Lee Francois, Elseware is off to a great start after securing $11,000 and her second large check within less than 30 days as the Cotton Stakes Classic Futurity Open Champion.

On Aug. 16, the pair finished third in the West Texas Futurity Open, marking a 216 to earn $10, 500. They followed up that effort with a lead draw 219 on Thursday, Sept. 12 in West Monroe, La. That’s a total of $21,500 earned at her first two shows by the 3-year-old High Brow CD mare, who is out of Readytoware, by Peptoboonsmal.

Bred by Ware Farms, of Millsap, Texas, Elseware changed hands twice in her first two years. Current owners Richard and Beth Carney, of Kemp, Texas, bought the mare out of the first session at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western Bloodstock Preferred Breeders Sale in Fort Worth, Texas, last December.

“When we watched her, she just had that look, so I really just tried to buy her,” said Richard Carney, who ended up paying $13,500 for the then late 2-year-old.

Francois, a cutting trainer based in Murchison, Texas, said he’s glad the couple sent the mare to him. “She moves well, she’s mature and she reads the cows well,” Francois said.

Francois and Elseware are likely to compete again later this month during the Brazos Bash cutting in Weatherford, Texas.

Cotton Stakes Classic Futurity Open Reserve Champion Funny Boon and Casey Green, of Weatherford, Texas, picked up $9,000 with a final-go 217. Rose Valley Ranch, of Weatherford, Teas, bred and owns the mare, who is sired by Boon Too Suen and out of Kits Funny Face, by Kit Dual.

The Cotton Stakes continues through Sunday with Non-Pro and Amateur events.