A 3-year-old stallion named Cataduala and Canadian trainer Gerry Hansma claimed the Wrangler Cutting Futurity Open title and $16,928 on Oct. 19, near the end of the Oct. 16-20 Calgary Stampede limited-age event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Bred and owned by Calgary resident Heather Hudson, Catadual is sired by Dually Cat and out of the Smart Little Baggins mare Justa Bag Of Tricks. Two other horses ridden by Hansma placed third and 14th in the Classic Open finals to earn checks totaling $5,831. The brother of longtime Weatherford, Texas-based trainers Paul and Winston Hansma has competed as a cutter since 1984. Hansma has earned more than $1.3 million as a rider, according to Equi-Stat records.
This Cats Max and Dustin Gonnett of Cayley, Alberta, Can., won the Derby Open finals with a 220 to earn $7,169. Doug Wiens of Chilliwac, British Columbia, Can., owns the homebred 2009 gelding, sired by WR This Cats Smart and out of PF Docs Med, by Peppy Formula. PF Docs Med is a horse Wiens competed with often at many smaller shows. At this event, Wiens and This Cats Max also made the Derby Non-Pro finals, where they finished ninth to earn another $1,489.
Five-year-old mare Didges Smart Kitty (WR This Cats Smart x Didgeridually x Dual Pep) and Brian Anderson of Idaho Falls, Idaho, won the Classic Open finals with a show-best 223.5 to earn $7,834. Jim and Dianne Schaeffer, of Paul, Idaho, own the horse. She sailed past the $50,000 mark in career earnings thanks to the win. Anderson has competed exclusively with the mare since her 3-year-old season and the same pair won the Classic Open finals at August’s Big Sky Futurity in Montana.
Darcy Geherman of Wembley, Alberta, Can., and Resyd A Little Cat won the Futurity Non-Pro finals with a 215 to earn $7,233. Breeder and owner Roxy Kinnaman of Olympia, Wash., and Scratchin Cat topped the Derby Non-Pro finals with a 219 to earn $6,401. Matthew Anderson of Sturgeon County, Alberta, Can., and Reys Of Moonshine won the Classic Non-Pro event with a 219 finish to earn $9,445.
Reys Of Moonshine (Cats Moonshine x Farra Rey x Dual Rey), a 5-year-old gelding, headed to event with $7,892 earned, according to Equi-Stat records. Scratchin Cat (Cat Ichi x Haijez x Haidas Little Pep) earned $9,780 as a 3-year-old, and made last fall’s Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Futurity Open finals with trainer Josh Sleeman. He had not picked up a big check this year until competing in Calgary.