Katie Young, Copper Cat Capture PCCHA Futurity Non-Pro

coppercat-katieyoungKatie Young and Copper CatKatie Young earned her second Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Futurity Non-Pro Championship in the past four years on Sunday in Paso Robles, Calif. In 2010, she rode For Instance to victory. This year, it was Copper Cat who carried her to a score of 222 and the $7,859 win. Both horses are trained by her father, Stan Fonsen.

Two days earlier, Young and the 6-year-old gelding For Instance placed fifth in the Classic Non-Pro with a 217 to earn $4,544. “Radar,” a homebred horse sired by SR Instant Choice, and out of the Travalena mare Travelin Tessie, ended his strong limited-age career on a good note.

Copper Cat is just getting started. By High Brow Cat, Copper Cat performed well with Young at three other events before heading to Paso Robles. The win there pushed his earnings to nearly $20,000. Texas trainer Grant Setnicka recommended the horse, and Young bought him in July of his 2-year-old season.

Fonsen, 70, is an accomplished trainer who retired in 2006 from working for anyone other than his daughter. Since then, he has continued to ride two or three horses a year. He and his wife, Marty, also assist their daughter at most shows. “She’s my No. 1 customer, and she’s the only one I’ve got now,” Fonsen said.

Young works as a deputy manager at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and lives in Sebastapool, Calif., with her husband, Brent. She only has time to compete at a few aged events each year, but she puts in lots of time and effort preparing for them. “She rides well and she keeps getting better and better. She works at it,” Fonsen said.

Young said she learns from her dad and has benefited from continued help from her mother, Marty. “We are a very good team, and we had a lot of fun this fall,” Young said. “Things have been really good for me.”

Jo Anne Carollo of Atascadero, Calif., and her Dual Rey gelding I Like It This Rey were the event’s Reserve Champions with a 218 to earn $7,282.

Duo From Down Under Finishes Successful Tour of Three States

Lindsey Wheatley and her well-traveled mare Dara TR Cocoas Preview (TR Dual Rey x Dara Cocas Preview) finished third in the Futurity Non-Pro with a 217. They also tied for third during Saturday’s Futurity Open finals with a 221, after winning Saturday’s $200,000 Limited Non-Pro title with a 218. They ended up earning a combined $31,256 at the show.

Wheatley, 29, is originally from Illinois. She married Australian trainer Aaron Wheatley and moved to his home country a couple of years ago. In June, Wheatley and Dara TR Cocoas Preview, a horse she trained herself, won the Non-Pro Championship at the Australian Futurity and placed fourth in the Open. The pair then traveled to America, making Open and Non-Pro finals at limited-age shows in Louisiana and Texas before heading to California.

It cost about $20,000 to bring her horse to America, Wheatley said, but the mare ended up earning a combined $66,599 during her three-state visit. “She paid her way here, definitely,” Wheatley said. She then added it’s likely that Dara TR Cocoas Preview will find a new home within the next week. Selling her was part of the plan, as it would take about $25,000 to return her to Australia.

“It definitely helped my cause, having a bit of success,” Wheatley said. “The biggest thing was I learned a lot. The success was icing on the cake.”

Show officials were pleased with the strong turnout at the 2013 PCCHA Futurity. The event attracted 961 entries and offered an overall $946,730 purse.