Marco Sacchetti of Italy has his daughter to thank for his championship in the 2013 NCHA Futurity Amateur. Sacchetti hadn’t been around horses until about 10 years ago when he took his daughter for a riding lesson and saw a rider working a cutting horse on a flag. Saccetti was hooked on the sport, and on Dec. 9, he rode Puddy Lil Puppy to a 219 victory in the Amateur finals.
Puddy Lil Puppy, a colt by Althena Puddy Cat and out of the Smart N Slick mare Puppy Breath, and Sacchetti were third to work in the second set.
“I was lucky that the second bunch of cattle seemed better than the first.” Sacchetti said. “The first cow that I cut wasn’t the best, but the second and third cows were great. I have an intelligent horse, and that helped me a lot.”
Allison Barker, of Texarkana, Texas, had never competed on Pure Hal, a colt by Halreycious and out of the High Brow Cat mare Etickets Cat, but she made her first competition count as she followed Sacchetti in the finals and marked a 216 to become the reserve champion.
“I rode aggressive for the first time,” Barker said. “I haven’t ridden him aggressive since we’ve been here but it paid off. This is my first Futurity, and I ended up being reserve. I’m really pleased.”
John Lindsey, of Olympia, Washington, was the Senior Amateur Champion aboard Cuttin Checks, a gelding by Im Countin Checks out of the Smooth As A Cat mare Bling Bling Bling.