Brazos Bash kicked off with an exciting set of finals on Sept. 28 in Weatherford, Texas, with 14 horse-and-rider teams competing for the Futurity Open Championship. The impressive lineup gave it their best shot, but it was Fancy Hughes and Kenny Platt who came out on top.The
Fancy Hughes and Platt, of Fort Lupton, Colo., who recently took the Idaho Futurity Open Championship just weeks before the Brazos Bash, came in hot to the finals after impressive first and second go-round efforts. They marked a score of 219 in the first go to co-lead along with Attamilliondollarcat and Craig Thompson, who won the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Championship shortly before Brazos. In the second go, Platt and Fancy Hughes marked a 217 to earn a composite score of 436 to take the second slot moving into the finals.
With Platt and Fancy Hughes’ recent success under their belts, the anticipation among the crowd was palpable as they walked to the herd 10th in the draw. After the first nine duos, there was still room to take over the lead, but Platt and the 3-year-old mare (Thomas E Hughes x Choice Jewels x SR Instant Choice) quickly changed that. Their impressive run was scored a 226, which was more than enough to take the Futurity Open title.
In Idaho, Platt and Fancy Hughes took home a paycheck worth $12,373 for their win. After their Brazos Bash victory, they garnered a grand total of $23,000 for owners Reed and Sheryl McClymont, of Holdrege, Neb., who made the trip to Texas in order to see their homebred mare show.
The Futurity Open Reserve Championship went to DMAC Spicy Spoon and Overbrook, Okla., trainer James Payne. The duo marked a score of 220 to earn $20,000. The 3-year-old mare (Hes A Peptospoonful x DMAC Kats Meow x Young Gun) was bred by David and Stacie McDavid, of Fort Worth, Texas, and is owned by Kathleen Moore, of Madill, Okla.
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