The All American Quarter Horse Congress Cutting Futurity, Derby and Classic concluded on Oct. 5 in Columbus, Ohio. Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Randy Chartier had a great day, winning both the Derby and Classic Open.
Chartier’s first win came with Wild Haired Suzanna (Wild Haired Cat x Smartest Little Sue x Smartest Little Pep) in the Derby Open, where the duo marked a 222 and earned $5,972. This win has boosted her Equi-Stat lifetime earnings to $6,722.
The 2010 mare, bred by Jay Novacek’s Upper 84 Ranch, of Joshua, Texas and owned by Bower Trading Inc., of Lafayette, Ind., was a Non-Pro finalist at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern National Championships with James Bower riding.
Collierville, Tenn. resident and Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Zeke Entz captured the Derby Open Reserve Championship aboard Ichi Bitty Chula (Cat Ichi x Kool Chul x Chula Dual). The duo marked a 221 and earned a check for $4,403. Ichi Bitty Chula and owner Rebecca Lenderman, of Sikeston, Missouri, previously finished fifth in the Derby Amateur at the Cotton Stakes in September.
Randy Chartier earned his second win of the day aboard Blu Light Special (Light N Lena x Playboy Special Copy x Freckles Playboy), owned by Dan Agnew, of Lapeer, Mich. A finals score of 222 secured the Classic Open Championship and a check for $8,117. The Marine City, Mich., rider won last year’s Classic Open and has lifetime earnings of $1,085,833. Blu Light Special now boasts an Equi-Stat record of $15,151.
Reyz Me Twice (Dual Smart Rey x Tapt Twice x Dual Pep) carried Kevin Walden, of Summerfield, N.C., to the Classic Open Reserve title. This horse-and-rider team marked a 221 and earned a check for $5,877. The 2009 mare, owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses, of Conway, S.C., has lifetime earnings of $17,651 and is the leading money-earner out of her dam, Tapt Twice.
Cory Deel piloted two horses in the Futurity Open finals, but it was Cat Royale (Royal Fletch x Haidas Little Cat x Haidas Little Pep) who carried him to the win. Deel, of Alto, Ga., and Cat Royale marked a 214.5, earning a check for $4,748.
“I drew up last on her, the cattle were really tough, and I just tried to show smart and get through it. She’s a really really big-stopping horse,” said Deel. “She really listens to me a whole lot and she takes on a cow extremely well. She lets me ride her when I need to.”
Prior to Congress, Deel had lifetime earnings of $9,760. The 3-year-old mare was bred by Kit and Charlie Moncrief, of Aledo, Texas. Cat Royale is owned by Jarrett and Shannon Callahan, of McConnells, S.C., who also own the Futurity Open Reserve Co-Champion, Cats Dual Jazz.
Deel rode Cats Dual Jazz (Cats Dual Olena x Jigging Jazzy x Dual Jazz) in the finals to mark a 214, just a half-point point shy of the winning run. The 2011 stallion, bred and owned by the Callahan’s, earned a check for $3,324.
Pepanito Boon (Peeka Pep x Benitos Freckles x Benitos Pearl), owned by Bruce Gibbs, of Clayton, Ind., carried Andrew Larsen, of Danville, Ind., to a Futurity Open Reserve Co-Championship title. They marked a 214 and secured a check for $3,324.
“It’s pretty nice,” Deel said of finishing first and tying for second in the finals. “I didn’t think in a million years it would happen, but it worked out.”
The Futurity Non-Pro finals were the last aged event of the day. Winning the title was Bret Parsons aboard Chics R Neat (Neat Little Cat x Smart Aggie Chic x Smart Chic Olena), owned by Panther Creek Ranch, of Cognerville, Ill. The Goodfield, Ill., rider piloted the gelding to mark a 208, winning by a staggering 20-point margin. The Futurity Non-Pro Champion title also carried a check for $2,956. This win boosted Parsons lifetime earnings to $244,368.
The Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Championship went to David Patee and his mare, Hals My Daddy (Halreycious x XY Zee x High Brow Cat), bred by Jimmy Kemp Jr., of Cisco, Texas. The duo scored a 188 in the finals and took home a check for $850. Patee has prior earnings of $13,942.
Bret Parsons rode his homebred stallion Wild Black Cat (Wild Haired Cat x Fancy This Mate x Smart Mate) to the Derby Non-Pro Championship, marking a 221 and grabbing a check for $4,215. Wild Black Cat is the third money-earner out of Fancy This Mate, who has also produced Shez Bossy, an earner of $5,621, and Tashas Wild Child, an earner of $3,482.
Lauren Chartier, of Weatherford, Texas, captured the Derby Non-Pro Reserve Championship on her 2010 mare Ironn Butterfly (Just Playin Smart x Smart Cat Moria x High Brow Cat). Their score of 218 earned a $3,523 paycheck. The duo recently took home $18,056 after placing fifth in the Derby Non-Pro at the NCHA Super Stakes. Their Congress prize money will be added to Chartier’s lifetime earnings of $466,348.
Pam Foster, of Brock, Texas, rode her homebred stallion Swiss Boy (CD Lights x Swiss Girl x Lenas Jewel Bars) to win the Classic Non-Pro Championship, worth $4,887. The duo scored a 220, winning by a three and one-half-point margin. This Congress check almost matches Foster’s lifetime earnings of $4,904. “Pistol” now has earnings of $4,473.
Drawing up second in the finals allowed Foster to cut the cows she wanted and it ultimately paid off. “I was really able to drive my cows out, which is really important in that arena because it’s not very big,” explained Foster. “My horse was really good. He’s very, very smart. This is probably the fourth time I’ve showed him, so I was proud of him.”
Securing the Classic Non-Pro Reserve title was Chartier and her homebred gelding Spoonful Of Tears (Hes A Peptospoonful x Widows Tears x Widows Freckles). Marking a 216.5 in the finals earned them a check for $3,625. The duo recently placed fourth in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro and added $13,130 to their 2014 earnings of $26,840. Spoonful Of Tears has lifetime earnings of nearly $65,000, according to Equi-Stat.