At the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, held Nov. 20-Dec. 13 in Fort Worth, Texas, 174 horse-and-rider teams competed in the Rios of Mercedes Futurity Amateur first go-round, hoping to advance to the finals and become the 2014 Futurity Amateur Champion. After the dust settled, it was 13-year-old Blakley Colgrove, of Boligee, Alabama, and Paradox Cat (High Brow Cat x Thimblerey x Dual Pep), who took the title.
As the second bunch of cattle settled for the 16 remaining horses in the 32-contestant Futurity Amateur finals, Colgrove was getting prepared to enter the arena as draw 17. When she left the herd, she and Paradox Cat, bred by MJ and Sue Christensen, of Waterloo, Nebraska, marked a sweet 222, giving them a 5-point lead on their competitors, which held to the end.
The duo garnered $5,856 for their performance. This win brings Colgrove’s lifetime earnings to $199,170, with more than $137,000 earned in 2014 alone.
Norm Podesky, of Stephenville, Texas, and Heza One Time Mover (One Time Pepto x Sheza CD Mover x CD Olena) won the Reserve Championship with a score of 217, and earned a $5,717 paycheck for their performance.