National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Horse of the Year Junie Wood showed once again that she can wow the judges.On Valentine’s Day at the Bonanza Cutting in Glen Rose, Texas, reigning
With trainer John Mitchell in the saddle, the 5-year-old mare was last to work in the first set of cattle for the 5/6-Year-Old Open finals. The bar had been set high by Walton’s Rocking W Ranch’s 5-year-old Boon San Baby (Boon San x Stylish Baby Doll x SR Instant Choice), who marked a 224 with Jesse Lennox as the ninth to work.
Bred by Craig Crumpler and owned by Glade Knight, Junie Wood didn’t let wild cattle stand in her way of a win, marking a 225. The division began with 127 entries and was narrowed to 28 for the Saturday night finals. Junie Wood marked a 218 in the first go and a 217 in the second to advance to the finals.
“We were last in the first bunch and I knew that it was going to be tough with the cattle and everything else, but when you are in that position, you are forced to cut risky cattle or ones with more risk to them,” Mitchell said. “She’s just one of those special horses that can handle that. You try to win it. It’s amazing on a horse like her that is so quick and so smart. For years you show and you learn to win, but a lot of times you over try or over ride to win – sometimes it works but a lot of times it doesn’t. Even on this run it was amazing how the mare did it without being out of control or wild.”
Sired by Nitas Wood, Junie Wood is out of Tuffs Junie, making her a full sister to multiple aged-event champion and sire Woody Be Tuff, whose offspring include 2012 NCHA Futurity Open Co-Champion CR Tuff Hearted Cat.
Crumpler won the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro on Junie Wood in 2013, and the mare had earnings of $277,693 coming into the Bonanza.
Read more about the 2015 Bonanza Cutting in an upcoming issue of Quarter Horse News.