Unlimited Amateur Competitors Colgrove & Milner Win Big At The Ike

BColgroveEditedBlakley ColgroveAt The Ike Derby and Classic, held Jan. 31-Feb. 7 in West Monroe, Louisiana, Unlimited Amateur competitors were the last to compete for their chance to take home prizes, and when it comes to winning, Blakley Colgrove knows how it’s done.

After earning the Augusta Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur Championship, Colgrove headed to West Monroe and earned another title. Colgrove piloted Wendels Grace (High Brow CD x MH San Tules Dually x San Tule Freckles) to a 216 in the seven-horse finals to earn the championship along with a $2,820 paycheck.

“It feels really good,” Colgrove said. “We bought her from Austin before the [2014 National Cutting Horse Association] Futurity. I showed her there and did pretty well on her and then I showed her at Augusta, and then I came here and she has been very good here.

“I went in and cut my first cow and it was really good and clean. I went back in and cut my second cow, which was good, then my third cow got a little fast, but it ended up good. I just wanted to go slow and to sit back in my saddle because Austin and all my helpers out there told me this a hundred times since I’ve been here, because I always duck down and lean forward, so I have to sit back,” Colgrove added with a smile.

Barnwell Ramsey piloted Mia Sugar Baby (Smart Sugar Badger x High Brow Tinker Mia x High Brow Hickory) to the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur Reserve Championship with a score of 208, and the Senior Unlimited Amateur Championship. The duo was the fourthr draw in the finals and earned a total of $3,464 for their performance.

5/6-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur

MJMilnerEditedMary Jo MilnerMary Jo Milner has found herself another championship horse. Cougarace (High Brow Cougar x MH Split The Aces x Freckles Doc Oak) and Milner teamed up well in West Monroe and are sure enough morphing into a top team. The duo marked a 221 and earned the 5/6-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur Championship and the Senior Unlimited Amateur, receiving a total paycheck worth $4,092.

“I’m just so exited to get to show him again! I didn’t do very well in the Non-Pro earlier and I didn’t know I was entered in this class and I was so excited,” said Milner of Southlake, Texas. “I’m trying to get with him, but it went very well.

“I was real excited about my last cow,” Milner continued. “It was a good cow and he just let me use him and [Cougarace] loves to stop, so that’s when he is really good is when that cow tries him. His grandmother is a mare that we owned and my husband, Jim, did very well on, and then gave her to our son and he did well on her. We are kind of excited that he’s in the family.”

Blakley Colgrove, of Boligee, Alabama, earned the 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Reserve Championship aboard Vespaa (CD Olena x My Scooters Smokin x Smart Lil Scoot). The duo drew ninth in the 12-horse finals where they scored a 217, and received a $2,482 paycheck. 

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