The Idaho Cutting Horse Association (ICHA) Futurity and Aged Event wrapped up Thursday, Sept. 3, and it was a busy day full of finals for non-pros and amateurs alike. In the Futurity Non-Pro, Lach Perks and his homebred Gracious Halreycious came out on top, marking a 215. The duo was the last draw of a 4-horse finals, and none of the pairs before them had been able to put together a clean run.
“Today’s run was interesting because everybody in front of me had some problems, so it was really a matter of not making a mistake,” Perks said. “My horse is known for that; he’s a real solid horse and always there for me.”
“Hal” (Halreycious x Lola Starlight x Grays Starlight) received the Reserve Championship in the Futurity Open with Neil Roger earlier in the week, and Perks was proud of the 3-year-old, who earned a total of $15,473 including the $5,673 check for the Championship.
From the first draw, Armando Costa Neto and Doin My Time did their best, but they lost their first cow. Neto continued the run, however, and scored a 196, which was good enough for the Reserve Championship and a $3,500 check. Doin My Time (One Time Pepto x Smart Lil Boonie x Smart Little Lena) is owned by Barrinha LLC, of Weatherford, Texas, and was bred by Carlos Da Silva, of Stephenville, Texas.
After watching his dad, Greg Smith, settle cows for the Derby Non-Pro finals, Kade Smith rode his mare Hay U to the Championship. The duo scored a 225, eight points higher than Reserve Champions Gary Barker and Kitkat’s score of 217.
Smith’s father bred the mare, and the Smiths owned her up until she turned 3 years old. A client of Lloyd Cox bought her and showed her, then Kade was able to buy her back about three weeks ago, just in time for the the Mane Event in Las Vegas.
“Now I have a really, really exceptional show horse,” Smith said. “She’s just a little horse, but she’s got so much reach to her. When she does pick up her front end, she can cover a lot of ground in just one easy glide.”