High Brow CD x SDP Tapt Dancing x TR Dual) squeeked into the Futurity Open finals as the eighth qualifiers out of nine head with their 430 composite score. They then turned the heat up in the finals, scoring a 219 to capture the Open Championship.Cutters from surrounding states pulled into West Monroe, Louisiana, for the $110,000-added Cotton Stakes show, held Sept. 6-13 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center. Matt Budge and Madre Amore (
Budge, an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider, and Madre Amore, a mare bred and owned by Paul and Jackie Fahrenbach, of Weatherford, Texas, scored a 216.5 to tie for fifth and sixth in the first go, then marked a 213.5 in the second round.
Taking Reserve honors in the finals, with a 216 score, was Checks For Cats (Im Countin Checks x Charmed Cat x High Brow Cat), ridden by trainer James Payne. Checks For Cats, a mare bred by Melissa Deutscher, of Australia, and owned by Carole Wyatt, of Marietta, Oklahoma, was the early event leader – winning the first go with a 221 and the second round with a 218.
Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Dustin Adams, of Poolville, Texas, and Gin Is So Smooth got off to a slow start – placing third in the Futurity Non-Pro’s first go-round with a 210. They returned to the second and final go-round to up their score by 5 points to a 215. Their 425 composite score yielded them the Championship and a $3,000 check.
Gin Is So Smooth (Smooth As A Cat x Justa Ginnin Miss x Justa Swinging Peppy), a stallion bred by GS Cutting Horses LLC, of Grandview, Texas, is owned by Adams and his wife, Deena Adams. The stallion is the fourth money-earner out of Just Ginnin Miss, who earned $96,629 has offspring earnings of $350,662.
Gayle Karanges, of Arlington, Texas, and Dual Smart Dee Jay (Dual Smart Rey x Meradas Dee Jay x Freckles Merada), an EE Ranches Inc.-bred gelding, had a 424 composite score which yielded them the Reserve Championship and a $2,216 check. The pair won the first go with a 216 and placed second in the second round with a 208.
Derby Open & Non-Pro
The Shepard family – Austin and Stacy and their son, Cade – had three great reasons to celebrate following the Cotton Stakes. Austin, an Equi-Stat Elite $6 Million Rider, won the Derby Open riding One Catty Cupid (One Time Pepto x ARC Catty Dual x Dual Pep), a mare bred by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, of Weatherford, Texas, and owned by Joel Colgrove Sr., of Boligee, Alabama, with a 223.
Cade, 13, added two more Derby division championships – the Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited – to the family’s collection. Cade and Twistful Thinking (One Time Pepto x Some Kinda Twister x Freckles Fancy), a 4-year-old mare bred by Charlie Israel, of Birmingham, Alabama, and owned by Austin and Stacy, scored an impressive 222.5.
Madalyn Colgrove, of Boligee, Alabama, and Desires Champion Cat (High Brow Cat x Desire Some Freckles x Freckles Playboy), a stallion bred by Rockin S Ranch LLC, of Boligee, Alabama, were the Derby Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited reserve champions with a 220.
Classic Open & Non-Pro
Lil Jackson Cat and Equi-Stat Elite $7 Million Rider Lloyd Cox dominated the Classic Open go-rounds, winning the first with a 222.5. They added an exclamation point to their weekend efforts by scoring a 223.5 in the finals and taking home the win and $10,000 top prize. Lil Jackson Cat (High Brow CD x Monkey Talks Smart x Smart Mate) is a 5-year-old mare bred by Ken Jackson, of Hermann, Missouri, and is owned by Thomas and Natalie Hump, of Glenwood, New Mexico. Prior her Cotton Stakes victories, Lil Jackson Cat had a $60,447 Equi-Stat record.
Manytimes (One Time Pepto x Cats Twisted Whisker x High Brow Cat), a 6-year-old mare bred and owned by Waco Bend Ranch, of Graham, Texas, was ridden by Phil Rapp to the Open Reserve Championship with a finals score of 220.5. The pair tied for eighth and ninth in the first go-round.
Once again, Cade Shepard proved he is a force to be reckoned as he added two Classic co-championships – the Classic Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited – to his weekend show record. This time Shepard rode his parents’ 5-year-old gelding Some Kinda Highbrow (High Brow CD x Some Kinda Memories x Smart Little Lena), bred by the Shrontz Family Limited Partnership, of Beaumont, Texas, to a 221 finals score. Some Kinda Highbrow, whose Equi-Stat record was more than $174,800 coming into the Cotton Stakes, was credited with more than $8,000 in Cotton Stakes Classic earnings.
Tying Shepard for the co-championships was Tammy Jones and SDP Moms CD (High Brow CD x Playboys Mom x Freckles Playboy) a 5-year-old mare bred by Buffalo Ranch, of Fort Worth, Texas, and owned by The Over Forty Ranch, of Wichita Falls, Texas. Before competing in the Cotton Stakes, SDP Moms CD’s Equi-Stat record totaled more than $38,500.