The Southern Cutting Futurity brought top cutting horses and riders to Jackson, Mississippi, Oct. 26-31 for a chance to collect big checks. Cade Shepard and Some Kinda Highbrow topped the Classic Non-Pro finals, also winning the Classic Limited Non-Pro.
The pair, who drew seventh, came into the finals with a go-round score of 217.5, but turned it up a few notches when they marked a 226. Earning a total of $10,058 for his wins, young Shepard surpassed the $200,000 milestone in lifetime earnings, according to Equi-Stat.
Shepard, of Summerdale, Alabama, felt like his draw played in his favor, saying, “We are usually first or last. I’m usually never in between, but it was pretty fun going right in the middle. Right after me, Cody [Hedlund] went and got second, and that was pretty cool to watch.”
Hedlund, of Lipan, Texas, followed Shepard’s performance and marked a 223 on Meteles Cat (Metallic Cat x Teles Lies x Lenas Telesis) to earn $7,500. Meteles Cat, who was bred by Hedlund’s father, Rock Hedlund, now boasts lifetime earnings of more than $265,000.
Prior to Shepard’s success on 5-year-old Some Kinda Highbrow (High Brow CD x Some Kinda Memories x Smart Little Lena), he (unofficially) earned his way into the National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame on Twistful Thinking (One Time Pepto x Some Kinda Twister x Freckles Fancy Twist), posting $82,526 to Equi-Stat on the mare this year.
“’Twistful’ is a little bit easier to get cows cut,” Shepard said when comparing mounts. “He’s [Some Kinda Highbrow] not as wound up and a little more lazy. She probably stops a little bit harder than him, but he does cooler stuff in the middle.”
Shepard admitted it was hard to choose which horse he preferred riding to the herd; however, he was quick to compliment both Some Kinda Highbrow and Twistful Thinking for making 2015 a season to remember.
“I will never have another year like this,” Shepard said. “It has been the most fun I’ve ever had.”
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