Barbara Brooks and Smash Mouse brought everything they had in the Unlimited Amateur and topped the 35-horse finals with a 220.As the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity draws to a close, the action hasn’t slowed down.
The win was worth $9,170, which brought Brooks’ Equi-Stat record to $346,745. Brooks, who was the 2014 NCHA President, enjoyed every minute of her winning run.
“I don’t think I have ever had that much fun on one before,” said Brooks, who qualified for the finals on the bubble, with a 212 in the semifinals. Their 216.5 tied for the fourth-highest score in the first go.
Smash Mouse (Cat A Rey x Boonbay Smash x Peptoboonsmal) is owned and bred by Brooks’ Painted Springs Farm, of Nashville, Tennessee. He is a half-brother to Boonbay Cat (by High Brow Cat), an earner of $34,169, Boonbay Rey ($2,784, by Dual Rey) and Boorey ($2,444, by TR Dual Rey). Boonbay Smash was an Open Semifinalist at the 2004 NCHA Futurity under Brad Mitchell, and earned $127,452 in her career.
Carol Ward, of Rancho Murieta, California, and Lil Lou Rey (Dual Rey x Lil Dulce Lu x Dulces Smart Lena) took the Unlimited Amateur Reserve Championship with a 218, worth $8,948. Ward showed Lil Lou Rey’s dam, Lil Dulce Lu, to part of her $229,164 in lifetime earnings. Lil Lou Rey is the first money-earner on the mare’s Equi-Stat offspring record.
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