Winning a title at an event like the Abilene Spectacular will make anyone’s day, but the victory was notably special for Coleta Manahan because she has been helping run the event for the past two decades.
As the show’s secretary, Manahan had a hectic schedule, but opted to enter the arena for the 4-Year-Old Amateur on her own Pretty N Platinum (Pretty Boy Cat x Playmates Emerald x Mates Special Guy) anyway. Putting aside time to compete in the event paid off for her, as she marked a 218 for the win.
The title in the division was worth $2,500 and brought Manahan’s lifetime earnings to nearly $18,000. The check also pushed Pretty N Platinum’s Equi-Stat record to $7,471.
The eventual Reserve Champions, Carson Pearson and Boon N Ichi (Cat Ichi x Pepto Flo x Peptoboonsmal), finished with a 216 and garnered $2,000 for their success.
Manahan feels connected to the Abilene Spectacular because of the long hours and tedious work it takes to put on a cutting event of that caliber.
“It takes about six months of the year to prepare and close out the Abilene Spectacular,” she said. “I’m glad I took the time to show here today.”
5/6-Year-Old Amateur results on page 2