Gary Barker

Gary Barker Sweeps Unlimited Amateur at Arbuckle


4-Year-Old Amateur

Mike Townsend and his own Kittys Got Faith (Smooth As A Cat x Faith In Your Mate x Smart Mate) were the first draw of the 4-Year-Old Amateur finals, and they set the bar high when they marked a 219.

Al Larsen and Metallic Tassa came close to the pair when they received a 218, but Townsend’s 219 held up and earned him the Championship in the division, worth $1,661.

Townsend, who also competed Kittys Got Faith’s full sibling Faith In My Kat, was overjoyed with his experience at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity and felt blessed to be showing horses with such good work ethics.

“It has really been a dream weekend for me,” Townsend said. “My horses are as honest as the day is long, and I am really thankful for that.”   

5/6-Year-Old Amateur

The distance between Cody Erwin’s hometown of Vancouver, Washington, and Weatherford, Texas, where his mount Athenas Picasso (Athena Puddy Cat x Colonels Mate x Smart Mate) is in training with Grant Setnicka did not affect the outcome of the 5/6-Year-Old Amateur finals.

Erwin and “Pablo” marked a 218 to clinch the Championship title and a check for $2,681. The payday pushed the gelding’s lifetime earnings to more than $30,000, according to Equi-Stat.

“Grant has been training him, and he is just getting better and better,” Erwin said of his gelding. “We were really able to control the cows today, and it really worked out for us. We are really starting to jive, and it gives me confidence for the upcoming events.”

Reyly Plendl, of Kingsley, Iowa, and The Copenhagen Cat (High Brow Cat x Uno Del Rey x Smart Little Uno) took home the Reserve Championship and a check of $2,237 after marking a 217 as the fifth draw.

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