The Cattlemen’s Derby Non-Pro finals was the first of five finals held Mar. 13. It took a 215 to make it into the finals, and the competition was fierce.
Tough cattle took several exhibitors out of the running for first place, but Weatherford, Texas-based Greg Coalson managed to have a stellar run early. His mare Bets On Bathsheba (by Bet Hesa Cat) controlled her cows well, marking a 224 from the second hole to win the Championship.
“I had a really good draw, that’s so important,” Coalson said. “Sometimes you can draw deep at some places, especially with a little bit older horses or at Fort Worth. But if you draw deep at certain places on a 4-year-old, it’s tough. Luckily I got a good draw [today and] yesterday on her and luckily executed everything good. I didn’t just waste my draw.”
Coalson showed Bets On Bathsheba’s dam, Spring Dual (by Dual Pep), in 2006 to earnings of $36,083 until she was injured at the end of her 4-year-old year. With the $7,250 check he and his mare picked up for the win, Bets On Bathsheba’s Equi-Stat record ($28,408) is quickly approaching her dam’s lifetime earnings.
Armando Costa Neto, also of Weatherford, and 2015 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Non-Pro Champion Watch Me Whip (Playgun x Look The Look x High Brow Cat) marked the second-highest score, a 217.5. The duo banked $6,250 for the Reserve Championship. The mare was bred by Fazenda Barrinha Corporation.
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