Spectators filed into the Tri-State Exposition Arena on Saturday night for the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting, which was held in conjunction with the West Texas Futurity. The Open riders were up first, and they did not disappoint. At the end of the night, Glitter Done picked up her second consecutive Mercuria Open title with Adan Banuelos in the saddle.
The duo had marked a 227 in the go-round and then came back to mark a 226 from the first draw for the Championship. Their efforts were worth $7,025, which brings Glitter Done’s (Dual Smart Rey x Tinsels Cat Lady x High Brow Cat) lifetime earnings to more than $21,000.
Back in June, Banuelos and Sue Hearst’s 8-year-old mare topped the Mercuria Open at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Core Balance Derby, as well.
“This mare, she sat around for awhile and we broke her out to go to Vegas, and now here we are again,” Banuelos said following his win.
Mary Jo Milner’s Little Pepto Cat (High Brow Cat x Little Pepto Gal x Peptoboonsmal) and Cullen Chartier took home the Reserve title and $6,264.
SS Blacks Lil Kitty did double-duty during the Mercuria finals. First, owner Julie Jarma showed the mare in the Non-Pro, and then Lloyd Cox showed her in the Open. From draw No. 9, Jarma and “Maggie” (Blue Bayou Boon x Show Biz Kitty x High Brow Cat) marked a 227, winning the Championship and a check for $7,956.
Last December, the duo topped the NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown In Cowtown Non-Pro. Jarma’s Equi-Stat record surpassed the $465,000 mark, and Maggie has earned more than $170,000 in the cutting pen. Unfortunately, Cox and Maggie had some tough luck during their Open run, but Jarma was excited about the outcome of the evening.
“I cut all the cows we were supposed to cut,” Jarma said. “I’m excited and relieved to get through a run in the finals.”
Two horse-and-rider teams tied for the Reserve Championship. Kaitlyn Wimberly and Sir Stylish Lizzy (Lizzys Gotta Player x Stylish Sharon x Docs Stylish Oak) and April Widman and Woodys Baby (Nitas Wood x You N Me Baby x Smart Mate) both marked 221s and took home $6,392 each.
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