Futurity Level 1 Open
Austin Roush took home the Futurity Level 1 Open title riding Shiney Chexy Chic to a score of 219, picking up $661.
Shiney Chexy Chic is by Shine Chic Shine and out of TH Great Big Chex (by MI Great Badger). The mare is owned by Roush’s grandfather, Robert Southerland.
Roush’s main goal for the SWRHA Futurity was to get his mare ready for the NRHA Futurity, and he felt he accomplished his goal in the process of claiming the Championship. Shiney Chexy Chic has a tendency to get frightened in the show pen, but Roush said during the finals, she showed without fear.
“I’m really happy with her. She showed good,” he said. “When I showed her in the first go she was really scared [in the middle], but today she was a lot better, so it gives me confidence showing her later on in her life.”
The Mega Mare Bonus, sponsored by Premier Equine Veterinary Services and Rancho Sereno, was created to honor Mega Maggie Mae and Cinco De Mega by rewarding $1,000 to the highest-scoring mare in the futurity. This year the incentive was claimed by Shes Got Good Guns (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x A Bueno Poco Dunit x Hollywood Dun It), who was ridden by Duane Latimer and is owned by Roxanne Koepsell.
“She’s just been a lot of fun to train; she’s a really good mare. She’s really consistent,” Latimer said. “I thought she was really good tonight [in the Futurity Open finals]. We maybe drew a little early for everything, but I thought she didn’t really make any mistakes.”
Shes Got Good Guns also won the custom Gist Buckle sponsored by the American Paint Horse Association for being the farthest advancing paint in the Futurity Open.
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