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In the Past: Greener Pastures

InthePast LadyEldoradoCassandraCody BLQHLady El Dorado (left) and Cassandra Cody carried Bob Loomis to two of his six NRHA Futurity Open championships. • QHN File Photo courtesy of Bob Loomis

Lady El Dorado (Doc’s El Dorado x Birthday’s Lady x Poco Birthday), a 1975 mare owned by Darryl and Arlene Keener, of Olmitz, Kansas, was ridden by Bob Loomis to win the 1978 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open, which rewarded them with a $12,645 check. The pair went on to win the Quarterama Reining Maturity in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as well as several Open reinings.

Although Loomis said he had ridden horses that may have possessed more talent, he said “Lady” gave 110 percent in the show pen, a quality Loomis said would beat a horse with more talent but less try. The mare went on to produce eight money-earners with total earnings of $88,016. Topsail Whiz sired her top two money-earners: El Dorado Whiz, with $28,097, and Elite Eldorado, with $23,636.

In 1979, Loomis returned to the NRHA Futurity winner’s circle, this time mounted on Cassandra Cody (Joe Cody x Dudes Baby Doll x Blondy’s Dude), bred by American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Hall of Fame inductee Tom Fuller from Willow Brook Farms in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania. When Loomis first spotted the filly as a yearling in 1977, he said he thought she was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen.

Before winning the NRHA Futurity Open title, the mare had accumulated AQHA points in halter and Junior Pleasure. Loomis later purchased Cassandra Cody from Fuller. The mare produced seven money-earners with total earnings of $35,040. Her No. 1 money-earner was Celtic Brigade, by Mr Melody Jac, with earnings of $19,842.

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