The 25th annual Abilene Spectcular Cutting kicks off next week, Jan. 4-10 at the Taylor County Fairgrounds in Abilene, Texas. Ten years ago, at the 2007 Abilene Spectacular, Copaspepto and Tag Rice (pictured) scored a 225 to win the 4-Year-Old Open Championship and a $51,057 paycheck.
Copaspepto’s sire, Peptoboonsmal, who was ridden by Gary Bellenfant to win the 1995 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Championship, has lifetime cutting earnings of $180,487. Bellenfant also successfully showed Copaspepto’s dam, Miss Martini Play. They were the 2000 Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open Reserve Champions, and later that year, they won the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Cutting Stakes Open Championship. Miss Martini Play has career earnings totaling more than $94,342.
Just a month prior to the 2007 Abilene Spectacular, Copaspepto and Rice had placed ninth in the 2006 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open finals, which rewarded them with an $82,446 paycheck. In addition to the victory in Abilene, Rice and the 2003 gelding, bred by L Contractrs Inc./Casino Copa 2, of Abbeville, Louisiana, added multiple championship titles to their show records in 2007: the Ike Derby Open Championship, a tie for the NCHA Super Stakes Open Championship and the 4-Year-Old Open championships at the Brazos Bash and the Southern Cutting Futurity. Copaspepto’s lifetime earnings total $476,232.
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