In the Amateur finals the cattle proved to be a bit fresh, which added a degree of difficulty to clinching the title. Kaden Rutherford’s plan to have a clean and accurate run paid off for him when he marked a 215 on Fantastic One (Fantastic Cat x Star G Peptonita x Peptotime).
That score was strong enough to hold up for the Championship, and the pair took home $6,650 for their efforts. Rutherford, of Fort Worth, Texas, now boasts lifetime earnings of $45,421, while the Jim See-bred gelding had his Equi-Stat record elevated to $11,869.
“I just wanted to have a good, clean run,” Rutherford said. “The horse was really good on the second and third cow. I was just happy to get through it.”
Rick Thompson and his stallion Smooth Lil Operator (Smooth As A Cat x Stylish In Stockings x Peptoboonsmal) marked a 214 for the Reserve Championship, worth $6,372. Glenn and Debbie Drake, of Napa, California, bred Smooth Lil Operator.
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