Tammy Jo Hays and husband, Shawn, were busy throughout the SRCHA Pre-Futurity. Shawn showed six horses in the Futurity Open, and Hays showed two in the Futurity Non-Pro. Their hard work paid off, though, when Shawn took second in the Futurity Open, and Hays placed first in the Futurity Non-Pro with Hat Six Keep Sparkin and second with Metallic Sparks.
Hat Six Keep Sparkin was bred by Hays’ parents, Walter and Jocelyn Greeman.
“My parents raised him,” Hays said. “He’s out of their ranch stock, and he’s really special that way. They’ve owned the grandmother, great granddam, all the way back. He’s a Dual Spark, and they raised him and sent him. He’s like family.”
The gelding is out of Hat Six Little Paws (by Peptos Stylish Oak). In the herd work, he and Hays marked a 143 to place sixth. Their 145.5 in the rein work placed them third. In the cow work, a 148 gave them a composite 436.5, elevating them to the top. The Championship was worth $1,248.
Metallic Sparks (Metallic Cat x Shine Smartly x Shining Spark) garnered $1,040 for Reserve. The stallion marked a composite 435.5 (144.5 herd/147 rein/144 cow).
Miss Scarlets Cat and Myles Brown topped the Intermediate Non-Pro and the Novice Non-Pro with their composite score of 434.5 (146 herd/147 rein/141.5 cow). Brown and his mare (Metallic Cat x Bee Miss Scarlet x Lenas Busy Bee) took home $736, plus another $832 for third place in the Non-Pro.
Dejonna Casselman-Haneline and Oh Cays Last Cat won the Amateur Championship, worth $345, with their composite 419 (142 herd/135.5 rein/141.5 cow). Oh Cays Last Cat is a stallion by High Brow Cat and out of the Oh Cay Quixote mare Oh Cay With Me.
Rounding out the Futurity Non-Pro champions were Carrie Volmer and Mister Boonbastic (Smart Boons x Lil Pretty Richochet x Smart Lil Ricochet), who won the Non-Pro Limited Championship. The duo’s composite 424.5 (143 herd/136.5 rein/145 boxing) earned them a $500 check.