Some unique prizes were available for the winner of the 2017 El Rancho Futurity Open Champions. -- Photo courtesy of El Rancho Futurity & Foothill Fiesta.

Cindy Lou Blue Takes The El Rancho Futurity Open Championship

Cindy Lou Blue launched her show career into orbit with the El Rancho Futurity Open Championship. California horseman Andrew Coates and the 2014 daughter of High Brow Cat, owned by Coyote Rock Ranch, won with a 221. The Reserve Championship went to Good Lookin Metallic and Grant Setnicka, who marked a 216.5.

Cindy Lou Blue’s mother, Swingin Star Pepto, is a daughter of Peptoboonsmal who won $210,588 in the cutting pen. Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Mary Ann Rapp rode the mare to her biggest payday, a $46,318 check for placing seventh in the 2007 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Non-Pro.

The mare bred by Dean Sanders, of Anderson, Texas, also won the 2009 Bonanza Cutting Classic Non-Pro Championship and was Reserve in the Cotton Stakes Derby Non-Pro, among other placings.

Cindy Lou Blue picked up $12,500 for the win, adding to her dam’s already impressive produce record. Swingin Star Pepto’s foals had already earned $306,852, led by Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Summer Derby Open Reserve Champion What About Blue (by High Brow CD).

El Rancho Futurity Reserve Champion Good Lookin Metallic (Metallic Cat x SDP The Right Look x Lots of Acres) earned $11,093 for owner Robert Thigpen, Jr., of Chilton, Texas. He now has roughly $13,000 in career earnings.

Derby Non-Pro

Lindy Ashlock swept the top two spots in the Derby Non-Pro, winning the Championship with In Reyverse and earning Reserve with Catin Safari.

Ashlock, of Abilene, Texas, took the top spot with a 436 (219/217) in a pencil finals. In Reyverse is a 2013 gelding by Dual Rey out of Havanna Lights (by CD Lights).

The $5,800 first-place check pushed Ashlock’s gelding’s Equi-Stat record to more than $90,000. He was bred by Double Dove Ranch, of Fort Worth, Texas.

Reserve Champion Catin Safari (Cats Moonshine x Safari Belle x Little Safari Badger) now has earnings of more than $46,000. Also owned by Ashlock, the 2013 gelding was bred by Tommy and Jan Merryman, of Baird, Texas. He and Ashlock’s composite score totaled 431.5 (217/214.5).

Classic Non-Pro

In a talented bunch of cutters, Tracey Woodward and Stylish Look Bella took the Classic Non-Pro Championship with a 222.

Woodward, of Los Alamos, California, and Marvin and Paulette Teixeira’s mare (Dual Smart Rey x Stylishious x Docs Stylish Oak) earned $6,500 for the win. Earlier in the day, they also made the Mercuria Non-Pro finals.

Bred by Bishop Ranch, of Mullin, Texas, Stylish Look Bella now has lifetime earnings of more than $65,000.

Classic Non-Pro Reserve Champions Elizabeth Quirk and Kattalyst (Metallic Cat x Hotness x Spots Hot) marked a 217 and earned $5,500. Owned by Ten/27 Ranch, the 2012 mare bred by Fults Ranch Ltd., of Amarillo, Texas, now has career earnings of nearly $90,000, according to Equi-Stat.

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