Julie Sandford and Metallicexpectations, aka "Spec," topped the PCCHA Futurity Amateur. • Photo by Molly Montag

Sandford And “Spec” Sparkle In PCCHA Derby Amateur

Several riders lost a cow during the day’s events, but Ken Schultz wasn’t worried about his run aboard TF Cats Remedy in the Derby Unlimited Amateur. They walked into the herd on Saturday, Oct. 14, and took the Championship with a 215.

“I was second, [so] I pretty much knew what cows I was going to cut and I knew the herd,” said Schultz, of Sacramento, California. “I have the best help this industry offers, so that’s where my support and my confidence really comes behind those folks that help me pick these cows.”

His help included Schultz’s trainer Morgan Cromer, who trained TF Cats Remedy (WR This Cats Smart x Classy Remedy x Tangys Classy Peppy) before he bought the 2013 mare last year. They immediately had some success, winning the 2016 El Rancho Futurity Unlimited Amateur shortly after the purchase.

Ken Schultz, of Sacramento, California, and TF Cats Remedy won the PCCHA Derby Unlimited Amateur. • Photo by Molly Montag

Nicknamed “Reba,” the mare will likely get the rest of this year off.

Schultz, who returned to cutting in 2013 after a 15-year break, was excited to have the chance to enter his Travelers’ Farm-bred mare in the Unlimited Amateur class. They earned $6,500 for the win, boosting her lifetime earnings to more than $50,000.

Schultz said he was shocked by the lucrative payout.

“They’ve added more money to it, and it’s great,” he said. “And, for me, I’m over 60, I’m 62, and it gives me something to go in and I don’t have to compete with all the non-pros – even though I do and I’m not afraid of them – but it is a nice class for me to go in.”

The Reserve Championship went to Margot Hazell and Hesa Riviera Cat, who marked a 214. Hazell, of Weatherford, Texas, and the 2013 son of Bet Hesa Cat out of AR Riviera Sunset (by Ill Be Smart) earned $5,372.

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