There was plenty of build up to the Non-Pro finals of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity. After weeks of waiting, the finalists finally got their time in the spotlight.
The competitors did not disappoint, and after just a few horses in the first set, big scores were already being laid down. The biggest of the night was marked by Chad Bushaw and Bittersweet (Metallic Cat x Miss Sea Rey x Dual Rey), who put together a smoking 225 for the Championship.
In addition to bragging rights, the pair earned a massive $61,162 paycheck. Those earnings pushed Bushaw’s Equi-Stat record to nearly $3.4 million.
Bushaw was thrilled with the result of the finals and more than anything was happy he was able to show off the talent of Bittersweet.
“I have had a really good feeling about this mare for a long time,” he said. “Most the year, and certainly in the last six months, I felt like she could be something that I have not got to show in a long time and maybe ever. I was looking forward to tonight. I knew I had a special horse, so I felt relief [coming out with the win].”
Brandon Westfall and Smooth Lil Cowtown (Smooth As A Cat x Sweet Lil Cowtown x Sweet Lil Pepto) earned a 221 to clinch the Reserve Championship and $52,105.
In the Unlimited Amateur finals, Rocky Davis was just hoping to have a clean run that would land him a top-five finish. But his simple strategy paid off in a big way.
Davis stayed focused and piloted Redneck Creyzy (Dual Rey x Xquizit Cat x High Brow Cat) to a 219.5 to clinch the Championship.
Those marks proved to be lucrative when the title brought a paycheck of $21,495, to boost Davis’ lifetime earnings to $165,888. The pair also picked up the gelding and senior championships.
“This is incredible,” Davis said with a smile on his face. “There is no feeling like that, and there is not much more you can say.”
A 219 earned Bella Michelle Anderson and Bobby Jack Cat (by Cats Quixote Jack) the Reserve title, worth $21,495.
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