After 10 years riding cutting horses, Valleyview, Alberta, Canada, native Rocky Davis has found his saddle mate in Redneck Creyzy. The 4-year-old gelding dominated in the Will Rogers Coliseum for the second time April 11 at the Lucas Oil National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes. He also took the Unlimited Amateur title in the 2017 NCHA Futurity.
Marking a 222 early in the first set, Davis believed his score would hold.
“I thought there was a fairly good chance it would hold, but you never know,” he said. “There were a lot of good horses, with 40 horses in the finals. There were so many good, good horses and good riders in this class.”
Davis acquired Redneck Creyzy (Dual Rey x Xquizit Cat x High Brow Cat), bred by Carroll’s Cutting LLC, of Dennis, Texas, from Skip Queen shortly after the 2016 NCHA Futurity upon the advice of his trainer, Salvador Cabral. But after his success as a 3-year-old, the gelding suffered an injury.
“He had a bit of a tough winter this year,” Davis explained. “Salvador showed him some and had a little bit of luck with him, then we took him to The Ike and he had a ham string injury there. We got him ready for the Bonanza, thinking he was OK, but he aggravated it again, and he’s been off ever since.”
After some rehabilitative therapy, the bright bay came back as if nothing had happened.
“We brought him back just four days before the Super Stakes, and we worked him really light, just following the cow, and he was into it,” Davis said. “He just took it right back up and you’d never know he hadn’t been on a cow for that long. He went right to doing his job.”
Redneck Creyzy continued to show his skills with Davis during the Unlimited Amateur finals, as they beat their winning Futurity score (219.5) by nearly 3 points. One of the few riders who managed to work from the center of the playing field with any success, Davis acknowledged the first cow made him nervous.
“The first cow was a little bit juicier than what we predicted, but he had a handle on it. I knew he could do it,” he described. “The second cow was a bit softer to give him a little breather, and the third cow was a nice finish.
“I was so happy with it, so happy to get the horse shown. I did my part. He definitely did his. Win, lose or draw, the horse was great, and I didn’t let the horse down. That’s what really matters.”
The pair took home $13,232 for the Unlimited Amateur win, along with checks for topping the Gelding and Senior classes, bringing Redneck Creyzy’s lifetime earnings to more than $80,000 and pushing Davis’ Equi-Stat record to past the $220,000 mark.
Retired from ownership of his oil field rigging company, Davis first began showing in club cuttings in Alberta but decided to go to Texas with his wife, Heather, where he could ride more often and improve. The entire Davis family rides horses; Heather has won a Canadian championship in team penning and planned to possibly trying cutting in the future.
“I’ve had some really nice horses, but this horse is so well-trained and has so much try,” Davis said. “He’s so athletic. He’s the whole package.”
Taking the Reserve spot was Traci Shehady, of Poolville, Texas, who piloted homebred mare You Cant Buy Love (Cats Gotta Diamond x Biscuit Love x Smart Aristocrat) to a score of 217 for a $12,639 payday.
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