CDs Kual Gun & Matt Gaines • Photo by Scootemnshootem

CDs Kual Gun & Matt Gaines Shoot for Futurity Open Win

It’s beginning to feel like fall in the high country, and contestants from around the country headed north to compete in the Idaho Cutting Horse Association (ICHA) Futurity, which is held at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho. The air is cooler there, but not as cool as CDs Kual Gun, who shot for the 3-Year-Old Open Championship and hit his mark with Equi-Stat Elite $8 Million Rider Matt Gaines in the saddle.

The 3-year-old stallion, who is by High Brow CD and out of Kual Gun (by Playgun), marked a 214 in the first go-round, a 216 in the second go-round and came into the finals strong. He marked a 222 from the second draw, which remained unmatched by the rest of the field. The duo brought home a check of $12,406 for owner James Vangilder, of Weatherford, Texas.

His dam, Kual Gun, garnered $105,633 in lifetime earnings before retiring to the broodmare barn. Her five performing progeny in Equi-Stat have acquired a total of $241,346 in earnings, with an average of $48,269. Including CDs Kual Gun, who is her sixth money-earner on record, all of the mare’s offspring in the database were sired by 2007 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Open Champion High Brow CD (High Brow Cat x Sweet Little CD x CD Olena), who earned $543,161 in the show pen himself.

Kual Gun’s top performing progeny is CD Kual Gun, a 2010 gelding who has brought home $89,581 in earnings, according to Equi-Stat. With Austin Shephard at the helm, he won the 2014 Augusta Futurity Open finals and placed second in the Futurity Non-Pro finals. The second-highest earner on the list is Kual CD, an 8-year-old gelding with $67,827. He is followed by Kual Lil Wendy, the mare’s highest-earning daughter, with $49,069. 

The Reserve title went to Secreytariat (Sigala Rey x Starsredfeather x Cats Red Feather), who is owned and shown by Salvador Cabral, of Jacksboro, Texas. The team marked a 220.5 and earned a check for $10,500.

Quixotes Royal Cat & Russ Elrod • Photo by Scootemnshootem

3-Year-Old Intermediate Open 

The Cats Quixote Jack mare Quixotes Royal Cat was piloted by Russ Elrod, of Terrebonne, Oregon, to the 3-Year-Old Intermediate Open title with a 219.5 amidst a field of nine horse-and-rider teams. Their efforts garnered a check for $4,941.

The mare, who is owned by breeder Jenifer Whisler, of Tenino, Washington, is out of Bunny Lena, a daughter of Smart Little Lena. Elrod, who recently showed the mare to a fourth-place finish at the Cascade Futurity, has earned $685,495 since his start in 1996.

Bunny Lena had two performing progeny with a total of $61,873 in offspring earnings prior to the ICHA Futurity. Her No. 1 performer is 2006 mare TR Smart Rey (by TR Dual Rey), who has earned $37,442. 

The Reserve title and a check for $3,400 went to Metal Mike (Metallic Cat x Its Stylish Royalty x Royal Fletch), who was also shown by Russ Elrod for owner Skip Hobbs, of Collierville, Tennessee. The duo came back to the show pen the same night to take fifth place in the 3-Year-Old Open finals, earning an additional $6,900, sending them home with $10,300 to jumpstart the gelding’s career earnings. 


Secrets CD & Tatum Rice • Photo by Scootemnshootem

4-Year-Old Open

Secrets CD & Tatum Rice
14G (High Brow CD x Frecklesareinstyle x Docs Stylish Oak)
Owner: Cows & Horses Etc., Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Breeder: Fetterman Ranch LLC, Douglas, WY
Score: 222.5
Payout: $10,549





Hashtags & Tatum Rice • Photo by Scootemnshootem

5/6-Year-Old Open

Hashtags & Tatum Rice
13S (Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag x Dual Rey)
Owner: Hashtags Ventures LP, Weatherford, TX
Breeder: Jim Haworth, South West City, MO
Score: 224
Payout: $10,199