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Cindy Lou Blue and Andrew Coates won the Derby Open Championship at the Cascades Futurity. • Photo by Molly Montag.

Cindy Lou Blue Wins For Home Team At Cascades Futurity

Andrew Coates was thrilled Cindy Lou Blue put everything together in the Derby Open at the Cascades Futurity. However, who was in the audience in Redmond, Oregon, made the win truly special.

The support crew at Coyote Rock Ranch, located less than 10 miles away near Terrebonne, Oregon, was finally able to see the ranch’s homebred daughter of High Brow Cat perform in person, Coates said.

“The great part about that is, everybody that works out there plays a role in raising those horses, so I think to do good on that mare in front of all those folks that all played a role that don’t get to see those horses on the road, it was amazing,” he said. “And, I feel very blessed that that happened that way.”

Cindy Lou Blue, a futurity winner last year, returned to the limited-age winner’s circle with a 221-point on Monday, Aug. 13 in the Derby Open finals at the Cascades Futurity. Owner-breeder Coyote Rock Ranch LLC was one of the sponsors of the show, which was making its debut at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.

Created to bring a premier aged-event back to Oregon, the Cascades Futurity continues this week with a number of Non-Pro and Amateur finals before concluding on Friday, Aug. 17. A weekend show immediately follows and is highlighted by the $15,000-added Coyote Rock Ranch Year of the Amateur Shootout on Saturday, Aug. 18.

As for Cindy Lou Blue, Coates said the beautiful mare has always been super cowy and “cares a lot about her job.” She won last year’s El Rancho Futurity Open Championship but had been a little inconsistent, Coates said, noting he appreciated how supportive her owners have been while horse-and-rider worked things out.

“She’s just sort of maybe not had quite enough confidence when things did get kind of fast, and today and yesterday when I showed her, things got fast and she kind of liked it,” he said. “So, I think we might be sort of in a place where she can handle that kind of speed now.”

The Australian native said it seemed to be a case of where horses develop at different rates. Some reach their potential early, while others can take a little longer to blossom.

“I think she’s the kind of horse that she was good early, but I think her best days are ahead of her,” he said of the mare, who earned $6,850 in the Cascades finals. “I think that mare’s just gonna get better and better as her confidence builds you know, very very nice horse.”

The Derby Open Reserve Championship went to Myreyorthehighrey and Morgan Cromer. The California-based Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider and the gelding (Reys Dual Badger x Smooth Autumn Mate x Smooth As A Cat) marked a 218 to earn $5,500 for owner Debbie Hall, of Paso Robles, California.

Several trainers, including Coates, offered nothing but praise for the new show, volunteering compliments on the venue, community and how well-run the show has been.

“I think this is been an absolutely wonderful event and the Northwest, I feel like, has so much to offer for cutting, and I really hope that this opens the door to us,” Coates said. “I would love to come here multiple times a year. I love it here.”

Bred and owned by Coyote Rock Ranch, Cindy Lou Blue is out of Swingin Star Pepto, a daughter of Peptoboonsmal that earned $210,581 in the show pen and has produced 9 earners of more than $371,614, according to Equi-Stat. The win in Oregon pushed Cindy Lou Blue’s earnings to more than $24,000.

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