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Cascades Futurity Intermediate Open Champions Sugar Tight and Eric Wisehart. • Photo by Molly Montag.

Sugar Tight Wins Debut For Wisehart At Cascades Futurity

Eric Wisehart had a plan in mind when he walked into the herd for the Cascades Futurity Intermediate Open finals. It worked out even better than he hoped.

The Santa Ynez, California-based cutter wanted a clean run for 3-year-old Sugar Tight, a daughter of NCHA Open Horse of the Year Kit Kat Sugar, as he showed her Monday, Aug. 13, at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon.

“My expectation was just a 216,” he said. “I wanted to make sure that I tried to plus all three cuts and clear myself every single time. That’s my goal when I walked down there, and then [to] let the mare do her job.”

The bay mare owned by Michele Schimmel, of Hillsboro, Oregon, did her job just right. She did it even better than Wisehart had hoped, marking a 218 to take the Intermediate Open Championship.

Wisehart was most impressed with how she handled the first cow and drove it up.

“She took care of it. It was no problem,” he said. “You know, this is the best she felt and…I think she was prepared perfectly for tonight, and she just felt ready as soon as I got on her.”

Two horse-and-rider pairs tied at 216 to share the Intermediate Futurity Co-Reserve Championship: Hott Rox and Brent Erickson and Cats Kitty Merada and Tosten Peterson.

The two co-reserve champions were among a number of horses that competed in both the Intermediate Open and Open finals. Owned by Dacole Investment Group, Hott Rox (Hottish x Spookys Roxy Girl x Smart Little Lena) wheeled back two classes later to win the Open Championship with a 218. Cowan Ranch’s Cats Kitty Merada (High Brow Cat x Merada Lena x Freckles Merada) tied for third in the Futurity Open.

Click here to view the full order of finish for the Cascades Futurity Intermediate Open.

Sugar Tight’s Intermediate Open Championship earned $2,800 for owner Michele Schimmel.

Bred by Steve and Heather Winn, of Rainbow, Texas, Sugar Tight is the first earner for Pg Tight Panties, a daughter of Equi-Stat Elite $9 Million Sire Playgun out of Haidas Cibola (by Haidas Little Pep). As a broodmare, Haidas Cibola — out of Docs Sweet Glo (by Doc Bar) — is the mother of 4 earners of $60,548, according to Equi-Stat.

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