When Olena Shes Metallic, a daughter of Equi-Stat Elite $21 Million Sire Metallic Cat, and Walt Erwin entered the arena from the second draw, the crowd erupted in cat-calls. The cheers grew louder as the duo put the moves on their cattle, earning the Cotton Stakes 3-Year-Old Intermediate Open title in a nine-horse field.
“It was good! We cut three really good ones,” said Erwin, who had earnings of more than $548,000 going into the Cotton Stakes. “We got a really good grey cow that settled good that Clay Johnson and Gabe Reynolds both liked, and then we cut a black one that was standing on the top. The last one was just a shape cut on the outside to finish the run; it was good, too.”
Although Olena Shes Metallic made her futurity debut look easy, it hasn’t always been a clear path ahead for the mare (out of CD Hot Tamolly x CD Olena). As a 2-year-old, she underwent eye surgery, which took her out of training for a three-month period.
“That’s why her barn name is ‘One-Eyed Mary,'” Walt said with a chuckle.
With her vision fully restored, One-Eyed Mary is making up for lost time. She brought home a check for $6,000 to owner Mark Senn, of Augusta, Georgia, after she and Erwin marked a 221 to top the finals.
According to Erwin, the way the mare stops is what sets her apart in the show pen, but she is still learning the ropes. While she’s a good hauler so far, she doesn’t enjoy the actual loading process. “Once you get her in the trailer, she’s fine,” he said.
One-Eyed Mary will get a break after her success at the Cotton Stakes.
“Her next trip will probably be to the Southern [Cutting Futurity],” Erwin said, noting that he is headed to the All American Quarter Horse Congress without One-Eyed Mary in the trailer this time around.
The 3-Year-Old Intermediate Open Reserve title went to Lil Shady Rey, ridden by Butch Lott Jr. to a 218 worth $5,000. The Billy Crenshaw-owned mare (Little Dulces Rey x Shady Lil T x Cat T Masterson) also marked a 215 in the Limited Open finals to finish second and garner an additional $3,000 paycheck.
3-Year-Old Limited Open
WRJ Smart Sassyjewel was sparkling from the first draw, from which Shane Carlon piloted her to score a 216 and claim the 3-Year-Old Limited Open title.
“This was her first major show; it’s kind of her first shot out, and it went good!” said Carlon, of Whitt, Texas, who had $47,869 in lifetime earnings prior to this win, according to Equi-Stat.
WRJ Smart Sassyjewel, who is by WR This Cats Smart, jump-started her career by earning a two checks for owner Wayne Stewart, of Macon, Mississippi – $3,800 in the Limited Open and $1,535 in the 3-Year-Old Intermediate Open finals.
“My horse was good. She’s grown up a bunch this show and just felt really accurate,” Carlon said of his finals run with “Emma.” “I think she’s going to be a really good horse. I’m just tickled.”
Emma is out of the Dual Pep mare Duals Jewel, who acquired $30,622 in the show pen and whose progeny have earned in excess of $77,000 thus far. Of her six performing offspring, Emma’s full sister WRJ Smart N Sassycat is her highest earner with $46,482 to her name.
Carlon described Emma as the “whole package,” noting her strength, athleticism, as well as her ability to read a cow. “She acts real laid-back. It’s nice, she feels like a show horse. I’m really happy with her.”
The pair has plans to head to Colorado next, where they hope to continue the success they had right out of the gate in Louisiana.
In a field of 11 horse-and-rider teams, the One Time Pepto mare Sly Pepto Girl and Dustin Adams rode out of the third hole with a 221 flashing on the screen overhead. It was a score that ultimately earned them the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro title.
“It was sweet! I had some really good help – Clay Johnson, Kody Portfield, Casey Green and Lloyd Cox. I had a great draw, and eight or 10 cows that we thought we could cut. So, we just cut what presented itself,” said Adams, an Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider.
“I didn’t want to mess up our first cut, so it ended up a shape cow. It was decent,” he continued. “The second cow, Clay popped her up for me and told me to come over and cut her, and she was a really good cow. And then they had a highbrow black cow that they wanted me to go cut on Kody’s side, so we went in there and peeled her out. So yeah, I was happy with my cows and real happy with my horse.”
The 2014 mare, who is out of the great mare Sly Playgirl (by That Sly Cat), brought home a check for $7,000 to add to the $45,822 she had already acquired throughout her career.
“That was my second show with her, so I was pretty excited about that,” said Adams, who first partnered with “Georgia” a few weeks ago at the West Texas Futurity. The mare was bred and raised by Luis DeArmas, of Rocking L Cutting Horses, until Adams and his wife, Deena, purchased the mare.
“I didn’t do my job in West Texas, so that was my main goal coming here was to do my job better. And we did our job here; Georgia was really good. Lloyd Cox had her working really good and it was a lot of fun,” Adams said with a smile. “She’s cowy and she’s gritty and she’s a sweetheart. She’s got a real pretty way that she works a cow.”
The plan going forward is to show Georgia in Las Vegas at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Futurity with the hope that they “win a little money on her” before they breed her to their once-in-a-lifetime stallion Hottish, whose sire record already exceeds $1.1 million.
Buckin Hot carried Kelsey Johnson to the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Reserve Championship with a 218 that paid $5,000. Bred by Casey and Codie Green, the mare (Hottish x Buckaroo Boon x Peptoboonsmal) arrived in Louisiana with more than $26,000 already to her credit.
Velvets Revolver & Chad Bushaw
12G (WR This Cats Smart x Velvets Best Shot x Playgun)
Owner: Crown Ranch LP, Weatherford, TX
Breeder: Mike Hancock, Spotsylvania, VA
5/6-Year-Old Intermediate Non-Pro
5/6-Year-Old Limited Non-Pro
Christy Hughes & Caylee Shepard
12M (Thomas E Hughes x MH San Tules Dually x San Tule Freckles)
Owner: Austin & Stacy Shepard, Summerdale, AL
Breeder: Austin & Stacy Shepard, Summerdale, AL