Sometimes it pays to listen to your parents.
Makayla Cowan had a game plan going into the National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA) Senior Youth World Finals. It was based on advice from her father, Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Bill Cowan.
“You don’t need to go in there thinking you’re going to mark a big score,” the 15-year-old recalled being told. “You need to just go in there slow.”
Even though Cowan and her horse, Brinking Lights, weren’t in the running for the World Championship, which includes all points earned throughout the year, but they did have a shot at the World Finals Show Championship.
Their final run wasn’t her easiest one, as the cows got married up on one of her cuts. However, she and Brinking Lights hung tough, got the cows separated and completed their run. Their 216 wasn’t the biggest score of the round, but it was enough to give them the Senior Youth World Finals Show Championship.
Cowan, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and her gelding by Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Sire CD Lights took the Senior Youth World Finals Show Championship with a class-high 15 points earned during the event. The Reserve Championship went to Christina Huntley and Ripping Ichi, whose scores during the show earned them a total of 12 points.
The Senior Youth World Finals Show title was an unexpected bonus for Cowan, who will be going into tenth grade this year.
“I was very surprised and excited, because I knew that a bunch of really good horses were going [in the class],” she said. “I was really surprised.”
Cowan’s horse, Brinking Lights, has a lifetime Equi-Stat record of $17,366. He is the leading earner for his dam, Scootin Brinks, a daughter of Smart Lil Scoot who has produced three winners of $24,590.
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