Bush Whacked made his sire proud as he broke into champion futurity ranks.

Bush Whacked Gives SRCHA Down Under Horsemanship Pre-Futurity Open Field a Good Thwack

Bush Whacked, the striking black stallion owned by Jay and Wendy McLaughlin, entertained the John Justin Arena crowd with an electrifying fence run during a triumphant set at the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association (SRCHA) Down Under Horsemanship Pre-Futurity Open Futurity on Saturday night. 

Bush Whacked (Blind Sided x Smart Bunny Lena x Smart Little Lena), ridden by Jay McLaughlin, is stallion Blind Sided’s first foal crop to enter the futurity pen, and he didn’t disappoint, garnering a 440 composite score with a 145.5 in the rein work, 145 in the herd work and a blistering 149.5 down the fence. 

“He’s just like his dad except he’s black,” McLaughlin said. “He’s got the same eyeballs, the same expression, the same idiosyncrasies. Everything that Blind Sided had when he showed — [Bush Whacked] got.” 

Although a spectator couldn’t tell from the stands, Bush Whacked has had a tough time getting to where he is today.  

“It’s a big deal that he did that [win the futurity], I mean he’s kind of a hard-luck case,” McLaughlin explained. “He [saw] the vet as a yearling and a weanling more than any horse I’ve ever ridden in my life. My dad told me, ‘He’s got to either be a great one or he’s going to be dead by the time he’s two!’”

And while McLaughlin was grateful to win, not to mention cashing the $15,000 prize paycheck, he explained his early season luck usually doesn’t play out well at the National Reined Cow Horse (NRCHA) Snaffle-Bit Futurity. 

With the NRCHA Snaffle-Bit Futurity’s dates being moved back to Oct. 4-19 this year, McLaughlin has extra time to work with Bush Whacked and prepare for one of the NRCHA’s crown jewels. 

Cee Me Travelin (Hickory Holly Time x Travelin With Sass x Travalena), ridden by Sarah Dawson, and Playinstylish Kat (Mr Playinstylish x Lil Fletch Cat x Royal Fletch), ridden by Shawn Hays, tied for second with a 395.5. Each won $9,016. Cee Me Travelin is owned by Stephen Rosebery of Circleville, OH.  Playinstylish Kat is owned by Kit Moncrief of Ft Worth, TX.

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Futurity Limited Open
The No Pants Party & Clinton Anderson
16G (WR This Cats Smart x Young Amanda x Young Gun)
Owner: Paul Gober
Score: 434.5 (142.5 Herd/146.5 Rein/145.5 Fence)
Payout: $3,223

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Futurity Intermediate Open Co-Champion
Tuffest Marshall In Town & Ben Baldus
16G (Woody Be Tuff x CR Too Catty x Cat T Masterson)
Owner: Sarijane Stanton, Houston, TX & Bill Pinckard
Score: 438.5 (145 Herd/147 Rein/146.5 Fence)
Payout: $4,835

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Futurity Intermediate Open Co-Champion
Hesastylin & Boyd Rice
16G (Mr Playin Stylish x Shesalittleredboon x Peptoboonsmal)
Owner: Kit Moncrief, Ft Worth, TX
Score: 438.5 (147 Herd/145.5 Rein/146 Fence)
Payout: $4,835

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Futurity Limited Non-Pro
Jenna Bell & Catty Charmer
16G (Catty Hawk x Little Gray Freckles x Playgun)
Owner: Jenna Bell, Ft Worth, TX
Score: 423.5 (142 Herd/138.5 Rein/143 Fence)
Payout: $450

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Futurity Intermediate Non-Pro
Kathy Ferguson & Scooters Daisy Deuce
16M (Kit Kat Sugar x Scooters Daisy Dukes x Dual Smart Rey)
Owner: Kathy Ferguson, Cottonwood, CA
Score: 424.5 (144 Herd/142.5 Rein/138 Fence)
Payout: $580

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Derby Open 
Moonshineandtwoadvil & Shawn Hays
14S (Metallic Cat x Little Short Stuff x Shorty Lena)
Owner: Randy Massey, Louisville, TN
Breeder: Wichita Ranch, Brenham, TX
Score: 437 (147 Herd/146 Rein/144 Fence)
Payout: $1,758

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Derby Limited Open 
Reyny Day Nickle & Daniel Sanchez
15G (Shiners Nickle x Tootsie Rey x Dual Rey)
Owner: Donna Russo, Gilroy, CA
Breeder: Michelle Cannon, Waxahachie, TX
Score: 432 (141 Herd/143.5 Rein/147.5 Fence)
Payout: $386

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Derby Intermediate Open 
Heres The Cat & Boyd Rice
15M (Highbrow Cat x Mate Stays Here x Smart Mate)
Owner: Kit Moncrief, Ft Worth, TX
Breeder: Darren Blanton, Dallas, TX
Score: 436.5 (148 Herd/142.5 Rein/146 Fence)  
Payout: $725

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Derby Non-Pro
Tammy Jo Hays & Suck It Up Buttercup
15M (Metallic Cat x Shine Smartly x Shining Spark)
Owner: Walter Greeman & Tammy Hays, Nocona, TX
Breeder: Walter Greeman & Tammy Hays, Nocona, TX
Score: 434 (144.5 Herd/145.5 Rein/144 Fence)
Payout: $1,056

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Derby Intermediate Non-Pro & Derby Novice Non-Pro & Derby Amateur
Metallicalena & Jennifer Ostenson
14S (Metallic Cat x Isabellena x Quejanaisalena)
Owner: Jennifer Ostenson, Longmont, CO
Breeder: Garth & Amanda Gardiner, Ashland, KS
Score: 432.5 (144 Herd/141 Rein/147.5 Fence)
Payout: $1,141

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Derby Limited Non-Pro
Clever Kat & Stephany Bufe
14G (WR This Cats Smart x Shine Smartly x Shining Spark)
Owner: Stephany Bufe, Alvord, TX
Breeder: Walter Greeman & Tammy Hays, Nocona, TX
Score: 421 (142.5 Herd/139 Rein/139.5 Fence)
Payout: $625