The sorrel mare breezed through the go-rounds, marking a 218 and 219 to advance to the finals with an impressive 437. She then cut to a 222, outpacing second place by 3 points. This Championship was Michael Cooper’s third consecutive Futurity Open title at the Brazos Bash.
“I really liked the first two cows,” Cooper reflected. “And that third cow, I knew I had a good run, so I just needed to finish up and [the cow] wasn’t exactly what I wanted. It was in her face [and] I’m surprised she ever held it. The last cow was just extremely tough. I was pleasantly surprised she was as smart as she was.”
A Star Is Borne, known as “Holiday,” has a personality larger than life. Owner Vick Etheridge of Belle Terre Ranch in Corinth, Mississippi, recalled an exchange at the Cotton Stakes.
“She’s a real personable kind of horse,” he said. “She likes to lick on you and kiss on you, and she was doing that at the Cotton Stakes. Somebody said, ‘What is that horse doing?’ and I said, ‘That horse is buying herself a life insurance policy.’”
When Etheridge and his wife, Missy Jean, decided to purchase the mare, they knew nothing of her bloodlines; they just liked what they saw. And with Holiday’s success and personable nature, she’s not going anywhere.
“[It’s] because she licked us,” Missy Jean joked.
Sticky Dual and Matt Miller took Reserve in the Futurity Open, scoring a 219 and bringing home a $17,000 check for breeder and owner Holy Cow Performance Horses of Weatherford, Texas. Sticky Dual is by Dual Rey and out of One Time Rey Jay (by One Time Pepto).