When Australian native Amelia Servin decided to travel to Texas, purchase a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity prospect this year and show it herself, she had no idea that she’d return home with a championship title.
“I’m pretty excited,” Servin said after her Futurity Limited Non-Pro finals victory aboard her recent purchase — a mare named Cinca De Metallica (Metallic Cat x Cinca De Maya x Dual Rey), bred by David Hartman of Whitesboro, Texas.
“I didn’t expect to win anything,” Servin said. “I just came from Australia to show here, bought a horse and showed her — it’s beyond what I expected.”
The pair skated to a 215 and and estimated $11,909.
The 2019 NCHA Futurity marked the second time Servin had competed in the prestigious event. In 2011, when Servin was working for Geoffrey “Spud” Sheehan, she showed another recent purchase.
“Then, I went back [to Australia] and have been showing at home,” Servin said. “I thought it would be fun to come back over here and show again.”
Servin’s husband, Billy — they met in 2011 — came to the states in 2009 to work for trainer Sean Flynn. That’s where Billy met trainer Jesse Lennox of Rockin W Ranch and became friends with him. In 2014, Servin and her husband returned to Texas for a visit and hung out with Jesse and his wife, Erica.
Lennox trained Cinca De Metallica, whom Servin calls “Ice.”
“I bought her just before the [Futurity] Non-Pro started. I was looking for a horse to show and we’ve known Jesse for a while, are good friends with him and trust his judgment.”
Servin arrived in Texas a couple weeks before the Futurity started, so she was the one who decided to buy Ice.
“I bought her before my husband got here. He was like, ‘Are you sure this is the one?’ and I was, like, ‘I think she is!’”
Winning the Limited Non-Pro was unbelievable, Servin said.
“It was so much fun. I show at home, but it’s not the same as showing in the states and in Will Rogers. And, to do it [compete in the Futurity] for my second time, and get a win, it’s unreal.”
Servin cut all the cows that she and her help had pre-picked, however, she said, her first finals cut didn’t go as she had wanted it to.
“I got a little bit mad with myself and thought, ‘I’ve got to make up for this.’
“My mare was unbelievable, she was really, really good and stayed with me the whole time. It [the run] was so much fun!”
Nerves really didn’t play into Servin’s finals performance, she said.
“I wasn’t nervous to show,” she explained. “But, I was nervous when my 215 was still leading halfway through the second set. I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, this might actually happen.’”
Sevrin and Ice appear to be a match made in heaven.
“She’s just a beautiful mare and we just seemed to fit each other really, really well. She’s so easy to show — I just love her!”
Ice has such a beautiful look on a cow, Servin said.
“And, she’s just really smart, has a beautiful stop and she’s lots of fun.”
Although she’d only owned Ice for a very short amount of time, Servin said she already really, really loved her.
“She’s just a sweet mare. She’s easy and beautiful to ride and very balanced. She just feels like a nice horse as soon as you hop on her.”
Whether Ice will relocate to Australia after the Futurity has not been decided, Servin said.
“I have no idea,” Servin said, when asked if Ice would be going to Australia. “We didn’t plan to take her home, we planned to buy, show and sell [her]. I didn’t think I’d fall in love with her quite so quickly, so I don’t know now.”
A third or fourth generation cattle rancher, Servin, her husband and their 3-year-old son, Charlie, reside on their family’s cattle ranch located near Wandoan, Queensland.
“The middle of nowhere,” Servin said.
Servin, who trains her own horses and has been cutting for 12 years, wanted to give a special thanks to Jesse and Erica for the way they had looked after her during her stay in Texas.
“They’ve been amazing, and everybody at Rockin K Ranch have made me feel so welcome and has been so nice to me. I’d also like to thank my other helpers, Johnny Mitchell, Sean Flynn and Spud for their help.”