Roger Booth said he’d felt a little nervous from the first day he rode Quaintrelle into the herd at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity. And, yes, he was excited and relieved following their 217 Amateur finals run, but the “worst part yet” set in.
As the fifth draw, he had to wait for the remaining 25 finalists to complete their runs.
When the Acton, California, resident heard he and “Quinn” (Dual Rey x Autumn Kitty x High Brow Cat) were the official 2019 Futurity Amateur champions, it was “pretty amazing.”
“I’ve done this for quite a few years and never got this far, so it‘s pretty special. It’s a blast!”
How did he feel after winning the Futurity Amateur championship title?
“I’ll find out tomorrow, I’m a little foggy right now.”
Booth purchased Quinn, bred by Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches LP of Lubbock, Texas, at the Western Bloodstock’s 2018 NCHA Futurity sale.
There is a lot he likes about the mare.
“This is a really, really good horse,” said Booth, who credited his help for keeping him calmed down, and in picking some cows he and Quinn could get cut and in a good spot.
“She’s cowy as heck, has a ton of heart and doesn’t seem to want to give up at all,” Booth said. “I kind of pushed her out there [in front of a cow] and she was, like, ‘OK, I’m with you.’ It was so perfect and very cool.”
Booth, who had $293,722 in Equi-Stat earnings before the Futurity began, has ridden with quite a few different people, he said, but it was Morgan Cromer who trained Quinn and helped prepare her for the show.
“So far, she [Cromer] has been helping us out a bunch with her,” said Booth, who also credited Ashley Bosack for the work she’s done with the mare.
“She [Bosack] also worked a bunch with her [Quinn] and Morgan gives [Bosack] a lot of credit for bringing her to this point,” said Kathleen Burr, Booth’s fiancé.
Bosack, who worked for five years for Mike Wood, three years for Cromer and is now going out on her own, is the one who bonded with Quinn when he took the mare to Cromer’s, he said.
“She said she knew [Quinn] was something special all along,” Burr said. “She was patient, determined and just stuck in there with the mare. We feel so blessed that she put all that time and effort, with Cromer’s guidance, into Quinn.”
A quiet and humble horseman, Booth hadn’t wanted to show at the Futurity, Burr said.
When Booth, who won the 2009 NCHA $50,000 Amateur World Championship riding Magnalight (Grays Starlight x Pand Olena x Doc O’lena), was asked when he last competed at Will Rogers, he said “it was a long time ago.”
“I’m terrible at dates,” the Californian added.
He doesn’t get to ride his young horses, such as Quinn, very often, Booth said.
“Basically, I stepped on her here at the show, had a few practices and that’s about it,” Booth said.
It was easy for Booth and the mare to sync up, he said, “because she is so cowy.”
Booth praised his helpers (Cromer, Eric Wisehart, Monte Buntin and Casey Green, who have just been great, he said, as well as Cromer’s support staff.
“We want to thank everybody who pitched in, and Jake Pinheiro, who helped lope Quinn and keep things going,” Booth said. “And definitely the [Futurity] sponsors for all of this [supporting the show and for the awards].
“We had good help and that “makes all the difference when we are all part of a team. We just feel so blessed.”
Booth, whose son, David, is also a non-pro cutter, owns a construction company.
“We do a lot of grading and earthwork for movie stars and people like that,” Booth said.
What piqued Booth’s interest in cutting was the horsemanship, he said.
“You’re always learning more horsemanship. It’s a never-ending learning curve,” he said. “There’s always something that can go right or go wrong. Tonight, everything went right, so that was very cool.”