Once In Love and Traci Shehady.
Once In Love did her maternal side of the family proud on Friday at Will Rogers. Photo Video West Productions

Once In Love Shows Moxie on the Way to NCHA Unlimited Amateur Title

Traci Shehady’s home-raised and trained mare has been as certain at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum this week as an exclaimed “Amen” on Sundays.

Once In Love, son of Once In A Blu Boon, and Shehady turned in a 217.5 to prevail in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Unlimited Amateur division finals on Friday.

The triumph marked Shehady’s first in Fort Worth.

“I don’t even know yet,” Shehady said of her emotions of winning for the first time at the NCHA Futurity. “It’s a dream come true especially on one you raised and trained. She’s been perfect [this week].

The week included a 216.5 in the first go-round and 214 in the semifinals.

“Moxie” is out of the Shehady-owned Biscuit Love (by Smart Aristocrat), her “special mare.” Biscuit Love (Smart Aristocrat x Get Her Flowing x Mr Peponita Flo) won the 2017 NCHA $25,000 Novice Non-Pro World Championship and earned more than $58,000 during her time in the cutting pen.

Biscuit Love’s first two money-earning foals, A Groovy Kindof Love (by Auspicious Cat) and You Cant Buy Love (by Cats Gotta Diamond) have an Equi-Stat record of more than $112,000.

Moxie is Biscuit Love’s third baby. She added $26,185 to Mom’s producer earnings.

“She’s a really special mare,” Shehady said of Biscuit Love. “Super sweepy moving, really unique mare, really different. When people see her, they remember her.”

Moxie “is a lot like her. She moves a lot like her mother.”

Shehady, raised in a ranching family in Nevada, is now a resident of Poolville, Texas, about 50 miles northwest of Fort Worth. She started training cutting horses about 15 years ago.

“I love horses,” she said.

On Friday, Moxie and Shehady got three good cows.

“She was just clean,” Shehady said of Moxie. “She let me use her. She’s gotten real comfortable for me. Our second cow, it took me awhile to cut that cow. I held it up in the herd. It took longer than we wanted it to.

“The third cow was a good cow. It gave her a chance to do her thing and be low, sweepy and all that stuff.”