German Lugo began showing cutting horses back in 2008 in his native Venezuela. He moved his tack to the United States in 2013, and has been an avid student of the game ever since.
On Saturday (Dec. 7), Lugo and his bay stallion, Too Hot To Copy, aced the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro class in the 7 Ranch National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals. He and the 2012 horse (Metallic Cat x Plagiarism x Freckles Playboy) put together two solid performances of 221, 222.5 and a composite of 443.5.
Those performances in the finals earned them a class-high $3,828 during the show held in the W.R. Watt Arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.
Lugo, now of Gainesville, Texas, said his goal at the beginning of the year was just to qualify Too Hot To Copy for the World Finals. They accomplished that goal by being among the top 15 money-earners in their division, which earned them a spot in the World Finals.
With that goal in the bag, Lugo said he decided to focus on showing his horse and giving the stallion a chance to succeed.
“I was just trying to do my job. Cut clean. Trying to find good cows,” he said. “And, just do my job.”
Lugo competes in limited-age cuttings in addition to weekend events. This year, he made the Unlimited Amateur finals of the NCHA Super Stakes and Bonanza Cutting.
“I think this [weekend cutting] is more fun, because you go there and try to have just big runs. Against those aged event horses you’re just trying to go there and trying to make the finals, but here [in weekend cuttings] it’s just trying to throw down and trying to do the best you can.”
Too Hot To Copy has lifetime earnings of more than $64,000. He was bred by Mariposa Farms LLP, of Fort Worth. His dam, Playgiarism, has an Equi-Stat produce record of just over $1 million. Her leading earners are Duals Play Kit ($263,029, by Kit Dual), Playin With a Cat ($193,294, High Brow Cat) and Royal Red Pepto ($178,340, by Peptoboonsmal).
The $25,000 Novice Non-Pro World Championship – awarded to the competitor that wins the most money in the division all year long – was Mary Bradford and DMAC Wise Guy.
Bradford, of Weatherford, Texas, and the 2012 gelding (Hickorys Indian Pep x Wise Little Miss x Wise Play) earned $50,305 during the year. They also were the World Finals Show Reserve Champions.
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