When Cash Ashlock competed in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Non-Pro, his mount had a name that perfectly matched the stallion’s charitable history.
In 2018, Reys Of Hope was consigned to the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale by Cash’s parents, Lindy and Wes Ashlock of Abilene, Texas. The couple donated the proceeds of the horse to two cutting families with loved ones fighting brain cancer.
The generous mission of Reys Of Hope, who is sired by Smooth As A Cat and out of Annie B Rey (by Dual Rey) inspired buyers. When the sale was complete, the colt had walked through the ring twice.
Stella Swanson of Midland, Texas, initially purchased the handsome prospect for $85,000 and donated him back to be sold again. Then, Western Bloodstock Ltd. co-owner Jeremy Barwick and his wife, Candace, of Stephenville, Texas, purchased Reys Of Hope for $40,000.
How, then, did the Ashlocks end up with this special horse once more?
In a touching act of selflessness, the Barwicks gave Reys Of Hope back to Cash, now 12.
“It was a huge blessing for our family, and I think it’s been a neat process,” Wes Ashlock said. “I tried to explain to Cash how fortunate he is that Jeremy gave him that horse.”
Cash went on to compete in the NCHA Futurity with Reys Of Hope, making his first NCHA Futurity finals. Together, the team scored a 209 in the Limited Non-Pro, good for $5,431.
“How special that horse is because he was able to help other people, and, for our family, just seeing Cash do good on him. It was just a blessing from God to get that horse back,” Ashlock concluded.
Those involved expressed their gratitude for the ability to support members of their Western performance horse “family” in their greatest times of need.