On the final day of The Bonanza in Belton, Texas, Once In Love and Traci Shehady made a statement in the cutting pen as the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur winners.
The mare, whom Shehady found great success as the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Unlimited Amateur champion in December, seems ready to prove she’s not a one-hit wonder, scoring a 219 at The Bonanza. Once In Love, or “Moxie,” was sired by Once In A Blue Boon and out of Shehady’s prized mare Biscuit Love (LTE $58,622).
Together, the duo have won more than $26,000, steadily adding to Biscuit Love’s progeny earnings, which now near $140,000 with the help of two half-siblings, 2014 mare You Cant Buy Love (by Cats Gotta Diamond) and 2015 stallion A Groovy Kindof Love (by Auspicious Cat).
Tuff Catty Dual and Erin Russell of Fort Worth, Texas, were Reserve champions. Bred by Center Ranch of Centerville, Texas, the 2016 gelding is by Woody Be Tuff and out of ARC Catty Dual (by Dual Pep)
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Miss Metallic Rose & Allen Scott
16M (Metallic Cat x Dancing With Hal x Halreycious)
Owner: Allen Scott, Muleshoe, TX
Breeder: Daniel Quarter Horses, Amarillo, TX
Playin Metallic & James Hooper
16G (Metallic Cat x Spots A Playin x Spots Hot)
Owner: James Hooper, Decatur, AL
Breeder: James Hooper, Decatur, AL
5/6-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur
Miss Lacey & Langston Pattillo
14S (Kit Kat Sugar x Smart Gemolena x Smart Little Lena)
Owner: Pattillo Cutting Horses LLC, St Elmo, IL
Breeder: Traci & Jon Burgess, Weatherford, TX
Smooth Lil Kit Kat & Jessica Floyd
15M (Kit Kat Sugar x Smooth Little Acre x Smooth As A Cat)
Owner: Jessica Floyd, Booker, TX
Breeder: Bob & Pat Cunningham, Weatherford, TX