Ryan Rapp will look back on the second week of June and remember it as being a very nice several days.
On Friday, he celebrated the occasion of his 19th birthday, and two days before that, he and Boon Too Suen mare Too Suen To Drive achieved triumph, winning the 4 Year Old Non-Pro class at The Non-Pro plus The Open in Ardmore, Oklahoma with a 221.
She was bred and has been raised by the Rapp family. Her owners are Ryan Rapp’s parents, Phil and Mary Ann of Weatherford, Texas.
Too Suen to Drive is out of Tuned Up To Drive (by Hydrive Cat), the runner-up at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Non-Pro division in 2014 working under Mary Ann Rapp.
“The cows didn’t have a whole lot of rhythm, but they weren’t bad and allowed me to show that mare as good as I could have in that spot,” said Ryan Rapp, who showed in the No. 2 draw. “The cows weren’t just phenomenal, but the cows got worse as that set went through, so it made it difficult for someone to come up behind me.”
Lindy Ashlock gave it a go, but fell just short as the Reserve champion with a 220.
Team Rapp collected $7,500 for winning.
Achieving at The Non-Pro almost required an equine psychologist. Too Suen To Drive showed in the Open class as well with Phil Rapp but didn’t advance to the finals, said Ryan Rapp.
“She’s a very sensitive mare and kind of takes stuff personally,” said Rapp, a finance major at Texas Tech. “After [the Open] run, she lost a little bit of confidence. The first run in the [Non-Pro] go-round she didn’t feel like she had been feeling. We had taken a little step back. She remembered the run before in that arena and she wasn’t quite latching like I’d like her to.
“But she got better through the run and got more confident and by the third cow she felt pretty good. When I worked her the next morning she felt a lot better. By the time we got to the finals she got her confidence back.”
Rapp and Too Suen To Drive advanced to the finals of the NCHA Futurity in December, finishing 11th. In March, the pair were Reserve at The Cattlemen’s.
Even at such a tender age, Rapp has had his share of success as a Non-Pro as an Equi-Stat record now approaching $400,000 attests.
This most recent achievement just turned out to also be a birthday bonus.
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