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Monty Buntin rode Starlights Lil Fox were the best in the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity. • Photo by Scootem-n-Shootem.

Starlights Lil Fox & Monty Buntin “Grit It Up” to Win Idaho

Heading into the finals go of the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Open Classic Futurity Starlights Lil Fox and Monty Buntin were tied for the highest composite score of 444. Both first gos saw 57 horses with 14 advancing to the finals held Aug. 25. Where the duo’s 222 won the class and $12,187 for owners Steve and Stacy Morgan of Lincoln, California.

“She has a desire to win, it matters to her to keep the cow out of the herd,” said Buntin, a NCHA Hall of Fame member who has won more than $1.3 million. “It was tough, the cows were very good, she had to grit up and she did,” he said.

Buntin purchased Foxy for the Morgans at the 2019 NCHA Futurity based on Tom Merryman’s suggestion. Merryman started the daughter of High Brow Cat under saddle and Buntin credits the Baird, Texas trainer with putting a great foundation on the mare.

“Tom puts the best foundation on his horses,” Buntin said. “And I’m grateful to Steve and Stacy for their willingness to boost my career by buying such good horses.”

Initially, Foxy was headed to the NCHA World Championship Futurity in Ft. Worth, Texas. However, COVID-19 has changed show plans for the mare. Instead, Buntin and the Morgans have decided to enter the El Rancho, Pacific Coast and Utah Cutting Horse Futuries.

“We decided to do the smaller futurities partially because of COVID and because we thought this would give her the most opportunities and we’re thankful the shows are still being held,” he said.Foxy is continuing the family legacy. She is a sibling to Lil Metallic Cat (Metallic Cat x Lil Foxie Starlight x Grays Starlight ) and Foxies Travalin Lite (Travalena x Lil Foxie Starlight x Grays Starlight) who with Equi-Stat earnings of $183,759 and $52,706 respectively.