Quit Your Mitchin is the first cow horse Lindsey James had ever bred and raised. The bay gelding that loves to sleep and lick her hand like a dog is now her first National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity champion.
“For sure the biggest accomplishment that I’ve ever had — since I raised him and this is something I’m a little bit newer at [having] been doing it for five years,” she said. “I’ve had a bridle horse, [but] never shown an aged horse.
“But, definitely just a huge accomplishment: To do all three events and do them well was such a goal.
It was the first trip to the Futurity for James, who hadn’t even attended the show as a spectator because she’s normally at the month-long All American Quarter Horse Congress show this time of year for her job.
“I design clothes for the [riders of] all-around horses, so I’m always at the Congress, and since they canceled it this year which is why I was able to be here and show,” she said. “Normally, I’m in Ohio.”
James hadn’t really considered competing in the Snaffle Bit Futurity until her trainer, Phillip Ralls, who trained her horse’s sire, Call Me Mitch, phoned her to say he thought she should enter. There were a few nerves at first, but she found confidence in Quit Your Mitchin’s calm, easy-going and straightforward demeanor.
“I felt prepared, but I had never done it before so [I was] a little nervous that first cow out of the herd,” she said. “Then, it was just kind of like, ‘Ok. I trust him.’ He’s really fun and easy to show.”
In addition to winning the Amateur, they earned the Non-Pro Gelding Incentive and picked up money for high placings in two of the three rounds. All told, they added more than $9,793 to the horse’s lifetime Equi-Stat record.
Out of the mare Masters Nu Fox (by Master Merada), Quit Your Mitchin is his mother’s first money earner recorded in the Equi-Stat database. He has total lifetime earnings of more than $11,822.
He and James could leave Fort Worth with more accolades, though, as they also qualified for the Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro finals, which will conclude Friday at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.