True Believers and Ryan Rapp pulled off a spectacular double at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Futurity this week by winning the Futurity Non-Pro and the Intermediate Open.
“He was working like a show horse, not a 3-year-old,” Rapp said of the gelding, who was bred and owned by his parents, Phil and Mary Ann Rapp. “The cows were tough, but I knew if I did my part, he would do well.”
In the Futurity Non-Pro, the pair marked the highest scores in both first and second rounds (219.5/219), which gave them a total composite of 438.5 points and a check for $7,000. The class was a pencil finals, so the top spot went to the horse and rider with the highest composite.
In the first round, “Spaghetti,” was smooth, Rapp said. Each successive time through the gate, Rapp asked for more and the gelding delivered.
“Our first cow was safe. It was a big red baldy that worked O.K.,” he said. “The second cow, a gray red-top, won it for us. He rolled off the top on the outside.”
In addition to winning the Non-Pro, Rapp and the son of Dont Stopp Believin also earned the co-championship in the Intermediate Open.
They did so by marking a 220.5 to share the title with Shades of Metal and David Costello.
Tanguy Saulnier started the roan gelding out of the mare One Red Mist (by Peptoboonsmal), and earned almost $2,500 on him in September at the Cotton Stakes.
Rapp showed the horse later in the month at the Brazos Bash where they also won the 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship with a cumulative score of 436 (219/217), which paid $5,000. In all, True Believers had compiled an Equi-Stat record of more than $20,000. He is the leading earner in Equi-Stat for his sire, who is represented by his first crop of 3-year-olds this year.
“We named him Spaghetti because he was noodly—long and skinny,” Rapp said. “He’s not a very big horse but he puts himself in a good spot on the cow and when I ask him for more, he gives it.”