Austin Shepard marked the highest composite during the first two rounds of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open in Fort Worth.
The Summerdale, Alabama, trainer did it with Billy Wolf’s mare, Fancy Deville, posting a 443.5 (223/220.5) in the first two gos. They’ll be one of the pairs to beat when 66 horse-and-rider pairs enter the clean-slate semifinals of the NCHA Futurity on Dec. 12 in Will Rogers Coliseum.
Here’s a look at the horses who marked the highest composites after the first two rounds:
Her dam is a daughter of the great producer Louella Again (by Dual Pep), and is a full sister to multiple aged-event champion Cattalou ($335,134), American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Reserve World Champion Louellas Cat ($306,438) and two-time NCHA World Champion Louis The Cat ($260,038).
Top 5 Second Go Composites
Behind Fancy Deville, the top five composites from the first two go-rounds are rounded out by a talented quadrant of cutters.
A son of freshman sire Reyzin The Cash, who is represented by his first crop at this year’s Futurity, Catolena Cashin In is out of the mare Dual Catolena (by High Brow Cat). He and Rice marked a composite of 443 (224/219) for owner-breeder Joel Colgrove, Sr., of Boligee, Alabama.
Rice’s other mount, and the third-highest composite from the first two go-rounds, is owner-breeder Joel Colgrove’s Timeless Lil Cat. The daughter of the mare CR Little Cat (by Dual Rey) marked a 441.5 (219.5/222).
Tied for the fourth-highest composite after the NCHA Futurity’s first two go-rounds at 440.5 were Sean Flynn and Aspenglow (222/218.5) and Shane Carolon and Reymiro (219/221.5).
Owned by Mary Jo and Bobby Hawkins, Aspenglow is a daughter of Equi-Stat Elite $38 Million Sire Metallic Cat and out of Purdy Arisocrat (by Smart Arisocrat). She was bred by Old Tascosa, of Amarillo, Texas.
Reymiro is a son of Dual Rey and out of Nurse Nita (by Peptoboonsmal) who is owned by Richard Irby, of Sulphur Springs, Texas. He was bred by Linda Holmes, of Longmont, Colorado.