Makayla Cowan has competed a few times over the years in “the big pen” in Will Rogers Coliseum, but the 16-year-old admitted to some nerves before her ride aboard Redneck Hillbillie in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Amateur.
It is, after all, one of the most historic venues in the sport. And, it was her first time showing at the Futurity itself.
“I’ve only shown in this arena a few times for the [NCHA} Youth World Finals and then the Scholarship Finals once or twice, but it’s intimidating,” said Cowan, of Ardmore, Oklahoma. “A big pen.”
However, she and “Redneck” went out there and got it done, marking a winning 219.5 to take the lead from Bobbie Kay Davis and Just U N Me Baby, who had held the list for most of the class with a 216.5.
Before hearing her score, Makayla wasn’t celebrating as she walked out of the pen. The high school junior wasn’t that impressed with her run, thinking there were things she could’ve done better.
Then she heard the score. It was a shock.
“It blew me away,” she said. “I was like, ‘Wow! Alright!'”
Davis, of Templeton, California, was the Reserve Champion.
The championship put $24,065 on Redneck Hillbillie’s Equi-Stat record, and made him the leading money-earner for his dam, Billies Catty.
Makayla’s father, Bill Cowan, made the 2020 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finals on Redneck Hillbillie’s full brother, Handle On Randel. That takes place Friday afternoon.
Billies Catty, who with $228,223 in earnings was Catty Hawk‘s second-leading earner, has a winner in her first foal crop, Billies Secret, a now-4-year-old daughter of Once In A Blu Boon who earned $10,229.