Countin Hot Checks and Jaime Snider threw down a sizzling run at the ice-cold Bonanza Cutting in Abilene, Texas. • Photo by S. Sylvester Photography.

Countin Hot Checks Wins Weather-Shortened Bonanza Cutting

Not even sub-freezing temps could keep Countin Hot Checks and Jaime Snider from scoring a neat 223 in the Bonanza Cutting 5/6-Year-Old Open.

The Hottish stallion, who is owned by Jamie Hill of Bastrop, Texas earned $15,067 for the championship title on Thursday, Feb. 11.   

“He’s really strong and powerful,” said Snider, an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider. “He stops good and he feels like he keeps getting better and better the older he gets. There was a good group of horses there and it’s nice to be competitive.” 

The Bonanza Cutting 5/6-Year-Old finals featured several multiple aged-event champions, including runner-up Ms Baby Cakes, a Metallic Cat mare ridden by Lloyd Cox who had $173,949 in career earnings going into the show. The 5/6-Year-Old third-place finisher was Stylish Hailee ($136,431 prior to the show), fourth went to Slooow Ride ($224,863) and the top five was rounded out by Caution Piping Hot ($93,505).

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Countin Hot Checks

Known by his connections as “Jaxon,” Countin Hot Checks is out of the Im Countin Checks mare Cat Countin Checks,who earned $169,189 in the cutting pen, according to Equi-Stat. To Snider, Jaxon closely resembles his late sire Hottish, an Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire.  

“To me, this horse is the closest to Hottish in the way he looks and the way he works,” Snider said. 

Now boasting more than $104,000 in lifetime earnings, Jaxon is frequenting the breeding barn for his first season.  

“We’re going to keep showing him but he’s going to start breeding some mares. Knock on wood, breeding hasn’t bothered him. He’s pretty chill; you can lead him with other horses and tie him with other horses. He’s a very good-minded horse, to say the least,” Snider said “It’ll be good to see what he [produces].”

The 5/6-Year-Old Open turned out to be the headlining event of this year’s Bonanza Cutting, as the 4-year-old Open horses didn’t get a chance to show due to the show’s cancelation due to unseasonably cold weather.

Though the show was scheduled to continue into next week, organizers canceled all classes after Thursday, Feb. 11, due to weather that left roads across North Texas slippery and dangerous.  Conditions were expected to worsen at the show grounds in Abilene, Texas, throughout the week.