The Terry Riddle Memorial 4-Year-Old Open at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity was slugfest, with horse after horse marking massive scores. When the dust settled, Gingersnaps and trainer Morgan Cromer won with a huge 228.
They won by a half-point over Catolena Cashin In and Tarin Rice, who marked a big 227.5. Third-place finishers Speak Easie and Cass Tatum marked a 225.
Even before the finals, Gingersnaps had proven herself to be a redemption horse for Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Cromer in the first go-round. Two earlier draws didn’t go as planned, and the trainer from Templeton, California, remember saying it felt like she wasn’t in a groove—that something felt off.
“I was kind of mad at myself for not showing better. I went back and worked Ginger twice to make sure she was ready, she said. “I came in and showed her strong and she knew it was super serious.”
Their 221.5 in the first go-round rebuilt their confidence and set the team up for a 220.5 in the second. Heading into the finals on Feb. 25 at Hardy Murphy Coliseum, Cromer knew Ginger was ready.
“She is a little bitty thing and makes up for it by being real smart about a cow,” Cromer said. “She had a couple hard cows but no matter what she figures out to get a hold of it.”
The NCHA Hall of Fame trainer began working with Ginger in her mid-3-year-old year. Cromer credits the mare with being cowy, gritty and smart. She’s also thankful for her owners, who enabled her to bring a roster of horses to a horse show some 1,500 miles from her home base in California.
“I am really happy to have a string of horses that can come back and be competitive,” she said. “I’d like to thank all my customers for allowing us to come back to the Arbuckle, it’s a long trip to come here.
Her two wins at the Arbuckle – she won the 4-Year-Old Open and the 4-Year-Old Open Novice Horse — pushed her lifetime earnings to more than $52,531 for owner 7R Ranch LLC, of Jackson, Wyoming.
It also capped off a great month for her dam, as earlier in the month a half-brother to Gingersnaps — Snapdragons (by Gunnatrashya) – won the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions show in Fort Worth.
The 2009 broodmare out of Starlights Liz (by Grays Starlight) now has an Equi-Stat produce record of more than $166,811 from three money earners. All of the mare’s money-winning foals are 4-year-olds this year.