It’s a long way from Fernando Loza’s home in South Florida to major cutting shows, but he’s making those miles count with a filly called Gotachangeurevilways.
When Loza and the mare won the 4-Year-Old Amateur at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, it was their third money-winning show of the year. This time, they topped the class with a 222 during the finals on Sunday, Feb. 28 in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
“I am here in Miami, Florida, so there are no cows,” he said. “There is fishing and boating.”
The long distance from most major cutting shows hasn’t kept Loza out of the pen. The Floridian first caught the cutting bug in 2013, when a friend let him cut the flag. He competed in smaller Florida and Texas shows in the beginning, and is now enjoying showing Gotachangeurevilways in limited-age events. Loza says the mare sired by Kit Kat Sugar and out of Wicked Wanda Rey (by Dual Rey) makes his job easy.
She’s known as “Tiny” in the barn for her small stature.
“She’s a really nice, strong mare with a good foundation. She’s little, but she’s got a big heart. I started training with Jose Cruz at Valley View Ranch and he had [Tiny] from the beginning,” Loza said. “Jose is amazing. So hardworking, but he always has time for coaching me.”
According to Loza, the best qualities of the mare bred by Rose Valley Ranch include her ability to lock onto a cow and to learn quickly. The pair posted their first checks to Equi-Statin 2020 at the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, advancing to the finals in the Amateur and Limited Non-Pro, as well as the Unlimited Amateur semifinals, which earned them $16,467.
This year, they earned money at The Ike and the Abilene Spectacular. With their recent win, Tiny’s lifetime earnings stand at $25,142 and Cruz’s stand at more than $50,000.
Reserve Champions in the Arbuckle Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur were Reagan Glenn and Sallyfromthevalley, a 2017 mare by High Brow CD and out of Rey Down Sally (by Dual Rey). They earned $4,000 for their 221 score in the Finals.