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Landon Luce and his sister, Preslie, 7, sit aboard Time To Lay It Down after Landon rode the mare to multiple championships at the 2021 DT Horses Western Derby. • Photo by Molly Montag.

Landon Luce & Time To Lay It Down Are 3-Time Champs in Scottsdale

It’s a good thing Time To Lay It Down is well-behaved, because Landon Luce had his hands full during the awards ceremony trying to hang onto all the prizes they won at the DT Horses Western Derby.

Luce and the daughter of One Time Pepto won the Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro during the finals on Saturday, June 12, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. They also finished second in the Non-Pro to winners Abbie Phillips and CR Tuff Guns N Roses, and earlier in the week won the Derby Amateur championship.

He collected Saturday’s titles with a composite of 651.5 (216 herd/217.5 rein/218 cow).

It’s only been a year since Landon began riding the mare and he told the NRCHA the success with her has been “crazy.” After all, his wins in Scottsdale came in his second successful NRCHA premier event – earlier this year, he and “Kitty” won the Amateur Derby at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes.

“It’s kind of surreal to finish so high riding with these amazing riders. I look up to all of them! I knew she was a good horse, but I did not think this show would end up like this,” Luce said in a statement issued by the organization. “This is my first year showing a limited age horse and I’ve [only] been riding cow horse for two years. It’s been a blur. I’ve gone through all kinds of stuff, where for the first year all I heard was ‘Don’t pinch your cow.’

“Everything’s gone so fast! My family, all the trainers, everybody—thank you!”

Time To Lay It Down is a 2016 mare out of Katies Kitty (by High Brow Cat). Her second dam is NRCHA Hall of Famer Katies Starlight, a daughter of Grays Starlight who in 1999 won the first-ever World’s Greatest Horseman competition.

Bred by Newt Kent, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Time To Lay It Down is the leading money earner out of her dam.