All cutters dream of having that perfect run; the one they don’t critique afterwards, picking out any little mistake. Even for those who consistently mark big scores, it doesn’t happen often. But Morgan Cromer’s winning run on Gingersnaps in the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Core Balance Derby Open may be as close to perfection as one can get.
Cromer and Gingersnaps scored a huge 230 in the finals on Monday, June 14 in Las Vegas, garnering a $14,000 paycheck for owner 7 R Ranch LLC. Such a score is not an everyday occurrence, and Cromer said there’s only so many horses out there that are capable of such a feat.
“I think there’s very few runs in my life that stand out, even though I’ve had a ton of them, as being great runs. You always pick something apart,” Cromer said. “Very few runs you can say are perfect. I told somebody the other day, that could have been the best run I’ve ever had, especially on a 4-year-old.”
Gingersnaps is certainly special, Cromer added. The mare was an Open semifinalist at the 2020 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity and placed fourth in the Limited Open. She and Cromer have won two other titles this year — the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity 4-Year-Old Open and the Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open. The mare has already picked up more than $100,000 this year alone.
“This show, I tried to do what I’ve been trying to do with her, which is not ask her super hard in the go-rounds to keep her confident,” Cromer said. “She seems to be figuring that out, like, I can idle a little bit down on her, and she feels that. She’s always a little wild the first round, and so I just work her a little bit more before that.”
By Smooth Talkin Style, Gingersnaps is the highest-earning cutter out of Catnaps (by High Brow Cat). Her lifetime total rivals that of her higher-earning half-brother, National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Co-Champion Snapdragons ($132,014, by Gunnatrashya). With a goal of helping the mare stay confident through the rest of the year, Cromer hopes to see that amount continue to rise.
“I want to thank the PCCHA for having a good show out here at the South Point [Arena and Equestrian Center],” Cromer added. “This is my home, and it’s fun to win on home turf.”
With a 223.5, 2020 NCHA Futurity Open Champion All Spice (Once In A Blu Boon x Show Biz Kitty x High Brow Cat) and Adan Banuelos took Reserve, collecting a $12,000 check for owner Holmes and Hill Partnership.