Sannmans Lil Hotshot is a cool customer outside the cutting pen, but the consistent gelding and rider Dannica Percevich turned on the heat to win the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Futurity Amateur.
Putting up scores of 212 and 212.5 in the go-rounds, Percevich and Sannmans Lil Hotshot came away champions by half a point in a pencil finals with a composite of 424.5. They earned a total of $7,676.
“We’d been looking for a small futurity horse all year. I tried a bunch out and didn’t find anything. He was a last-minute purchase to go to the west coast futurities,” Percevich said of the gelding bred by Philip Hagadorn, of Pinetop, Arizona. “He’s super laid back – we only lope him 15 minutes, which is awesome and unheard of for a 3-year old at the same time.”
The even-keeled gelding (Sannman x Spots Hot Shot x Spots Hot) is one of the first limited-age event horses Percevich has owned. An NCHA World Champion, Percevich previously competed in aged events at the 2020 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity with mare Reyd Roan (Metallic Cat x Loreyna x Dual Rey) and has decided to peruse limited age event competition with trainer Todd Adolf.
“I really like futurity horses. When I hauled [for the World] you’re always on the road. A lot of driving, a lot of going. When you’re at these aged events you stay at the same place for a week or two depending on the show,” Percevich said. “I like the [limited age] format. The go-rounds and being able to advance and having a finals.”
The PCCHA Futurity Amateur Reserve Championship went to Cory Culver and Grin N Bear It, a Dual Smart Rey gelding bred by Bear Davis of Millsap, Texas. Culver and Grin N Bear It (out of JRS Midnite Peppy x Peppys San Tivio) marked a 213 and 211 for a $5,598 check.