Pep Talkk had a great showing at the Southern Cutting Futurity. • Photo by Lyndsey Lamell.

Pep Talkk & Megan Pine Break Through at the Southern

After taking Reserve with Gabe Reynolds in the Metallic Rebel Southern Cutting Futurity 3-Year-Old Open, Pep Talkk was already the recipient of a $12,265 check. The mare wasn’t finished, though. On Oct. 29, she carried owner Megan Skinner Pine to a 218.5 in the 3-Year-Old Non-Pro second go, which combined with their 220 from the first go for a composite 438.5. The pair won the Championship and had another payday worth $9,021.

If that wasn’t enough, they went into the 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited second go right after and marked a 211 for a composite 427, landing the Co-Reserve Championship in that class, too. They collected an additional $1,512.

“It has been very surreal. I’m still pinching myself,” Pine said. “I’m feeling grateful. I had four guys that made sure I got through every run — Gabe Reynolds, Walt Erwin, Ben Roberson and Bill Pierce. They put me on great cattle. Lauren Minshall got ‘Serna’ ready for every run, and she was just spot on. It truly takes a team in this sport, and I feel like mine deserves most of the credit this week.”

Pine purchased Pep Talkk (Smooth Talkin Style x Spoon My Desire x Hes A Peptospoonful), who was bred by Cliff and Paula Overstreet, during the 2020 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity. She was Pine’s first purchase from a sale and has been the first 3-year-old she’s ever shown.

“Gabe’s patience with her certainly paid off,” Pine said of her trainer. “Each show, she continues to improve and get smarter. She has held 33 cows here in Jackson, Mississippi, and she’s just been so smart. She gives 100% honest effort every single time.”

Pine’s success at the Southern Cutting Futurity was bittersweet, as she sold Serna and loaded her on her new trailer after their last ride together. It was a hard decision, she acknowledged, but Pine is excited to see what the mare will be able to do with her new owner.

“I think she’s going to a great future and a great home, but Gabe, Lauren, myself and my husband will certainly miss her dearly,” Pine said.

Missy Jean Etheridge and Hold My Patron (Mandalay Rey x Wood She Be Neat x Nitas Wood) took home Reserve with their composite 433 (215/218). The mare was bred by Madalyn Colgrove and is owned by Belle Terre Ranch, who collected $7,450.

Earlier this month, Etheridge and Hold My Patron won the Non-Pro at the Brazos Bash.