Don’t Stopp Twice is pretty big for a cutting horse, but he sure got it done at The Cattlemen’s.
Ridden by Ryan Rapp, the sizeable teammate gelding brought home the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship at The Cattlemen’s on Friday, March 11 with a score of 224.
“He doesn’t have a very big stop, but he does have a big move for how tall he is. He’s very swoopy and tried to be low-headed. My favorite thing about him is he tries to be cowy,” Rapp said.
Estimated by Rapp to stand 15.2 hands tall, Dont Stop Twice easily accommodates his rider’s 6-foot-3-inch frame. The duo earned $6,572 for the Non-Pro victory and an additional $2,499 in the gelding division.
“We bought him out of the [National Cutting Horse Association] Futurity Sale as a yearling. He was this big, lanky stud colt,” Rapp said. “When he turned 2 he stuck his right foot through the hog panel in the stalls, hangs his foot up and almost rips it off. His foot was all jacked up and it bothered his shoulder for a long time,” he said. “Because of that, we didn’t start him with all the rest of the colts. He became my project, because he was so far behind. I started him in March his 2-year-old year.”
Dont Stopp Twice’s long legs made for some athletic moves, and Rapp recalled the colts’ ability to buck.
“He could buck better than any I’d ever ridden. He could clear out and buck in hobbles. We castrated him and once he quit bucking he was really easy. I’d keep him out in the pasture and ride him a couple days a week. He was a really tall, skinny and awkward gelding. But he had a lot of cool stuff about him,” Rapp said.
Sired by the Rapp family’s stallion Dont Stopp Believin, Dont Stopp Twice is out of Woody Be Tuff mare Dontt Happen Twice. He was bred by Waco Bend Ranch, LTD, and the horse is owned by Mary Ann Rapp.
“He’s a pet. He’s kind of nibbley, like a pet raccoon and he’s always in your business,” Ryan Rapp said.
Reserve Champions were Chad Bushaw and Sonic Size, a gelding sired by EquiStat Elite $50 Million Sire Metallic Cat and out of Peptotoodie (by Peptotime). Bred and owned by Crown Ranch LP, Sonic Size and Bushaw marked a 219.5 for $5,250.