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Cabanna Boy & Nick Dowers. • Photo by Stacy Judd.

Cabanna Boy Ready to Rock for Nick Dowers in Vegas

Nick Dowers and his family-owned horse Cabanna Boy emerged victorious from a deep field of futurity horses at the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity in Las Vegas. With a composite of 663.5, Cabanna Boy got a $34,000 jump start to his lifetime earnings. 

“Cabanna Boy has been one of those that has been a really good fence horse from the start and I just do my best to put him in good spots and stay out of the way,” Dowers said. 

Marking a 219 out of the herd, a 220.5 in the reining and a 224 down the fence, Dowers sealed the deal on the Championship by 1.5 points in the finals on Aug. 28 at the South Point Equestrian Center. 

“I knew I was going to get along with him early, I really get along with the WR This Cats Smarts,” Dowers said of the horse’s sire. “They fit me and I could tell early that he was going to be no exception to that. We just kind of clicked together and I knew the things we were going to have to work on from other WRs.”

Dowers purchased Cabanna Boy out of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity sale as a yearling in 2020 and has trained him all the way. The stallion was bred by Wagonhound Land & Livestock, which owns WR This Cats Smart, and is out of Shining Madonna (by Shining Spark).

“I told my wife that he felt … that, out of the ones I brought, he felt the most-ready to show for a first-timer and he dang sure [proved it],” Dowers said. “In the fence work I rolled with [the cow] a little quick because I didn’t think he was as wild as he was. But it worked out good, because of a high degree of difficulty. 

“I did an open field turn on the second turn, which is hard on an older horse. So, to pull that off on a 3-year-old, I was pretty [excited].”

Dowers thanked his support team including his family, help, and “everybody who helps me be able to go out there and do what I do.”

Reserve champions in the NSHA Futurity were Whatutalkinabout (Smooth Talkin Style x Smart Blues x Smart Boons) and Justin Wright, who assembled a 662 composite (221 herd/ 221.5 rein/220 cow) for $21,000 in earnings. Whatutalkinabout is a gray stallion bred by Norene Barclay and owned by Justin Price.