Catolena Cashin In and Tarin Rice have been hitting the show pen together since the start of the stallion’s career, and they are making their way toward $300,000 in lifetime earnings. Their most recent title came at the Brazos Bash 5/6-Year-Old Open, where a score of 228 sealed the win and a $28,000 payday, bringing Catolena Cashin In’s earnings to $279,066.
“We wanted to win. Anytime we have a horse with his amount of talent, you want to win,” Rice said. “Everybody says ‘We want to get shown…’ Nah. You want to win, or at least I do anyways.”
With winning on the mind, Rice navigated “Axl” through the first go-round of the competition – where they qualified for The Run For A Million – and skated through the second go-round to advance to the finals.
“We try to keep him dialed down. He wants to do a lot and he thinks we’re supposed to mark a 228 every time. Sometimes the cows don’t allow that so you’ve got to keep him slowed down to just go through the motions and let it out when the chances arise,” Rice explained.
According to Rice, who is an EquiStat Elite $3 million rider, getting shown in the Buster Welch arena at the Bosque Ranch can be a humbling experience.
“A good draw is the most important thing, at the Silverado especially. I got lucky and drew good all three [rounds]. The cows get fast in the Silverado. It’s a tight pen with a lot of pressure and a lot of people in the stands right above you. It gets tight,” Rice said. “In that arena you can either have some of the greatest runs ever in it, or you can have some of the worst because it all happens right now.”
“Thanks to Joel and Jayne for letting us have the horse, and thanks to Katie [Rice] for always getting him ready for me,” Rice said.
Reserve Champion in the Brazos Bash 5/6-Year-Old Open was Dr Sueish (Hottish x Sues So Smart x WR This Cats Smart) and Kenny Platt, who marked a 225 for $25,000 in winnings. Dr Sueish was bred by Bambi Gress and is owned by Robert Tregemba.