Cristy Erickson’s 223 in the final class of the Brazos Bash was nimble, accurate, and most importantly, reminiscent.
Riding homegrown mare Karma Kattish, Erickson posted another win in the arena where she’d won her first cutting limited age event on Karma Kattish’s dam, Karma Kat, in 2011. With the Derby Unlimited Amateur title on Monday, October 17, came a check for $3,500 and a saddle.
“This win and the way it came about is very special. I told her before she went in, ‘Make your mama proud!’ Her mom was my heart horse,” Erickson said.
Her daughter, Karma Kattish (by Hottish), has had a difficult road as well. While training for her National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity debut, Karma Kattish severely frayed a right hind suspensory ligament. The vets who treated her told Erickson that the injury would be difficult to recover from.
“It was so bad, that we did not think that she was going to show or do anything ever again,” Erickson said.
Karma Kattish received an injection, stall rest and homeopathic therapies under the watchful eyes of trainer Johnathan Rogers and wife Judy. In total, she was out of commission for seven months.
As the 2022 NCHA Summer Spectacular drew closer, Rogers told Erickson she should find a derby amateur slot for Karma Kattish. So, with minimal preworks and shows under Karma Kattish’s figurative belt, she was entered in the Derby.
“I’d never ridden the horse [extensively], never shown the horse, she’s super green and I made the intermediate finals,” Erickson said. “It was like the blind leading the blind, a little bit. An amateur on a green horse.”
The pair earned a little more than $3,000 for their finals appearance, according to Equi-Stat.
Grateful for Every Ride
Erickson rides Karma Kattish with a grateful attitude, cognizant of how fortunate she is to ride the mare. For the Brazos Bash, she was hoping she could continue to build a connection with Karma Kattish.
“I wanted to do the best we could and hope to make the finals. I’m kind of in shock almost, because in my mind [winning] wasn’t even ever a thing. I was like, ‘We’re so lucky to even make the finals, I am so lucky to even be showing this horse.’”
In the pen, Erickson focuses on keeping the cow in the “trap” and not letting Karma Kattish get too far outside the cow. The run on Monday, October 17, came together smoothly, with Rogers picking cattle and Craig Thompson, Clay Johnson and R.L. Chartier helping.
Reserve Champion in the Brazos Bash was Cinco De Metallica (Metallic Cat x Cinca De Maya x Dual Rey) and Sawyer Henning, who scored a 220 for $3,300 in winnings. Cinco De Metallica was bred by Hartman Quarter Horses and is owned by Gregory Williamson.