Kathleen Moore & Teles Shez Spicy
Kathleen Moore & Teles Shez Spicy • Photo by S. Sylvester Photography

Moore Expects Less to Win Arbuckle Championship

Kathleen Moore tempered her expectations at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro. Instead of going into her first go-round expecting to score 219 or better, she focused on riding her best and not overanalyzing the ride.

“When you walk into the herd for the first go-rounds at a show, you don’t really know how you’re going to perform or how your horse is going to perform,” she said. “It’s weird, but I’ve found for me, if I don’t have big expectations, it usually works out better.”

Her strategy played to her advantage with Teles Shez Spicy. In their first go, the pair scored 218. In the finals go, Moore used the same strategy, and it paid off — the duo scored 220 to win $5,000, which pushed the mare’s EquiStat earnings to more than $55,000.

“The cows were true to how they settled. Lloyd Cox and James Payne always give me great help and I have faith that they are going to walk me through it,” she said.

Payne trained the homebred mare by Meteles Cat and out of DMAC Spicy Spoon (by Hes A Peptospoonful). The win was extra special as Teles Shez Spicy is one of only a handful of offspring out of DMAC Spicy Spoon, who has EquiStat earnings totaling $155,973.

Kathleen Moore & Teles Shez Spicy • Photo by S. Sylvester Photography

“James showed her at small futurities and did really well, but I lost her early in life. She was only 7, so I didn’t get many babies out of her,” Moore said.

Moore had multiple reasons to celebrate. A homebred red roan mare owned by relative Ty Moore —I Like Cash Money, (Reyzin The Cash x Smooth N Smokin x Smooth As A Cat)—was Co-Champion in the 4-Year-Old Limited Open with rider Rance Keeth. The pair’s 219 paid $3,500.

Moore’s horse, Rebellicious (Metallic Rebel x Style My Lizzy x Lizzys Gotta Player), bred by Timothy Drummond, won the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity 4-Year-Old Open Championship with Payne in the saddle. Their 224 score paid $32,000.

“Our family is really close, and we (Ty) do this together, and it was pretty special that we had three horses that did well,” she said.

Quarter Horse News Ambassador Regan Plendl finished as 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Reserve Champion riding Nitreyious (Metallic Cat x Cherrey x Dual Rey). Plendl and Nitreyious were the first team out in the 15-horse set and scored a 218, which was enough to hold on for the win and the $4,000 cash prize, bringing the gelding’s EquiStat lifetime earnings to more than $55,000. Plendl’s family bought the gelding as an embryo out of Cherrey, who was owned by Rodney Wrinkle, so his nickname became “Rodney.”

Regan Plendl & Nitreyious • Photo by S. Sylvester Photography

“He is technically my sister’s horse, so it was pretty special she let me show him and getting along good to him meant a lot,” Plendl said. “He has always been a special horse to our family and I would like to thank everyone who was involved. It takes a team and I couldn’t do it without mine.”

Plendl’s lifetime earnings are now up to $486,729, according to EquiStat.

Click here for the full results of the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals.