Rebellicious & James Payne • Photo by S. Sylvester

Rebellicious Relishes Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Win

The transition from precocious 3-year-old to successful 4-year-old can be challenging for some cutting horses, but Rebellicious showed she continues to mature with flying colors.

The daughter of EquiStat Elite $3 Million Sire Metallic Rebel and trainer James Payne bagged another aged-event win during the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity 4-Year-Old Open finals on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

They won with a 224. It earned a paycheck of $32,000 for owner Kathleen Moore, of Madill, Oklahoma.

It came on the heels of a good 3-year-old season, where Payne campaigned the daughter of Style My Lizzy (by Lizzys Stylish Player) in the early futurities. They won the Southern Cutting Futurity 3-Year-Old Open, and were Reserve Champions in the same class at that year’s West Texas Futurity.

Payne said he always felt like Rebellicious was going to make a good Open horse, but he likes to take Open-caliber horses to the early futurities their 3-year-old year. It can be a good way for them to stand out.

However, being a good derby horse requires a horse to show more responsibility than they did at 3.

“It takes a little bit of a transition from doing the small futurities to being in the 4-year-old derbies,” said Payne, a winner of more than $4 million. “So much of the small futurities, you’re just kind of try to make them listen and not make a mistake. And, once they turn 4, it’s kind of like you better go hold the cow and just read the cow and be accurate.”

Rebellicious & James Payne • Photo by S. Sylvester

Rebellicious showed she’s up to the job. She’s also cowy and quick, which doesn’t hurt either.

In the 4-Year-Old Open finals at the Arbuckle, Payne said the mare was the best he’s had her be walking into the pen — meaning, she wasn’t too fresh and she wasn’t too tired. Rebellicious was just right.

“It’s the best … that I’ve had her to where she’s been very steady, but also very explosive and very bright like what she is,” he said.

The $32,000 first-place paycheck at the Arbuckle pushed her lifetime earnings to more than $84,721.

Payne will continue to show the Tim Drummond-bred mare in the 4-Year-Old Open. The plan is that her owner, Moore, also will show her in some Non-Pro events.

The Arbuckle Mountain Futurity 4-Year-Old Open Reserve Championship went to Nineteen 43 and Wesley Galyean, who marked a 223 for owner SMF Cutting Horses, LLC. Nineteen 42 is a son of Hottish and out of Lil Rattler (by Dual Rey).

Click here for the full order of finish from the 4-Year-Old Open finals at the 2023 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity.