Scott Amos and Katilac Ranch roared from the last draw to win the 2023 NCHA Futurity Intermediate Open Championship in Fort Worth, Texas. * Photo by Seth Petit

Big Hearted Katilac Ranch & Scott Amos Win NCHA Futurity Intermediate Open

As the final draw of the 32-horse Intermediate Open finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, Scott Amos was looking for some good cows that fit his horse, Katilac Ranch.

He had a plan going in, but it was going to take a strong effort to best the 221.5 marked by the current leader. It wasn’t time to play it safe.

“You know, I just figured, ‘Hey, I’m last [draw] and we’re just gonna go for it.’ There was not a lot of cows that I liked, and I was trying to cut the only kind of creamy gray cow and it didn’t act good. It actually came up, [but] I let it go. And then I went with that fresh black [cow] on top — [that] was walking on top. So, I just took it.”

It was a lot of cow, but Katilac Ranch handled it well — putting the finishing touches on a 224.5-point run that earned him and Amos, of Loma, Colorado, the championship. It earned $22,994 for owner Rockin R Ranch, of Palmer, Texas.

Amos attributed the gelding’s success to his big heart — ” He’s got a big heart for little horse,” — as well as his quickness. The horse was bought as a yearling from breeders Robert and Connie Rust.

“He’s just so cowy, and he’s just a just really hard stopper and he just is quick out of the stop. He’s very quick,” Amos said. “That’s probably his best thing: is his run, stop and getting out of there, out of that hole.”

The Intermediate Open win with Katilac Ranch was the EquiStat Elite $1 Million Rider’s first championship at the NCHA Futurity. He also made the NCHA Futurity Open semifinals on Dec. 8 on Katilac Ranch and another Rockin R Ranch’s horse, Covered Up (CR Gotcha Covered x Desires Dixie Cat x High Brow Cat).

Knowing how tough the horse industry can be, Amos is definitely taking time to appreciate the success as it’s happening.

“Oh, it’s fun. It’s great,” he said. “You know, it’s crazy because it doesn’t happen all the time so you’ve kind of got to enjoy the moment. You eat a lot of humble pie — I have foundered on humble pie.”

Amos thanked his help: daughter, Sidney, rode the horse to help get him ready, while Casey Green, John Mitchell, Jesse Lennox and Cookie Banuelos helped him in the pen.

“It takes a village,” he said.

A Closer Look at Katilac Ranch

Bred by the Rusts, of Gordon, Texas, Katilac Ranch is a sorrel gelding by EquiStat Elite $9 Million Sire Kit Kat Sugar and out of Jewels Gotta Lizzy (by Lizzys Gotta Player). 

He’s one of two money-earning performers on his dam’s EquiStat produce record, being a full sibling to 2021 NCHA Open World Champion Sugrspiznevrthingniz ($295,393).

NCHA Futurity Intermediate Open Reserve Champions

The NCHA Futurity Intermediate Open Reserve Championship went to Check Republic and Boyd Rice, who marked a 221.5 to earn $21,316 for owner Sarco Creek Ranch, of Goliad, Texas. Check Republic is a gelding by EquiStat Elite $8 Million Sire Im Countin Checks and out of Mollys Best Cat (by Smooth As A Cat). He was bred by Joseph McKowen, of Jackson, Louisiana.