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Gavin Callahan and Yung Mula * Photo by Seth Petit

Missed Sale Opportunity earns Gavin Callahan Championship Check

Gavin Callahan purchased Yung Mula from the Western Bloodstock sale as a yearling and intended on selling the sorrel as a two-year-old. This futurity season, he’s thanking his lucky stars that he kept the horse.

There is no reason to not want Yung Mula, that’s just horse business. If you buy or raise a well-bred horse you might have the opportunity to make some money on it before it heads to the show pen. To do so, it has to stay sound of mind and body, and looks don’t hurt.

Although Yung Mula is a sorrel without much chrome, his high-performance bloodlines made him a prime candidate for resale. Yung Mula is by EquiStat Elite $5 Million Sire Reyzin The Cash and out of Money Making Rose (by Metallic Cat) and was bred by Iron Rose Ranch. Money Making Rose earned over $19,000 in the cutting pen under Gary Gonslaves and made the finals at many events.

“He was supposed to go in the Western Bloodstock two-year-old sale and I forgot to enter him, I missed the deadline,” Callahan said.

“So I rode him throughout the year and before the futurity Cullen [Chartier] finished him up for me,” Callahan said. “And he’s been a pretty nice horse all the way around.”

Making Mula

Come futurity time, Yung Mula proved better than “pretty good” when he and Callahan made the Limited Open Finals. They drew fifth out in the first set and made the most of their run for owner Marvin Marmande.

“The cows were being a little tricky and I remember Cullen telling me before I went in to just really read the cows in the middle of the turn,” Callahan recalled. “I cut some pretty good cows but my second cow was pretty tricky and threw some stuff at us, but my horse handled it well and it all came together.”

They earned a 222 for reading their cattle well and took home $13,054.76 for their efforts.

“I’d like to thank everybody, first and foremost my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and my parents for always supporting me, my wife for having the horse prepared, and my four guys in the show pen, Paul Hansma, Randy Chartier, Cullen Chartier and Clay Johnson,” Gavin Callahan said.

Reserve Limited Open Champion

Ella Blazek of Fort Lupton, Colorado owned and showed Ristos Boon (Boon Too Suen x Miss Aristolcrat x Boon A Little) to the Limited Open Reserve Championship with a score of 217.5. The pair earned $11,978.37 for their efforts.