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Bella Anderson riding Mavrik * Photo by EM Photography

Bella Anderson and Mavrik take Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Year-Old Non Pro Championship

When Bella Anderson loaded up the trailer to go to the Abilene Spectacular she didn’t have plans on taking Mavrik. The 2018 gelding by Metallic Cat and out of Inmyownsweettime (by One Time Pepto) is mainly her mother’s horse but has carried every member of the family to finals, this time it was Bella‘s turn to take him all the way to the winners circle.

“My mom was just busy with stuff here around the ranch and hadn’t been riding as much as I had, so she just told me to go show them [Mavrik and Burin It Down],” Bella said.

According to EquiStat, the gelding has earned himself $64,634 in the show pen. He started a strong career by making the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Non Pro Finals with Karen Anderson (Bella’s mother). Although Anderson Cattle Co. officially owns Mavrik, he is Karen’s horse for the most part.

Since then, he’s carried Steve Anderson to a 4 Year-old Championship at the West Texas cutting, Caleb Anderson through a few finals runs, and trainer RL Chartier to many finals.

Spectacular in Abilene

Bella made it back to the 5/6 Year-Old open finals in Abilene with not one, but two horses. She also rode her own horse Cashin Dirty Deeds (Reyzin The Cash x Little Dirty Deeds x High Brow CD). With only four horses in the finals, it was a rush for Bella to get on Mavrik and be ready to show for a second time.

“I got off my other horse and got right on him and just kind of didn’t do much to him,” Bella said.

Luckily, RL Chartier and Clay Johnson were watching cattle and ready to be her herd help.

“My main goal was just to have three clean cuts on him. And that horse is so much fun he knows exactly what to do and we get the cows cut,” Bella reminisced on their 217.5 run.

She was excited to show the gelding who always has a good personality.

“He’s definitely that chill puppy dog gelding until he gets to the show pen and then he’s got a lot of intensity on a cow,” she said.

She and Burin It Down (Hottish x Smooth Sneakin x Smooth As A Cat) made the 4 year-old Non Pro Finals as well.