Cade Shepard had a family connection to Boon To Be Deluxe, even before the horse was born. He was honored to ride him at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity and is even more proud to be doing the horse justice in the start of his 4 year-old career.
“I actually showed his mother a little bit in the youth,” Cade said.
Boon To Be Deluxe is by Boon Too Suen and out of Deluxe Checks (by Im Countin Checks). Austin Shepard, Cade’s father and EquiStat Elite $10 Million Rider, piloted Deluxe Checks to the NCHA World Championship in 2017.
Rhein and Amanda Standish still own Deluxe Checks and bred Boon To Be Deluxe. He was sold as a yearling in the NCHA Futurity Western Bloodstock Sale. Then Lew Hall ended up with him and put him in training with Charlie Henderson, who previously worked for Austin Shepard, who rode him his 2 year-old year. Then, Cade and Austin rode him for his 3 year-old year.
Cade and Boon To Be Deluxe had some tough luck at the NCHA Futurity as well as The Augusta Futurity finals but the two put a big run together at The Ike. Although he had to make up some ground from his first score, and show in the 4 year-old novice, Boon To Be Deluxe took it all in stride.
“Every run that I showed him in he got quicker and brighter, just getting the runs under his belt really felt like it made him into a show horse,” Cade said.
The horse really put on a show in the finals. From draw 3, he picked out just two cattle and marked a 226 that held for the rest of the class.
“My first cow was good. The second cow got in a really good spot, and I drove it up there and cut it,” Cade recalled. “I think I put my hand down with 43 seconds left and she was really good and never really gave me an opportunity to get off so we just we just kept working her and working her until the buzzer.”
Cade wanted to thank Lew Hall for giving him the opportunity to ride the horse as well as his dad and his uncle Harris Shepard for helping him in the herd, and Sean Flynn and Michael Cooper who were his turn back help.
“I was thinking about staying [with the second cow] and then my dad said something to me about staying, and everything was still good. So I was confident in it, that the cow was gonna stay good, but it’ll definitely get you a little wound up when you work one for that long,” Cade said of his 226 run.
The pair earned $31,859 at The Ike and have big plans to attend the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity next.
The second and third place slots in The Ike Open 4 year-old finals were both filled by Cade’s father, Austin. Austin’s reserve champion horse is Cuteish Desire (Dual Reyish x Desires Kitty Cat x High Brow Cat) owned by Billy Wolf. She marked a 223.5 to best Wolf’s other 4 year-old that Austin was also riding and take home $27,645.
Reyzin Jewels is by EquiStat Elite $6 Million Sire Reyzin The Cash and out of My Jewels Missin (by Lenas Jewel Bars. Reyzin Jewels scored a 222 to take home $23,431 for Wolf.