Blakley Simoneaux and Crimsonnette * Photo by Brandon D'Albor

New Year’s Resolution Reached in January by Crimsonnette & Simoneaux

New Year’s resolutions aren’t for everybody, and Blakely Simoneaux didn’t use that exact phrase, but she did set a goal for Crimsonnette to reach $100,000 in show earnings this year. As of the new year, the mare by Bamacat and out of Wood She Be Neat (by Nitas Wood) was up to $99,965 according to EquiStat.

The mare had just $33 to her goal, and made the finals at the Augusta Futurity in January. There, she and Simoneaux tied for fifth and banked $3,676. The six-year-old reached her goal, but she wasn’t done.

“She was feeling good so we decided to keep showing her,” Simoneaux said. “We took her to the Ike and I won the 5/6 Non Pro there, so I think from here we’ll just keep showing her at the bigger shows as long as she’s feeling good.”

Although she may eventually retire to the broodmare band, Crimsonnette has had a stellar career with EquiStat Elite $1 Million Rider Cade Shepard and Simoneaux riding her. Shepard piloted the mare to many finals including the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Limited Open, the Southern Cutting Futurity, NCHA Summer Spectacular, Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, The Ike and The Augusta Futurity just to name a few.

“Austin and Cade Shepard have had her for all of her aged-event career up until this year so they did a lot of the work on her. But now me and my husband Chet have her mainly just to go have fun and try to finish out her aged-event career,” Simoneaux explained.

The rest of the horse’s career is set up to be a lot of fun, especially after their win at The Ike.

“It all ended up working out for us and she was really good that morning, so we’re just very grateful to have a good morning,” Simoneaux said.

She and Crimsonnette marked a 221 to take home $6,486 for their records and owner Madalyn Cowart. They’re ready to make their mark at a few more shows before the mare begins any breeding career.

“I just want to thank all my help and my husband for working her and keeping her ready, I just have to thank everybody,” she said.

Reserve Champion

Nate Pettitt marked a 219 on Hot Night Roll (High Brow Cat x Sofie Rey x Dual Rey) to take home $5,101. The six-year-old already has a show record of $93,123 according to EquiStat and could also reach the $100,000 mark in 2024.