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Nadine Payne & Desires A Gun • Photo by Dawn Baxstrom

No Payne No Gain At West Texas Futurity

Desires A Gun walked into her first showpen at the West Texas Futurity in Amarillo, Texas, piloted by owner Nadine Payne. When she rode out of the arena she had claimed her first title as the 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Champion. The Boon Too Suen mare couldn’t have made Payne happier with her performance. “It’s very exciting!” […]
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Payne and Anderson Seeing Double at the West Texas Futurity

The West Texas Futurity featured the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting Open and Non-Pro finals, drawing a big audience, big payouts and a great sense of déjà vu after the NCHA Summer Spectacular, which ended in early August. James Payne and Playgun stallion PG Heavily Armed spent more than two minutes […]
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Mamas Stylish Sophie and German Lugo Take 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur Title

The West Texas Futurity Amateur finals showcased the 4-, 5- and 6-year-old standouts in the showpen on Aug. 19 in Amarillo, Texas. 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur Rider: German Lugo Lifetime earnings: $93,552 Horse: Mamas Stylish Sophie 14M (One Time Pepto x Stylish Amanda x Docs Stylish Oak) Lifetime earnings: $63,608 Owner: German Lugo, Gainville, Texas Breeder: […]
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Drummond and Metallize Sweep 4-Year-Old Non-Pro at the West Texas Futurity

Tim Drummond piloted Metallize to the lead in the first go of the West Texas Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro, where a 221 in a field of 56 horse-and-rider teams made them kings of the jungle. He returned with the Metallic Cat gelding, known affectionately as “Tarzan,” the next day for the finals, where he held onto that […]
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Stylish Hailee & James Payne Set Trend At West Texas Futurity

The West Texas Futurity debuted a new crop of performers, chomping at the bit to make a name for themselves in the 3-Year-Old Open finals. In the end, Stylish Hailee, piloted by Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider James Payne, rose to the top with a 219 marked from the fifth draw, which remained unchallenged throughout the 15-horse […]
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Dual Smart Rey Progeny Tie It Up at West Texas Futurity!

The West Texas Futurity kicked off on Thursday, Aug. 9, in Amarillo, Texas. On Sunday, Aug. 12, the Derby Open featured 24 horse-and-rider teams competing for the title, two of which marked a 225, tying for the win. Matt Miller, aboard Carolena Reyn, and Beau Galyean, riding Rollz Royce, were both awarded a check for $8,000. […]
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Kenli Marvin’s Cinderella Story

Kenli Marvin first saw Cinderella Cat (PT) four years ago in a sale ring trotting alongside her dam, Miss Instant Choice (PT) (by HB Instant Choice [PT]). “I had a Paint Horse when I was a kid, but circumstances took her away from me. I always said I would own a Paint Horse again. Then […]
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Vangilder Didn’t Take It Eazee

When Jim Vangilder rode into the arena at the Will Rogers last night, it was only the third time he had been aboard the 4-year-old gelding Take It Eazee. But that didn’t stop them from marking a 220 from the fourth draw to win the Metallic Cat National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Derby […]