On the last day of the West Texas Futurity, the Amateur riders took over the arena, and the excitement didn’t end until the last horse left the working area. The 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur finals were first, and Harlee Cogdell walked away with the Championship. With her grandmother’s horse Cat Cee between the reins, she took home a $4,000 paycheck after marking a 220.5.
Spectators filed into the Tri-State Exposition Arena on Saturday night for the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting, which was held in conjunction with the West Texas Futurity. The Open riders were up first, and they did not disappoint. At the end of the night, Glitter Done picked up her second consecutive Mercuria Open title with Adan Banuelos in the saddle.
The West Texas Futurity is in its final weekend of competition, and on Saturday morning, the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finalists took to the show pen. Out of 15 horse-and-rider teams, Lindy Ashlock and Little Miss One Time took home the Championship, the bragging rights and a check for $10,000.
On Thursday, Rieta Dufurrena piloted Stevie Rey Von to the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship at the West Texas Futurity. Their score of 224 was worth a $9,200 paycheck.
After two go-rounds of the 3-Year-Old Non-Pro at the West Texas Futurity, Luke Barnhart and his homebred mare Lizzy Hale clinched the Championship. Their composite score of 433 (219/214) was worth a $7,500 paycheck.
The West Texas Futurity has been full of exciting runs so far. The 3-Year-Old finals consisted of 25 horse-and-rider combinations vying for the first Futurity Open title of the 2016 season. After it was all said and done, Sweet Baby Marie walked away with the Championship.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular was packed with exciting moments. But hidden behind the thrill of a Non-Pro Triple Crown winner and several repeat champions with huge scores was a unique pattern in the draws and results.
Beau Galyean is on fire at the West Texas Futurity in Amarillo, Texas. On Sunday, he won the 4-year-old Open with Metallic Rebel, and yesterday he picked up another championship, this time on Magic Metallic.