During 150 dramatic seconds in Paso Robles, Calif., on Nov. 2, the 3-year-old mare Sally Cats Meow earned $32,000 and upgraded her status from solid cutting prospect to possibly great one.
The horse, bred and owned by Tom Bailey’s Iron Rose Ranch of Cardonbale, Colo., carried Gary Gonsalves, of Millsap, Texas, to a final-round 225 and the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association/Borjon Auto Center Futurity Open Championship.
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The 2013 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity yielded a lot of great stories, like that of Open Champion Nick Dowers and Time For The Diamond, which starts on page 42.
One story that isn’t included in that coverage, however, involves an old man and a horse. He wasn’t a competitor, trainer, assistant or groom; he was just an old cowboy with a horse. He pulled into Reno in a homemade horse trailer that doubles as his living quarters for eight months out of the year, rode in the practice pens, watched cow horses compete and mingled amongst horsemen day after day.
Calgary, CN – Oct. 6-20, 2013
257 Entries - $104,000 Added - $284,310.99 Total Purse
This month, the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity starts in Fort Worth, Texas. It is one more very big deal, the pivot point of our world. It is the first time these 3-, coming 4-year-old horses have a hand dropped in real competition, in front of real judges.
BIG SKY MONTANA FUTURITY
Kalispell, MT - August 12-18, 2013
117 Entries - $35,500 Added - $76,464.28 Total Purse
WEST TEXAS FUTURITY AND MATURITY
Amarillo, TX - Aug. 10-18, 2013
680 Entries - $165,500 Added - $500,314.65 Total Purse
He Bea Cat, a 4-year-old gelding trained and ridden by Tarin Rice, made a major and possibly decisive move toward capturing the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Horse of the Year title with a win at the Southern Cutting Futurity.