After four rounds of competition, the National Cutting Horse Association and Borden Milk crowned a new Futurity champion Saturday night. One Time Royalty and Lloyd Cox, Fort Morgan, Colo., markedAfter four rounds of competition, the National Cutting Horse Association and Borden Milk crowned a new Futurity champion Saturday night. One Time Royalty and Lloyd Cox, Fort Morgan, Colo., marked
Fort Worth, TX -- After four rounds of competition, the National Cutting Horse Association and Borden Milk crowned a new Futurity champion Saturday night. One Time Royalty and Lloyd Cox, Fort Morgan, Colo., marked an event record 230 to capture the Open title. One Time Royalty's owner, Matthews Cutting Horses, won $250,000 for the win.
One Time Royalty is the son of Matthews Cutting Horses' great sire One Time Pepto. This was the sire's first foal crop to show, and One Time Pepto's offspring are off to a tremendous career. Two days prior to the Open, Austin Blake, Canyon, Texas, won the Non-Pro division on another One Time Pepto son, One Rockin Pepto. One Time Pepto is the only sire to have champion offspring in both the Open and Non-Pro divisions in his first foal crop. He sired a total of 12 finalists in the various Futurity classes.
This was Cox's first Futurity victory, although he came close twice before. He finished second in 1996 on One Time Royalty's dam, Royal Serena Belle and again in 2003 on Twice As Reycy.
Wesley Galyean, Claremore, Okla., came in reserve with a 222 aboard Some Like It Hott. Drawing close to the middle of the first bunch, his score held through the first set of cattle. Galyean won the Futurity in 2004 on this horse's sire, Spots Hot. His brother, Beau, and father, Jody, were previous Futurity champions. Cox has earnings exceeding $4.6 million, and is in NCHA's Riders Hall of Fame. He's previously ridden 12 horses to the Futurity finals.
Austin Blake and One Rockin Pepto took the Non Pro championship with a score of 222. It was Blake's first time in the Futurity finals, and the last time he will show One Rockin Pepto. Blake sold the gelding to Rick Reeves, Hallsville, Texas, prior to the Non-Pro finals. Blake purchased One Rockin Pepto as a yearling at the 2008 Futurity sales and trained the horse himself. "He's a neat horse. Smart. He just wants to be a good horse and tries to please me every time," said Blake. One Rockin Pepto is a half-brother of Rockin By Choice, who has more than $300,000 in lifetime earnings.
Laura Fenimore, College Station, Texas, and Misplaced Cat topped the Amateur with 219.5 points. Drawing third from last was not ideal for Fenimore, but despite a herd that had been picked over she pulled out a win on the WR This Cats Smart mare.
Misplaced Cat has been in training with Ronnie Rice, Grandview, Texas. Rice and Fenimore have been working together since 2003 when Fenimore was still in the youth division. "She's been pretty tough," Fenimore said. "She's a hot little mare, and he's camped on her -- sometimes all day long. He's put a lot of effort into her."
Matthews Cutting Horses Limited Non-Pro
In her first time in the Futurity finals, Colleen Wold, Brenham, Texas, and Ka Blue E, by Mecom Blue, marked a 219 to win the Limited Non-Pro. "He turned it on tonight," Wold said.
Ka Blue E was started and trained by Ben Johnson, Brenham, Texas. Kathy Daughn, Gonzales, Texas, helped finish Ka Blue E in the last six weeks. Wold sited Daughn's help as an asset to her victory.
John Deere Division of the Open
Ken Platt, Fort Lupton, Colo., and Downtown Smarts started off the first of five Futurity finals with a 221 to win the John Deere Division of the Open. The pair drew first and never looked back. Downtown Smarts is owned by Dwight and Kathi Fisher, Denver, Colo.
"It's a tough spot, but this is a great horse and that's what makes the difference," Platt said.
The Fishers purchased Downtown Smarts at last year's Futurity sales upon Platt's recommendation. He was started by Jessie Pritchard, Thompsons Station, Tenn., and consigned by Painted Springs Farm.