Open Results in Waco!
Author: Lauren Middleton
With the 2017 show season winding down and everyone starting to focus on the NCHA Futurity horses we cannot forget there are still a few more aged events going on and some pretty fun ones at that! The Waco Texas Futurity is one that so many of us finish out the year attending. The facility is great along with the staff, which draws people to the cutting year to year.
Chris Bates finished out the fall futurity season with a bang marking a 223 to win the Open Futurity aboard GCH Land and Cattle’s Smooth Dual Kick (Smooth As A Cat). They collected a $4,400 check plus the Home Grown Division Champion’s check amounting to $1,891.75. This division is unique to the Waco Texas Futurity and an exceptional idea to reward breeders as it is an achievement in itself just to get one that is raised into the show pen! Chris has been campaigning hard this fall taking his horses up and down the road. It has certainly paid off for both him and the owners at GCH Land and Cattle.
Chris Bates and Smooth Dual Kick
Reserve Champion of the Open Futurity was Craig Thompson riding Thommo (Thomas E Hughes) a gelding owned by he and his wife Sasha. This is the pair’s second Reserve Championship in the past two weeks! This title added another $3,800 to their earnings along with the Gelding Division Champion’s check for $1,476.45.
Craig Thompson and Thommo
Limited Open Champion in the Open Futurity was Dean Domann riding KTZ Cash Money (KTZ Rey Of Cash) owned by Rodney Wrinkle Cutting Horses. They marked a 215.5 for the win collecting a $2,120.35 check to go with their third place check of $2,882.53 in the finals.
Dean Domann and KTZ Cash Money
In the Derby Open Finals it was Jaime Snider and Reysin Kittens (Dual Rey x Kittens) owned by the Bitterroot Ranch that finished on top marking a 225! The win added another $4,000 to the gelding’s earnings, which just recently passed the $100,000 mark. They also were the Gelding Division Champions adding another $1,542.07 to their haul for the show. This duo has had an excellent year being finalists at countless shows along with several championships. They are finished up for the year now but will come back strong in the Classic Open Division next year!
Jamie Snider and Reysin Kittens
Reserve Champion of the Derby Open was Jon Burgess riding SG Sheza Metallic (Metallic Cat) owned by Louis and Judy Gutierre marking a 221. They took home a $3,500 check!
Jon Burgess and SG Sheza Metallic
Limited Derby Open Champion was Clay Cerny riding E Laine (Thomas E Hughes) owned by Don and Kathy Boone marking a 220.5! They collected a $2,214.68 for the win along with their third place check of $3,000 in the finals.
Clay Cerny and E Laine
Not wanting to be shown up by his father in law Jon Burgess, Chris Hanson rounded out the Open Finals today winning the Classic Open marking a 221 aboard Fancy Rey (Dual Rey x Kaboonsmal) owned by Charles Burger. They added another $3,500 to their earnings for the year. He and this mare have been known for putting together some big runs so it was no surprise to see them in the winner’s circle!
Chris Hanson and Fancy Rey
Russ Carroll was the Reserve Champion in the Classic Open riding Metallic Safari (Metallic Cat) owned by Timman and Jessie Maupin marking a 220.5. They took home a $3,200 check. They were also the Limited Open Champions adding another $2,296.70 to their earnings.
Russ Carroll and Metallic Safari
Champion of the Gelding Division of the Classic Open was Stylin One Time (One Time Pepto) ridden by Craig Thompson earning a $1,968.60 check for owners John and Janice Campbell.
Craig Thompson and Stylin One Time
The Top Open Money Earner at the Waco Texas Futurity was Craig Thompson! He received a Jeff Smith trophy saddle for the win and is pictured below with one of the main producers of the show, Raymond Shumate. This is another unique aspect of this show and an extra draw for open riders to attend!
As at so many of these shows the Non Pro and Amateur riders will round out the show. Stay tuned for more updates and good luck to everyone from all of us at Cutting Horse Central.