Mercuria In Idaho Makes Big Impact
Author: Lauren Middleton
The 2017 Idaho Futurity has come to a close and was one of the best yet! Everyone feels welcome as soon as they arrive and the management of this show go above and beyond to make things the very best for all of us. One of the highlights for the show was the Mercuria World Series of Cutting Event as it is with all shows of which they are associated. In Idaho however, they take it that much further by selling tables and dinner for the evening following that with a Calcutta of all of the finalists. This year a percentage of the purse for the Calcutta went towards supporting Protect the Harvest, something all of us as cutters and involved in agriculture are passionate about. Everything leading up to the finals made arena have an electric feel that you could not help but enjoy!
In the Non Pro it was none other than Carol Ward riding Spooked By A Cat (Cat Ichi x San Starlight) marking a 221 that claimed the championship. Carol is no stranger to the winner’s circle, this happens to be her third Mercuria win on her gelding “G”. She truly enjoys the sport and puts so much back into it over and over again. In fact she is producing the El Rancho Futurity that will be held next week and host the next leg of the Mercuria World Series! She was all smiles throughout her run making it easy to get goose bumps for her success. They collected a hefty check for $10,823.20 boosting them considerably in the Non Pro World Standings.
Carol Ward and Spooked By A Cat
Reserve Champion was Kylie Rice riding Snap Crackle Cat (High Brow Cat x Dual Snap) marking a 219! Kylie and “Crackle” are holding the second place spot in the Non Pro World Standings; their $8,542.40 check closed the gap a little bit more between her and leader April Whitman.
Kylie Rice and Snap Crackle Cat
Third Place was Katie Fonsen Young riding For Instance (SR Instant Choice x Travalen Tessie) marking a 216 picking up a $6,261.60 check!
Katie Fonsen Young and For Instance
In the Open Tom Shelly put together an action packed run on his young Stallion Metallic Al (Metallic Cat x Amandas Little Star), owned by Metallic Al LLC. marking a 225 for the win and the $10,970.40 champion’s check. This duo is known for fast in your face runs and this one was no different. There are several stand out young stallions already by the great producer Metallic Cat and “Al” happens to be one of them. His first babies have hit the ground this year and are looking promising for him to be a formidable producer as well.
Tom Shelly and Metallic Al
Reserve Champion was Tatum Rice riding Eazee E (High Brow Cat x Zee Dually) owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight marking a 220 winning a $8,652.80 check to keep them climbing towards the top spot in the Open World standings that is currently being held by Austin Shepard. Both Tatum and his wife Kylie had a stand out evening in the Mercuria World Series of Cutting Finals!
Tatum Rice and Eazee E
Third place was held down by two extreme competitors, Beau Galyean riding Metallic Rebel (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra) owned by Thomas Guinn and Clint Allen riding QB Cat (High Brow Cat x Quinton Blue) owned by David and Stacy McDavid, both marking 219s. They each collected a $5,176.40 check for their efforts.
Beau Galyean and Metallic Rebel Clint Allen and QB Cat
We are on to the next leg of Mercuria Events to be held at the El Rancho Futurity and others are already in Monroe, La at the Cotton Stakes! Good Luck to all and as always Cutting Horse Central will be keeping everyone up to date on all of the latest news at these upcoming events!