Morgan Cromer Claims Open Futurity Win in Las Vegas
Author: Lauren Middleton
The 2017 Fall Futurity season is beginning to wind down with only a few left to go until we reach the NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. That being said we want to congratulate Morgan Cromer on her Open Futurity Championship at the PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity in Las Vegas aboard Moon Cat CD (Cats Full Moon x Chic CD Lights) owned by Bob Corlett. They marked a 219 to claim the $21,000 check! Morgan had a fantastic show collecting over $70,000 in earnings for this one event. She also received the first ever Tim Smith Showmanship Award for being the highest Open money earner for the show this year.
The success for Morgan’s barn did not end there, as a number of her customers were Champions, Reserve Champions, and finalists in their respective classes. Her assistant trainer Ashley Bosack also was the Classic Intermediate Open Champion earlier in the week. Many trainers will tell you that they get more enjoyment out of seeing their clients do well and getting to enjoy the horses that they have worked so hard to train. Morgan is always celebrating their victories and supportive in their defeats, we believe this is one reason that they enjoy the program so much. That is really what it is all about for so many of the people participating in this sport!
Morgan Cromer and her crew were lucky enough to celebrate several great days throughout the show!
Reserve Champion was Phil Hanson riding Metallicish (Metallic Cat) owned by Jerry and Melinda Black. They marked a 218 to take home the hefty $18,853.27 check! Metallicish was also the Gelding Division Champion adding another $2,700.44 to their earnings for the show.
Phil Hansen and Metallicish
The Intermediate Open Futurity Champion was David Costello riding his own horse Smart Dual Bliss (Dual Smart Rey x Blissful). They marked a 222 to take home the win and the $6,000 Champion’s check. This class continued the really exciting opportunity that the PCCHA has provided for Open riders that qualify for the event. There are a number of ways to be eligible for the class and ultimately gives the riders another chance to do well on the horses for both themselves and the owners. In David’s case he was both! They had a tough run in a testy group of cows but came out victorious and celebrated with friends. It was fun to see everyone so excited after the run!
David Costello and Smart Dual Bliss
Reserve Champion was Shad Platt riding Early Christmas Cat owned by Peter and Beth Spadoni marking a 219. They took home a $5,000 Reserve Champion’s check.
Shad Platt and Early Christmas Cat
In the Non Pro Futurity Ty Moore added another win to his long list this fall riding Sweet Sister Cat (Metallic Cat x Heavens Little Angel). This was the duo’s fourth consecutive win for the year making them quite the dream team! They marked a solid 218.5 to collect the $8,500 Champion’s check. Ty is not one for words but there is no doubt that he is happy with this solid little mare. These early shows with the three year olds are tough to be consistent in making this that much more special. There are so many things that they have to handle at such a young age it is impressive to watch.
Reserve Champion was Michelle Barnes riding Keefer (Cats Merada x Keechi Pep) marking a 217 to claim a $7,345.91 along with the Gelding Division Champion’s check amounting to $1,764.
The Non Pro Futurity Senior Champion was Debbie Hall riding Myreyorthehighrey (Reys Dual Badger). The pair marked a 214 to collect the $1,045.33 check. Debbie was also the Limited Non Pro Champion adding another $1,306.67 to their great show!
Congratulations to all of the finalists and champions from everyone here at Cutting Horse Central.