Hashtags and Tatum Rice Wow in BI 5/6-Year-Old Open

Author: Alex Taft

Hashtags and Tatum Rice Wow in BI 5/6-Year-Old Open

It was clear when looking at the Breeder’s Invitational (BI) 5/6-Year-Old Open draw, it was anyone’s game. The field was stacked with some of the industry’s top performers, which included some National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Triple Crown Champions.

When Lloyd Cox and Copperish (by Metallic Cat) marked a 222 as the first draw, it was even further confirmed that everyone would need to bring their best to walk away with the Championship. 

The competition was tough throughout, but it’s said that the best is typically saved for last. Hashtags (Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag) and Tatum Rice (opening photo by BXPhoto) proved that old adage to be true when they marked a big 224.5 from the last hole. The cattle selection can be difficult when you have a late position, but Tatum made the best of the situation.

Tatum Rice & Hashtags

“We thought we had some good ones left,” Tatum said. “Robbie [Boyce] actually cut two of my favorite ones. I worked a gold baldy first, and she was really good. On the second cut, I had the grey white tail and the gold star up there. Neither one of them felt very good, so I ended up on a rerun. She was quite a bit, but the horse handled it really good. I ended up working two reruns, but the horse just took care of it.”

Their ability to improvise and perform paid off with a $21,707 paycheck, which pushed the 5-year-old stallion to lifetime earnings of more than $335,000, according to the NCHA. To top it off, the Championship also unofficially moved “Tag” up five spots to fourth in the NCHA Open Horse of the Year race!

Hashtags has always been a star in the show pen, but this season there was another element added. The stallion’s breeding career took off this year, having roughly 250 mares booked, but Tatum said Tag has adjusted to his newly balanced schedule like the champ he is.

 “We have been showing a lot,” Tatum said. “I have shown him every weekend since the Super Stakes, and he has just gotten better and better the whole time. He will have a couple weeks off and then we will go to The Non-Pro [Plus the Open].”

Reserve & Gelding Champions

Robbie Boyce and Hesa Money Maker (by Im Countin Checks) also made a big impression at the BI. They marked a big 224 to claim both the Reserve and Gelding titles. Their stellar performance brought in paychecks totaling $20,865. That pay day brought Hesa Money Maker, who is owned by Roger Anderson, to lifetime earnings of $79,859.

Robbie Boyce & Hesa Money Maker

That 224 is the highest score "Chunkers" has ever earned, and Robbie is thrilled with the way things turned out for the gelding at the BI.

"I was glad we got some cows cut that were good for that horse, and I can't ask for anything better," Robbie said. "It was exciting. It feels really good. The cows were tough today and really strong, so I felt like I was going to over match him. But, I don't feel like I did. He just really tried hard. He is a really simple horse and really likes his job. It worked out good."

Robbie celebrating after his run!

Third-place honors

Third honors went to Eddie Flynn and Play Miss Boonsmal (by Peptoboonsmal), who marked a 222.5, worth $14,056. Play Miss Boonsmal, who is owned by Danny Jones, now boasts a lifetime record of nearly $175,000.

Eddie Flynn & Play Miss Boonsmal

Limited Open Champions

The 5/6-Year-Old Limited Open Championship went to Tyler Lewis and Lowrance Horse Division-owned Dandy Cat (by Metallic Cat), who marked a 215 on the first day.

Tyler Lewis & Dandy Cat • Photo by BXPhoto


Congratulations to all of the finalists from all of us here at Cutting Horse Central. We always appreciate witnessing a great cutting, and the BI 5/6-Year-Old Open finals was definitely one to remember!

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