Husband and Wife Tag Australian NCHA Futurity Titles
Author: Alex Taft
When we think of Futurity season, we typically think of the last few months of the year in Fort Worth, Texas. But the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity in Australia brought plenty of mid-year action and just wrapped up.
Todd Graham celebrated with his help Peter Shumack, Corey Holden, Dean Holden and Heath Sinclair after clinching the Futurity Open title on Duplicity. • Photo by Liz Speed Photography
Just like our Futurity in the states, the Australian Futurity brought some of the nation’s top competitors to compete for huge purses and bigger glory. The SDP Buffalo Ranch Open Futurity finals saw packed stands and high stakes, and the last draw of the bunch impressed the best.
Todd Graham had three horses in the finals. After some tough luck with his first two draws, Todd knew he had to put everything he had into his final run on Duplicity (Dual Rey x Dainty Pepto Girl).
Todd and Duplicity, who is owned and bred by Lloyd and Carlee Neilsen, marked a big 223 to claim the big Open Championship. Of course, bragging rights are not the only things they garnered that day. The team also collected a $75,000 paycheck to add to their bankroll.
See Todd's winning run on Duplicity here!
Lynda Maccallum rounded out an amazing show on her own Tom Williamson-bred Metallic Storm (Metallic Cat x Oaks Chime). She earned the Reserve Championship and $34,322 after marking a solid 219 as the third draw of the finals.
Third-place honors was split between Lindsey Wheatley on Reyving Lunacat (This Cats Destiny x Reyving Reviews) and Phil Dawson on Shines Like Metallic (Metallic Cat x Stylish In Time). Both teams marked a 216 and took home $17,669. Reyving Lunacat is owned and bred by Aaron and Lindsey Wheatley, and Shines Like Metallic is owned by Belinda Staib and was bred by Peter Shakespeare. The Limited Open Championship went to Mathew Oakley and Hell Blazer, who marked a 212.
Todd Graham’s excitement at the Australian Futurity didn’t stop at his Open win. His wife, Jackie, was entered in the Futurity Non-Pro and advanced to the finals. Unlike Todd, however, she was the first draw. With that position comes a unique set of challenges like having to set the stage for the rest of the field.
Jackie Graham & One Moore Choice • Photo by Liz Speed Photography
But just like Todd, Jackie stepped up to the challenge on homebred One Moore Choice (No Moore One Moore x Roses By Choice) and marked a 218 to clinch the Non-Pro Championship for the second year in a row! Peter Shumack and Ally Time marked a 215.5 as the second-to-last draw to pick up the Reserve Championship.
To view the complete results from the Australian NCHA Futurity, click here.