Perfect Night in El Rancho!
Author: Lauren Middleton
With the end of an era closing in it seemed only fitting to give a little extra recognition to those that have made the Mercuria World Series of Cutting a reality. There is no better place to do that than at the El Rancho Futurity and Fiesta! It is a blast to attend from year to year and even better to compete in thanks to Carol Ward and her love of the sport of cutting.
The Jaeggi family and Chubby Turner made this dream a reality for the industry and gave extra purpose for the talented horses aging out of the limited aged events. It brought some added excitement and different feel to the arena making competitors look forward to these special events. There is no doubt that there will be more great things to come for the sport but the memories made over the last decade at the Mercuria events will last a lifetime.
Chubby Turner doing what he does best... teaching people about the sport of cutting!
Last night it was Bill Cowan and Billies Catty (Catty Hawk x Little Bonnie Blue) who rose to the occasion marking a 226 to take home the Non-Pro Mercuria win! It was a tough set but sometimes in the hardest situations the most amazing runs are made! This duo has had a fantastic year claiming several Mercuria titles already and continually being consistent. Bill was Mr. Consistency again this week in El Rancho having already claimed the Derby Non-Pro and Classic Non-Pro Championship titles! He was certainly on fire to say the least! This win added another $10,178.40 to their earnings for the year keeping them solidly in the standings.
Bill Cowan and Billies Catty
Reserve Champion was Suzanne Rodoni marking a 222 aboard Whiskey Cat (High Brow Cat x Jitters Brown) winning $8,058.80.
Suzanne Rodoni and Whiskey Cat
In the Open Russ Westfall showed everyone how it’s done marking a 225 riding Reyning Cats (Dual Rey x XY Zee), owned by Jerry and Suzanne Rava. He showed smart and knew how to handle the steers in the best way possible. It is hard to say he made it look easy because it still looked pretty tough but Russ is known for going for the gusto so it was the perfect fit. Adding his knowledge of how the cattle work on the west coast, you then have a recipe for success. They claimed a $12,780 check for their win adding to this great mare’s lifetime earnings and another title under both of their belts.
Russ Westfall and Reyning Cats
Reserve Champion was Tatum Rice riding Hashtags (Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag), owned by Hashtag Ventures LLP, claiming another $9,086.67 to go towards their lead in the Open World Standings. This check was also very special in this it put the stallion’s earnings over $440,000 making him the highest money earning son of Metallic Cat!
Tatum Rice and Hashtags
The arena was packed for the finals and the crowd supported every horse and rider both in their victories and defeat. That is the atmosphere you get when you go to El Rancho. You will not leave without feeling like you experienced something truly great.
There is one Mercuria Event left to go at the 2018 All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio next month but last night everyone took the time to thank the legendary trainer Chubby Turner for everything he has done to make this dream a reality. We are forever grateful for the impact he has made on us all and to our industry! Congratulations to the champions and thank you once again to Chubby and to the Jaeggi family!
Here is a short tribute video that was put together in honor of Chubby. It was played last night at the awards party in honor of everything he has contributed over the years!