Bittersweet Victory for Scott Amos in the Intermediate Derby Open in Vegas
Author: Mark Michels
The first finals of the 2018 Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association’s PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity were held at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon and were dominated by Colorado cowboy Scott Amos.
Scott qualified two horses for the Trainers Gold - Open Intermediate Cutting Stakes Finals and set the pace early working out of the second hole draw and posting a 219 aboard Hershay Kiss (Metallic Cat x Short A Shay) owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses. This combination would ultimately end up the Reserve Champions and collect the $3,900 pay check.
Reserve Champion Scott Amos & Hershay Kiss owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses
When Scott walked to the herd aboard Cornrey (Dual Smart Rey x Bobcorn) owned by Hank & Karen True as the last team to work he told us that the plan was to just try to “go have fun and go cut” and his cow picking team consisting of Kenny Platt & Kody Porterfield had some cows in mind including a red baldy they thought would work. Porterfield told Scott not to cut the “red baldy” first though as he had some reservations on that one. As many of you who have shown cutters before know, when someone tells you NOT to cut a certain cow there is a mysterious magnetic force that somehow always ends up having you cut that cow first. This is exactly what happened to Scott but got his run started off right and immediately had the judges sitting up and paying attention.
Champion Scott Amos & Cornrey owned by Hank & Karen True scored a 221.5
Watch Scott's winning run below:
When the scoreboard lit up a 221.5 it was time to celebrate the moment with Kody Porterfield and the rest of his help including Kenny Platt, LLoyd Cox & Gary Gonsalves as Scott realized he had just clinched the win and would collect the $5,000 winner’s check.
Full results below:
Unfortunately the celebration did not last long though as Scott later received word that his dad had succumbed to a valient but brief battle with cancer. Scott knew going into the finals that his dad's battle was nearing the end stages so this was not a total surprise to him but nonetheless still tough news to deal with.
Scott later posted the following comments on his facebook page and we would like to extend our thoughts, prayers and condolences to all the Amos family on behalf of his cutting family:
“Heaven gained a good man today!! Love you Dad thanks for everything you taught me!! Your my best friend!! I'll keep the cows full and the hay growing! Godspeed”
(Photos below shared from Scott's facebook page)