Kody Porterfield Aces in Vegas

Author: Alex Taft

Kody Porterfield Aces in Vegas

There was a competitive group of horse and rider combinations in the PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Intermediate Open finals, but one pair shined above the rest. 

Kody Porterfield & Santallico Cat

As the second-to-last draw, Kody Porterfield gave it everything he had on Greg and Shelly Coalson’s Santallico Cat (Metallic Cat x Sids Sanolena), and that paid off when he scored a 224 to top the class. 

This win worth $6,000 pushed Santallico Cat’s lifetime earnings beyond the $50,000 mark, so that made the Championship even more special for the pair!

Kody Porterfield accepting his awards after his big win

Russ Elrod and Mr Opus Time (One Time Pepto x Opus Cat), owned by Bill Grady, were not far behind when they marked a 222 to claim the Reserve Championship and $5,000.

Russ Elrod & Mr Opus Time

Third-place honors went to Eric Wishart and Emma Rey (Dual Rey x Frecklesareinstyle), owned by Ashton Schimmel, after they put together a solid 217, allowing them to take home $4,000.

Eric Wisehart & Emma Rey


Futurity Non-Pro & Futurity Intermediate Non-Pro

Topping any Futurity finals is a big accomplishment to celebrate, but riding something home-raised to a title makes it even sweeter. Katie Fonsen Young was sure to take in the full experience when she bested both the Futurity Non-Pro and Futurity Intermediate Non-Pro aboard her own Tessie Cat (High Brow CD x Travalen Tessie) after putting together a stellar 221 run.

Katie Fonsen Young & Tessie Cat

The pair garnered a total of $12,635 for their big marks, and Katie couldn’t be happier that this mare has continued to carry on the family legacy. Not only are Tessie Cat’s older siblings special to Katie, but Tessie Cat’s dam, Travalen Tessie, was trained and shown by Katie’s dad Stan Fonsen. Stan and Travalen Tessie earned nearly $30,000 in the show pen, and Katie knows that some of her attributes have been passed along to her offspring. 

“This is what we think is her last foal, so it makes it all the more special,” Katie said. “We knew that she was special from the very beginning. This fall, I really didn’t have the opportunity to really put together a complete run on her.

“There were moments of brilliance here and there. I was just really proud of her today. I think she handled everything really well. I am just proud that I was able to put together the run that I knew she could.” 

Katie and Tessie Cat also took Reserve in the Futurity Non-Pro at the Idaho Futurity, and these wins in Vegas elevated the mare’s lifetime earnings to more than $15,000.

The Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Championship and Futurity Intermediate Non-Pro Reserve Championship went to Tracey Woodward and Just Rascal (Rascal Cats x Justbabe), owned by Marvin and Paulette Teixeira, after marking a 216.5. The took home $9,576 their efforts.

Tuff Crowd (Woody Be Tuff x One Smart Swinger) carried owner Jeff Barnes a 216 for third-place honors and the Gelding title in the Futurity Non-Pro, and third-place in the Intermediate Non-Pro to collect $8,039.


Futurity Unlimited Amateur 

Tracey Woodward kept her success going in the Futurity Unlimited Amateur on Just Rascal (Rascal Cats x Justbabe) when they marked a 216 to top the class and earn an additional $5,448.

Tracey Woodward celebrating after her win

Altogether the pair earned $15,024 at the event, which is definitely something to be proud of!

That payout pushed Tracey's lifetime earnings past the $250,000 mark to $261,181! Tracey is keeping busy this week, as she is also showing in the Non-Pro!  

A 214 earned by Kris Kazarian and his mare Lottie Pearl (Dual Smart Rey x Playin Shorty) allowed them to clinch the Reserve Championship!

Brent Young and Pocket Change (Im Countin Checks x Cat Cora) marked a 210 to pick up third place in the Unlimited Amateur.

Futurity Amateur 

Those marks by Kris Kazarian and Lottie Pearl also earned them the Amateur Championship!

Kris Kazarian taking things in with family and trainer Eric Wisehart after his win

Lottie Pearl was bound to be talented from the beginning when she had a great start with Fons DeBarbanson and then continued through a great program with Eric Wisehart! That proved true when both Eric made the Open finals with the mare both at the Cascades and Idaho Futurities and Kris made finals with the mare in Idaho, to come to Vegas with nearly $10,000 earned.

After the Amateur Championship and Unlimited Amateur Reserve Championship, the mare boasts a lifetime record of more than $15,000.

“Fons had her and did such a great job getting her to where she was, and then Eric took her and put her on the road and it had been great,” Kris said. “It has just been a great summer. It has been an idyllic summer. I think we are headed to Utah next. I just want to thank Eric for all of his help.”

Brent Young and Pocket Change (Im Countin Checks x Cat Cora) marked a 210 to pick up the Amateur Reserve Championship. The team took home a total of $4,486 for their solid performance.

Third place in the Amateur and $374 were awarded to Brent Mathews and King Feed Inc’s Reylee La Cat (Dual Rey x Patty La Cat) after marking a 209.

The action here at the South Point Casino continues with more Non Pro and Amateur Finals as well as the featured events including Open Futurity Finals on Friday evening prior to the PCCHA Hall Of Fame Banquet including the Ed & Modine Smith Sportsmanship Award.

Thanks again to UltraCruz for sponsoring our CHC results here this week, we couldn't do what we do without the support of our sponsors and we really appreciate them all!!

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