The past week at the Waco Texas Futurity has been packed with action, and competitors really had to step it up if they wanted to come out with a Championship. The last two days of the event had Non-Pro and Amateur riders in the spotlight, and the competition was hot!
Futurity classes tend to bring a special excitement, because people start to see the first glimpses of how their horses will perform in the show pen.
In the Non-Pro Futurity, Hott Pockets (Hottish x Smart Plan On Guard) proved to Jessica Pierce she was one with a bright future when she carried her to a cumulative 431(215/216) to take home the main Championship and the Limited Championship for a total of $3,570.
Hott Pockets and Jessica Pierce
Parke Greeson and Ima Purdy Cool Cat took home the main Reserve Championship and Limited Reserve title after marking a 414 (205/209) to collect a total of $2,380.
In the Non-Pro Derby, Sly Pepto Girl (One Time Pepto x Sly Playgirl) proved to Dustin Adams she was a force to be reckoned with when she carried him to a big 220!
Sly Pepto Girl and Dustin Adams
Those impressive marks held up for the Championship, and the team took home $3,600 for their efforts.
Jessica Pounds was not far behind on Etch N Sketch (Kit Kat Sugar x Reychell Rey) when they marked a 219, which earned them the Reserve Championship and $3,100. The pair also took home an additional $984 for picking up the Gelding Championship.
Bridey Greeson and CR Smart Boots (Boon Too Suen x CR Smart Lil Kitty) earned the Non-Pro Derby Limited Championship and $1,723.
When there is a talented group of teams in a finals, there are bound to be some close finishes.
In the Non-Pro Classic, that proved to be true when a 219 was marked by Steve Anderson with Littlemak (Starlights Gypsy x Justa Swinging Gal) and Jodie Cerny with E Laine (Thomas E Hughes x Short On Sass).
Both pairs shared Co-Champion honors, which were worth $3,300!
Steve and Littlemak also took home the Gelding Championship and an additional $1,542. After collecting another paycheck in the Non-Pro Derby division, Steve became the highest-earning Non-Pro rider at the event with $7,906 total earned. He was awarded with a beautiful Jeff Smith saddle for his efforts which was sponsored by Bar RR Ranches.
Steve Anderson accepting his saddle awarded to him by becoming the highest-earning Non-Pro rider at the event
Duff Sinclair and Chance To Cat (High Brow Cat x Bobs Smart Chance) marked a 216 for the Non-Pro Classic Limited Championship, worth $1,723.
Unlimited Amateur Derby
Jody Radomske had an impressive outing with One Little Royalty (One Time Royalty x Hicks Little Diamond) at the Waco Texas Futurity!
Jody Radomske and One Little Royalty
The pair put together a solid 216 in the Unlimited Amateur Derby to take home the Championship! The title was worth $2,000.
Jacob Wayne Little and Bet Hes Amazing (Bet Hesa Cat x Queen Of Peptos) were not far behind with their 214.5. Their marks held up for the Reserve Championship, and they garnered $1,800.
Unlimited Amateur Classic
Duff Sinclair kept the success in Waco going in the Unlimited Amateur Classic division! He marked a respectable 218 aboard Goodlookinsonofaich (Cat Ichi x Sheza Skeeto Rey) to claim the Championship.
The title was worth $2,000, so the team went home with full pockets!
Will Bushaw and Velvets Revolver (WR This Cats Smart x Velvets Best Shot) earned a 217.5 to pick up the Reserve Championship and $1,800.
Gail Hooper and This Cats Sweet (WR This Cats Smart x Remedy For Sweets were awarded the Senior Championship after earning a 214.
Kimberly Hol Howard and Cashanova Cat (Cat A Rey x Cash Moria) were the big winners in the $50,000 Amateur Futurity with their cumulative 423 (212/211).
The pair took home $1,779 for their solid performance at the event.
Parke Greeson and Ima Purdy Cool Cat added another Reserve Championship to their list of accomplishments when they marked a 395 (210/185). They garnered $1,186 for their efforts.
Jane Mancuso put together a solid run on Metalic Pistol (Metallic Cat x Silver Pepto Pistol) and were awarded with a 216 from the judges.
Jane Mancuso and Metalic Pistol
Those marks held up for the Amateur Derby Championship, and the pair took home $1,900 for the title.
Rick Beard and RN Creepy Cat (High Brow Cat x Starlights Viper) marked a 215 to clinch the Reserve Championship, worth $1,500.
They say when you want something, you should not leave anything to chance. Charlene Lane did just that on Bobs Smart Badger (Reys Dual Badger x Bobs Smart Chance) when they marked a 215 in the Amateur Classic.
Charlene Lane and Bobs Smart Badger
Those marks allowed them to top the division by a big 5-point margin, and they collected $1,500 for their success.
Rick Reeves and Bunnys Passion (Cats Merada x Lenas Stylish Bunny) took home the Reserve Championship and $1,200 after marking a 210.
The Waco Texas Futurity was a great event this year, and we want to congratulate all finalists!