Payne and Stylish Hailee Claim Third Fall Futurity Win








Author: Lauren Middleton

It has been another very successful year at the Southern Cutting Horse Futurity! The producers of this show like many others go out of their way to make sure that people keep coming back! The southern hospitality speaks volumes to the competitors as well.

Futurity Open

In the Futurity Open James Payne was a dominant force like he has been for most of the Fall Futurities thus far. He is known for training good horses always but he stands out in the fall even more. James’ horses always look like they are seasoned show horses from the start. This year Stylish Hailee (Halreycious x Keep Me In Style) has been a star for the Payne barn. She captured the West Texas Futurity Championship, Cotton Stakes Futurity Championship, and now the Southern Futurity Championship. This time around she marked a 220 to take home the $15,000 check for owner Kathleen Moore. This win brings the talented mare to just over $38,000 in earnings already in her career!

James Payne and Stylish Hailee

James also claimed the Reserve Champion’s title marking a 216 aboard Desires A Gun (Boon Too Suen x Desire To Play), owned by he and his wife Nadine. This mare has been very successful in this small futurity season as well with both James and Nadine. She added another $12,500 to her earnings with this title.

James Payne and Desires A Gun

The Gelding Division Champion was Secreytariat (Sigala Rey x Stars Red Feather) ridden and owned by Salvador Cabral marking a 214 to collect a $1,289.68 check. Salvador was also the Limited Division Champion adding $1,783.60 to their take home. These two were on a roll claiming the Southern Futurity Stallion Incentive as well adding the hefty $9,866 check to their earnings! This incentive program keeps proving to be very worthwhile for people to come and show their babies sired by the stallions enlisted in the program!

Salvador Cabral and Secreytariat

Derby Open

Beau Galyean and Rollz Royce (Dual Smart Rey x Show Biz Kitty), owned by Thomas Guinn, marked a stellar 225 to take home the $15,000 Champion’s check! These two have had an amazing year and surprised us at every corner. “Royce” as said before has a very unique way of moving that you just have to see to believe. He draws you in which is exactly what happened here in Jackson, MS. The crowd got just a little bit louder when he started to do his thing! Just recently Beau Galyean started another business venture with Royce and Metallic Rebel (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra), another great stallion who needs no introduction. Beau Galyean Stallion Services has been in the works for a little while now, and was inspired by his love of these two performers. It is sure to be a fun venture and very successful with these two stallions as its foundation.

Beau Galyean and Rollz Royce

Reserve Champion was Austin Shepard riding Dual Reyish (Hottish x A Little Reylena), owned by Billy Wolf, marking a 219 deep in the large set of finals to collect $12,500. This is another duo that has had an incredible year. “Dre” is settled in at the breeding barn now to gear up for a very busy year next year in and out of the show pen!

Austin Shepard and Dual Reyish

The Gelding Division Champion was Rey Too Purdy (Dual Smart Rey x Arc Purr D Boons Mal), owned by the Belle Terre Ranch, and shown by Jessie Pritchard. They marked a 216.5 for the win and the $1,697.85 Champion’s check. Jessie also claimed the Limited Division Championship adding another $1,920.80 to their earnings.

Jessie Pritchard and Rey Too Purdy

NCHA Horse of the Year

Another highlight in the Derby Open was the closing of the 2018 NCHA Horse of the Year race. Cool N Hot (Hottish x Donas Cool Cat) clinched the win with the final 8 points they won to make their total 608 for the year, in the finals with Sean Flynnaboard. “Trigger” is owned by Kobie and Paula Wood and has been largely shown by Kobie throughout the year. Kobie underwent bypass surgery following their championship at the 2018 Super Stakes after which Sean Flynn stepped in to help show the amazing young stallion. He had caught rode him earlier in the year at the Ike Derby and Classic so Kobie was confident that the combination would work! It was a team effort to get Trigger into the winner’s circle and receive this prestigious award making it mean that much more for all involved. They were closely followed by Hashtags (Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag), owned by Hashtag Ventures, ridden by Tatum Rice. Tatum and “Tag” will be competing at the 2018 Open World Finals seeking the Open World Championship and World Champion Stallion title. Both teams have made the race exciting to watch throughout the year and we could not be happier that each walk away with the memories and titles to be very proud of at the end of it all.

Sean Flynn and Cool N Hot

Classic Open

In the Classic Open Austin Shepard and Sir Long Legs (High Brow Cat x Lil Lena Long Legs), owned by Lew Hall, took home the Championship marking a 222! This is the duo’s second Open Championship in a row at this show, and the win added another $15,000 to their incredible career together so far. It was a tough finals but Austin is one that knows how to show in Jackson. He has had so much success at this show and at the Eastern Nationals each year it is no doubt one of his favorite venues! “Spanky” is always very smart and bright on a cow, if things set up correctly for him he is hard to beat! The combination of their confidence in this pen and with these cows set them up for another title to add to their extensive list with still one year to go in Spanky’s aged event career.

Austin Shepard and Sir Long Legs

Reserve Champion was James Payne riding PG Heavily Armed (Playgun x Not Quite An Acre) marking a 221 to collect a $12,500 check for owners Michael and Brenda Armstrong. This impressive stallion is finishing out his aged event career and begin his future as a breeding stallion. He is a special one for the Payne family and it sure to be an asset for the future with his unique pedigree by todays standards, giving access to another desirable outcross for the industry! He is also vying for a spot in the upcoming NCHA Open World Finals. This will be determined over the next couple of weeks but we know he would be a fun one to watch on the prestigious World Finals stage!

James Payne and PG Heavily Armed

The Gelding Division Champion was Crafty With Cows (High Brow CD x Miss Haulin Hickory), owned by Carol Ward and ridden by RL Chartier marking a 217.5. They collected $1,612.10 for the win.

RL Chartier and Crafty With Cows

The Limited Champion in the Classic Open was Hayden Upton marking a 215.5 riding Superfly (Smooth As A Cat x Lenas Horn), owned by Brett Johnson. They received a $1,450.89 for the win.

Hayden Upton and Superfly

With the Open classes in the books it brings the 2018 to a close for many. There are a few shows left including the Waco Texas Futurity which will be held next week! For now though, it is time to watch the Non Pro and Amateur competition here in Jackson. Congratulations to all of the Champions and finalists we are looking forward to an exciting 2019 season!