The Golden Mile Arena in Moose Jaw was the place to be July 28 &29, 2016 to watch 125 horses vie for their share of over $15,500 in prize money in the Moose Jaw Cutting Horse Show Limited Age Event. This competition designed by the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association (SCHA) with presenting sponsor Barry and Elaine Good, gives young cutting horses an opportunity to compete against horses of their own age and the only competition of it’s type in the province. This event is particularly noteworthy because it is the very first time that the three year old “futurity” horses will have come to town and is seen by all competitors as a stepping stone towards the major “Limited Age Events” scheduled this fall.
The 3 year old Open Futurity Aggregate sponsored by Tinman Welding and Maintenance Ltd. went to “IC The Biscuits,” a sorrel daughter of “Dual R Smokin” out of the mare “CDS Modern Millie,” owned by Scott wardley, Okotoks, Alberta. Purchased in Texas in December 2016 trainer and rider, Keith Stewart, High River, Alberta, describes her as really fun to train because she has so much feel and is so cowie. He said “[coming into the show] I was really confident that she would be good but the cow threw some surprises as her and she handled it well. I was pleasantly surprised!”
“Lill Rockin Lena” under the saddle of Gale Aykroyd took the Non-Pro Futurity Aggregate for Gale and Grant Aykroyd, Wrainwright, Alberta. Aykroyd’s purchased this sorrel mare sired by “Rockin W” out of mare “little Holly Lena” from Equistar as a yearling and with Gale’s preference for mares, she took over. Gale describes her as “a pretty cool little mare, trying to be kinda cute on a cow. She’s a lot of fun!”
As her name implies, the pretty sorrel mare “Pretty Lil Splendor” Claimed the 4 year old Open Derby for owners Wayne & Kim Knaap, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. Sired by “Pretty Boy Cat” and out of the mare “lil Autumn Splendor” she was started as a 2 year old by James Payne in Oklahoma; Knaap’s turned her over to Mike Belof, White City, Saskatchewan in May of her 3 Year Old Year. Mike sums her up as “real smart on a cow, real gritty and physical just a real nice horse!”
The Non-Pro Derby Aggregate went to the roan stud “Grated Cocanut” for owners Les and Coreen Jack, Rocanville, Sasketchwan. Sired by “Metallic Cat” and out of the mare “Legacy Of Style” Les Purchased Grated Cocanut from John Mitchell, Weatherford, Texas early in his 3 year old year, then got him ready for the Futurity in Ft. Worth last December. Les considers Grated Cocanut to be a special horse with a good future ahead of him. He’s a pretty mover and smart on a cow: the right ingredients!
“Spoonful of Trix” sired by “Hes A Peptospoonful” out of the mare “Shes A Cuttin Cat” claimed the 5/6 year old Classic Aggregate marking solid 74’s each go fo owner Kali Fortnerr, Bracken, Saskatchewan. Trained and shown by partner Clint Christianson, this 6 year old roan mare has enjoyed a successful show career including being a 2013 Futurity finalist at the Big Sky Aged Event & Futurity, Canadian Supreme and Wrangler Futurity. In 2014 she came back as a Derby finalist as Big Sky and was the Canadian Supreme Open Derby Champion.
The Non-Pro Classic went to “Ginas Rey,” a six year gelding sired by “Dual Rey” out of the mare “Gina Badger” for owner and rider, Don Hudson of Sherwood Park, Alberta. With earnings just shy of $100,000 Don describes this horse as “the Best one he’s ever had. He’s very smart on a cow and a super athlete!” Don Purchased Ginas Rey as a 2 Year old as a sale in Reno, Nevada; Chris Johnsrude rode him ’til he was 4, then Paul Hansma took over; Don continues to work with Paul in Texas during the winter months.
The Non-Pro 7 Up is open to any horse 7 years of age and older, owned and shown by a Non-Pro. This year we had co-champions: “Catty Midget” owned by Les and Coreen Jack and shown by Les; and “Dualing Merada” owned ans shown by Marilyn Anderson, Calgary, Alberta. “Catty Midget” is an eight year old bay mare sired by “Little Oakie Cat” and out of Les Jack’s great producing mare “Biscas Instant Jewel”. She is one of those very special mares that don’t come along very often. Both Les and his daughter Monica have shown her with great success. “Dualing Merada” is a seven year old sorrel mare sired by “Cats Merada” and out of mare “Dual Flo.” Marilyn purchased her a a 4 year old and does all work and showing with her so can take full responsibly for this wonderful horse. This pair make a formidable team and were the 2015 CCHA Non-Pro Champions!