Cuttin’ Up in Calgary

Photos courtesy of Hudyma Photography & Calgary Stampede Agriculture

The final aged event of the cutting horse season, the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler, wrapped up Sunday, October 13. Competitors from across Canada and the United States came to show their horse’s cow sense and incredible ability in the futurity, derby, classic, and non-pro seven up divisions.

Hot off the presses, here are the champions of the 2018 Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity. To read the insights and stories behind these incredible runs from the competitors themselves, be sure to grab a copy of the November/December issue of Western Horse Review, “The Champions Issue”, will be on stands and available at the beginning of November.

Gerry Hansma and Justa Swingin Cat were the 2018 Open Futurity champions.

Gerry Hansma, Granum, AB, took top honours in the crown jewel of Canadian cutting when he piloted Justa Swingin Cat to the Open Futurity win. Justa Swingin Cat, owned by Dennis Nolin of Edmonton, AB, could not be bested when he put up a score of 222, earning $20,147.82 in the process.

In the Non Pro Futurity class, Irricana, AB, cowgirl, Emma Reinhardt scored a 219 on the mare, This Cat Dreamin, owned by father, Doug Reinhardt. Reinhardt walked away with $6,559.94.

In the Open Derby, the trip North paid off for Dax Hadlock, Oakley, ID, when This Cats Lethal posted a 222 to win $10,231.69 for owners, E Squared Performance Horses.

It was a tie to take home the championship in the Non Pro Derby. Chad Eaton of Arcola, SK, and his mare, Come Away With Me, posted a 215 on the leaderboard. Samantha Goodman of Liberty, UT, followed directly after on her gelding, Crimson Coug, to post the same score. Both competitors won $6,821.13 for their co-championship title. Eaton also took home the $50,000 Amateur title in the Derby division.

Under the Saturday night lights of the Nutrien Events Centre, Travis Rempel of Fort Langley, BC, ensured tough cows didn’t get the best of him. Aboard NVR Reylena, owned by David Paton, Abbotsford BC, the duo scored a 222 to win $12,278.42 in the Open Classic.

Heather Pedersen and Downtown Calico were co-champions in the Non Pro Classic.

In the Non Pro Classic, two Alberta competitors were crowned victorious. Matt Anderson, Sturgeon County, AB went first in the herd on his mare, Catatulla, to score a 222. Heather Pedersen, Lacombe, AB followed in the middle of the pack on her mare, Downtown Calico, also posting a 222. Both competitors received cheques for $12,278.42.

In the $50,000 Amateur division of the Non Pro Classic, Doreen Ruggles, Ardmore, AB, and Hala Cat walked away with the champion title.

To finish up the exciting competition at the Calgary Stampede grounds, Amanda Digness, Millet, AB, and her gelding, Reys of Moonshine took home the Non Pro Seven Up title. Digness marked a 220 that could not be bested and earned $3,257.10 for her efforts.

For full results visit: https://ag.calgarystampede.com/events/737-cutting-horse-futurity.html