Cutting Futurity Season

Canada’s cutting, cow horse and reining pinnacle event – the Canadian Supreme – is well underway at the Westerner grounds in Red Deer, Alberta. The highlight of course are the aged horse events.

This show represents the second final futurity event in Canada, just two weeks prior to the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity.

We began our coverage of the cutting horse Canadian aged events with the Saskatchewan Limited Aged Event in Moose Jaw, August 2-5.

Three weeks later the Olds Agricultural Society held their annual Cutters Classic Cutting featuring the first Alberta aged event, with both a Futurity and a Derby, running for two goes.

Jesse Crandall of Ponoka, AB, riding C Marks the Cat, owned by Vaughn Hanson, Jeff Schwitzer of Valleyview, AB, on SDP Overdrive, owned by Richard Hollingworth and Schwitzer on his own Shesa Swingin shared the Futurity first go accolades, each marking a 144. The second go of the Futurity was captured by Doug Reinhardt of Irricana, AB, riding Ken Chrisensen’s Freckles Lil Light.

Dun Drivin and Bruce McMeekin – Non-Pro Futurity champions in both Olds and at Silver Slate. Photo by Sandy Hansma.

The effervescent Mike Santangelo, proprietor of the Silver Slate arena. Mike and his family and crew managed an efficiently-run show for all the cutters at the Silver Slate Arena. Photo by Sandy Hansma.


Riding Dun Drivin (Hydrive Cat/DFL Golden Freckles), Bruce McMeekin of Alhambra, AB, captured both the first and second go of the Non-Pro Futurity. The pair repeated this win three weeks later at the Silver Slate arena, near Stavely, Alberta, where the Santangelo family hosted their cutting horse aged event.

At the Silver Slate Futurity Finals, it was This Cats Max, ridden by Dustin Gonnet, who wowed us all, scoring a deserving 149. This WR This Cats Smart stallion is owned Doug Wiens, whom we featured in our July/August issue as our Leaderboard subject. The 3-year-old is Canadian-bred out of Doug’s good mare, PF Docs Med.

Futurity champ behind the scenes help, Bonnie Anderson. Photo by Sandy Hansma.

There was some talk that this gal may have played a critical role in the win – and judging by the smile on her face, she was just as happy with the results as the trainer and owner. We often don’t give enough credit to the work the riders behind the scenes do in preparing a 3-year-old, or any horse for that matter, for their moment in the ring. Let’s give it up for the lopers once in a while!


This Cats Max, ridden by Dustin Gonnet. Photo by Sandy Hansma.

Watch for this stallion and 16 other 3-year-olds in the Open Cutting Futurity Finals on Saturday. The Canadian Supreme Open Cutting Futurity Finals runs tomorrow morning.

Gerry Hansma on Genuine Catch, owned by Welland Muri, Silver Slate Open Derby First Go Champion. Photo by Sandy Hansma.

Meanwhile in the Derby, two goes gave us all an indication of what could be expected at the Supreme. Gerry Hansma aboard the Canadian-bred Genuine Catch, owned by Welland Muri of Calgary, marked a thrilling 149 to capture the first go, and Doug Reinhardt on Ray Too Smart caught the second go championship with a 148.5.

A special thanks to Sandy Hansma for sharing these gorgeous shots she snapped at the Silver Slate Arena.

Hope we see you at the show this weekend, please drop by the Western Horse Review booth and say hello. We have a fantastic subscription offer available there and a draw to enter as well.

If you can’t possibly make it to Red Deer this weekend, you can catch a live feed of the events here.


  1. Heh Ingrid!! I am one of the unlucky ones that had to miss this year! Thanks for the updates!! What would we do without Western Horse Review!!

  2. Thanks, Liz, glad to hear your words, and I’m happy to be a part of the “news” team!