After marking 225 in the semi-finals of the 1995 NCHA Futurity, Gary Bellenfant and Peptoboonsmal worked last in the first set of the finals and survived a 40-second siege before the buzzer to repeat with a winning 225.
“I had no idea how long he could last on a cow like that (third one),” Bellenfant said. “Stay with it until I heard the whistle was all that occurred to me.”
Peptoboonsmal went on to win the Bonanza Cutting, and has sired NCHA earners of more than $16 million.
We’ll look at the past NCHA Futurity champions each day through December 9. Read the full story in Cutting Horse Gold: 50 Years of the NCHA Futurity by Sally Harrison.