When Shannon Hall marked 225.5 to win the 1999 NCHA Futurity on Shania Cee, it was the first time a Futurity champion mare had produced a Futurity champion. Bred and owned by Billy Cogdell of Tulia, Texas, Shania Cee was by Peppys Boy 895, out of 1978 Futurity champ Lynx Melody. At that time, Cogdell had been raising Quarter Horses in the Texas Panhandle for 45 years.
Like Lynx Melody’s rider, Larry Reeder, Hall was winning in his first appearance in the Futurity finals.
“My little horse was just unbelievable,” Hall said. “She stopped so hard two or three times that both of my feet sat flat on the ground.”
Shania Cee won five more major events, earned over $400,000 and was named Horse of the Year. She has produced earners of more than $300,000.
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.