When 20-year-old Janelle Oakham headed to the $2,000 Limited Rider finals at the Western Nationals on her horse Scatter she was a bit tense. The horse she was riding, Scatter, was shown by her boyfriend, Ben Neasham, just two sets prior and got run over by a cow.
“As soon as I cut my first cow it took off and I thought I was going to lose it,” said Oakham. “But we held it and my horse worked great.”
The two posted a 221 to lead the 27-horse finals by two points.
Scatter is an 11-year-old stud owned by Jean Metzler, Orangevale, Calif. According to Oakham, the horse has battled numerous injuries throughout his show career that has limited his showing. Still, he has earned more than $50,000 and Oakham said the plan is to retire the horse after this year.
“He always gives 110 percent,” said Oakham. “And he’s so gentle and quiet for a stud.”
Scatter (High Brow Cat x Sandina x Peppy San Badger) was bred by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup. He was shown by Brent Erickson through the 2011. The two were Reserve in the $3,000 Novice at the 2011 Western Nationals and also made the $10,000 Novice finals. Later that year, they won the Open 5/6-Year-Old finals at the El Rancho Futurity and Aged Event. Neasham has been riding the horse for about four years now, Oakham said.
Oakham, who comes from a cutting family, started showing in the Junior Youth. This is her first big win, but not her last as she said she hopes to win the World on Scatter this year.