Waters/Catty Lil Autumn Top Day 4 of Open First Go

Paul Waters posted Sunday's top score on Catty Lil Autumn. Hart Photography.

Paul Waters posted Sunday’s top score on Catty Lil Autumn. Hart Photography.

Day four of the 2015 NCHA Futurity continued the six-day first-go round of the Open competition in Will Rogers Coliseum. Six sets of cattle challenged the nearly 90 competitors that filled the day’s roster leaving some defeated and many with high hopes of advancing to the next round.

The highest score of the day came in the fifth set when Paul Waters rode Catty Lil Autumn to a 218 for owners Dawn and Bill Raschen. Catty Lil Autumn, by Pretty Boy Cat out of Lil Autumn Splendor by CD Olena, was bred by Charlotte Farms and purchased by the Raschens in April of this year. Lil Autumn Splendor is out of Autumn Boon and has produced four money earners, including Smooth An Boon, earner or nearly $100,000.

In the last bunch of Sunday’s competition, Wesley Galyean rode Tommy Mo for SMF Cutting Horses to a 217.5 to secure the second highest score of the day. Tommy Mo, by Metallic Cat out of Dual Peppy Kitty by Dual Pep, was bred by Isbell Charolais and is owned by SMF Cutting Horses, Aspen, Co.

Galyean, earner of nearly $3 million remains the youngest rider to ever win the NCHA Open Futurity. He did so at age 21 aboard Spots Hot in 2004. Galyean followed up in 2010 with a Reserve Championship at the NCHA Futurity aboard Some Like It Hott, a daughter of Spots Hot.

Monday brings the second to last day of Open riders competing in the first go-round of the NCHA Futurity. The second go will kick off on Wednesday and run through Friday and continue to sift through the industry most talented 3-year-old cutting horses. Millions in payouts, prizes and the coveted NCHA Futurity Champion title remains in the sights of those striving to advance to the final round on Dec. 12 in Fort Worth.

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