2005: Highbrow Supercat

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Highbrow Supercat gave her sire, High Brow Cat, his second champion of the decade when Tommy Marvin rode her to a 226.5-point win in the 2005 NCHA Futurity.

Bred by Corbe Anderson and owned by veterinarian Paul Dean of Claremore, Oklahoma, Highbrow Supercat is out of Holly Dolly Too, by Colonel Freckles.

“It’s usually nerve-wracking, but I had a lot of confidence this time,” said Marvin. “She has a showy style and she is real gritty. It’s just a combination of things. A lot of horses have one or the other, but she has both.”

Highbrow Supercat enjoyed a productive aged event career, including a win in the Amateur NCHA Classic Challenge with Dean, and earned over $360,000. Three of her foals, Cinca De Maya, Principessa and Peptos Supercat, have advanced to the Open semi-finals at the 2011 NCHA Futurity.

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.

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2004: Spots Hot

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Spots Hot’s win in the 2004 NCHA Futurity made his trainer, Wesley Galyean, the youngest rider – at 21 – ever to win the event, and also just the third non-pro ever to do so.

Bred by his father, 1986 Futurity champion Jody Galyean, Spots Hot is by 1998 Futurity finalist Chula Dual out of Sweet Shorty Lena, an earner of $110,000.

“I never guessed this would happen, but I always knew he was a great horse,” said Galyean, following his 225-point victory. “I don’t know if I could have even made the finals on another horse.”

Galyean has since been inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame. Spots Hot won five more major open and non-pro championships and earned more than $500,000. He has sired earners of more than half a million dollars.

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.

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2003: One Smart Lookin Cat

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After winning the semi-finals with a 223, One Smart Lookin Cat and Craig Morris posted a 226 for a four-point win in the 2003 NCHA Futurity finals. It marked the first in a long series of wins for the offspring of High Brow Cat.

One Smart Lookin Cat was bred by Wiens Ranch of Colorado, and owned by auto dealer John McClaren of McGregor, Texas. He is out of The Smart Look, a 1991 Futurity finalist that has now produced four earners of more than $200,000 each.

Morris, who celebrated his 36th birthday the day before the finals, went over the $1 million mark with his win.

“Not only is (One Smart Lookin Cat) a great athlete, he’s a great thinker, too,” Morris said. “You don’t find that all together in too many horses.”

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.

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2002: Chiquita Pistol

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Chiquita PistolTag Rice and Chiquita Pistol launched their Triple Crown bid with a 225-point win in the 2002 NCHA Futurity. Rice, 28, had been reserve champion of the Futurity the year before when his father, Ronnie, won on San Tule Freckles.

Chiquita Pistol is a daughter of Smart Little Pistol and Miss Chiquita Tari. Owner Wallace “Tooter” Dorman of Oakwood, Texas, had intended to show the mare himself, but was sidelined by shoulder surgery.

“That mare is a fierce athlete,” Rice said. “Cattle are fast these days, but she can handle them. It doesn’t seem to matter what you put in front of her, she can handle it.”

Chiquita Pistol went on to become the first Triple Crown winner since Docs Okie Quixote in 1983. She won five major events as a 4-year-old and was named Horse of the Year. She was reunited with Tag Rice in 2011 at the Neiman Marcus NCHA Futurity Champions Cup.

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.

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2001: San Tule Freckles

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San Tule FrecklesAt the 2001 NCHA Futurity, San Tule Freckles gave Ronnie Rice his second win, following his 1998 success on Dainty Playgirl. He marked 223.5 to win from his son, reserve champion Tag Rice on Mr Beamon, with a 220. Ronnie also rode ninth-placed Smart Sugar Badger, and Tag rode fourth-placed Short Candy.

Ronnie was just as happy for his son as he was for himself.

“I wouldn’t have cared if it had gone either way,” he said. “That boy has worked hard for what he’s done and he showed his horses so good, I was really proud of him.”

Bred by S.E. Montgomery’s Flying M Ranch, San Tule Freckles is by Freckles Playboy out of the Peppy San Badger mare San Tule Lu. Montgomery announced at the Futurity that Wes Adams’ Western States Ranches had partnered with him on the stud.

San Tule Freckles went on to earn over $203,000. He has sired the earners of more than $2.6 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.

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