The Jerry Durant Auto Group, the official auto dealership of the NCHA Triple Crown, held a drawing for $15,000 off the price of a car. Cunningham, and representatives of Equine Farrier Service had shod all three of the National Cutting Horse Association’s Triple Crown winners at one time or another.
“I didn’t shoe (Smart) Little Lena when he won the Futurity, but I shod him the rest of his life,” Cunningham said. “I shod (Docs) Okie Quixote and Colonel Lil for Joe Heim. I have a company that used to do a lot of work, Equine Farrier Service, whichshod Chiquita Pistol when she won the Triple Crown. So we were associated with all three of the Triple Crown winners.”
Cunningham wanted to show his sister, who was visiting from Nebraska, what cutting was all about, but when he asked Joe Heim’s wife, Holly, where he could get tickets for the Champions Cup, she told him it was sold out. Holly gave him a ticket, and later found some for the rest of his party.
That first ticket she gave him turned out to be the winner for the Jerry Durant Auto Group drawing at the show.
In January, Cunningham called the dealership to find a car for his wife, Catherine, who had her heart set on an SUV. It turned out to be the best car-buying experience they’ve ever had.
“They asked what kind of car we were looking for, and they brought us car after car,” Catherine said. “It was the most fun day ever. They knocked themselves out! We were wined and dined all day.
“What a great person Jerry Durant is to be supporting that show!”
While Catherine liked a particular Toyota Highlander the sales team showed her, she wound up falling in love with a cherry red Toyota RAV.
“Every time I drive it I think of those guys,” she said. “They just were fabulous. The experience of being with them was as mun fun as getting the car.”