In his fourth time to show under the bright lights in Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, Nathan Lacy rode Driven Me Crazy to the Championship in the Limited Non-Pro division of the Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes. Lacy, who’s from Crested Butte, Colo., topped the 70-entry division and took home a prize check for $11,151. Lacy now has earned better than $50,000 in the cutting pen.
He was pleased with his horse – one he trained, from start to finish. Lacy purchased Driven Me Crazy as a yearling at the 2012 NCHA Futurity sale. His plan was to buy the gelding, train him for a year, and then sell the horse through the sales at the 2013 NCHA Futurity. It was a scenario that Lacy had previously found successful. But, sometimes plans don’t always go as expected, and this was one of those occasions. Driven Me Crazy suffered a bout of EPM as a 2-year-old, which put him behind on the training schedule.
“Grant Setnicka really helped me get him caught up,” Lacy said about what happened next. “He turned into a show horse and I decided to keep him. He was so good for me – everything I wanted, he just did it. Before the NCHA Futurity, I went to Lloyd Cox’s place and he really helped me finish the horse, plus he helped me with my showmanship. I realized then I had a really, really good show horse.”
Driven Me Crazy made his debut at the 2014 NCHA Futurity, where he made the Limited Non-Pro finals and the Non-Pro semifinals with Lacy. During the time between the Futurity and the Super Stakes, Lacy showed his gelding at weekend cuttings in Arizona and Colorado.
Driven Me Crazy (Hydrive Cat x Stylin Tonette x Docs Stylish Oak) was bred by Karen Griffin from California. Hydrive Cat is a stallion who earned $410,627 in the cutting pen. He’s had several successful babies, including Overdrive ($149,226) and SDP Hydriven Hicapoo ($99,401). The dam, Stylin Tonette, earned a couple of thousand dollars as a cutter. Her foals’ earnings are edging up to the $100,000 mark. Driven Me Crazy is her most successful offspring, while One Wiah, by One Time Pepto, is her No. 2 earner, with about $40,000 on his record.
Lacy and his talented Driven Me Crazy marked a 214 in the first go of the Non-Pro at the Super Stakes, but then ran into troubles in the second go and scored a 198.
“In the first go, my horse did everything right but in the second go he just kind of came unraveled,” Lacy said. “I wanted to make sure I came up in this pen, and when I did I was pushing the cow a little too much. He started to come up. I was worried about making sure he sucked back in that turn. I wasn’t able to get that done in the second go.”
Even then, Lacy secured a favorable spot in the Limited Non-Pro finals. He and Driven Me Crazy worked third in the set. The cow Lacy liked best was worked beforehand, so he opted for something different for his first cut.
“I just wanted to make sure everything was clean and that I gave my horse an opportunity to cut and do what he needed to do,” Lacy said. “Everything worked out great because he stayed in the middle of the pen.”
After the second cow, Lacy was appreciating his horse’s dedication and talent even more.
“My horse just got better and better.” Lacy said. “ I wanted to make sure I controlled the cow and kept it in the center of the pen. I felt like the more I rode him into that stop, the better he got. That built my confidence and I think it built his confidence, as well.”
Lacy’s family has been in the cutting horse industry for many years. His dad, Bill Lacy, owns a construction business in Colorado and has ridden horses as a hobby. Nathan Lacy, 26, rode cutting horses as a child, but took a hiatus during his high school and college years so he could devote more time to playing hockey. After two years of academia and competitive hockey at a college in Playmouth, N.H., Lacy returned home to Colorado so he could help his dad with the construction business and also ride horses. Slowly but surely, riding horses moved up on the young man’s priority list. Lacy eventually decided to make a living in the cutting business – buying, riding and selling horses.
“I like waking up and riding horses,” Lacy said. “I prefer to do something I enjoy every day, opposed to doing something that’s going to be stressful. I’d rather wake up and be happy doing what I do every day.”