A strong showing for Albertans at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler
Calgary – Horses and riders from Alberta showed their strengths among a big North American field this past weekend at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler. More than 240 horses from across Canada and the United States were entered in the prestigious event, which took place at the Agrium Western Event Centre October 14-18.
Doug Reinhardt, an Irricana-based trainer, is one of the Albertans who saw success at this competition. He took the Reserve Championship in the Open Derby on Hi Lights, owned by Pauli Smith of Manyberries Alberta. Reinhardt says as he works with horses he always has his eye on this competition.
“You’ve got to peak them at the right time,” he says, adding “you want to peak them for Calgary.” Reinhardt’s hard work also paid off with several other top ten finishes. But he says any success in cutting is always thanks to a horse with great instincts and drive. “It’s the most natural of all the horse events. Once you put your hand down, if the horse doesn’t want to cut he’s not going to cut.”
Throughout the five days of the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, crowds at the Agrium Centre were treated to amazing competition in seven events, both open and non-professional. With prize money of over $375,000 up for grabs, competition was fierce, and results in many of the events were extremely tight. In the Open Classic Challenge, a tie resulted in Dustin Gonnet of Cayley, Alberta on SDP Overdrive being named co-champion with Brian Anderson of Idaho Falls, Idaho on Sues Last Time.
For many the Saturday Night Cut of the West was the highlight. It featured live music from Canadian Country music artist Drew Gregory, as well as a new celebrity cutting competition. Olympian Mellissa Hollingsworth, bareback rider Jake Vold, news anchor Amber Schinkel and professional rodeo clown Dennis Halstead trained hard for the challenge and all looked very comfortable on a cutting horse. In the end, it was Vold’s natural abilities in the saddle helping to earn him the championship buckle in the celebrity competition.
“It’s exciting to see all the things that we have been planning for months come to fruition,” says Angela Pipe, Chair of the Western Performance Horse Committee. Pipe admits it was fun to be able to try some new things this year, like the celebrity cutting competition, and gives credit to a strong team of volunteers for making the entire event a success. “We have so many volunteers working on this that are dedicated and passionate about both the Stampede and the sport of cutting,” she says, adding “The cherry on top is having the opportunity to showcase the best of the best in the Agrium Western Event Centre.”
Champion - May I Be Wild, rider/owner Russel Elrod, Terrebonne, OR. $17,025.66
Reserve Champion - A Shiny Peanut, rider/owner Denton Moffat, Armstrong, BC. $12, 769.24
Champion - Boonsmate, rider/owner Carl Gerwien, Nanton, AB. $7,882.25
Reserve Champion - May I Be Wild, rider/owner Julie Elrod, Terrebonne, OR. $6,568.54
Champion - Lotterey Ticket, rider Greg Smith, Star ID. Owner Bonnie Pearson, Manyberries, AB. $14,078.98. Reserve Champion - Hi Lights, rider Doug Reinhardt, Irricana AB. Owner Pauli Smith, Eckville AB. $10,412.58.
Non Pro Derby
Champion - Hay U, Kade Smith, Star ID. $7,314.67
Reserve Champion - Saucy Smooth, Haley Stradling, Aldergrove BC. $5,951.57
Open Classic Challenge
Co-Champion - SDP Overdrive, rider Dustin Gonnet, Cayley AB. Owner Richard Hollingworth, Valleyview AB. $11,839.54
Co-Champion - Sues Last Time, rider Brian Anderson, Idaho Falls ID. Owner Heidi Hadlock-Evans, Ogden UT. $11,839.54
Non Pro Classic Challenge
Champion - Sues Last Time, Heidi Hadlock-Evans, Ogden UT. $9,129.28
Reserve Champion - Cat Tricks, Jann Parker, Billings MT. $7,303.42
Non Pro 7 Up
Champion -Dirty Dreamin, Marla Gonnet, Cayley AB. $3,486.00
Reserve Champion - Innocent Scoot, Trina Dunn, Calgary AB. $2,822.00
About the Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.
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