Fort Worth, Texas, September 3, 2013 – Three mares based in Weatherford, Texas, found the treasure September 1 in Nampa, Idaho, in the “heart of Treasure Valley,” as the fifth of nine Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting events offered more than $70,000 in open and non pro competition
Splitting the open division was Dont Look Twice, who wowed the audience with a 230 in the first go, but came back to score a 228 and tie with One Time Choice. Both horses earned $8,423.20 of the $37,154 purse, along with Gist Silversmith championship buckles.
Riding against a field of 33 horses in the open, Dont Look Twice, trained and ridden by Phil Rapp for owners Louis and Corliss Baldwin of Fort Worth, Texas, was looking to repeat her win of 2012 and add to her already record-breaking lifetime earnings of more than $700,000. The mare, by High Brow Cat and out of Tapt Twice, was set to do that until One Time Choice, trained and ridden by Chubby Turner for J Five Horse Ranch, set the tone with her 228 as the fifth horse to work in the nine-head finals.
With the win, Dont Look Twice brings her lifetime earnings to more than $755,000, while One Time Choice edges closer to the $100,000 bringing his lifetime earnings to more than $95,000
Taking the Non Pro division was another Weatherford-based horse, Teles Bout This Cat, owned and ridden by Cody Hedlund. A six-year-old daughter of WR This Cats Smart and out of Teles Lies, has been a trusted mount for Hedlund, who rode the bay to the Non Pro Horse of the Year title in 2011. This was her first win at a Mercuria NCHA World Series event as she scored a 225 to earn $11,241.60 of the $36,304 purse, bringing her lifetime to earnings to more than $181,000.
The Mercuria series will continue throughout the fall with events in Rancho Murrieta, Calif., September 13-14; Columbus, Ohio, October 9-10; Lyon, France, October 31-November 2, and Kansas City, Missouri, November 6-7. Each event features $50,000 in added money with $200,000 added at the Mercuria World Finals to be held during the NCHA Futurity November 21-December 14 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The National Cutting Horse Association approves approximately 1,600 events each year with purses totaling more than $35 million throughout the sport. Cutting events take place throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, South American and Europe and are supported by such companies as Mercuria Energy, Ram Truck, Great American Insurance Group, the American Quarter Horse Association, John Deere Tractors and XTO Energy among many others.
The National Cutting Horse Association, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is the world governing body for the sport of cutting. With more than 16,000 members worldwide, its mission is to promote and celebrate the cutting horse, whose origins on Western ranches supports ranching and Western heritage. By establishing rules for the conduct of cutting horse shows, NCHA provides a level playing field and a progressive class structure, which accommodates everyone from the beginner to the advanced competitor. NCHA draws on the diverse talents and backgrounds of its members and encourages their participation in helping it achieve these goals.