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Marley, McCutcheon and Deshotels Top SWRHA Futurity Show Youth Events

Marley, McCutcheon and Deshotels Top SWRHA Futurity Show Youth Events

It’s showtime! Your mouth is dry, your heart is beating like a jackhammer. You really need to run to the restroom but don’t have time and you’re struggling to remember the pattern. You’re worried about the horse – is it warmed up enough or too much? The signs of overwhelming stress are there… on the parents and grandparents of the youth riders!

But, somehow, at every show, the kids manage to overcome the apprehension of their elders and put together a great class. That was the case on Saturday morning at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity show presented by Billingsley Ford when the youth classes began.

The 13 and under class was sponsored by Carol Rose Quarter Horses and the buckle was presented by First Bank and Trust of Ardmore to Cade McCutcheon who scored a 72 on Dun It Got Lucky. McCutcheon has had a great record on the mare. Together they won the Level 1 & 2 NRBC Classic Challenge divisions earlier this year.

But his time with the mare is now over as his sister, Carlee, will take over the reins and the showpen soon. That’s likely just fine with Dun It Got Lucky as she and her new rider have a connection. The mare loves horse cookies – and Carlee loves to give them to her. “She gave her a whole bucket of them yesterday!” noted Cade who, besides his horse pursuits, plays guard and linebacker on his Aubrey, Texas 7th grade football team.

The reserve title with a score of 70.5 went to Kenleigh Wells of Valley View, Texas. Kenleigh rode The Ultimate Magnum to earn an Pro Orthopedic Show Saddle Pad sponsored by Haverty Ranch

In the 14-18 class sponsored by Jason Vanlandingham, the championship buckle presented by First National Bank of Ardmore went to Jaci Marley on Dun Git A Nicadual. Marley, a 17-year-old from Plainview, Texas, had an interesting go in the class.

“The lights went out!” she said. She wasn’t exaggerating. A power problem caused a temporary lights-out in the Hardy Murphy Coliseum that began after her first set of circles. Although she says it did temporarily make her nervous, she went on with the run and earned a score of 72.5 to win.

She got Dun Git A Nicadual in February and won the NRHA Derby Youth Non Pro. That was her second major title, as she won the 2010 NRHA Futurity Non Pro championship as well.

Although she does enjoy track events, she say horses are her passion and take most of her time. She thanked Marco Formentin for his help. Jaci has been showing for four years.

Reserve championship went to Jody Beenhakker on Oaklynn Banjo. Jody, of Wichita Falls, Texas, scored 71.5 to collect a Pro Orthopedic Show Saddle Pad sponsored by Haverty Ranch.

In the Short Stirrup class the winner was Skyler Deshotels of Maud, Texas on Conquistador Lilstar. One year older than her 8-year-old mount, Skyler has only showed the gelding by Conquistador Whiz out of Cinnabars Lil Star one other time and today it all came together.

With a big smile on her face, she admitted both to being very excited about the win – and very nervous while the run was going on. “I just wanted to make sure we did everything right,” she said.

She’s had Conquistador Lilstar for 6 months now and if today’s run is any indication, it looks like a great match. Skyler thanked Melanie and Sebastian Petrol for helping her and said that when she’s not riding her horses, she enjoys playing on her soccer team. Kim Ferguson and Sliding K Ranch sponsored halters and leads for all the Short Stirrup entries.

Next up in the Hardy Murphy Coliseum is the Level 3,2,1 Open Futurity Finals followed by the Level 4 Open Finals to set to begin no earlier than 5 pm. Viewers at home can visit for a detailed schedule, draws and the Waltenberry Video Productions live feed sponsored by Purina.