It all came down to the last drag at the Second Annual Heritage Futurity on Saturday, October 4 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. Leading the 64 horse field with scores of 147 were Sam Schaffhauser on Dun Tinkering Around owned by McQuay Stables and Stefano Calcagnini on Shannon Reid's Shinestein.
Then Jared Leclair rode in on Coded N Karma, a gelding by Electric Code out of Whiz N Snap. In Jared's words, the gelding was "really quiet and easy to show" and the judges rewarded the run with a score of 148, good for the Open Level 4 Championship.
"It's neat to train and ride one that is by a horse I trained and rode," said Jared, referring to his sire, Electric Code. "Because I knew his dad so well, I knew I could trust him – I just know their personalities and what they're good at and I can enhance all they do."
Coded N Karma is owned by Robert and Robbin Thayn of Oxford, Nebraska. For the win he earned $7,129 and a trophy saddle compliments of Kyle Tack.
The Reserve title in the Level 4 Open ended in a tie between Schaffhauser on Dun Tinkering (Hollywood Dun It X Whiz N Snap) and Calcagnini on Shinestein (Einsteins Revolution X Shiney O Lady). Each horse earned $3797.
Mandy McCutcheon Takes Heritage Futurity Non Pro on MJG Colonel Dry
|MJG Colonel Dry ridden by Mandy McCutcheon – 2014 Heritage Futurity((Non Pro Futurity)|
Mandy McCutcheon didn't let the fact that she'd never ridden MJG Colonel Dry until four days before stop her from riding him to the Heritage Futurity Non Pro Level 4 Championship on October 5!
She said, "My schedule this fall, with the World Equestrian Games and everything else has been so busy I haven't been able to bet to the 3-year-olds."
Luckily for Mandy, the Great Southwest Equestrian Center is a great venue offering plenty of places to school and the Heritage Futurity schedule provided optimum schooling time. Her parents Tim and Colleen McQuay own the gelding by Gunner and out of MJG Hollywood Dry so McQuay Stables Assistant Trainers Sam Schaffhauser and Lars Mortenson had done the riding on him.
"Sam has actually ridden him the most," she said, then added. "It did take him a day to figure out my short legs versus Sam's legs."
With that done, the next task was getting him shown and the NRHA's only Non Pro $2 Million rider showed why she has garnered such a record! Her efforts resulted in a score of 144, to top the class, earn $3,914 and a saddle sponsored by Kyle Tack.
The McQuays purchased the good gelding from John and Mary Wade Gilbert , who raised him. "We wanted him to have a good go today and he did everything right," said Mandy. "I'm not sure yet whether Cade or I will ride him at the NRHA Futurity, but I know he'll want him, now!"