Written by Ted Stovin
CALGARY, Alberta – On Thursday afternoon, Round 2 of the Open Futurity set the stage for 15 of the top young horses in the Cutting industry in North America for Saturday night’s Finals.
Red Hott Cat, ridden by Travis Rempel (Fort Langely, BC) owned by Cheryl and Rick Perkins (Abbotsford, BC) won Round 2 with a score of 219 for $2,347.47 in earnings.
Travis Rempel of Fort Langley, BC rides Red Hott Cat to a score of 219 to win Round 2 of the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler at the Agirum Western Event Centre at Stampede Park on October 12, 2017. Photo by James Hudyma.
“He’s a really good horse,” Rempel said. “He’s a Metallic Cat, so he’s darn sure bred to do it and he’s physically strong and super smart on a cow. He’s darn sure good enough to be a finalist here, it’s just nice to get him in.”
Rempel is riding four of the 15 horses in the finals for the Futurity. Others include Round 1 winner Yu Hottish, Cats Special Pistol and HL Harley Jo Lena.
“I think it’s good to know that if you have enough horse left to try and put a big finals run together,” Rempel spoke to the sudden death finals format. “He’s darn sure capable.”
Countless hours of training are put into these horses in order to show them at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler, at the Agrium Western Event Centre.
“I got him as a late yearling,” Rempel said. “He was a little bit green but he’s just really smart about a cow and pretty easy to train.”
Despite this horse being easier, that isn’t always the case.
“The three-year-olds are a lot of work. This year I brought the three-year-olds to pretty much every show that I went to. I hauled them all lots and got them all really seasoned. It’s six days a week a lot of the time and just really just trying to bring them along. One inch at a time. It’s a lot of work but if you’re riding good horses, it’s really rewarding”
Rempel, who’s been in the cutting horse world for the past five years, started off in the cow horse side of things.
“I sure like the cutting. “It’s been good to me,” Rempel said. “I’ve got some really good customers that have been family friends for a lot of time. Rick and Cheryl Perkins bought the horse (Red Hott Cat) in Texas and had him started down there then we brought him home. The plan was to campaign him as a three-year old and then hopefully do the best we can on him.”
In addition to riding client horses, Rempel trains his own horses.
“Ya I’ve kinda got some projects,” Rempel said. “Nothing that’s really show-able but I’ve always kind of got some projects. I show cow horses too so I mess around with that.”
Heading into the final weekend of competition, the British Columbia cowboy enjoys working in Calgary.
“I love coming here, this is my favorite place to show,” Rempel said. “It’s temperature controlled, the pen is big and it’s pretty rewarding because if you can put a big run together here it means a lot because this pen exposes you. The round-backed wall and it’s wide. You can’t really cheat in this pen. I really like it, the barns and practice pens, this building is world class, we’re pretty fortunate.”
The highest score of the week so far, a 220, came in the Open Classic/Challenge, recorded by Pretty Pleasing Ray ridden by Dale Hiner (Walla Walla, WA) owned by Don & Pat Noble (Milton Freewater, OR. That score was worth $1,258.62, four horses tied for second place at 219.
Round 1 of the Non-Pro Open Futurity wrapped up Thursday’s competition with Kevin Baumann (Red Deer, AB) tying with himself for with matching scores of 216 riding for Pekisko Ranch of (Red Deer, AB) on Cats Metallic Lady and Little Fancy Boon.
The Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler continues from October 12 to 15 at the Agrium Western Event Centre at Stampede Park.
Friday features the second round of the Open Classic/Challenge, Round 2 of the Open Derby and Round 1 of the non-pro Classic/Challenge.
Events run daily starting at 8 a.m. MST running until 7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Official results from Day 2 of the 2017 Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler at the Agrium Western Event Centre on October 12, 2017.
Official results from Day 1 of the 2017 Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler at the Agrium Western Event Centre on October 11, 2017.
On Saturday Round 2 of the Non-Pro futurity takes place followed by Round 1 of the non-pro derby, Round 2 of the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge and the Open Futurity Final.
Saturday night features the Cut of the West starting at 6:30 p.m. including the Open Derby Finals and the Open Classic/Challenge Finals.