Written by Ted Stovin
Shown by Gerry Hansma, Granum, AB, and owned by Dennis Nolin, Edmonton, AB, Justa Swingin Cat split the first go in the Open Futurity at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler.
Splitting first with Hansma was was Echos Prowlin, shown and owned by Walt Bowen, Liberty, UT. Both competitors walked away with $1,773.18 in day round money on Wednesday afternoon at the Nutrien Western Event Centre at Stampede Park.
Justa Swining Cat was bred by Montana Ranch and purchased early this winter by Nolin.
“This is our third show, we’ve made some money but we haven’t had a lot of luck. We’ve some go-round money but we’ve yet the make the finals,” says Hansma.
“We’re off to a good start but, hey, we still have to go again tomorrow.”
Thursday is what Hansma is referring to as tomorrow, where he will once again compete on Justa Swingin Cat in the second go.
“To give yourself a chance you’ve gotta make the finals and after that it’s whatever happens,” Hansma said, of the sudden death finals where top score in the go wins top prize. “You might just be more aggressive, take a few more risks, it really depends on what kind of horse you have, what you’re riding and how much faith or confidence you have in your horse.
“It sometimes depends on where you draw and what the marks are ahead of you and what the cattle are like. There’s a lot of variables there. You tend to risk a little more in the finals, everybody wants to win it. Sometimes it’s OK if you don’t have a good draw and maybe the cattle are a little iffy you might go with a good placing to pick up a bigger check rather than blow yourself right out. So, there’s always some risk involved.”
Justa Swinging Cat is by High Brow Cat out of Justa Catalpa x Justa Swinging Peppy.
“He’s really laid back and easy going, he doesn’t take a ton of prep as far as warm up,” Hansma said. “We try to leave a little more energy in him. Whereas some of our horses that are a little higher energy we will kind of put more time on and take some of that edge off. This horse is super minded and is a natural athlete, he’s pretty balanced. He’s very cool, he doesn’t get pressured up. You can get him too tired if you’re not careful.”
Hansma, who’s won over $2 million in the sport, has nine horses competing in Calgary this week.
“Younger horses tend to be a little more fractious,” Hansma says, “They haven’t been at it as long. Some you have to be a little more careful with how aggressive you show. This horse allows you to use your feet and he doesn’t get too rattled by it.”
In the lead after the first go, another good run will get Hansma and Justa Swingin Cat into Saturday’s finals.
“He’s really smart about where the middle of a cow is, as we call it,” Hansma said. “Where that neutral point is on a cow, he doesn’t, unless you kinda ask him more, he knows that if he steps by he’s going to have to put on the brakes and go the other way. So he’ll be a little more hesitant, he’ll do it but he’s very aware of that where some colts will jump out there and really won’t realize they are getting in a lot of trouble.”
Official results from Day 1 of the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler at the Agrium Western Event Centre on October 10th, 2018.
Open Futurity – First Go: (Horse/Rider – City, State/Owner – City, State/Score/Money Earned)
- Justa Swingin Cat/Gerry Hansma – Granum, AB/Dennis Nolin – Edmonton, AB/219/$1,773.18
- Echos Prowlin/Walt Bowen – Liberty, UT/Walt Bowen – Liberty, UT/219/$1,773.18
- Cattaztrophie/Travis Rempel – Fort Langley, BC/Joan Gibson – Oliver, BC/218.5/$886.59
- Her Name is What/Doug Reinhardt – Irricana, AB/Cam Clark – Airdrie, AB/218
- RH Pepto Driven/Travis Rempel – Fort Langley, BC/Reid Equity Ventures – Leduc County, AB/217
Open Derby – First Go: (Horse/Rider – City, State/Owner – City, State/Score/Money Earned)
- DMAC Geisha Girl/Travis Rempel – Fort Langley, BC/Nephrite Holdings Co. – Langley, BC/221/$1,214.37
- Reysn A Lil Cain/Shad Platt – Orland, CA/Michael & Amber Charter – Arbuckle, CA/220/$852.64
- Kitty’s Smart Rey/Deihl Hiner – Walla Walla, WA/Sue Makin – Sherwood, OR/218/$516.75
- Reysed That Way/Cameron Verstegen – Eagle Point, OR/KW Crosby – Woodburn, OR/217
- Dual Smart Bliss/Russ Miller – Saint Anthony, ID/7R Ranch LLC – Bondurant, WY/216.5
- Metallic Thundercat/Brady Jensen – Red Deer County, AB/Bailey Quarter Horses – Westaskawin, AB/216.5
The Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler continues from October 11 to 14 at the Nutrien Western Event Centre at Stampede Park.
Up on Thursday are the second go for the Open Futurity Round 1 of the Open Classic/Challenge and Round 1 of the Non-Pro Futurity.
Events run daily starting at 8 a.m. MST running until 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.