The qualifiers for Saturday night’s finals at the Calgary Stampede’s Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler, are now confirmed.

Through two and a half days of competition at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler, the finals for the Open Futurity, Open Classic/Challenge and Open Derby have been set.

“Saturday night at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity represents one of the highlights of the cutting horse industry in the Pacific Northwest,” said Ron Anderson, emcee and announcer of the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler. “We’re in a historic place and we’ve got an historic feature event and the Calgary Stampede always brings together a tremendous entertainment package to make your evening.”

For those new to the sport, the Open Futurity is made up of three-year -old horses, where the Derby consists of four-year-old horses. The Classic/Challenge horses are five and six.

“The feature class tomorrow night is the five and six-year-olds,” Anderson said. “They are old enough and mature enough to always deliver an exciting performance.”

This Cat’s Lethal ridden by Dax Hadlock, owned by the JK Kazarinan Family Trust, leads the way in the Classic/Challenge through the first two rounds after two matching scores of 219, for a total of 438 points and earnings of $1,400.61.

“Some of the smaller events leading up to this have shown us that the quality of these horses is tremendous,” Anderson said. “I saw the best five-six-year-old that I’ve seen in 10 years, just three weeks ago. 2019 may be the new benchmark in the Open Classic/Challenge.”

With cutting horse competitions, the first two rounds are merely a means to get to the finals where 90 per cent of the payout is earned. Further to that, the top scores in the finals earn the biggest cheques, as the scores from the first two rounds are wiped clean heading in.

Second in the Open Classic/Challenge was Lena’s Rockin’, another horse ridden by Travis Rempel, owned by Peter and Nancy Knott of Aldergrove, British Columbia. Lena’s Rockin’ was marked 221 in Round 1 and 216 in Round 2 for a total of 437, earning $1,242.05.

At 435.5 on two, Try It Smooth, ridden by Tim Johnson of Lacrosse, Washington, owned by Baylie Brown of Yakima, Washington, was tied for third with Patty La Rey, shown by Josh Sleeman of Eatonville, Washington, owned by Erwin Livestock LLC of Vancouver, Washington. Rounding out the Top 5 was Round 2 winner,  Chickmagnet at 221 points, ridden by Eric Wisehart of Santa Ynez, California, owned by Robert Luty of Rolling Hills, California at 435 points.

Leading the charge in the high-paying Open Futurity of three-year-old horses from all over North America was Cr Tuff Boorey, owned by Les and Coreen Jack of Rocanville, Saskatchewan, ridden by Dustin Gonnet of Cayley, Alberta. Cr Tuff Borey finished first in Round 1 with a score of 218.5 points, besting No. 2 by two and a half points. In Round 2 the score was 214 points, three back of the No. 1 spot.

With 90 per cent of the payout left in Saturday afternoon’s finals, the Jack family has earned $1,644.60 thus far from the Round 1 win.

In the aggregate, Cr Tuff Boorey finished first by a mere half-point over No. 2 Metallic Rose 016 ridden by Diehl Hiner, owned by Chris Garbick of Ellensburg, Washington. Metallic Rose 016 was marked 216 in Round 1 and followed it up with an identical 216 in Round 2. Through both rounds the horse has earned a leading $2,081.99.

Third through two rounds was RH Metallic Ice,ridden by Travis Rempel and owned by Reid Equity Ventures of Leduc County, Alberta. Through two rounds the three-year-old prospect earned 427 points via a 215 in Round 1 and 212 in Round 2. Out of the money in both rounds, RH Metallic Ice will look to cash in Saturday’s finals.

Riding a second horse into the Top 5 was Travis Rempel of Langley, British Columbia, also on Checks Into Cash. Scores of 211 in Round 1 and 214.5 in Round 2 earned this horse a score of 425.5 and $699.83.

Rounding out the Top 5 was Play N Possum, ridden and owned by Loren and Lisa Christianson of Stony Plain, Alberta at 424 on two rounds. In Round 1 Play N Possum was marked 213 and followed it up with a 211 in Round 2, but was out of the money in both.

Final results for the Open Derby were not yet available at press time.

Also taking place on Saturday night is the Bill Collins Youth Excellence Showcase.

In his 89 years of adventure and exceptional horsemanship, the late Bill Collins covered many miles and acquired a lot of fans and friends, including royalty. The Calgary Stampede honours and remembers this incredible cowboy icon through the Bill Collins Youth Excellence Scholarship.

Bill was undisputedly a celebrity in the global equine world, yet those who met him commented on how he not only taught horsemanship, he also taught people about themselves and epitomized the western values and spirit of integrity. These values, paired with his exceptional equine knowledge created a lasting legacy when he brought the then-emerging sport of cutting horse to the Calgary Stampede in 1973.

To honor Bill Collins for more than 40 years of leadership and volunteer service with the Calgary Stampede, he was awarded a lifetime membership in 2007 and is the namesake for the Bill Collins Youth Excellence Scholarship. Each year at the Calgary Stampede recognizes five youth riders in a Youth Cutting Showcase.

To watch the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler, visit: ag.calgarystampede.com. For full results and more visit: ag.calgarystampede.com/events/.

About the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler
The Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler continues today, through to Saturday, October 19, 2019  at the Nutrien Western Event Centre at Stampede Park.

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. Events run daily starting at 8 a.m. and run until 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Take a wander through the silent auction, or the market and see a unique collection of western wear, home decor, jewelry and so much more!

Be sure to stay tuned to Ag.CalgaryStampede.com and follow the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest results.