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2018 Summer Spectacular

You Don’t Have To Be Born A Champion

November 19th, 2018 by Nevada Huffman

Cutting hasn’t always been a way of life for the Patillo family. In fact, they had never even owned a horse until a few years ago. Even that was a spur of the
moment decision that they had no idea would
completely change their lives.

While traveling through the “Cutting Horse Capital of the World” during a family holiday, Blake decided his Illinois-based family needed a horse.

Simone & Blake & Lori Patillo

Amazed at all the training facilities around Weatherford, Blake, his wife Lori and their four kids drove around the area, when an arena off FM 1885 that caught their eye. Not knowing who it belonged to or what they were looking for, they decided to drive in.
“If we pull in here and tell them we want to buy a horse they’ll let us in,” he told his wife confidently at the time.

It was Pedro Ornales who met them just inside the gate. With neither parties knowing what they were getting themselves into, Pedro put them on a turn-back horse and the Patillo family was hooked! They soon became fast friends. The Patillos hooked their RV up at the facility and spent weeks there learning the ropes from the back of that one turn-back horse. When asked what her thoughts were, Lori responded “I was just along for the ride at this point.”

Just three months later, with no intentions of owning a cutting horse, and no place to keep one, Blake was soon won over by a horse Pedro had found them.

The horse stayed in Texas and the Patillo family made monthly trips from Illinois to ride their horse. Blake’s goal was to find something that his kids could compete in as a family and learn how to win and lose. But despite all Blake’s efforts, their eldest son Langston didn’t have much interest in riding a horse.

In 2013 they purchased their first cutting horse at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, Defiant Cat. Shortly after Blake was invited to his first show by a neighbor where they boarded a horse. To say Blake was green, would be understatement. He didn’t even know how to properly saddle a horse.

Blake still didn’t think there was any problem. “Finally they started yelling at me asking if I needed any help,” he said.“No I’ve got it,” he replied confidently. The trainers tried to explain to him that he really did need help, that everyone did in cutting. Blake then gave in and said, “alright come on then.”

After a messy run, he quickly realized he needed more horse power and a whole lot of practice. Since then, Blake has won $100,000. But he now focuses on helping his kids develop their riding and cutting skills.

Blake Patillo On High Stylin CD

His son Langston has since caught the cutting bug and won an impressive three major titles in the famed Will Rogers Coliseum by the age of 16! Many riders dream of winning one in a lifetime. You could say Blake’s real talent has been to make some smart decisions with buying horses and as a parent-coach!

So what is his secret? What is the magic that has seen Blake go from knowing nothing about horses or cutting to helping create champions with Langston and their horses in just a few short years? It’s simpler than you would think: studying those who have gone before!

Blake said he watches the winners to see what they do to excel. He strives to be able to pick horses on his own.

“The more you learn about this sport, the more you become more addicted to the sport,” he said.

Lori said her role is more on the sidelines. The family relocated from Illinois to Weatherford, TX to focus on riding and cutting. Lori is kept busy homeschooling the kids. The family still travels frequently to Illinois where their business is based.

Blake complimented Langston on being a good student, how he listens to and applies what his mentors have taught him and how hard he works at it. He added his son has a lot of natural athletic talent but also makes smart decisions on the cow and they way he works his horse. He said those attributes are what makes Langston so competitive in the sport.

Since purchasing their Weatherford ranch, both parents said they love their lifestyle. Lori said the industry has had a great influence on shaping her family. The work that comes with cutting, taking care of horses and their ranch, she said has really made their family come together as a team.

Just watch this space for the rest of the young Patillos rising through the ranks!


Adan Banuelos Wins Reserve Derby & Metallic Cat Incentive at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 6th, 2018 by Simone Cobb
Adan Banuelos had the crowd on the edge of their seats when he laid down a threatening run in the Derby Final at 2018 Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular.
Last out in the final, he and Catillac Reys marked a 225.5 to take out the Reserve buckle AND the $100,000 Metallic Cat incentive!
Adan told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he was grateful for Bobby Patton’s incentive that made him try that much harder, going home with $134,000 for his run!

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Lee Francois Wins Derby Final at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 6th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Lee Francois brought the house down with his thrilling win in the Open Derby Championship at the 2018 Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular.
Lee and The Animal dominated the cows at every turn to notch up a 228 ahead of Reserve Champion Adan Banuelos & Catillac Reys’ score of 225.5.
An emotional Lee told CHTO’s Simone Cobb it’s been a roller coaster year since the pair was Reserve Futurity Champions, making this victory all the sweeter.

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Kenli Marvin Wows in Non Pro Derby Final at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 6th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Kenli Marvin displayed her cutting art when she dominated the Non Pro Derby final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular with her masterful strokes.
She rode her pretty paint mare, Cinderella Cat to mark a 223, three and a half points ahead of Reserve Champion, Todd Quirk on Real Suen.
Kenli told CHTO’s Simone Cobb she was lucky to even have the mare competing after she tore a suspensory at the recent Super Stakes.

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Jim Vangilder Clinches Ltd NP Derby at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 4th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Jim Vangilder snagged his second major victory of the year after clinching first place in the Limited Non Pro Derby Final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular.
Jim and Take It Eazee marked a 220 to take the lead over Reserve Champion Lauren Minshall on CR Sister Tuff with a 218.
Jim told CHTO’s Simone Cobb the horse made it easy having only just showed him for the first time at the Summer Spectacular.

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Justin Chalmers Wins Ltd Open Derby at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 2nd, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Justin Chalmers has put his stamp on the Limited Open Derby Final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular taking out the title two years running.
Justin rode Reystylin Smooth to mark a 2220.5, ahead of Reserve Champion Kevin Walden on Couture De Force who scored 219.
Justin told CHTO”s Simone Cobb he’s feeling confident going into the open Derby Semi finals on the horse that he trained.

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Langston Pattillo Wins Unltd Amateur CL/CH Final at Summer Spectacular

July 27th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Langston Pattillo won an impressive trifecta when he took out the Unlimited Amateur Classic Challenge at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.
The 16-year-old and partner High Stylin CD came out third to last in the second set to steal the show with a 222.5.
Langston has now won three titles in the famed Will Rogers Coliseum this year!
He told CHTO’s Simone Cobb his horse has earned a well-deserved break.
There was a 3-way tie for Reserve Champion between Carol Anderson Ward, Danny Jones and Janet Trefethen who all marked 218.

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Isidro Sigala Clinches Unltd. Am Derby At 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 27th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Isidro Sigala was proudly flying the flag for Venezuela after winning the Unlimited Amateur Derby Championship at the 2018 Summer Spectacular.

Issy rode Safari Smooth Cat to mark 216.5 in a tough final ahead of Reserve Champion Russ De Cordova on Lucille Russell with a 215.5.

Issy told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he’s the third Venezuelan to win at the Will Rogers recently following David Taurel’s win at the Futurity in December last year and Nelson Vivas’s victory at the Super Stakes in April.

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Langston Pattillo Snaps Up Amateur CL/CH Final at 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 27th, 2018 by Simone Cobb
Langston Pattillo dominated the Amateur Classic Challenge final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular to take his second title in the Will Rogers Coliseum.
The 16-year-old looked like a pro aboard High Stylin CD to mark 223, two points ahead of Taylor Worley on Blitzkat.
Langston told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he has a special relationship with his horse.

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Cash Carpenter Claims 2018 Amateur Derby at Summer Spectacular

July 27th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Cash Carpenter was over the moon with his win in the Will Rogers when he took out the Amateur Derby title at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

The 17-year-old rode Iggy Katzalea to mark a 218, edging out Kristin Spencer Morias on Wherever I May Roan by half a point.

Cash told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he named his horse after one of his favorite singers Iggy Azalea.

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Steve Anderson Dominates Non Pro Classic Final at 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 23rd, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Steve Anderson made it two for two when he won the Non Pro Classic Challenge Final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Steve dominated the final aboard Littlemak to mark a 223, five points ahead of Reserve Champion, Carol Anderson Ward on Crafty With Cows.

The pair won the same event at the Super Stakes in April. Steve told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he’s having a blast showing such a great horse.

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James Payne Wins Third Classic Challenge Title at 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 22nd, 2018 by Simone Cobb

James Payne proved he owns the Classic Challenge Championship after notching up his third such title at the 2018 Summer Spectacular.

He rode PG Heavily Armed, to blow past the competition and mark a 229!

James told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he specially wanted to thank his wife Nadine who is a large part of his success.

Reserve champion was Matt Miller aboard Metallic Smart Cat who scored 224.

PG Heavily Armed, a Playgun out of Not Quite An Acre, has now won more than $178,000 and is owned by Michael and Brenda Armstrong from Marietta, OK.

The pair picked up $18,639 for their win. James Payne has now earned over $2.8-million.

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Carly Chiarelli Claims 2018 Summer Spectacular Ltd Non Pro Classic Challenge

July 20th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Humble, grateful and overjoyed was how Carly Chiarelli felt after her win in the Limited Non Pro Classic Challenge at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Carly rode Olive Martini and marked a 222, leading the field by 5 points.

Carly, who works for Matt and Megan Miller, told CHTO’s Simone Cobb that the couple were mentors to her and were a big part of her success.

Carly purchased the mare, a Metallic Cat out of Martinis Miss Peppy, from the Millers.

Gentry Gonsalves was the Reserve Champion on Georgia Bootlegger with a 217.

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Terry Hollis Wins 2018 Summer Spectacular Ltd Open Classic Challenge

July 18th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Terry Hollis surpassed the $600,000 mark in earnings with his victory in the Limited Open Classic Challenge at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Terry marked a 222 aboard Isabella Rey to win the final by two points ahead of Glynn Whitman on Reyvinmetallicat.

Terry told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he was thrilled with the win especially for the horse’s owner, Paul Thompson.

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