Now you can study Matt Gaines’ awesome Futurity winning run from two angles, at once!
We videoed Matt and Second Spot’s run from behind and paired it with Video Wests to give you greater insight into this near perfect run. It’s a cool way to watch a great trainer and a great horse at their best.
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Wade Smith achieved a lifelong dream when he won the 2016 NCHA Unlimited Amateur Futurity Final in Fort Worth.
Wade, from Geary, OK, rode Metallic Candlelit to score 221 two points in front of the field.
Metallic Candlelit is by Metallic Cat and out of Light My Candle. Wade said he bought the horse about six weeks ago and got along instantly with it. He won more than $15,000 with the title.
Wade was Reserve Champion in 2014 at Super Stakes on Lil Pep N Time.
Wade told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he had a lot of fun showing the horse and talked about how he dreamed of winning as a kid when cutting with the likes of Bill Freeman.
Eddie Patterson from California won the Reserve buckle on Calculated Risk with a 219 and Alexis Stephas came third on Queen of Hots by marking a 217.5.
Austin Blake blew the field away when he showed Stuffin My Pockets and clinched the 2016 Non Pro Futurity Championship in Fort Worth.
Austin, from Canyon Tx, marked an impressive 224, two and half points in front of Greg Coalson who won the Reserve buckle.
Austin takes home just shy of $60,000 for the win. It’s Austin’s second Non Pro Futurity Championship. He won his first buckle in 2010 on One Rockin Pepto.
Ever humble in victory, Austin told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he was just thrilled to put together a great run on a horse he bred. Austin also came third in the limited Non Pro Futurity final on a full sister to Stuffin My Pockets, called Lookin Sneaky which he also bred.
Stuffin My Pockets is by Dual Smart Rey and out of Smartys Gonna Pass. Austin’s winnings at the Futurity now take him past the half million mark in total earnings.
Greg Coalson rode Catywompus, while third place getter Glade Knight marked a 220 on Geronimos Catillac.
Todd Adolf from Arizona laid down the run of his career to take out the 2016 NCHA Futurity Limited Open Final in Fort Worth.
Todd rode his own horse, Pitchforks Bet to sneak past Robbie Boyce by half a point and finish on 219.5, taking home more than $21,000.
Not only was it Todd’s first major title, but also his first finals in the Will Rogers Coliseum. While Todd missed the Open Semi Finals by just half a point, his wife Kim made the second go-round in the Non Pro as well as the Limited Non Pro Semis on the horse.
Pitchforks Bet is by Bet Hesa Cat and out of Pitchforks Lena. Todd purchased him as a yearling and says he’s a great minded horse.
He spoke to CHTO’s Simone Cobb about his winning run.
Robbie Boyce came second on Dualin Catts while Andy Sherrad claimed 3rd aboard Moriah Kitty Hawk with a 217. The total prize purse paid out $150,000 for the final.