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.