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2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Limited Champion: Katherine Peterson/Dually Judged

NRCHA  | Published on 10/13/2017
Katie Peterson can't put in to words what it feels like to be 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Limited Champion, but it's a feeling that she hopes will stay with her for a long time. Riding Dually Judged, Peterson had a composite score of 624.5 to take home $2,816 for the win.

Peterson works in inventory for Tractor Supply. This was just her first year to show cow horses and her second time to show Dually Judged.

"It's the allure of it," Peterson said of why she took up the sport. "I love going fast, I like the cattle aspect and I like the horsemanship that's involved. It's something that I've always really wanted to get into."

Peterson was nearly ready to quit riding horses altogether when her gelding of 13 years died of a heart attack. After giving herself a pep talk, she got online and found Dually Judged.

"I saw a headshot of this horse and I don't even normally like the red-roans but he looked exactly like my previous horse. From that moment on, it's been about him," Peterson said.

Dually Judged (Judge Boon x Cattys Dual Jazz x Dual Jazz) was two at the time, and Peterson had her friend Brent Callahan get the gelding ranch broke and going throughout that year. Over the past year, she has turned to Chris Dawson and Carter Metcalf for help. It was the fact that Dually Judged was so good, that made her want to show at the Snaffle Bit.

"Everyone kept saying that he could be a good one," Peterson said.

In Fort Worth, all Peterson wanted to do in the reining, was to get a score and hope for the best.

"I get nervous with the lead changes and he just switched, it was easy," Peterson said. "Carter and Chris have done an awesome job with getting me to calm down and go with it. The entire time I rode him like I stole him."

Once she got on a cow, the showmanship aspect became easier.

"He's good with anything cow. With him it's just the rider staying in the buggy and holding on," Peterson said. "He's such a good horse and we've used him out in the pasture with cattle too which has made me more confident. Dealing with wild heifers and separating them from their babies made me think that I could do this."

Peterson lives in Krum, Texas with reiners Nancy and Kenny Eppers. The hardest thing she's had to do to become competitive in the cow horse business, is to break all of her previously acquired bad habits.

"I've been riding for 15 years and done an array of disciplines from show jumping, dressage and saddle seat to team penning and sorting. It's hard to put all that aside and do this," said Peterson, who believes that she's found her forever sport.

Nicole Westfall rode On Line Chic Flick (Shine On Line x Chics Sompen x Smart Chic Olena) to the reserve championship for having a score of 617.5. She earned $2,346.