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Jake Gorrell Pilots Plain Catty to the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship
What a year for National Reined Cow Horse Association Professional Jake Gorrell, of Hanford, California. He achieved Million Dollar Rider status in August, and then rocked the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals fence work in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, October 14, scoring a stupendous 225 to clinch his first Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship.
Riding Plain Catty (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Plain Plain x Just Plain Colonel), bred and owned by Kevin Cantrelle, Raymond, California, Gorrell scored a total 657.5 on three events (214 herd/218 rein/225 fence).
"I knew we had to be big," Gorrell said, describing his feelings coming into the third phase of competition, the fence work. An early lead from eventual Reserve Champion Zane Davis and another Bet Hesa Cat-sired horse, Bet Hes Black (x Soula Jule Forever x Soula Jule Star) held up for the majority of the finals. Gorrell and Plain Catty were 17th in the draw. They took the lead and never relinquished it.
Besides the $125,000 paycheck, Gorrell and Plain Catty claimed a Sean Ryon Custom Saddle sponsored by Matthews Cutting Horses, an original CR Morrison Bronze sponsored by the NRCHA, a Catena USA Watch, a Gist buckle sponsored by Mike and Kelly Warner/The Final Cut Ranch, a 100x hat from JW Brooks Custom Hats by the Lattas, boots frm Rios of Mercedes, a gift certificate from CR RanchWear, a cooler from Classic Equine, a CINCH jacket, product from Platinum Performance, and five gallons of UltraCruz foaming shampoo from San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health.