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Monica on top in Idaho

From Horsetrader staff - December 4th, 2014 - Show & Event News

NAMPA, Idaho — Although Smokin Little Ringo didn’t make the NRCHA Futurity finals last September, both rider Monica Caetano and owner John Pascoe knew there was something special in him. They were proved right at the Idaho Reined Cow Horse Futurity, where Smokin Little Ringo (Smart Little Pepinic x Smoking Sabrina x Mister Dual Pep) won the Open Futurity convincingly.

“It’s a very, very good little horse,” said Caetano. “At Reno, I let myself get too worked up and
I blew my herd work and lost the cow. Then I ended up marking a 220.5 in the reining and a 218.5 in the fence — the horse was fantastic. So, the owner said ‘let’s try it again!’ We loaded up, went up there, and this time it worked out.”

A blistering 151 preliminary fence work and a 149 in the final fence work carried Caetano and Smart Little Ringo to an Open Futurity title payout of $9,344. Their 592 cumulative score outdistanced reserve champion John Swales on SLR Won Smart Wolf by 8.5 points.

“He’s good-minded — super-minded for a 3-year old,” said Caetano, President of the California Cow Horse Association. “I can really ask him stuff, and he’ll just do it. They were a different kind of cow than what I’ve worked on before, and I had to set him in a different place to turn it. He just did it. He didn’t mind at all.”

She added that the difference between their performances in Reno and Idaho was, well, herself — more specifically, in the herd work.

“I stayed a lot slower and I tried not to listen to the people telling me which cows to pick as much because, becasue I just got myself in a hurry in Reno,” she said. “I got locked on a cow at Reno, and I went chasing it, trying to get out of the herd — it was just a mess.”

“There (Idaho), I stayed a lot calmer, made a much better, slower cut, and you know, all I had to do is get a cow out in front of him and he’ll hold it. That’s what I didn’t do in Reno. Up in Idaho, I managed to get the cows out in front of him and let him work.”

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