After Cortney Morris of New River, Arizona, attended the inaugural PBRIP sweepstakes at the 2013 APHA World Championship Show, she knew she needed to return to the World Show.
“Last year, we placed in the Top 10 on the same horses, but this year we came back with a better game plan. We thought about what we were going to do and how we were going to lay it out,” Cortney said.
The replay worked for Cortney in both the PBRIP Regular Sweepstakes with Streakin Lineage, or “Prince,” and in the PBRIP Solid Paint-Bred Sweepstakes with Classy Freckled Lady, or “Dart.” She won both classes, winning $1,323 on Dart and $3,863 on Prince, which included a $3,000 bonus from Farnam for the fastest overall time.
Part of Cortney’s refined plan for the show was to run her horses in World Show speed events to help them become accustomed to the arena and aim for additional prizes. Dart won Solid Paint-Bred Pole Bending, Solid Paint-Bred Barrel Racing and Solid Paint-Bred Stake Race while Prince placed eighth in Senior Barrel Racing.
The warm up runs worked to their advantage, and Cortney ran the PBRIP pattern in 15.43 seconds on Prince, a 2002 sorrel tobiano gelding by Judys Lineage and out of JC Jo Jo. The gelding was bred by Maui Land and Livestock in Levan, Utah, and was raced 27 times as a young horse. He earned his racing Superior in 2006 and won more than $11,000 on the track.
Owned by Marsha and Lori Jones of Glendale, Arizona, Cortney took over the ride on Prince last year to train him in a second career.
“He was just sitting in Marsha’s backyard, and she thought she would give him a different job. He loves it for sure,” Cortney said.
Even though he tears up the cloverleaf, Prince’s laidback attitude makes him an excellent addition to the home herd at Cortney’s family farm in Glendale, Arizona, where the 23-year-old rider trains barrel horses.
“He’s very lethargic. I have a little 5-year-old girl I give lessons to, and he loves her. That’s his little person. He looks forward to when she just wants to trot. He doesn’t make a wrong move with her,” she said. “He has a great temperament. He can get hot, but you can talk him out of it. He’s all about being pretty chill and lazy. He likes to hang out.”
In contrast, Dart is a hotter mare, but she’s proved her worth over the years as a great all-around rodeo competitor.
“She’s a firecracker for sure. We got her because no one else could train her. My dad started roping on her, and I started breakaway on her. Then I started messing around on the barrels with her, just real light, and she took to it pretty fast. She’s been going ever since.”
This is Dart’s second year competing consistently. The 2001 sorrel solid mare by More Freckles Please (QH) and out of Classicly Color Me was bred by Angela Buechel of Mesa, Arizona, and is now owned by Cortney.
“She’s the horse we pull out, no matter what we need her for. I’m pretty blessed to have her.”
A Future Star
In the inaugural PBRIP 4- & 5-Year-Old Futurity, Mary Burger of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, won $1,961 on Cash Roll Lineage, a 2010 bay tobiano mare by Judys Lineage and out of JLC Treasured Cash. Debra Richardson of Elmore City, Oklahoma, bred and owns the mare, who started her career on the racetrack with four starts, earning almost $1,000.
“Shasta’s” mother was the last horse Debbie’s father, Bobby Bullard, raised. JLC Treasured Cash raced three times and earned more than $3,200 before retiring and producing three foals.
“That mare was the last horse my dad raced, so that bloodline is very special,” Debbie said.
Although Shasta is still young, Mary says she’s done well during her transition from racing on the track to racing barrels.
“She’s young and doing well. She’s feisty, but when they’re four, they have a few things to go through, but she’s talented,” Mary said. “She’s long-strided and responds well. She gives her head and tries her best for you.”
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