Cash Roll Lineage impressed her trainer, Mary Burger, when the duo made their runs on May 24 at the Old Fort Days Barrel Futurity in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Together, they clocked a :17.029 to finish 14th and earn $7,063.
“Shasta,” a 2010 bay tobiano mare by Judys Lineage and out of JLC Treasured Cash, is owned by Debra Richardson of Elmore City, Oklahoma. Though the mare showed promise late in 2013 by running well and winning the PBRIP sidepot at the Barrel Futurity of America Championships, the mare has struggled with reoccurring suspensory soreness throughout 2014.
“We’ve had plenty of ups and downs because of her soreness, so I haven’t had much of a chance to be consistent with Shasta at all,” the horsewoman from Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, said. “We’ve finally gotten it together in the last month.”
Taking a time-out from competition, Mary used the opportunity to find the equipment and running style to achieve Shasta’s best possible performance.
“Shasta’s really laid back and lazy, but she’s figured out that it’s time to run when she gets in the alley,” Mary said. “She’s a big, long-strided mare who can really cover ground, and she’s learned to turn a lot better than before; we can make three really great barrels.”
At the futurity, Mary finally had the chance to see how Shasta had progressed during her break from competition.
“In my exhibition run I kind of just let her run out there, and she ran a :17.3, so I knew we weren’t too far off of making the finals if I sped her up a bit,” Mary said. “When I asked her for a bit more, she came back a tenth of a second faster.”
“In the finals Shasta ran really hard, but she got just a tick past her first barrel. She still made a low 17-second run, though; she got a little faster each time, which is really respectable.”
Shasta is currently enjoying more pasture rest, as Debbie and Mary agreed to pause her progress on a good note. Debbie and her husband, Terry, are considering campaigning their mare at the APHA World Championship Show in November and at the December futurities.
“My main goal for Shasta was to make a great horse for Debbie,” Mary said. “I’m truly appreciative of the Richardsons, and I’m glad everything is working out well with their mare. They’re just really great people.”
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