Nearly $100,000 was up for grabs in the Platinum Breeders’ Futurity classes November 6—33 horses and handlers competed in five non-pro weanling halter classes for an estimated $96,755* in total purses.
The Platinum Division was reformatted for 2016, designed to yield bigger purses earmarked for non-pro classes. The reception was positive and the payouts deep.
Platinum Non-Pro Weanling Mares: $33,491*
Shes Too Pretty was exactly that—the well-built black tobiano filly caught the judges’ eyes and moved to the top of the card with Ramsey Berry to win $11,387*. Bred and owned by Joe and Nancy Berry of Visalia, California, Shes Too Pretty is by JN Total Attraction and out of Much Too Pretty.
“That was awesome! Winning that much money? That’s the most fun I’ve had since I started showing,” Ramsey said.
Platinum Non-Pro Solid Paint-Bred Weanling Mares: $13,822*
Besting her fellow competitors for the honor of being named Breeders’ Futurity Champion, KR Very Exotic scored big with a $8,293* paycheck. Shown by Anastasia Kull, the 2016 sorrel solid mare is by Very Cool (QH) and out of FF Private Dancer; she was bred and is owned by Terry and Anastasia Kull of Pilot Point, Texas.
Platinum Non-Pro Weanling Stallions: $25,120*
Much like his name implied, Im The Dominator took over the top spot in his Platinum class and earned the $10,048* paycheck that went along with first place. It was the day’s second win for exhibitor Ramsey Berry, who handled the chestnut overo stallion, who is by To Be Admired and out of Just For Sippin, for owner/breeder Joe and Nancy Berry.
The money was deep for more than just the champion, however—$15,076* was paid out to second through fourth place in the class—and Thomas Coon led Unresistable to a $7,536* reserve championship win.
“I came here to win that money!” Thomas said. “It’s nice to win such a big purse. I think we’ll see more and more horses and people getting interested [in the Platinum classes] when they see these payouts.”
Platinum Non-Pro Weanling Geldings: $13,955*
LLR Hes So Cool was red hot in his Platinum class, earning the championship title with Raegan Watson and $6,280*. The 2016 chestnut overo gelding is by Hes So That and out of Shes Forever Cool; he was bred and is owned by Alecia Baxley of Cleveland, Texas.
At 18 years old, Raegan stayed calm and cool against a class of older competitors.
“I wasn’t too worried about that—it’s the money that had me stressed!” she said. “I just worried about keeping him looking good. It’s cool to compete for such a big amount of money.”
Platinum Non-Pro Solid Paint-Bred Weanling Stallions & Geldings: $10,367*
Midnight Attraction had the look, and that helped him rocket to the top of the card and earn a $6,220* paycheck with exhibitor Heather Lynn Berry. It was the third win of the day for breeder/owners Joe and Nancy Berry and the second from a foal sired by their stallion JN Total Attraction; Midnight Attraction, a 2016 black solid stallion, is out of Im An Awesome Babe (QH).
“Fred Tabor talked us into putting a few of our stallions into the Platinum program,” Heather said. “So, we knew we needed to bring some of our own to win some of our money back—and it worked out great this time!”
Owning and breeding top-quality stock is a family affair for the Berrys, and Heather says the high payouts of the Platinum classes help validate their efforts.
“These wins are proof that everything we’re doing is working,” she said. “It’s a gamble—you breed your mare and hope she throws what you’re envisioning from the cross—but it’s so rewarding when it works.”
*Estimated Purse & Payout Totals
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