SPRINGSURE (Queensland) professional cutting trainer Jason Leitch won his third National Cutting Horse Association Imax Gold Tamarang Futurity in five years in Tamworth’s Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre last Sunday night.
Leitch reigned supreme on the Kempsey Quarter Horse-owned chestnut mare, Hy On Turps.
She recorded 151 points to beat the Dalby-trained Satin Rey (Kelli Thom) by two points for the $75,000 in prizemoney.
Leitch won the NCHA Open Futurity on his own mare, Winderadeen Whiskey Cat, in 2010 and again on Forrest Saunders’ Lil Rey Of Hope in 2012.
Oakey’s Todd Graham proved why he is top trainer, hooking three prestigious NCHA finals of his own during the two-week Futurity.
Graham won the Open Derby on his own stallion No Moore One Moore with 149 and doubling up in the Open Classic with Diane Brombal’s Winderadeen Miss Shorty Cat to smash out an arena record of 153 and again in the Gold Cup Open with Winderadeen Miss Shorty Cat on 151.
Alpha local Ian Bush came in best dressed for the Non Pro Futurity, riding his horse Moms Stylish Doll to an impressive score of 147 ahead of Tyrell Park Alil Lena with Victoria’s Brian Elliott aboard on 144.5.
The Non Pro Classic Challenge was a surprise as 14-year-old Wyatt Gray of Finley, NSW stole first place from a field of 16 adult competitors riding his mother, Leanne Gray’s horse Pink Dove.
Wyatt achieved a phenomenal score of 151 when finishing the run to earn himself the youngest competitor to take out the title to date.