Some days it pays to stay close to home. That seemed the case for Meredith and Clay McCullar at the West Texas Futurity held August 14 through 19 in Amarillo, Texas.

Meredith lives in Memphis, Tennessee, where he owns and operates a realty development company, but he maintains 4M Ranch near Abilene, which is managed by his son Clay.

Together, Meredith and Clay (pictured right) earned more than $15,000 at the West Texas Futurity and claimed three championships. Clay won the Non-Pro Derby and the Limited Non-Pro Derby aboard MH Dynos Tonette, the horse he rode as reserve champion of the NCHA Non-Pro Derby. He also placed high in the finals of the West Texas Non-Pro Classic and Limited Non-Pro Classic on Duals Play Kit, after winning both go-rounds.

Meredith (left) won the AARP division with 221 points on CD Peppy Olena, and placed in the same division riding Royal Red Pepto and Badgerina In Levis. He was also a finalist in the Limited Non-Pro Derby.

“It’s fun to raise them and show them,” said Meredith, who bred both Duals Play Kit, an earner of more than $200,000, and her half-sister Royal Red Peppy. “Both of those mares were born and raised right there in the middle of those rocks and prickly pears. It’s rewarding to see them grow up in those rough conditions and turn out to be good show horses.”