For 23 owners and riders of Open 3-year-old cutting horses, the day of December 12, 2020, in Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum, meant the light at the end of a year-long tunnel of hard work and hope. And following three elimination go-rounds, it all came down to a score of 217.5 points for qualification to the NCHA Futurity Finals on Sunday, December 13.

Three scores of 222 points topped the field of 23: Catolena Cashin In, owned by Joel Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., and shown by Tarin Rice; Lizzys Chromed Kitty, owned by Coyote Rock Ranch LLC, Terrebonne, Ore., and shown by Tatum Rice; and Spots Hottist, owned by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., and shown by Jesse Lennox.

Joel Colgrove and Tarin Rice also qualified with a second horse, Timeless Lil Cat, by One Time Pepto. Rice and Beau Galyean were the only riders to qualify two horses for the Futurity Finals.

Galyean, with the second-highest score, 220.5 points on Hottish In Havanna, sired by Hottish and owned by Wolf/Galyean Partnership, Fort Worth, Tex., also qualified with 220 points on Sueper Hot, by Hottish, owned by Dottie St. Clair Hill, Glen Rose, Tex.

Carolena Cashin In, ridden by Tarin Rice. Seth Petit photo.

Catolena Cashin In, a colt by first crop sire Reyzin The Cash, scored 224 points under Tarin Rice to top the first of five days of Open go-round competition. Bred by Joel Colgrove, Catolena Cashin In is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Dual Catolena LTE $37,917, dam of two money earners, Catn Bluez, by The Bluez Man $21,320, and the Woody Be Tuff gelding Catolena Express LTE $19,444, who Colgrove showed as a 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur finalist.

Tarin Rice, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,550,319, was co-champion of the 2012 NCHA Futurity riding He Bea Cat, the earner of $401,384 and 2013 Open Horse of the Year, bred and owned by Jim Crawford.

Lizzys Chromed Kitty, ridden by Tatum Rice. Seth Petit photo.

Lizzys Chromed Kitty, a Metallic Cat daughter bred by Cows & Horses Etc, Dallas, Tex., out of My Lizzy Babe LTE $163,653, by Lizzys Gotta Player, is a full sister to Metallics MVP LTE $148,470, a 2018 NCHA Futurity Open finalist with Hayden Upton. My Lizzy Babe, out of Moms Stylish Babe, a leading producer of 11 earners of over $1.3 million, is a full sister to Moms Stylish Player LTE $413,087.

Tatum Rice, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,645,277, won the 2018 NCHA Futurity riding the Dual Rey daughter Crey Zee LTE $365,994, owned and bred by Kevin and Sydney Knight.

Spots Hottist, ridden by Jesse Lennox. Seth Petit photo.

Spots Hottist, a Hottish colt bred by Lone Oak Performance Horses, is out of the Dual Rey daughter Reyann Hickory LTE $313,457, who carried Linda Holmes to place fourth in the 2005 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Reyann Hickory is the dam of earners of eight earners of $116,763.

Jesse Lennox, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,918,427, was reserve champion of the 2013 NCHA Futurity Open Limited showing Boon San Baby LTE $244,049 for Walton’s Rocking W Ranch.