Mary Ann Rapp, winner of the 2002 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity riding Little Janey Lena, scored 218.5 points on Friday, to top the last day of Non-Pro second-round competition on Shrimp Shack Shooter, by Smooth As A Cat at the Borden Milk NCHA Futurity.
Rapp had scored 215.5 points in the first go-round to give her a combined score of 434 points.
Meanwhile, Laura Fenimore, with a cumulative go-rounds score of 436 points on Misplaced Cat, retained her position as leading contender going into the Non-Pro Semi-Finals.
Shrimp Shack Shooter was slated for the NCHA Open Futurity with Rapp’s husband, Phil, until two days before the first go-round, when the gelding pulled up sore.
“Phil was supposed to show him, instead of my mare (Lahaina Lena) that he ended up showing,” said Mary Ann.
All-time NCHA money earner Phil Rapp qualified two horses for the Open Semi-Finals: Smooth Bye Design (435 points), owned by Smoothe Design Ltd, and Mary Ann’s mare, Lahaina Lena (434 points).
“She’s the kind of horse that takes a lot of time, one-on-one,” said Phil Rapp of Lahiana Lena, one of the last foals out of Rapp’s great show mare and producer, Tap O Lena.
“When I got the flu in July, I couldn’t ride for almost two weeks, so Mary Ann started riding Lahiana Lena and she got along really well with her. Mary Ann did an outstanding job of training her.”
Shrimp Shack Shooter, by Smooth As A Cat, out of Awesome Autumn, was purchased by the Rapps from the Awesome Autumn Partnership. Following the purchase, the Rapp’s changed the gelding’s name to Shrimp Shack Shooter, after a band from the 1996 Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do!
Redneck Yachtclub, a 2004 gelded son of San Tule Freckles and shown by both Phil and Mary Ann to earn $500,000, was named for a Craig Morgan song.