One Time Royalty and Lloyd Cox, who barely scraped through the NCHA Futurity Semi-Finals on Friday with a cut-off score of 215 points, rocketed to a record 230-point win on Saturday, in the NCHA Futurity Finals, in Fort Worth.
Owner Jeffrey Matthews, Matthews Cutting Horses, Weatherford, TX, received the winner’s payout of $250,000. Matthews is the owner of One Time Pepto, sire of One Time Royalty and 2010 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion One Rockin Pepto.
Cox also placed fifth and earned $60,614 on Tazs Dreamgirl for Kathleen Moore, Madill, OK.
Wesley Galyean and his own horse, Some Like It Hott, claimed the reserve championship with 222 points. Galyean won the 2004 Futurity on Spots Hot, the sire of Some Like It Hott, while still a Non-Pro. His father, Jody, and brother, Beau, have both won the NCHA Futurity.
Wesley, in addition, is uncle to Leighton Cox, the seven-month-old daughter of Lloyd Cox and Wesley’s sister, Christina.
Expanding the family tree, Johnny Below, a 2010 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist on Smooth Smokin Cat, is the uncle that mounted Lloyd Cox on his first cutting horse.
On the top side of One Time Royalty’s pedigree, Sheri Matthews, wife of Jeffrey, was a 2010 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist on Time N Sympathy, by One Time Pepto.
Jeffrey’s nephew, Will Arthur, was a Non-Pro finalist on B Back On Time, by One Time Pepto.
One Time Pepto is the only stallion to sire the winners of both the NCHA Open and Non-Pro Futurities in his first foal crop.
He is also one of only eight stallions to sire an NCHA Futurity winner in their first crop of foals. The others were: Joe Uno, with Uno Princess in 1968; Peppy San Badger, with Mr San Peppy in 1977; Docs Diablo, with Doc’s Prescription in 1979; Colonel Freckles with Colonel Lil in 1981; Personality Doc, with Doc Per in 1984; Brinks Royal Lee, with Royal Silver King in 1986; and Smart Little Lena, with Smart Date in 1987.
Lloyd Cox is an NCHA Hall of Fame rider with earnings of $4.6 million. He’s won the Super Stakes Classic on Halreycious, the NCHA Classic Challenge on Stylish Play Lena and the NCHA Derby on Smart Lookin Hi Brow. He’s also ridden 12 previous Futurity finalists, with his best previous finishes as second in 1996 on Royal Serena Belle, the dam of One Time Royalty, and in 2003 on Twice As Reycy.