Fancy Hughes & & Kenny PlattThe Brazos Celebration kicked off with an exciting set of finals on Sept. 28 in Weatherford, Texas, with 14 horse-and-rider groups competing for the Futurity Open Champion. The impressive lineup gave it their best shot, but it was Fancy Hughes and Kenny Platt who came out on top.
Fancy Hughes and Platt, of Fort Lupton, Colo., who recently took the Idaho Futurity Open Champion just weeks prior to the Brazos Celebration, came in hot to the finals after remarkable very first and 2nd go-round efforts. They marked a rating of 219 in the very first go to co-lead together with Attamilliondollarcat and Craig Thompson, who won the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Champion shortly prior to Brazos. In the 2nd go, Platt and Fancy Hughes marked a 217 to make a composite score of 436 to take the 2nd slot moving into the finals.
With Platt and Fancy Hughes’ recent success under their belts, the anticipation amongst the crowd was palpable as they walked to the herd 10th in the draw. After the very first nine duos, there was still room to take control of the lead, but Platt and the 3-year-old mare (Thomas E Hughes x Option Jewels x SR Instant Choice) rapidly altered that. Their remarkable run was scored a 226, which was ample to take the Futurity Open title.
In Idaho, Platt and Fancy Hughes took home a paycheck worth $12,373 for their win. After their Brazos Celebration triumph, they amassed a grand total amount of $23,000 for owners Reed and Sheryl McClymont, of Holdrege, Neb., who made the trip to Texas in order to see their homebred mare program.
The Futurity Open Reserve Champion went to DMAC Spicy Spoon and Overbrook, Okla., fitness instructor James Payne. The duo marked a rating of 220 to earn $20,000. The 3-year-old mare (Hes A Peptospoonful x DMAC Kats Meow x Young Weapon) was bred by David and Stacie McDavid, of Fort Worth, Texas, and is had by Kathleen Moore, of Madill, Okla
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