Koonoomoo horse cutting champion Corey Holden won the Open Futurity title at the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity at Elmore Events Centre last week.By Randall Johnston
Koonoomoo horse cutting champion Corey Holden won the Open Futurity title at the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity at Elmore Events Centre last week.
Holden, riding Bobbys Chisholm for owner Michael Smith, emerged victorious in a hotly contested field.
Holden scored a massive 146.5 points and withstood some strong competition from professional trainer Rob Hodgman of Glen Innes, NSW — riding Kitty Pie, who scored 145.5 points.
Holden said it was not easy, but managed to get the result in the end.
‘‘The cattle were tricky, but I had a bit of luck on my side and a good help team around me,’’ he said.
‘‘This is the first time I’ve won this competition and it is a pretty big one.
‘‘Everyone was pretty excited and happy.
‘‘My fiance, Trudy Marshall, won the $5000 non-pro riding Reys Ya Garter.
‘‘She’s only been riding for three years, so that was pretty good.’’
The couple practice their horse cutting skills at their own place in Koonoomoo and spend a lot of time helping young people find their way in the sport.
Interestingly, Holden was competing in the same category against his brother Dean, who lives in regional NSW and came seventh in the competition.
‘‘There were some good riders from Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
‘‘A lot of it comes down to the cattle you pick, and how well your horse handles on the day.
‘‘The show season has finished for us now — the big competitions will start up again after Christmas.’’
The partnership between Holden and Bobbys Chisholm has been a long standing one with preparations for the stallions Futurity year in 2013 taking place over the past few years.
‘‘We’ve had him since he was born and broke him in.’’
NCHA general manager Glenn Morgan said the Victorian Futurity had again proven to be hugely successful with over 12 events and 200 entries from across Australia competing for a combined prize pool of over $85
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