Fenimore & Misplaced Cat Win NCHA Futurity Amateur Championship With Large Late Score
Quarter Horse News
Written by Jatona Sucamele
A petite young woman and her tiny mare marked a big 219.5 to win the Borden Milk/NCHA Futurity Amateur finals and $7,202 in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday as Laura Fenimore and Misplaced Cat completed their electrifying run from the 28th of 30 draws.
Fenimore, 21, a California native and a student at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, bred and raised the filly (WR This Cats Smart x Tangy Starlight x Grays Starlight). She is out a mare that earned a season-long 2005 NCHA $10,000 Novice Non-Pro title with Fenimore. Ronnie Rice, Valley View, Texas, trains Misplaced Cat.
“Ronnie has had her from the very beginning, and he has just done a phenomenal job with her,” Fenimore said.
When she’s not busy with her college studies, Fenimore spends as much time as possible at Rice’s training base. “I’m about two hours away, but I’m there every second I can be there. They [Ronnie and his wife, Theresa Rice] are basically like family to me.”
Drawing so deep in the set, Fenimore was concerned about her run, but it turned out that she had plenty of horsepower in a small package.
“I was a little nervous going down there. We didn’t have much for cows left. I didn’t know what I was going to have left to cut, but it worked out,” Fenimore said. “I knew if I would do my part, she would do hers.”