Reporter’s notebook: Horse continues winning tradition

Courtesy photo My Other Toy’s a Car, ridden by owner Mary Ann Rapp, finished ninth in the non-professional division of Sunday’s National Cutting Horse Association Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. My Other Toy’s a Car is the daughter of Smart Lena Boon, a

My Other Toy’s a Car, the daughter of a horse co-owned by two Clovis natives, finished ninth in National Cutting Horse Associaton Non-Professional Futurity finals.

The finals were held Sunday in Fort Worth.

The win netted approximately $47,365. Co-owner Kip DeFoor hopes she can earn $300,000 to $400,000 by next December.

The Futurity is for three-year-old horses who have not competed before.

“There were about 700 horses she was up against,” said Bruce DeFoor, an art teacher at Eastern New Mexico University’s Ruidoso campus and former art instructor at Clovis Community College. “She came in the top 10. To even make the finals is a miracle in most people’s eyes. To make the top 10 is just unheard of.”

A cutting horse is bred to be a cowhorse on a working ranch.

The horse separates one cow from the herd and keeps it at a distance. In competition, a horse gets three minutes to “cut” three different cows, and five judges score the horse’s performance. The highest and lowest scores are thrown out.

My Other Toy is a Car is the daughter of Smart Lena Boon.

“Smart Lena Boon is a world-class stallion,” Bruce DeFoor said. “We believe he’s the best bred cutting horse stallion in the world today.”

Smart Lena Boon lost his competition days to injuries, Kip said.

The horse’s trainer is Jamie Dosher, who lived in Clovis about four years ago. My Other Toy’s a Car is owned by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp of Weatherford, Texas. Mary Ann Rapp was the rider in Sunday’s final round.

Kip DeFoor, who teaches art at Portales High School, said Sunday was a day of vindication and pride.

“We’ve been on this for the last four years promoting her daddy,” he said. “It’s kind of like one of your kids graduating from high school.”

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Kevin Wilson