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By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse JournalDecember 12, 2010
Lloyd Cox rides One Time Royalty to the top for Matthews Cutting Horses.
Lloyd Cox was kicking himself. In the semifinals of the 2010 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity open division, he marked a 215 on One Time Royalty, and he was sure the score wouldn’t be good enough to get him back to the finals.
When he did make it back to the finals December 11, Lloyd resolved to be more aggressive in the herd with “Eli.”
“I’ve got a great horse,” Lloyd said. “I haven’t showed anybody that yet until tonight.”
With J.B. McLamb, Jamie Snyder, Boyd Rice and Tag Rice as turnback help, Lloyd worked his cattle until the audience was screaming so loudly that the buzzer couldn’t be heard at the end of the run. It took the announcer’s loud “Thank you, Lloyd” for the rider to stop working and see his score of 230 pop up on the screen.
“I’ve done a better job for him tonight,” Lloyd said. “I think that made all the difference. My help was excellent, as usual, and it all has to click.”
One Time Royalty is a 2007 bay stallion by One Time Pepto and out of Royal Serena Belle by Shorty Lena. He was bred by Double Dove Ranch of Benbrook, Texas, and is owned by Matthews Cutting Horses, which also owns One Time Pepto.
Lloyd has been training cutting horses for more than 25 years in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and has lifetime earnings of more than $4 million. He knew the colt had a big stop to show off.
“He can work about anything, but he’s better on a cow that moves,” Lloyd said. “He’s very physically gifted, and he tries hard all the time, and he’s really smart. “
Working eighth in the first set, Wesley Galyean of Claremore, Oklahoma, posted a 222 on Some Like it Hott, a sorrel mare he owns with his wife, Kristen. Some Like It Hott is by Spots Hot and out of Mighty Fine Sue by Smart Little Lena. She was bred by Wagonhound Land and Livestock in Douglas Lake, Wyoming.
That score was the leader until Lloyd’s run with Eli, and at the end of the night, it was still good enough for reserve.
“She’s been a good horse all year long,” Wes said. “She’s kind of a little mare, so when she was 2, she was nice but I thought she was a little bit little, then all year long, she kept stepping up and stepping up. These last few months, I’ve thought she was a really great horse.”
Some Like It Hott scored 433 in the first two rounds to make it to the semifinals, where she scored a 216. In the finals, Wes concentrated on marking a big score.
“The first cow tried us tried us tried us and then the second cow was a great cow as well,” he said. “I was very fortunate to get to show her.”
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