by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Boyd Rice and Sophisticated Catt took the senior cutting world championship for the third year in a row November 18 at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show. Third in the go, they scored a 225 for the win.
The trainer from Spearman, Texas, was fresh off winning a reserve world championship in the junior cutting on November 17 with Carl and Shawnea Smith’s Third Cutting.
“You know, the cattle were a little bit better tonight than they were last night,” Boyd said after the win. “Of course, I drew earlier, first (with Bobby Lewis’ Dual Spark) and third. I cut three perfect cows on Sophisticated Catt and, you know, he’s a phenomenal little horse, and it worked out just right.”
The two were invited back as last year’s world champions.
“We never showed him all year until right before this,” Boyd said. “I showed him one time. We just legged him up and went to working him a little bit, and I showed him one time and marked a 75 and then came here.
“I don’t think he’s been showed (otherwise)… since last year. He was pretty simple this time.”
The 2002 chestnut is a son of High Brow Cat and out of the great mare Shania Cee whose titles include 2000 National Cutting Horse Association Horse of the Year and 1999 NCHA Futurity winner. Shania Cee is a daughter of American Quarter Horse Hall of fame mare Lynx Melody.
Sophisticated Catt has three crops of registered foals now; the oldest are foals of 2008. He has more than $200,000 in combined World Show and National Cutting Horse Association earnings.
“I just want to thank (Keith Feister and Dale Koller) for letting me ride him,” Boyd said, “and I have to thank all my help. There are a lot of (people) that go into this.”
Boyd Rice and Sophisticated Catt