by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
John Wold of Argyle, Texas, qualified two Furst Ranch homebreds for the November 16 junior cutting finals at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show, the mare CM Dottie Gray, with a 214, and the gelding George C Merada, with a 221.5, the highest score coming out of the prelims.
When John rode in with the gelding eighth in the go, the score to beat was Lindy Burch and Louellas Cat’s 220.
“He’s a really good horse, and I knew if I could get him cut really clean and quiet, he had a really good shot to place high in the cutting,” John says.
He continues, talking through the cattle: “My first calf was a picked calf, and she was real gentle, I thought. She drove out and cut real good, a black heifer. She got really close and we worked her to a standstill.”
The second cow was another black heifer his helpers – Guy Woods, Josh Townsend, Phil Rapp and Glen Whitman – picked out; “She was a little more cow and let (the horse) show his athletic ability.”
But the third cow, a yellow baldy, put the icing on the cake: “She had a little more move to her. It let him go stop and show how he can handle a moving cow.”
The judges – Timothy Stewart, Don Pooley, Chris Benedict, Andy Adams and Bill Enk – scored him a 222.5, and it held to the end. Lindy ended up with the reserve, and John’s helper, Josh Townsend, scored third with Thomas Bergemann’s Catarose.
Both of John’s mounts are by the Furst Ranch stallion Cats Merada. Cats Merada also sired one of Edward Dufurrena’s qualifiers, Nievas.
George C Merada’s dam is the Docs Stylish Oak mare Lenas Stylish Bunny, and he’s her first foal. The gelding has earned more than $121,000 in National Cutting Horse Association competition. His accomplishments include earning finalist spots at the 2010 NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Derby and the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity.
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“We’re just really proud of him,” John says. “He’s been a real joy to train and show and he’s won a fair bit.”
John and Jack and Debra Furst decided to aim the horse for the World Show after the 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The gelding did well in the AQHA cutting there and qualified.
“He’s 5 coming 6, so we have a year left in aged events. Then we’ll just keep on and see what happens,” John says.
John sends “a big thank you” to his wife, Amy, and “to Jack and Debra Furst for all the support and all the good horses to ride and train.
“It feels good (to win)!” he says with a smile. “First is always good.”
John Wold wins the 2011 junior cutting world championship with Furst Ranch homebred George C Merada. (Journal photo)