Three months ago, Skip Queen and TGI Playtime won the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes Classic/Challenge Open Division title and the $37,295 prize that came with it.
This past weekend, the duo got off to a quick start at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, the Super Stakes’ sister show.
While competing in the first round, Queen and TGI Playtime turned in an impressive preliminary score of 219. The duo advanced to Monday’s second round and will attempt to earn a berth in the finals, scheduled for Friday at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
Queen, who has residences in Lipan and Allendale, S.C., praised TGI Playtime for a showy first round.
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“I really didn’t have to cut difficult cattle in order to for her to earn a good score because she had such a pretty working style,” Queen said. “We just needed to make a solid run.”
Queen said TGI Playtime has great working form and eye appeal while she’s holding a cow at bay.
“She has such a pretty look on a cow,” Queen said. “She’s really bright on a cow and does a lot of pretty things.”
TGI Playtime, 5-year-old and second-year competitor, has NCHA earnings of around $90,000.
“She’s gotten really consistent,” said Queen, who has more than $1.7 million in NCHA earnings. “I have a lot of confidence in her.”
Wesley Galyean won the first round with a 222 aboard Thundercat, a horse owned by Steven Feiner of Aspen, Colo. Tarin Rice finished second with a 221.5 on He Bea Cat, owned by Jim Crawford of Lexington, Neb.
At the Calgary Stampede, two-time world champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur earned $34,500 (Canadian exchange) after tying for second in tie-down roping as the renowned Alberta rodeo ended its 10-day run Sunday.
Event winners earned $100,000 Canadian. Sunday’s championships featured 10 competitors in each event who all rode in a first round. After that, the top four in each event advanced to the final round and the competitor with the highest score or the fastest time earned $100,000.
Cooper qualified for the final after finishing third in the first round with a time of 8.1 seconds. During the final, he and former National Finals Rodeo qualifier Matt Shiozawa tied for second with after both turned in 7.7s. Canadian Morgan Grant won the $100,000 tie-down roping title after turning in a 7.0.
Three-time world champion Kaycee Feild won the bareback riding title after scoring a 92. Other $100,000 champions included Kaley Bass, barrel racing; Trevor Knowles, steer wrestling; Dustin Flundra, saddle bronc riding; and Scott Schiffner, bull riding.