When local country-Western radio personality Malone was preparing to compete in the Careity Celebrity Cutting this weekend, she turned to the iconic rock song Eye of the Tiger to fire her up.
“I was incredibly nervous,” Malone said. “I seriously thought I was going to throw up. But I took the advice of my brother who said, ‘Listen to the Eye of the Tiger.’ So, I listened to the song while I was driving up here.”
Listening to Survivor’s 1982 hit, which was featured in the boxing movie Rocky III, proved to be the right thing to do. Malone and her partner, Kelsey Karanges, clinched the title after the two women turned in a two-ride team score of 423 on Friday night at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
The celebrity cutting traditionally is held in conjunction with the National Cutting Horse Association World Championship Futurity, which is the sport’s most prestigious show. The Futurity runs through Dec. 12.
The celebrity cutting helped raise funds for the Careity Foundation, which provides a wide variety of aid for cancer patients.
Malone is the midday air personality for the 95.9 FM The Ranch, a popular Fort Worth country music station. Karanges is a member of the SMU Equestrian team, where she competes in reining and horsemanship. She also is a prize-winning cutting horse rider.
During the competition, Karanges turned in a score of 220. Malone followed with a 203, which pushed their total score to 423.
Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek and country-Western singer Sonny Burgess finished second after turning in a 412.5. Novacek turned in a 218 and Burgess posted a 194.
The Careity Celebrity Cutting was held in conjunction with the NCHA/Western Bloodstock Cowtown Showdown open division finals.
Dustin Gonnet, from Nanton, Alberta, a community near Calgary, won the title after turning in a finals score of 429 on This Cats Got Style. The victory earned the 6-year-old mare’s owner, Ronald Patton, the $75,000 prize.
“When those cows come to her, she’ll just crawl on her belly and look real pretty,” Gonnet said of This Cats Got Style. “She’s real physical and has lots of eye appeal.”
At the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Marty Yates of Stephenville tied for first place in tiedown roping in the second round on Friday with a time of 7.5 seconds at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Yates shared the round win with veteran Hunter Herrin. Yates is a second time NFR qualifier.