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Quarter Horse News
April 15, 2020
By Lillian Kent

Open Hackamore
Plain Catty

14S (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Plain Plain x Just Plain Colonel)
Owner: Kalpowar Quarter Horses, Midland, TX
Breeder: Kevin Cantrelle, Raymond, CA

“He’s really better in the show pen than he is everywhere else.” — Jake Gorrell

Photo by Primo Morales— Plain Catty, who first made headlines in 2017 as the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion, carried Jake Gorrell to another accolade when he topped the NRCHA’s Open Hackamore National standings.

Plain Catty knows a thing or two about being a reined cow horse. The 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion has more than $180,000 on his bankroll, according to Equi-Stat.

Jake Gorrell, an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider, has trained and shown “Sparky” for the entirety of his career. After a sparse season in 2018, the team burst through the gates in 2019 to earn more than $43,000 and the Open Hackamore National Championship. The stallion, whom Gorrell described as the “perfect gentleman,” outpaced second place by 8 points.

“He’s really better in the show pen than he is everywhere else,” Gorrell said. “I knew he was up there [in the standings] most of the year, so I tried to keep him up there. It’s tough, that dang hackamore. Everything is tough.”

National titles aren’t usually on Gorrell’s radar, but when a horse does well consistently in a certain horse show class, it’s worth paying attention, he said.

The trainer gave Sparky high praise. “He’s a really good athlete,” Gorrell said.

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