With just a couple months of competition under their belt as a newfound team, Ruby Lightfoot and Mister Cash Flo have been setting the West Coast on fire — one futurity at a time.

Lightfoot’s patience in the process of getting to know the young gelding paid off. 

After winning the DW Performance Horses Fiesta Futurity championship and over $6,800 the weekend before, the young team returned with a vengeance to add yet another futurity championship to their list of accolades together in the short time that Ruby and “Mister” have known each other. 

The 17-year-old youth jockey from Riverside, California, claimed the C—N Futurity average championship in Lemoore, California, from May 21–28 aboard 4 year-old gelding Mister Cash Flo (KS Cash N Fame x Miss Mcleoaknita Flo x Mr Peponita Flo). 

The dynamic duo turned in a time of 17.501 on a standard pattern in the first round to claim third in the round and $1,153. However, the team’s second-round time of a scorching 17.311 secured the second round and futurity average win for another $3,204 added to their weekend earnings.

The sorrel gelding with only a star on his forehead may have appeared plain to some in the early years of his life. 

Ruby Lightfoot turns a barrel at C—N Futurity
Ruby Lightfoot of Livermore, California, clocked two times of 17.501 and 17.311 on a standard pattern at the 2023 C—N Futurity for an average time of 34.812 aboard the standout 4-year-old gelding Mister Cash Flo (KS Cash N Fame x Miss Mcleoaknita Flo x Mr Peponita Flo). The young team placed third in the first round, won the second round, and won the futurity average championship for over $5,800 in total winnings over the weekend. Photo by Deb Mann/Doubleshot Darlin Photography

Bred by Syd Overmeyer, the West Coast bloodlines run strong through the colt’s pedigree. He is by California stallion KS Cash N Fame, sire of Cottonwood, California, professional barrel racer Nellie Miller’s National Finals Rodeo-qualifying and WPRA World Champion mare Rafter W Minnie Reba, as well as a maternal brother to 2022 futurity money earner Miss Peponita Fame, who is by TKW Runaway Fame, owned and ridden by Katie McCaslan of Shining M Ranch also located in California.

Originally started by Andrew Steiger of Farmington, California, the talented colt showed athleticism and capability even before his successful career as a barrel horse.

“Everything about Mister was really easy to get him started. He was very willing, athletic, and extremely trainable,” Steiger said. 

While in training with Steiger, the gelding was purchased by California native Michelle Silva. Silva, who raises and trains horses full time, said she bought the colt with close to 15 rides sight unseen. 

“Whenever I got him home from Andrew, he had about 60 rides, and I just started taking him around the barrels. I like to get them broke as I go when starting young horses on the pattern,” Silva said. 

The gelding showed early promise in his preparation for the futurities, where he was winning futurity showcases and running times on the exhibition stakes that would have won jackpots in the fall of his 3 year-old year.

However, after the futurity-year eligibility date of November 15, the anticipation proved correct when the gelding had the opportunity to show just how special he really was. He did just that by winning multiple barrel races and setting an arena record in just a few months of his early futurity year with Silva.

“He really was a natural from Day One; I didn’t really have to tune on him much in between runs. He was all business, and I let him be that way. He wanted to be a barrel horse,” Silva explained.

Spotted by Lightfoot in March, the young talent knew it was love at first sight. Lightfoot explained she sought out the gelding not only for his ability but also for the fact that he was not completely finished so she could mold him into her own style. 

“I secretly hoped Mister wouldn’t pass the vet check whenever they tried and vetted him,” Silva said. “I really didn’t want to sell him, but I knew Ruby would give him the opportunities to shine on the big stage that I felt like I couldn’t give him myself.”

Lightfoot credits the young gelding’s ability to win not only because of his God-given capability but his mature demeanor for his age as well. 

“Mister is truly amazing — he gives 110% every single time he enters the arena,” Lightfoot said. “He is really solid for his age; I always know he is going to go in the arena and work.”

The sorrel gelding with only a star has had anything but a plain career thus far as a 2023 futurity horse.

Lightfoot plans to finish out Mister’s futurity year, which includes attending the Barrel Futurities of America World Championship Futurity in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in November. Upon the completion of his futurity year, Lightfoot sets her sights on running him as a derby horse and seeing where he takes her from there.

“Everyone always told me Mister was the type of horse that someone could make the NFR on,” Silva said. “I am excited to see how far him and Ruby can go together as a team.”

Lightfoot credits her success to her family, boyfriend, and friends for supporting her, as well as the trainers in her corner who have helped make her the rider and competitor she is today, which includes both Michelle Silva and Bliss Bates Wells. 

2023 C—N Futurity 1D Average Results

1st: Ruby Lightfoot Mister Cash Flo 34.812 $1,602

2nd: Brianna McNett Ain’t Seen Fame Yet 35.125 $1,345

3rd: Payton Bladow Famous Roo Chacho 35.192 $1,153

4th: Carly Rudd No Pressure On Fame 35.346 $897 

5th: Shelby Bates SH Famously Smooth 35.670 $641

6th: Nikki Boyer Smokin Fox Pistol 36.006 $448

7th: Christian Richman The Red Beer Is Xtra 36.034 $320

C—N 2D Futurity Average Results

1st: Jenny Sherbo Love A Secret 37.042 $1,068

2nd: Lori Meneses Rio De Starlight 37.070 $897

3rd: Haley Aquino Tito 37.176 $769

4th: Dreux Clark Chasing A Slick Time 37.296 $598

5th: Stacey Freitas JF Lucys Famous 37.359 $427

6th: Kristin Weaver Brown Cool Crimson Lady 37.364 $299

7th: Lyndee Stairs Otro Bada Boom 37.387 $214

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Morgan Anderson is a professional futurity barrel horse trainer and contributor to Barrel Horse News. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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