“I am so excited! I feel ecstatic,” Walker said. “This is like the elite… it’s got the world’s greatest riders here and if you can get in the finals with them it’s a big deal.”
The rich sum Walker took home was accumulated over three days. Unlike many of her competitors Walker chose to run Famous Shiney Hiney all three runs – first round, second round, and the finals round. The great mare improved with each run, saving the best for last. Walker posted the second fastest time of the finals round, a smoking 15.246, and the time also moved the duo into the leading spot in the average. Ultimately after waiting out 11 teams, the duo’s time held and they were crowned the 2015 BFA World Futurity Champions.
Famous Shiney Hiney is the 4-year-old daughter of Dash Ta Fame out of Frenchmans Money Red, who is by Frenchmans Guy. The sorrel mare is owned by Sheila Hill of St. Anthony, Indiana and ridden by Walker.
“I was going to not run her on the second run, because she qualified on the first one and when my husband got here he said ‘No, she’ll run three runs,’” Walker said. “I ran the second time and got a faster time. So this run (finals round) I was thinking I just have to be smooth and clean, because they pay a lot of places. She was super charged, because it’s three runs in a week. She just felt awesome! She was soft and smooth and just ran, turned and did everything I asked her.”
In the first round of the futurity, Walker jockeyed Famous Shiney Hiney to a 13th place finish with a 15.572, worth $725. First place in the round went to Stassi Pyne riding Michianda Rooster DHD to a time of 15.263, worth $4,572. Second place in the round was won by Ryann Pedone riding A Special FireBug for owner, ReVae Barthle, to a 15.313, worth $3,237, and following in a tight third place was Jana Beam aboard First Shining Cajun for owner Patsy Davis, with a 15.318 for $2,218.
Walker and her mount pulled another paycheck in the second go round, this time for a sixth place finish with $1,335. Walker and Famous Shiney Hiney crossed the timers line in 15.470, which ultimately secured a position in the top 50 finals round. Round two winner was Tami Semas and Smooth N Famous with a fast 15.295, to earn $4,572. Pete Oen rode Hip Swingin Gypsy to a 15.297 for second place, worth $3,237 and Jordon Briggs and Frenchmans Future took third place with a 15.323 banking $2,218.
In the finals round competition was fierce as the top 50 horse and riders battled it out one last time for championship honors. As the first team to run in the finals round Jordon Briggs and Frenchmans Future turned in a 15.482-second run to lead the average with a tough to beat 30.805. The next team to challenge Briggs’ aggregate time was draw No. 7, Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi and Babe On The Chase with a 15.393. Combined with their qualifying time of 15.473 it was good enough for second in the aggregate thus far in the round, however the time eventually landed the duo in a final position of fourth place. Brittany Dellaire and French Swag give it their best effort at claiming a championship running the fastest time of the finals round, a 15.240. However, combine with their 15.602 the team ultimately finished in third place in the average with a 30.842. The next team to challenge Briggs’ lead in the aggregate was Walker and Famous Shiney Hiney. With an ultra fast 15.246 the duo brought their aggregate time to a 30.716, which no other teams were able to touch. Briggs finished as the BFA World Futurity reserve champion aboard Frenchmans Future and pocketed $27, 165.
Don’t miss the February issue of Barrel Horse News to read in-depth coverage of all the great stories from the 2015 Barrel Futurities of America.