Elizabeth Queen has scaled back her cutting recently for several reasons.
She has been more involved with her children, Elliott and Katherine, taking them to their various sporting endeavors. And she has yet to find another horse the caliber of Sister CD.
“Everything else just feels pretty average,” she said.
Queen and Sister CD reunited for this week’s Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Non-Pro, taking up where they left off. The pair marked 227 to win the go-round by 5.5 points Tuesday night.
The top 11 horses with scores of 217 or better advanced to Thursday’s finals.
Sister CD continued to make James Brown Arena home. In 2007, Queen’s husband, Skip, and the horse marked 227 to win the Classic Non-Pro Championship. In 2009 and 2010, Elizabeth Queen and Sister CD marked a pair of 226s to win the Champions Challenge Non-Pro finals.
Queen said the 10-year-old gelding by CD Olena out of Little Baby Sister enjoys the intimate atmosphere at the Augusta Futurity.
“He loves a crowd,” she said. “You can feel the people here.”
Patrick Collins savored his run aboard Oh Cay Felix earlier in the event. The pair marked 221.5 to finish as runner-up.
Collins, part owner of a liquid cattle feed company called Agridyne LLC, lives in Lincoln, Ill. He is married to Laura and has four adult sons.
Oh Cay Felix is an 8-year-old gelding by Shorty Lena out of Oh Cay San. Collins called the horse “a dream” to own.
“He’s real cow smart. He doesn’t want to lose that cow,” Collins said. “He has a personality where he loves attention.”