Originally created 01/27/99

Rapp wraps up first go-round of Non-Pro



The names of the horses have changed in the Futurity Non-Pro class of the Augusta Futurity, but one constant remains: someone named Rapp is on the top horse.

In Tuesday's first go-round of this class for 4-year-old horses, Mary Ann Rapp stole the thunder from her husband Phil, a two-time champion in this class.

Mary Ann, riding Ruby Tuesday DNA, had a 219.5 to lead the 97-rider class. Phil had a 216.5 on Taparoo DNA to finish tied for sixth place.

Finishing second to Mary Ann with a 219 was Greg Coalson on Missing A Jewel. The Rapps and Coalson live in Weatherford, Texas.

Jo Ellard of Dallas was third with a 218.5 on Lena Jo Lena.

Fifty-four horses, with scores of 208 and better, advanced to Thursday's second go-round.

Elizabeth Queen, the defending champion, was among the riders moving forward. She had a 210 on Gins Buttercup.

The Rapps are off to another strong start in this show. In fact, they have the non-pro classes covered so far. Phil is the leader of the Classic Non-Pro after one round on Pastels Smart Lena and Mary Ann leads the Futurity Non-Pro.

In the 1998 Augusta Futurity, Phil won two titles and $50,664. As for Mary Ann, she was a runner-up twice and won $28,784.

"It was incredible," Mary Ann said of the the 1998 show. "It was awesome."

Her runner-up finishes in 1998 didn't leave Mary Ann frustrated. She was second to Phil in the Classic Non-Pro and second to Queen in the Futurity Non-Pro.

"I was very happy to be second," Mary Ann said. "I finished second to Phil on Smart Little Jerry, who is a great horse. And I was happy for Elizabeth to have a good win."

Smart Little Jerry, a stallion who carried Phil to both his 1998 victories, is too old for aged competition now that's he's 7. His dam, Playboy Ruby, however, is still making her presence felt this week, just as she did in 1991 when she carried Phil Rapp to the Futurity Non-Pro title.

In addition to being Ruby Tuesday DNA's dam, Playboy Ruby is the mother to Jack Ruby DNA, the leader of the Futurity Open first go-round with Matt Gaines in the saddle. Gaines had a 221.5 on Jack Ruby DNA on Monday.

"We're really proud of Ruby's accomplishments, especially with Jerry winning the Open and Non-Pro last year," Mary Ann said. "We're just proud of our old girl."

Another rider proud of his horse is Coalson. He raised and trained Missing A Jewel, a mare by Lenas Jewel Bars out of Miss N Dry Cash. Also, Playdox, one of the strongest horses in the Futurity Open, was bred at Coalson's ranch. John Mitchell is riding Playdox, who had a 219 in the Futurity Open first go-round to tie for third.

"It makes you feel good to raise a horse that can do as well as these are," Coalon said.

Coalson has been a finalist three times in Augusta Futurity events, but has had bad luck once he's gotten there.

"In cutting, anybody can win it if they cut the right cattle," Coalson said. "If my mare cuts the right cattle and she's correct, she can possibily win it."