Desires Blue Trinity (Mecate)
Desires Blue Trinity, owned by Cox Trinity Equine LLC, and Chris Johnsrud, resident cutting horse trainer at the Diamond Double C Ranch, have had a successful record from the beginning. Chris Cox is co-owner of the 2007 sorrel stallion, by Mecom Blue and out of Desires Smart Lena, one of Cox's best brood mares. Due to Chris's schedule of clinics, tour stops and commitment to show in the Snaffle Bit Futurity, he had asked Johnsrud to take over the reins when he came to work at the ranch in May of 2010. Desires Blue Trinity, known as Mecate around the ranch, carried Johnsrud to the finals of the 2010 NCHA Open Futurity where they had a accumulated score of 435 and had the 5th highest score out of 595 horses going into the semi-finals. They had a great run in the semi-finals scoring a 217 and securing a spot in the finals.
"He's the best horse I ever rode," said Johnsrud. "This wasn't Johnsrud's first trip to the Futurity, but it was his first time in the finals and we are quite sure it won't be his last, he did a fantastic job," said Cox. "When you breed, raise and train a horse it is very exciting to see it advance like this horse has. This was his first show and we have high hopes and look forward to many more." Following the futurity, the duo went on to compete in the Abilene Spectacular Derby on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Taylor County Coliseum in Abilene, TX with the winning score of 227.
The win paid $20,000 and also earned a $10,000 incentive bonus.
“I like everything about him, but if I had to say one thing I like the best, it would be that he has such a good way of moving. He’s cowy and strong, and he makes things look so easy.”
This was the first major limited age event win for Johnsrud and Desires Blue Trinity.
On Saturday July 30th, the pair competed in the 2011 NCHA Summer Spectcular finals winning 5th place with a score of 219 and earning $20,469. One day prior to showing in the Open finals, he also was shown in the Limited Open division placing 6th and earning $3,714.
The team's most recent success was at the Cotton Stakes held in West Monroe, Louisiana on September 12 through the 18th at the Hamilton Expo Center, where they won second place and earned $8,200. They also won the Open Limited.
Now to date, Mecate and Johnsrud have raked in a total of over $100,000 in lifetime earnings.
Watch for Desires Blue Trinity and Chris Johnsrud in upcoming cutting events, including the Brazos Bash, Weatherford, Texas and the PCCHA Futurity and Derby in Paso Robles, California.
Tapt Dancin Cat (Tapper)
Tapt Dancin Cat arrived at the Diamond Double C Ranch as a yearling colt. Chris had hand picked him himself from the Western Blood Stock Invitational Yearling Sale. Tapper's exceptional bloodlines, strength and presence was what had caught Chris's eye. His talents continued throughout his training as a two year old and he continued to impress. He was a Semi-Finalist and Limited Open Finalist in the 2010 NCHA futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. From there, his career has taken him onto Australia to win the 2011 NCHA Open Derby Championship. “Tapper” and his rider Todd Graham, four-time Australian Futurity Champion, were marked a 150 to win the competition. “I only had him for a few weeks before the Derby, and this was my first show on him. The first time I showed him, I wasn’t sure what he was going to be like in the show pen; but we snuck him through, and every time we showed him, he got better. In the end, I was confident going into the final on him,” said Graham. “He’s got a ton of ability, and he’s a good stud to have around. He’s getting better every day, and I think we’re going to click pretty good.” On August 28th he won the Victorian Futurity held at the Werribee Park and National Equestrian Centre.
Smartest Peanut Yet (Peanut)
In October of 2010 Russ and Janet Westfall purchased Smartest
Peanut Yet from Chris Cox for thier son, Brandon, to ride and show. Brandon and the horse known as "Peanut" met almost 2 years earlier when Brandon came to the Diamond Double C Ranch to film a Chris Cox Horsmanship television program. Brandon rode the gelding in the TV program and they got along very well.
Then two years later, when the horse was delivered to California, just days before the PCCHA Futurity, they got along so well that Brandon won the Youth Invitational-Junior Championship riding Smartest Peanut Yet. In the 2011 Idaho Cutting Horse Association Mercuria World Series Non-Pro first go round, Peanut won it with a score of 232. He qualified for the finals and placed fifth over all.
It's a Top Ten Finish for Anderson
September 20, 2011
Chris Cox Horsemanship instructor has a Top Ten finish against 80 competitors in the 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover competition in Fort Worth
Around 90 days. That’s all the time a horse trainer is allowed to build a relationship with a wild mustang and prepare it for competition. 90 days to not only be able to saddle and ride, but to also complete different exercises on horseback. 90 days was all Clayton Anderson needed.
The 21 year old instructor at Chris Cox Horsemanship, competed in the 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover held in Fort Worth, Texas at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex, September 15th through the 17th. He finished ninth place overall against 80 competitors in the Legends division with his four year old bay gelding, Cinch.
“I rode [Cinch] every day, teaching him Chris’s method and a little of my own, using knowledge I already had or acquired by working here,” said Anderson.
The Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions were formed to help in the adoption of wild mustangs with the combined help from the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program and the Mustang Heritage Foundation. This particular competition began in April, where the exhibitors placed their bids, trained the horses and then brought them back to Fort Worth to compete for up to $200,000 in prize money and titles.
“It was good. I met a lot of good people and was able to see good hands,” said Anderson. “It was a good learning experience.”
Like Anderson, the competitors only had 90 days to work with what were previously wild and untamed mustangs.
In the Legends division, participants competed in a Supreme Trail class, Supreme Pattern class and a trainer’s choice. In the trail and pattern classes, the pair demonstrated to judges their lead changes, stops, turnarounds, backing and rollbacks, among many other maneuvers.
“Cinch is smart and pretty athletic,” said Anderson.
For the trainer’s choice portion, Cinch and Anderson chose cow work. They completed more lead changes and turnarounds, but to show the dynamic relationship they have, Anderson rode a four wheeler with a Hot Heels attached as Cinch followed and ran bridle less right alongside him.
After this triumph, what are the future plans for Anderson and Cinch?
“I am keeping him. He’s had a good start, but he’s not finished yet.”