Through round one of the Royal Crown Race, it’s been the Kassie Mowry show. Clean off a highly successful July rodeo run that landed her comfortably toward the top of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World standings, Kassie Mowry is back in her wheelhouse and cashing futurity checks on par with the rodeo windfall she earned in Calgary at the famed Stampede.
Mowry and KL Touch Of Heaven got off to a lucrative start in Rock Springs, Wyoming, at the Royal Crown 2D Breeders Futurity when they topped round one with a 15.278-second run. Round two of the futurity takes place Saturday, August 13 at 8 a.m.
The $1,087,500 added Royal Crown happens August 8-14 at Sweetwater Events Center and includes team roping, calf roping and breakaway roping in addition to the barrel racing. The event culminates with the Royal Crown Horse Sale on Saturday night at 6 p.m.
Bred by Karma Loftin, KL Touch Of Heaven is by leading sire and National Finals Rodeo qualifier JL Dash Ta Heaven and out of the blue hen mare—and Loftin’s unicorn—Junior Country Girl, by Deep Note Jr. Junior Country Girl is the dam of FirewaterMakeMeHappy (“Junior”), Martha Smith’s buckskin gelding that Mowry rode to the 2017 RodeoHouston championship and NFR qualification the same year .
The 2018 gelding is owned by Mowry and earned $3,195 for Loftin as the breeder, as well as $3,195 for JL Dash Ta Heaven’s owners Ray and Lainie Whitmire of Whitmire Ranch.
Mowry also won the first go of the Derby riding Michael Boone’s Famous Ladies Man, the same horse she rode to victory in Calgary. By Dash Ta Fame and out of Lady Perks, by Dash For Perks, the 2015 gelding stopped the clock in 14.836 seconds to earn $6,500 for Boone. Busby Quarter Horses, LLC, was awarded $760 as breeder and Dash Ta Fame was awarded a $760 stallion paycheck.
The Royal Crown is one of the nation’s premier breeders futurities. For full results visit www.RoyalCrownRace.com.