Its Pepto Time carries Eaton to Non-Pro Cutting Horse Futurity
CALGARY – For the red roan gelding known as Its Pepto Time, it was celebration time . . . again.
Since Janice Eaton bought her prized cutting horse in June from Top Notch Performance Horses Ltd. of Stony Plain, Alta., and turned him over to celebrated trainer Dr. Denton Moffat of Armstrong, B.C., the steed has been entered in three shows — and advanced to five finals.
The latest conquest? The 30th annual Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler, held at the Stampede Corral, where on Sunday afternoon Eaton and Its Pepto Time teamed up for the title in the Non-Pro Futurity class, scoring 216 and pocketing $8,869.74.
It’s been a whirlwind summer for Its Pepto Time, which carried Eaton, of Merritt, B.C., to the Non-Pro co-championship at the Idaho Futurity and partnered with Moffat for a third-place finish in Open Futurity at the Canadian Supreme in Red Deer.
The Stampede’s five-day Cutting Horse Futurity, which wrapped up with weekend category finals, is the premier cutting event in Canada, offering more than $300,000 in prize money and attracting about 100 riders and 200 horses from as far away as Texas and Ontario this year.
“He was there for me every step of the way,” said Eaton, who praised her all-star cast of turnback riders and herd holders (Moffat, Les Timmons, Doug Reinhardt, and Scott Hanson) for their help in the ring Sunday. “It’s pretty nice to have a three-year-old that works that hard for you.
“He reads the cow well. I love the fact that he’s there for you all the time; no matter how tough it gets, he tries. He’s got nice, big stops, and he’s just a really sweet horse to be around.”