2012 Super Stakes Amateur
April 5, 2012
Mary Kate Huntsberger, Paso Robles, Calif., came into the NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Finals on a 217-point high note from the go-round and rode out with a 218-point championship win.
“I thought it was unusual, when I walked into the herd, that he nickered twice,” said Huntsberger of her mount My Lil Lucky Duck, on Finals night. “He nickered when I got to Scott Weis, my corner help, and then as soon as I headed to my first cow.
“I thought, oh boy, that’s either a good thing or a bad thing.
“I don’t remember much about the first cow, other than it went a little fast. On the second cow, I over-rode him a smidgen to the left and threw my hand down, but he was just like, don’t worry, I’ve got this. And he sucked back on his rear and did what he needed to do.
“The same thing on the third cow. I just popped it out there and he did what he knows how to do–crawl on his belly and stop. He gives 110 percent every time. I couldn’t ask for more.”
Huntsberger, 28, began showing when she was nine, and later took six year off to attend beauty school and establish clientele for her hair salon in Paso Robles. Her husband Brian, who also cuts on a weekend basis, is a farrier.