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Beau Peterson bested the field in epic fashion at the Gold Buckle Futurities’ 2024 Spring Event May 10, winning the first three holes in the 6-and-Under Breakaway Roping Maturity and watching Beau Cooper win the 4-&-Under Tie-Down Roping Maturity on her horse, too.

Peterson’s day’s work netted her $86,200, plus another $2,000 she picked up the day before in the 6-and-Under Breakaway Roping Maturity.

She won the event on Maci Rey Teles, owned by Shane and Taylor Hanchey, a 2016 mare by Meteles Cat out of the Dual Rey daughter Reynelda. She won second on Sheer Can Do, a 2018 gray mare by Cat Man Do out of My Sweet Sheree by Freckles Playboy, and she was third on Rollin On The River, a 2019 gelding with a massive $145,930 to his name before this weekend by Smooth As A Cat out of Creedence Clearwater by Peptoboonsmal. Peterson also won fifth on a 6-year-old Sannman gelding out of Pizzazz Mint by CD Olena called Pizzazzatively Hot for another $3,700.

In the Tie-Down Roping Futurity, Peterson got to watch her horse Aldo The Apache get the win with Cooper, worth $16,500 for the main average and another $11,000 for the Gold Buckle Stallion Incentive. BRJ caught up with Peterson after her win.

BRJ: Tell us about Maci Rey Teles. She was dominant.

BP: I’ve rode that mare a lot. I get on her at the practice pen, and she’s my easy horse. I get to rope for myself and just help her out a little bit. I wasn’t going for those round wins—she just makes it easy. I was drawing good calves, and she showed herself.

BRJ: Where did Maci Rey Teles come from?

BP: Shane got her from a family friend. He owned and trained a full brother to her, and he turned out to be a really good horse. I actually own him now. It all fell into place. Before Shane got her, they turned back and cut on her a little, but she wasn’t going to make it.

BRJ: Tell me about the horse you won second on.

BP: That’s Sheer Can Do. Shane just bought her during Guymon. We got her in the evening at 9:30 that night. I ran two calves on her, and we headed to Ardmore on her Wednesday morning. She’s so easy that it was easy to go show her because she made it fun. I didn’t have to worry about getting by them. I just backed in and went and have fun. They’ll show themselves if I kind of put them in the right position.

BRJ: And you were third on Rollin On The River—that horse has been great.

BP: And he was great yesterday. He stumbled on his second one, so they docked him on that, and that’s why he fell behind, points-wise. His first calf was soft, so he didn’t get to show himself as well as usual. But he was himself.

BRJ: And you won fifth, too, on Pizzazzatively Hot. What’s that horse?

BP: He is a really cool horse. I’ve been jackpotting on him and taking him to some amateur rodeos. He’s a really cool athlete. He’s super fast. That’s one of his aspects. He’s a freak and so fast. He’s a little hotter-minded as far as in the box so that’s where the judges didn’t love him as much as the other horses. He has a big stop. He’s athletic, and he can run and rate. He’s tested Shane and I’d patience, really, and he’s not as easy as the others. But it’s paying off now.

BRJ: What were you seeing on the start?

BP: There wasn’t too much of a start. The calf had to do something in front of you. The start wasn’t too tricky, so it didn’t play too big of a part.

BRJ: You’ve had so much success at the shows—how are you riding differently than at the rodeos?

BP: I try to take a start where I know I’m out. On the mare I won it on, I wasn’t taking an extra swing, but I usually do. I ride them into the hole and just make practice runs. I want to take the same shot I do in the practice pen so those horses are confident and do what they know. My run is usually going an extra swing, being in time, having a big stop and having a good finish to the run. I try to mimic that at the shows.

BRJ: How important is the big stop?

BP: Well, the judges score the horses on the stop. It’s a factor. It helps to have a big showy stop, but if they score, run, rate and stop and make a good overall run. So the stop is only one part of the run and one part of what they’re looking for.

BRJ: And you also won big in the tie-down roping, too, with Beau Cooper riding Aldo The Apache. How did that come about?

BP: Yesterday was the first time Beau Cooper had ever rode him. He jumped on him and did a phenomenal job for never riding that horse before. I got him in October 2023. I had someone else riding him out in the pasture, then I didn’t start training him in the breakaway until January of this year. He’s been a lot of fun. I bought him as a diamond in the rough. I wasn’t sure which way it would go on him. I bought him on a hunch. He has a huge personality. He’s a little puppy dog, and he’s so easy to train. Just show him what you want him to do, and he’s got it. I’ve never had to get after him. He’s been so easy and well minded. Those kinds of horses make it a lot of fun.

BRJ: How was it watching someone else show your horse?

BP: Well, I now know how the owners feel when I’m riding for them. I was as nervous as I’ve ever been. I wasn’t nervous in the short round of the maturity breakaway, but I was a nervous wreck watching the tie-down.

The Breakaway Roping Journal
by Chelsea Shaffer
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