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Tate Kirchenschlager took the Maturity Heading Championship on DCC Fools Gold, while Andy Holcomb won the Futurity Heading on Chex Out My Finey.

ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA, May 12, 2024 – Andy Holcomb and Chex Out My Finey and Tate Kirchenschlager and DCC Fools Gold topped Gold Buckle Futurities Spring Event’s open heading divisions, taking the 4-and-Under Heading Futurity and 6-and-Under Heading Maturity titles, with the two divisions paying $155,800.

Chex Out My Finey, a daughter of One Fine Vintage out of Tangys Last Chex by Tangys Classy Peppy, won $38,500 for her score of 902.52 on four under Holcomb for owner Kaleb Driggers over the weekend. Holcomb and wife Fallon Avery bought her from breeders Robertson Ranches as a weanling, and Driggers bought her as a 3-year-old. Holcomb has had her in training ever since, and the mare swept the Open Average, the Elite Stallion Incentive, the Elite Breeder’s Incentive and the Intermediate Heading, worth $38,500 for his efforts.

“I really like these ropings, and adding the Breeder’s Incentive into it makes it even better,” Holcomb said. “I’m just trying to catch them all, so I’m not keeping track of which horses are eligible in the incentives. So to stay hooked and keep roping is key.” DCC Fools Gold nearly doubled his lifetime earnings over the weekend, having entered the roping with $28,621in QData earnings, leaving with $20,500 more for his score of 905.56 in the Maturity Heading. DCC Fools Gold, already a Royal Crown Champ in Rock Springs, Wyoming, in 2023, is a 2019 gelding by Metallic Echo out of DCC Smooth Sugar by CJ Goldrush, owned by Dasco Land and Cattle.

TATE KIRCHENSCHLAGER & DCC FOOLS GOLD

“Every time we go somewhere, they’re putting on a better futurity than the month before,” Kirchenschlager said. “Everyone keeps upping their game. It’s interesting to see how much it’s going to grow in the next five years because of how much it’s grown in the last three. We’re lucky to be doing it in this era.”

Miles Baker and Lunchbox, a 2019 gelding by One Time Honor out of Youngs Laneys Paint by Smart Painted Lena, won the Gold Buckle Stallion Incentive in the Maturity Heading, worth $7,500 for their score of 884.83—with $3,750 going to the breeders at the Flag Ranch and $3,750 going to Baker. They also picked up the Elite Stallion Incentive win, for $10,000, split with the Flag Ranch, owners of One Time Honor.

The Maturity Heading’s Intermediate Incentive went to Jimmy Tanner and Notorious H I P, by Hickorys Indian Pep out of Wise Little Miss by Wise Play. Their score of 893.04 on four head won $4,000.