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Kittennish had a lot to live up to before she took a single step in the show pen.

Sired by EquiStat Elite $10 Million Sire Hottish and out of one of the top producing broodmares of the past five years, Show Biz Kitty, Kittennish is a half-sibling to a star-studded lineup of great cutting horses. Her older sister, All Spice, won the 2020 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity and was later named NCHA Horse of the Year. Half-brother Badboonarising was Reserve Champion in the 2018 NCHA Futurity and another brother, Rollz Royce, earned $353,872 and was inducted into the NCHA Horse Hall of Fame.

So far, Kittennish has done her part to live up to the family legacy. After earning the NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Championship — a mere point behind winners Phil N Dangerous and Lindy Thorn — Kittennish won her first aged-event championship on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Augusta Futurity in Perry, Georgia.

She and Austin Shepard did so by marking a 226 to win the 4-Year-Old Open. The $25,000 first-place prize pushed the young mare’s career earnings to more than $328,268 in just two shows.
While Kittennish is new to show competitions, Shepard said she’s already very serious about her job.

“She’s pretty much all business,” Shepard said of the mare owned by Billy Wolf. “She’s kind of a quirky horse probably like most really good horses are they kind of have their own personality, but once she goes to work a cow she’s pretty well the same every day.”

Kittennish is half of a dynamic duo for Wolf, who also owns last year’s Augusta Futurity 4-Year-Old Open Champion, Wood She B Magic. Shepard rides both mares, and earlier in this show piloted Wood She B Magic to the Augusta Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Open Championship.

The two mares do share some similarities in their respective personalities.

“They have their own way of doing things when you’re not working a cow for sure. They’re both pretty pretty big characters, really,” said Shepard, a winner of more than $10 million. “And then, once you start working a cow, they’re pretty much the same horse as far as being being all business about what they’re doing.”

Kittennish’s lifetime earnings of $328,268 ranks her as the fourth highest-earning offspring of Show Biz Kitty. The mare’s leading earners are All Spice ($384,304, by Once In A Blu Boon), Badboonarising ($367,101, by Once In A Blu Boon) and Rollz Royce ($353,872, by Dual Smart Rey).


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by Molly Montag
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