November 9, 2010
By Andrea CaudillThe American Quarter Horse Journal
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Cheryl Magoteaux and Bet This Is A Shiner
When Bet This Is A Shiner and rider Cheryl Magoteaux of Byars, Oklahoma, entered the arena for the finals of the junior barrel racing November 8, they represented a unique cross from two American Quarter Horse breeding dynasties – American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame members Carol Rose and Frank “Scoop” Vessels III.
The 4-year-old bay mare, affectionately known as “Miss Betty,” is sired by Carol Rose’s cow horse stallion Shining Spark and out of top racing broodmare Better Bet On Me by First Down Dash. She was bred by Scoop’s Vessels Stallion Farm LLC of Bonsall, California.
“Carol Rose and Scoop Vessels were discussing the idea of how horses like Miss N Cash came to be,” Cheryl says. “The crossing of performance bloodlines with the racing bloodlines, and how sometimes that brings new strength.”
Shining Spark is a son of Genuine Doc out of Rose’s Hall of Fame mare Diamonds Sparkle, and the world champion has since 1992 sired 14 AQHA world champions, and the earners of more than $3.2 million in National Reining Horse Association competition and more than $2.9 million in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition.
Better Bet On Me is a daughter of racing’s all-time leading sire First Down Dash. Herself a stakes-winning earner of $92,365 on the racetrack, she has produced major race winners Separate Bet ($766,348) and Harley Man ($185,354). “Carol called me because I have another Shining Spark barrel horse,” Cheryl says. “She said, ‘You need to come look at this mare. I’ve never seen a horse step under herself any further than this mare does.’
“She was wonderful,” Cheryl continues. “She’s such a beautiful mare and so different looking.”
Cheryl fell in love, and her friend Floyd Miller offered to partner with her. Already this year, Miss Betty won the PAC West Futurity, was second at the Bold Heart Breeder’s Futurity and was top-10 at Jud Little’s Breeder’s Futurity. She has won about $15,000, according to Cheryl.
“She’s done so well and been so consistent,” Cheryl says. “Betty is one of those that is so compulsive and so focused on the barrels, we really think she’s going to make a pro rodeo horse.”
Cheryl, 55, is returning to competition after taking off 15 years to create her business, Pro Management, which provides show management for shows, including the the NRCHA’s Snaffle Bit Futurity, World’s Greatest Horsemen and the National Reining Breeders Classic, as well as TV show “Wide World of Horses.”
“If you don’t keep going, it’s harder to come back,” Cheryl says. “I decided I’m going to go play. Some people go out and buy a sports car, and I got Betty.”
There were a lot of folks rooting Cheryl and Betty home. In addition to partner Floyd, Carol Rose was in the stands to keep a proud eye on the pair. Tragically, Scoop Vessels, the mastermind of the breeding cross, died in an airplane crash in August.
“We wish Scoop could have been here to be a part of this,” Cheryl notes, “because this is such a cool, fun thing for them.”
But the melding of two great breeding programs continues strongly. After finishing seventh in junior barrels at the World Show, the mare will travel south for the JB Futurity before returning to Oklahoma City for the Barrel Futurities of America event.
“She’s a blessing to me,” Cheryl says. “Nobody should be having as much fun as I am. I’ve got the best seat in the house every time she goes to run.”