November 25, 2011 Ft. Worth, Texas
Sophisticated Catt went back to cutting’s main stage competing in the historic Champions Cup, to celebrate the NCHA Futurity’s 50th anniversary. Ridden by two-time futurity champion Joe Heim, Sophisticated Catt put on an electrifying performance that showcased his talent and grit. After cutting his second cow, Joe quickly realized he had a hard-running, tough cow. It was high speed, back and forth across the pen. Sophisticated Catt held the cow at every turn, trying to break it down. The cow pushing on him harder and harder with each turn, but Sophisticated Catt continued to hold it, refusing to weaken. The cow would not turn away to give them a chance to get off. After working for nearly a full minute, the pressure continued until finally Sophisticated Catt had been pushed back into the herd and several of them came out into the pen. After the buzzer, as they rode out of the pen, Joe had the biggest smile that anyone had seen on him since his last futurity win. Although not reflected by the score, it had been a great and memorable run.