Kaden Richard has been putting in the work at home on his string of A&C Racing and Roping horses, and it finally paid off with an average win in the Zesterra Open Heading Futurity in Oklahoma City May 21, 2023.
With the help of both Cole Davison, Richard won the roping on 2018 mare Shes Mischievous, the Winners Version daughter out of the Streaking La Jolla mare Miss Mischievous, picking up $1,500 in go-round money on her way to a $3,800 average title for a score of 613.51 on four head. He won second with 596.90 points on Hancock Fella, his 2017 project horse by Blackjack Coup out of Impress The Fellas by Yella As I Wanna Be, worth $2,280 for the reserve title plus $1,000 for a go-round win with Douglas Rich on the heel side.
NFR header Rhen Richard, Kaden’s older brother, won third in the roping on another Winners Version son in 2017 gelding Hankies Version (out of the Leo Goldseeker mare MS Hankies Goldseeker) with a 578.24 worth $1,520 plus another $500 in go-round money.
“I wasn’t more excited about the roan than the black, because I felt like the black has had a lot of opportunities to win and it hasn’t gone her way and she deserved it,” Richard, 32, of Roosevelt, Utah, said. “But the Hancock Fella horse, I got that horse and he was an outlaw, and I pounded on him for a year and a half. I didn’t know if he’d ever make any thing that would go to those deals and have success. So knowing what I know about what we’ve been through together, that was really cool.”
Richard, the 2010 Resistol Rookie of the Year on the head side, has been home raising a family with his NFR barrel racer with Kaley. They have three girls—Navy, 7, Aspen, 4, and Rhema, 6 months. He rides horses on the family’s ranch, where they run a cow-calf operation in addition to raising race horses and baling hay.
Shes Mischievous is a product of their family’s multi-generational breeding program. The Richards owned Winners Version—a Riata Buckle stallion now owned by Highpoint Performance Horses, the official stallion barn of the Ariat World Series of Team Roping—as well as the dam to Shes Mischievous, Miss Mischievous.
“We bought that mare for a broodmare,” Richard said. “Her mom’s name was Deceptively, the 1992 All-American Winner as well as filly of the year.” TRJ