Desires Blue Trinity, owned by Cox Trinity Equine LLC, the 2007 sorrel stallion, by Mecom Blue and out of Desires Smart Lena, one of Cox's best brood mares. Desires Blue Trinity, known as Mecate around the ranch, carried Chris Johnsrud to the finals of the 2010 NCHA Open Futurity where they had a accumulated score of 435 and had the 5th highest score out of 595 horses going into the semi-finals. They had a great run in the semi-finals scoring a 217 and securing a spot in the finals.

Following the futurity, the duo went on to compete in the Abilene Spectacular Derby on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Taylor County Coliseum in Abilene, TX with the winning score of 227 earning $20,000 and also earned a $10,000 incentive bonus.

"He's the best horse I ever rode," (Chris Johnsrud)
"This wasn't Johnsrud's first trip to the Futurity, but it was his first time in the finals and we are quite sure it won't be his last, he did a fantastic job. When you breed, raise and train a horse it is very exciting to see it advance like this horse has. This was his first show and we have high hopes and look forward to many more." (Chris Cox)

This was the first major limited age event win for Desires Blue Trinity and has had continued success in the 2011 NCHA Summer Spectcular finals winning 5th place with a score of 219 and earning $20,469. One day prior to showing in the Open finals, he also was shown in the Limited Open division placing 6th and earning $3,714. Mecate was Reserve Champion at the Cotton Stakes held in West Monroe, Louisiana. They also won the Open Limited. AQHA Senior Cutting Horse Champion. Now to date, Mecate has an excess of over $189,000 in lifetime earnings.


In October of 2010 Russ and Janet Westfall purchased Smartest Peanut Yet from Chris Cox for thier son, Brandon, to ride and show. Brandon and the horse known as "Peanut" met almost 2 years earlier when Brandon came to the Diamond Double C Ranch to film a Chris Cox Horsmanship television program. Brandon rode the gelding in the TV program and they got along very well. Then two years later, when the horse was delivered to California, just days before the PCCHA Futurity, they got along so well that Brandon won the Youth Invitational-Junior Championship riding Smartest Peanut Yet. In the 2011 Idaho Cutting Horse Association Mercuria World Series Non-Pro first go round, Peanut won it with a score of 232. He qualified for the finals and placed fifth over all.


Tapt Dancin Cat arrived at the Diamond Double C Ranch as a yearling colt. Chris had hand picked him himself from the Western Blood Stock Invitational Yearling Sale. Tapper's exceptional bloodlines, strength and presence was what had caught Chris's eye. His talents continued throughout his training as a two year old and he continued to impress.

He was a Semi-Finalist and Limited Open Finalist in the 2010 NCHA futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. From there, his career has taken him onto Australia to win the 2011 NCHA Open Derby Championship. “Tapper” and his rider Todd Graham, four-time Australian Futurity Champion, were marked a 150 to win the competition. “I only had him for a few weeks before the Derby, and this was my first show on him. The first time I showed him, I wasn’t sure what he was going to be like in the show pen; but we snuck him through, and every time we showed him, he got better. In the end, I was confident going into the final on him,” said Graham. “He’s got a ton of ability, and he’s a good stud to have around. He’s getting better every day, and I think we’re going to click pretty good.” On August 28th he won the Victorian Futurity held at the Werribee Park and National Equestrian Centre.


WR JILLAROO is by WR This Cats Smart out of Oaks Smart Peach she was bred and raised on the Diamond Double C Ranch. Chris started her in the program and as she showed potential as a cutting horse started working cows on her. She was purchased by Gary and Jessica Gonsalves who went on to have an extremely successful show career winning numerous championships in the open and non-pro. Jillaroo's lifetime earnings are $ 123,415.00 The picture above is from the duo's win marking a 225 in the open cutting at the EL Rancho Futurity in September 15, 2015