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THE NON PRO

WHERE THE NON-PROS AND AMATEURS PREVAIL AND TAKE HOME THE MOST MONEY

By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 20, 2012
Non-Pro Missy Oehlhof won the most money at The Non-Pro, winning the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and Llimited and tying for Reserve in the 5/6-Year Old Non-Pro and Limited. Between Missy and her husband, trainer Steve Oehlhof, the pair took home close to $20,000..

While Once In A Blu Boon, owned by Jill Freeman and ridden by James Payne and George C Merada, owned by the Furst Ranch and ridden by John Wold took home the largest individual paychecks at The Non-Pro, held June 12-19 in Oklahoma City, Okla., The Non-Pros and Amateurs, as a whole, took home $233,044, or 68 percent of the total purse. Non-Pro Missy Oehlhof's $12,925.77 paychecks made her the highest-paid contestant from the show. Between her and her husband, trainer, Steve Oehlhof, the pair took home $19,676.67

With $74,250 in added money, the event had 689 entries, with the winners paid a total of $342,878. However, topping the list were the 390 entries in the Non-Pro and Amateur divisions which represented 57 percent of the total entries and paid out a total of $233,004. With 244 Open entries, the winners collected $103,434. There were also two youth classes, featuring 55 entries and a $6,440 total purse.

CLASSES:
1) The largest payout within an individual class was the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro, with 48 entries and a $33,670 purse. The class was taken by Missy Jean Oehlhof , Bush, La., riding Takes Alotta Faith to a 220.5. The pair won $5,243.21 and an additional $1,849.55 for also winning the Limited Division - for a total of $8,092.76. The Reserve title, with a 218, was split between Mica Chartier, Weatherford, Texas, riding Light Reys and Francisco,Sigala, Weatherford, riding RL Mojo Cat, taking home $3,891.59 each. Sigala was also the Reserve champion in the Limited Non-Pro for an additional $1,479.64..

2) The 4-year-old Open finished closely with a $33,428 total purse and the highest number of entries 62. That was the class won by Once In A Blu Boon, owned by Freeman, Rosston, Texas, and ridden by Payne to a 221 score and a $6,000 paycheck. The Reserve title went to Jonathan Rogers riding Little Kitty Sista for Rob and Carrie Tiemann, Pflugerville, Texas, to a 218 and a $4,500 check.

3) With a total payout of $31,801, the 5/6-Year-Old Open was the third best-paying class for its 59 entries. Taking home the $6,000 first-place paycheck was Wold riding George C Merada for the Furst Ranch of Bartonville, Texas, scoring a 224 in the finals. The Reserve title went to Cat Man blue, owned by the Lazy M Cattle Co., LLC Forney, Texas, ridden by Sean Flynn to a 223.5 for a $4,500 paycheck.

4) The 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro, with 53 entries came in fourth with a $31,724 total purse. The division was won by Alexis Stephas, Chattanooga, Tenn., riding Ima Little Ichi to a 221 and a $5,637.23 paycheck. The pair also won the Limited Division for an additional $1,723.20 for a total paycheck of $7,360.43. The Reserve title was split between Missy Oehlhof riding She's My Other Pistol and Brandon Dufurrena, Gainesville, Texas, riding Nievas. Both picked up $3,397.01 paychecks but Oehlhof took home an additional $1,436 in the Limited Division. Her total paychecks of $12,925.77 made her the highest-paid contestant from the show.

5) The 5/6-Year-Old Amateur class, with 53 entries, was the fifth highest-paying class with a $28,345.27 purse and was also the first highest-paying Amateur class. The c;ass was won by Andrew Viola, Fort Worth, Texas, riding One Rowdy Kitty to a 223 and a $5,092.31 paycheck. The Reserve title went to Jaycee Lowery, Olive Branch, Miss., riding Catarose to a 217.5 for a $3,501.02 check.

6) The sixth highest-paying class was the $15,000 Amateur with a total purse of $21,477.27 and 41 entries. The champion was Gary Fields, Weatherford, Texas, riding Gabreyella, owned by Gary and his wife Karen. The pair scored a 220 and picked up $5,409.39. The Reserve title went to Cash Lee Carpenter, Silverton, Texas, riding Badge And Honor, owned by his mother Penny Cogdell Carpenter. The pair scored a 219.5 for a $3,784.45 check.

7) The 4-Year-Old Amateur class, paying out $20,989.27, was the seventh highest-paying class. The 42-entry class was won by Luke Barnhart, Hesston, Kan., riding Silhouette Smooth to a 219 and a $4,692.81 paycheck. Reserve was Susan Koser, Weatherford, Texas, riding Scooters Stylish Kit to a 218 and a $3,197.60 paycheck.

Other high-paying classes included the $35,000 Non-Pro with 37 entries and a $20,177 payout. The winner was Cory Lowery, Olive Branch, Ms., riding JM Sky Mate to a 218 and a $5,809.92 check. Also, the $50,000 Non-Pro Any-Age horse, with a $17,227.27 total purse and 30 entries, was won by Cade Hansma, Weatherford, Texas, riding Bob Dualin, owned by his parents Paul & Julie Hansma. Cade scored a whopping 221.5 for a $4,620.06 check.

The $10,000 Novice Horse class, paid out $16,274 and touted 49 total entries. The class was won by Dean Domann riding KTZ Rey Of Cash, owned by Rodney Wrinkle, Lebanon, Mo. Their 225 score earned them $3,254.80.

A Select Non-Pro/Amateur class for non-pro and amateur riders over the age of 55 sported 31 entries and paid out $12,952.27. The champion was Lloyd Wolf, Windthorst, Texas, riding Wood Be Lite, taking home $3,820.56. Also the entry-level $2,000 Limited Rider class paid out $12,127.27. Although the class started with 28 entries, the winner was Shane Carlon, Lone Grove, Okla., riding Redneck Style, owned by Brad Wilson. The pair scored a 217 for a $3,927.30 check.

The $15,000 Novice Non-Pro class, with 46 entires and a $10,522 total purse had 46 entries. The winner was Aubrey Pigg riding Royals Magnificat to a 221.5 for a $2,104.40 paycheck

The show also featured three NCHA Open and Non-Pro classes, which were part of the Mercuria World Championship program. Steve Oehlhof took home the championship two of the three days (June 12-14) riding Ken Sitton's Intentions Del Rey to a 225 and a 226 and finished fifth on June 16 for total take-home pay of $4,478.98. The Open winner on June 16 was Sean Flynn riding Cat Man Blue for the Lazy M Cattle Co., LLC, Forney, Texas, a $2,812.20 check. Sean also picked up a fourth place $790.68 check on June 14.

In the three Non-Pro classes, Brandon Dufurrena finished first on June 14 riding Miss Ella Rey, collecting $1,991.57 and finished thirdon June 16 on the mare for an additional $1,632.32. Lauren Middleton rode Cees Little Poo to the championship June 16 for a $2,856.56 check and Constance Jaeggi rode Dual R Smokin to the championship on June 12, taking home $1,479.90.

The Senior Youth division, with 32 entries had a total payout of $3,680. The championship was split between Collbran Blue Larsen, Gruver, Texas, and DS Mrs Wilson Freckle and Lane Wood, Stephenville, Texas, riding Pepto Boom. Both scored a 222, taking home $828. The Junior Youth class, with a $2,760 total purse and 23 entries, was won by Garrett Hampton, Rogersville, Mo., riding Duallys Drifter to a 221 and an $828 paycheck.
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JASON LEITCH WINS SECOND AUSTRALIAN FUTURITY OPEN TITLE

18-YEAR-OLD WINS NON-PRO AND AMATEUR DIVISIONS

June 11, 2012
Jason Leitch, riding Lil Rey Of Hope (TR Dual Rey x Chickasha Hope x Acres Destiny), owned by Forrest Saunders, scored a 147, winning the Australian Open Futurity finals and received the $75,000 paycheck.
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Jason Leitch from Queensland, Australia, won his second Australian Open Futurity title on June 12, at the 39th NCHA Futurity held May 30-June 12 at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre in Tamworth, New South Wales. The event touted prize money of over $700,000 and the winner of the Open Division taking home a $75,000 paycheck. Competitors and spectators from all over Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the USA traveled to Tamworth for the event.

Leitch, riding Lil Rey Of Hope (TR Dual Rey x Chickasha Hope x Acres Destiny), owned by Forrest Saunders, scored a 147 in the finals and received the $75,000 paycheck. His previous win was in 2010 when he rode his own horse, Winderadeen Whisky Cat. According to the number of entries posted in the first go-round, the Open division had 115 entries.

Leitch also finished in a three-way tie with himself for ninth place with three 143s riding Parrweena Sunburst for the SDP Buffalo Ranch, Katastic for Kirrily Simpkins and Trey for V&C Dawson.

Sanders is also the owner of Proud Lil Pepto, an NCHA Open Futurity semifinalist ridden by Australian trainer Hayden Upton, an equine chiropractor who started out as a Non-Pro on the West Coast and is now a successful Open trainer based in Weatherford, Texas. He purchased the son of Peptoboonsma, bred by Sunrise Ranch, Fayetteville, Ark.,l from Upton in January 2011.

The Reserve title, scoring a 146, went to Ian Bush of Queensland, riding Stylish Lady Lena (Peptos Stylish Oak x Lethal Spin x Doc's Spinifex), owned by his wife Sharon. The pair also finished third in the Non-Pro Futurity Finals. Bush also rode Stylish N Casual to the championship of the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge.

The Gelding Incentive went to Acres Outlaw, owned by David and Cynthia Merygold and ridden by Corey Holden. The Limited Open Finals was won by Grant Quigley riding Three Cents Lead for Clive Perry, scoring a 145.

NON-PRO AND AMATEUR DIVISIONS WON BY LACEY ELLIOTT
Outlasting 74 entries in the Non-Pro Futurity and 15 in the Amateur was 18-year-old Lacey Elliott from Victoria. The teenager scored a pair of 147s on Peptos Stylish San (not AQHA registered). She also won the Senior Youth cutting at the show riding Winderadeen A Lil Shortnin, owned by Brian Elliott, scoring a 144.

Reserve in the Non-Pro Futurity finals was Lincoln Veraart riding Caballo Loco, with a score of 139. Craig Jones was the Reserve Champion with a 144 in the Non-Pro Amateur riding Miss Hathaway, owned by Craig & Lori Jones. The Reserve Senior Youth was Thomas Smith riding Redneck Woman for S & S Smith, to a 141.

DERBY
Sporting 69 entries, the Open Derby was won by Truclass Slik Chick (Smooth As A Cat x Smart Lena Suneta x Smart Little Lena), owned by Truclass Quarter Horses and ridden by Jamie Creek of New South Wales with a 149 score. The Reserve title went to Winderadeen Ms Shortycat, owned by J Bar C QHS, ridden by Aaron Wheatley to a 147. Wheatley also finished third with a 146 riding Hells aA Comin for Raelene Higgins and 15th on Destinys Sweet Sugar for Tri Star QHS. Wheatley spent several years in Texas training for Jack Waggoner and at his own training facilities.

The Non-Pro Derby, with 55 entries, was won by John Brekelmans riding last year's NCHA Non-Pro Open Futurity Champion Ducks Dux, sired by Sophisticated Catt, that had been shown by Clint Allen in 2011. Brekelmans scored a whopping 151. Second, third and fourth went to Amelia Tonkin, who rode Who's Top Tack to a 146, CTK Roxanna Acre, scoring a 145 and RBH Tale Of a Cat, scoring a 144.5.

CLASSIC CHALLENGE
The 54-entry Open Classic/Challenge was won by Australia's top trainer and highest money-earning rider Todd Graham riding Tapt Dancin Cat, (High Brow Cat x Tapt Twice x Dual Pep - making him a full brother to Don't Look Twice) scoring a 151. The pair were a repeat of last year when they won the Open Classic. Tapt Dancin Cat is owned by RJ Diamond QHS. Graham also finished fourth with a 145 riding Kazanna Kat for Peter Ryan.

The Reserve title, scoring a 148, went to Chancessmartlittlerooster (The Littleredrooster x Royal Blue Boonsmal x Peptoboonsmal) owned by Big Horse Pastoral and ridden by Dean Holden. Holden also finished in a three-way split for ninth riding Eyebrows Cat for Peter and Jacinta Shumack.

With Ian Bush winning the 78-entry Non-Pro Classic Challenge riding Stylish N Casual with a 148, close on his heels was Justine Hodgman riding EBS Phalaris for R and M Hodgman to a 147

AMATEUR
The Non-Pro Amateur Derby was won by Craig Sim, scoring a 145 riding CD Roanie Oak (not AQHA registered), while Jamie Inglis was Reserve riding Again A Rey for Kaulett Q.H., to a 142. In the Non-Pro Amateur Classic, it was John Farley riding Stylish CD to a 144 for the championship, while Penny Low rode Ima Pretty Pepto to the Reserve title with a 142.

The Junior Youth was won by Gray Wyatt, riding Undercover Girl, owned by J & J Farley, to a 147. Reserve was Siobhan Laing riding Diamonds Oak to a 144.

GOLD CUP
The 20-entry Gold Cup Open cutting was taken by Todd Graham, who not only won the championship riding Hard Hat Henry, but the Reserve title riding Tapt Dancing Cat and finished in a four-way tie for fifth riding Spyderman and Spins Miss Kitty - both to a 145.

The 15-entry Gold Cup Open Non-Pro was won by Teresa Russo riding One Roan Peptos to a huge 152. The Reserve title, scoring a 150, was Jackie Dudley riding Spyderman.

The Australian Cutting Horse Association announced that Destination NSW, Tamworth Regional Council as a new partner for this year's Futurity. This year's judges were Arthur Jackson and Kevin Miller of the USA. Next year's event is scheduled for May 29-June 9.

The sale, with 159 consignments, was held on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.; however, at press time, no results had been issued. Other events held during the historic Futurity were an NCHA Stockman's Challenge, a Horsemanship Show, an inter-high-school Steer Riding competition, a professional farriers championship, a bull riding and a rodeo.
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BREEDERS INVITATIONAL CLOSES 2012 EVENT PAYING OUT CLOSE TO $2.6 MILLION

PAYOUT MAKES IT THE TOP PAYING LIMITED-AGE CUTTING OUTSIDE OF FORT WORTH’S NCHA TRIPLE CROWN EVENTS

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 27, 2012

Good news followed bad news for entrants in the 2012 Breeders Invitational held May 10-26 in Tulsa, Okla. The bad news was the fact that last year’s event had to be cancelled due to the huge EHV-1 outbreak at the Western Nationals in Ogden, held just prior to the BI event. The good news is that this year’s extra added money left over from last year attracted more 5-year-old horses with the one-time only Special events for those who missed last year’s bonus opportunity. The result was a show record exceeding 1,520 entries and a near $2.6 million payout, which establishes the BI as the top-paying limited-age cutting to ever take place outside of Fort Worth’s NCHA Triple Crown events.

This year’s 4-year-old events, featuring the Open Derby and $10,000 Limited Open events paid out right at $1.2 million. The Special 5 and 5/6-Year-Old divisions paid out about $1.4 million. In addition, this year’s Special 5 one-time payouts paid more money to 5- and 6-year-old horses and their riders and owners than any cutting in prior NCHA history, breaking a record established in March and April by the 2012 NCHA super Stakes. The Fort Worth event paid out $1,172,762 in its 5- and 6-year-old events. The Breeders Invitational has now paid out over $14.4 million to cutters in its nine years of shows.

The show wrapped up its 17-day run last night with the Derby Open and Non-Pro Finals, with Lloyd Cox riding Hottish, owned by Dustin and Deena Adams, Dublin, Texas, to a 223.5 and the Open title and Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Texas, winning the Non-Pro riding Bet On A Cat to a 221.

OPEN DERBY WAS “HOTTISH”
Lloyd Cox won the Open Derby riding Hottish, a son of Spots Hot out of Stylish Play Lena by Docs Stylish Oak, owned by Dustin and Deena Adams.

 

The Open Derby was highlighted by the win of Hottish, a son of Spots Hot out of Stylish Play Lena by Docs Stylish Oak and Lloyd Cox when they scored 223.5 in the 27-horse finals, collecting a nearly $70,000 paycheck, including the 10 percent payout that goes to owners of his sire and dam. Hottish has now earned over $150,000, including his win in the Non-Pro division of the NCHA Super Stakes held last month. The Adams purchased the stallion as a yearling from his breeder, Gail Holmes’ Double Dove Ranch, Benbrook, Texas, and sent him to Cox as a 2-year-old. Cox also finished in a tie for sixth riding Betty Greyble for Linda Holmes for an additional $15,928.27, Longmont, Colo.

The Reserve title and $38,819.48 paycheck went to Matt Miller, Weatherford, riding Thundercat, a son of High Brow Cat out of Desire Some Freckles by Freckles, owned by Don and Joetta Bell, also of Weatherford. The colt, who scored a 221, was bred by the Rockin 5 Ranch LLC, Fairhope, Ala., and sold to the Bells in December of 2010, the end of his 2-year-old year.

Experiencing his first major aged-event championship was Jon Burgess riding Tassajara Magic to the championship of the $10,000 Limited Open Division. The daughter of Starlights Gypsy out of Mia Uno Tassa by Smart Little Uno, is owned by JoAnn Parker, Weatherford, Texas, who bred her and also owns her sire. The pair earned $18,549 for their 223 score in the Limited Open Finals, and also picked up an additional $9,090.91 for being a finalist in the Open Derby. Burgess, 45, has been working for Parker at her ranch for the past year and a half. His son-in-law, Chris Hanson also won the BI Classic/Challenge Limited Open title.

A “BET” ON THE NON-PRO DERBY
Chad Bushaw riding Bet On A Cat was the Non-Pro Derby champion.

 

Cutting is definitely a gamble, and Chad Bushaw, a Weatherford, Texas, stockbroker took a Bet On A Cat and won in the BI Non-Pro Derby, scoring a 221 and winning $35,658. Bushaw was also Reserve Champion of the $10,000 Novice Horse Finals riding Imma Be, earning an additional $15,270. The paychecks were a great present for Bushaw, who was celebrating his 39th birthday at the BI, along with his wife Amy and three sons. Bred by Niangua River Ranch of Missouri LP, Eldridge Mo., Bushaw purchased the son of High Brow Cat out of Bet On Houston by Peptoboonsmal in his 2-year-old year.

The Non-Pro Reserve title went to Janet Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., riding Just As Reckless, a daughter of the Westfall’s stallion CD Royal out of Trouble Lynn 495 by Smart And Trouble. The mare was bred and raised by Janet and her husband, top trainer Russ Westfall, who had just ridden her to the championship of the recent PCCHA Open Derby in Paso Robles. Their 219.5 finals score netted them $29,385.56. Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, rode Archie Cat to the $10K Limited Horse Finals, scoring a 215 and picking up a $16,939.92 paycheck. The Non-Pro Limited $200K Finals was won by Sheri Matthews, Weatherford, Texas, riding One Time Caballero, taking home $8,118.67.

Bob O'Bannon has been captain of the Breeders Invitational corporation since it began.

 

The Breeders Invitational is a non-profit Corporation with a board made up of nine individuals who have experience in the cutting industry – from devoted stallion owners and those that were involved in the birth of the show to successful non-pro competitors and businessmen. Board members include Benny Martinez, one of the event’s founders; Harland Radomske, one of the first to join the board; stallion owners Linda Holmes, Jeffrey Matthews (chairman of the BI Board), Billy Martin and Pat Fitzgerald; businessman Danny Miller and the CEO of the Professional Bull Riders Association (PBR) Jim Haeworth. Bob OBannon, who works out of the Bakersfield, Calif., office and has been the captain of the ship since the start of the corporation.

Stallion Owners become members by annually paying $125 per mare for each mare bred with a minimum of 20 mares and a maximum of 80 mares. The Breeder's Invitational is currently comprised of more than 200 of the premier cutting horse Stallions in the industry and the governing Board of Directors contains some of the industry's leading members.

The breeding Stallion Owner and Mare Owner split 60/40 a payout of 10% of what each finalist is paid in all classes of the Derby. In the first seven years the Breeder's Invitational has paid out nearly $750,000 to Stallion Owners and Mare Owners.

BI actively advertises the program as well as the stallions and solicits corporate sponsors to increase the purse even more. All revenues are held in a guaranteed account and quarterly financial statements are available for all members. A final accounting is issued after each event.
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JAMIE SNIDER WINS CLOSE TO $80,000 AT BREEDER’S INVITATIONAL BY WINING SPECIAL 5; PLACING IN OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE

ONE TIME ROYALTY AND LLOYD COX TAKE CLASSIC/CHALLENGE OPEN TITLE

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 15, 2012

Lloyd Cox rode One Time Royalty to the champinship of the Open Classic/Challenge, taking home $74,345.
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The Breeders’ Invitational may not have been held in 2011 due to an outbreak of EHV-1 at the Western Nationals. However, the event had to add two extra days and is projecting a close to $2.5 million purse this year, with $1 million added, due to increased entries for the May 10-26 event held in Tulsa, Okla. By the time Jaimie Snider, Burleson, Texas, and Lloyd Cox, Fort Morgan, Colo., had finished their Classic/Challenge and Special 5 Open competition, the pair had already pocketed over $154,000, with Jaime winning $79,748 and Lloyd $74,345.

JAIMIE SNIDER AND SLY PLAYGIRL WIN SPECIAL 5 OPEN TITLE
Jaimie Snider took home the largest paychec of the entire show, $79,748, riding Sly Playgirl to the Special 5 Open title.
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Jaimie Snider, 32, Burleson, Texas, rode Sly Playgirl, owned by Luis De Armas, Boca Raton, Fla., to the championship of the 152-entry, high-paying Special 5 Open title by scoring a whopping 224 and taking home the $72,757 paycheck. The 5-year-old daughter of That Sly Cat out of Taquitas Playgirl by Freckles Playboy, also tied for 12th for an additional $6,991 paycheck in the Open Classic/Challenge – toting home a total of $79,748 … which will more than likely be the largest paycheck of the entire show.

The win was the pair’s first downright championship as they previously tied for the Classic/Challenge title at the Bonanza Cutting in February. To date, Jaimie, who previously worked for Lloyd Cox, has earnings topping $407,000. He and his wife, Ashley, have a son, Stone, who will turn 2 in June. Sly Playgirl was bred by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, who also owns her sire, and sold her as a 3-year-old to Robert Borick, also of Weatherford. De Armas, a Non-Pro rider, purchased the mare from Borick, while she was in training with Snider. She has currently carried Snider and DeArmas to earnings of over $200,000.

The Reserve title went to Michael Cooper, Weatherford, Texas, riding SDP Locked N Loaded, a gelding sired by Laredo Blue out of Cat Tuesday by High Brow Cat, owned by Gary Rosenbach, Stephenville, Texas. The pair, who took home $40,531, recently qualified for the NCHA Super Stakes Open finals. Cooper also tied for fifth riding Tapt Out, also owned by Rosenbach, for an additional $17,228 and was also a finalist on Sir Stylish Lizzy, owned by Jennifer Cooper, for $10,117.07, taking home a total of $67,877 from the Special 5 Open Finals. Cooper also finished 11th on SDP Locked N Loaded in the Open Classic/Challenge Finals for $7,731 and 21st on Sir Stylish Lizzy for $3,500. The $79,108 from those two Open classes pushed close to Snider’s $79,748 total paychecks.

The Special 5 class was a direct result of the cancellation of last year’s show as they held the money for those horses entered in the bank until those 4-year-olds were 5 and paid it all out this year. The total added money was $420,000.
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LLOYD COX AND ONE TIME ROYALTY WIN OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE
In 2010, One Time Royalty, a stallion by One Time Pepto out of Royal Serena Belle by Shorty Lena, not only won the NCHA Open, taking home a quarter of a million dollars but scored the highest score in NCHA Futurity history. The pair finished third at this year’s NCHA Super Stakes Classic and on Monday, May 14, their 224.5 in the final round of the 200-entry BI Classic/Challenge Open netted them $34,703.

Bred by Gail Holmes, Double Dove Ranch, One Time Royalty was owned by Jeffrey and Sheri Matthews, who own his sire One Time Pepto. The stallion was trained by Lloyd Cox, and sold last August to Susan Merchant, SDM Quarter Horses in Queensland, Australia. The pair also finished third in the Special 5 Finals, earning an additional $23,978 for a total of $58,730.

The Reserve title went to Roger Wagner riding Stylish Martini, a daughter of Docs Stylish Oak out of Miss Martini Play by Freckles Playboy, owned by Jon Winkelried’s Marvine Ranch, Meeker Colo., and Weatherford, Texas. The $28,505 paycheck pushed the mare to over $200,000 in lifetime earnings. Wagner’s only regret is that the mare wasn’t eligible for the Special 5 Open Finals because her sire was deceased at the time of her conception and wasn’t subscribed to the BI Derby Open program last year.
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KATHERINE HERMES RIDES A PLAY REY TO AMATEUR DERBY TITLE
Katherine Hermes rode A Play Rey to the championship of the $50,000 Amateur Derby.
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Katherine Hermes, a graduate of Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a degree in elementary education, is a newcomer to aged events, yet won the 61-entry, $50,000 Amateur Derby at the Breeders Invitational with a 219 riding A Play Rey for a $6,630.78 paycheck.

She purchased A Play Rey, a gelding by Reys Dual Badger out of Playin Blues, from Kathy Daughn, and previously made the Amateur and Limited Non-Pro finals at the NCHA Super Stakes and the San Antonio Stock Show.

The Reserve title, scoring a 218.5, was Susan Koser, Weatherford, Texas, riding Scooters Stylish Kit, for a $5,389 paycheck. Susan is known by many for her work with Western Bloodstock during the major NCHA sales, but she is also an agent for Ben Emison Insurance and holds a full-time job with Waste Management. Her trainer is Paul Hansma.
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According to BI management, there’s a strong chance that this year’s event, which has already surpassed its own event records for total entries and anticipated payouts, will set a nationwide, single-show record for the most money ever paid out during one event to 5- and 6-year-old horses. Even if it does not break the record, it is nearly certain that the 2012 BI will become the first limited-age cutting event not held in Fort Worth that will rank among the all-time Top 10 shows.

Another first for the event, known for its willingness to “step outside the box,” is the added bonus for geldings which is available to 4-year-olds being shown in the Non-Pro and Amateur classes. With no separate entry fee, it will be held as a class-within-a-class and offer between $25,000 and $50,000 in added money. Seventy percent of the money will go to the horse, 10 percent to the stallion owner and mare owner who bred the horse and 20 percent to the person who paid the Gelding Stakes fee. Also this year’s event is showcasing a brand new scoreboard touting a price tag exceeding $400,000, which will provide up-to-the-minute stats on scoring. This eliminates those who are tracking the scores online from having to wait until they are manually posted by office staff.

The next finals will be held Thursday, May 17 and will include the Special 5 and Classic/Challenge Amateur Finals. On Friday, May 18, the Special 5 and Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Finals will be held. Saturday, May 19, the Non-Pro Limited Finals will be held.
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BREEDERS’ INVITATIONAL TO ADD $1 MILLION TO TULSA MAY SHOW

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Jan. 2, 2012

Due to the cancellation of the Breeders’ Invitational due to the EHV-1 outbreak, the event will hold a Special 5-Year-Old class for those horses that were eligible for last year’s Derby. The addition of that class, with $420,000 in added money, will boost the total added money for this year’s event, scheduled for May 12-26 in Tulsa, Okla., to a whopping $1 million.

The added money in the Open and Non-Pro in the Special 5 totals $390,000 pro-rated by number of entries in each class, with the first payment of $500 being due Feb. 1. The total entry fee in the Open and Non-Pro divisions is $2,160. Added money for the Amateur, Ltd. Open Rider and Ltd. Non-Pro rider is $10,000 in each division, with a $1,010 entry fee in the Amateur to be paid by April 15, 2012. The entry fee for the Limited classes is $1,000 and is also due April 15.

If you have a horse that’s eligible for the Special 5, you can double enter into the Classic/Challenge with only one cattle charge. The Classic Challenge will have $90,000 added. A total of $80,000 will be added to the Open and Non-Pro (pro-rated), with a $500 payment due Feb. 1. Total entry fee is $1,760. The Amateur division, with $5,000 in added money has a payment of $1,260 due April 15; The Limited Open and Non-Pro rider classes will each have $2,500 in added money with $750 due April 15, 2012.

Added money of $490,000 will be added to the 2012 Derby, which includes Open, Non-Pro, $10,000 Open and Non-Pro, Amateur, Senior, Ltd. Open Rider and Ltd. Non-Pro rider. The first payment of $500 for the Open and Non-Pro classes is Feb. 1. Entry fees for the Amateur, Senior and Ltd classes are due April 15, 2012.

The $1 million in added money, will rival the $1 million added to the NCHA Futurity and Super Stakes. The 2010 Breeders’ Invitational, with 989 entries, had $690,000 and a payout of $1,725,585. According to Robert O’Bannon of the Breeders’ Invitational, “Due to the expected increase in entries, there will not be a Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting held during the event.”

About BI
Breeder's Invitational is a non-profit corporation formed to promote and enhance the Cutting Horse industry by building another major event with a very large purse. In the first seven years the Breeder's Invitational has paid out more than $10 million and is ranked as one of the major events in the industry.
Stallion Owners become members by annually paying $125 per mare for each mare bred with a minimum of 20 mares and a maximum of 80 mares. The Breeder's Invitational is currently comprised of more than 200 of the premier cutting horse stallions in the industry and the governing Board of Directors contains some of the industry's leading members.
The breeding Stallion Owner and Mare Owner split 60/40 a payout of 10% of what each finalist is paid in all classes of the Derby. In the first seven years the Breeder's Invitational has paid out nearly $750,000 to stallion owners and mare owners.
BI actively advertises the program as well as the stallions and solicits corporate sponsors to increase the purse even more. All revenues are held in a guaranteed account and quarterly financial statements are available for all members. A final accounting is issued after each event.
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MORGAN CROMER WINS SECOND PCCHA FUTURITY WITH A SMOKING 224 RIDING FAYE REYS SIS

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 1, 2011

A very happy group!
PCCHA Futurity Champion Morgan Cromer with Phil and Nancy Crawford Hall, owners of Faye Reys Sis, parents Patti and Walter Cromer, John Burgun, Carol Jenkins and Jake Pinheiro, holding the trophy.
Photo by Midge Ames


Morgan Cromer is the third highest money-earning female trainer in the NCHA; however, at age 27, she is quickly gaining ground on the other two – Kathy Daughn and Lindy Burch. Her latest win in the 112-entry PCCHA Open Futurity, held Oct. 19-30 in Paso Robles, Calif., which was her second in four years, has boosted her earnings by $35,097. As usual, she was the only woman in the 15-horse finals and her 224 score was even more exciting as she drew up last. The total purse for the finals was $231,502.

Cromer, Templeton, Calif., was riding Faye Reys Sis, a daughter of Dual Rey out of Lil Lenas Sis by Doc O’Lena, owned by Phil and Nancy Hall of Holy Cow Performance Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif. This was her second win on the mare she had bought for the owners. The pair had previously won the Idaho Open Futurity in September, earning $13,316, bringing Cromer’s lifetime earnings in the NCHA database to over $620,000. Daughn, the leading female rider has earnings of close to $4 million, while Burch’s earnings are over $3.1 million. However, both of those icons have been showing cutting horses twice as long as Cromer.

At age 27, Morgan Cromer is the third leading female trainer in the cutting industry.

 

Following the Idaho Futurity, Morgan laid Faye Reys Sis off as she had come up a little sore. The decision was ultimately the best one as the mare went to the PCCHA Futurity fresh – and sound. The mare had been bred by Marshall Chesrown’s Black Rock Ranch, Harrison, Idaho, and trained by Grant Setnicka, who now has his own training operation in Grandview, Texas. Setnicka purchased the mare as a 2-year-old in January 2010 before selling her to Holy Cow Performance Horses LLC in August 2011, with Cromer being the intermediary. The Halls specialize in breeding, raising and training cow horses, with their horses going in several different directions, including cutting and working cow horse.

The Reserve Champion of the Open Futurity was Haydon Upton, 30, a native of New South Wales, Australia and a full-time equine chiropractor who currently lives with his wife Summa in Weatherford, Texas. He previously lived in California for 10 years. Haydon was riding Cats Date, a daughter of WR This Cats Smart out of Peptos Special Date by Peptoboonsmal. The pair marked a 220 for owner Forrest Saunders, Glen William, Australia. gave up his Non-Pro card last year and the PCCHA Futurity was only the fifth time he had ridden as a professional and Cats Date was the first cutting horse he’s ever ridden.

Haydon also won the Limited Rider division and sixth in the Intermediate division, making his total take-home paycheck $34,189. According to NCHA, Haydon had lifetime earnings of over $42,750 prior to his PCCHA earnings; however, with his performance at the PCCHA, he now has lifetime earnings of close to $77,000. Most of his early money was collected when he was a Non-Pro. He won previous titles at the PCCHA Futurity including last year when he won the Classic/Challenge $200K Limited Non-Pro. He credits John Mitchell of Texas and Andrew Coates, from California, for advising him, along with several others.

NON-PRO FUTURITY CHAMPION
It was a “woman’s day” in Paso Robles as the Non-Pro Champion was also female. Jessica Gonsalves, 39, Millsap, Texas, won the 29-entry Non-Pro division of the PCCHA Futurity riding My Dads A Cat. The 3-year-old gelding is sired by WR This Cats Smart out of Bodee Got Smart by Bodee Boonsmal, owned by her and her trainer husband Gary Gonsalves. Jessica is the daughter of George and Sue Hearst who own the Estrella Ranch east of Paso Robles, which is Jessica’s home turf. Ironically Jessica also showed last in the Non-Pro Finals – just as theother female champion Morgan Cromer had.

Also, another irony is that Jessica had no plans to ride My Dads A Cat until Gary missed the second go-round of the Open Futurity by two points and purchased the horse from his owner Dottie St Clair Hill, Glen Rose, Texas. Jessica jumped on a plane to ride the horse in the Non-Pro – which was to be her first time to ride him. Gary had qualified for the finals of the $200,000 Limited Open, but didn’t show the gelding as they thought he needed a day off. As it turned out, that was a good decision as My Dads A Cat came back fresh in the Non-Pro Futurity finals – scoring a whopping 222 and taking home an $11,133 paycheck.

Jessica and her family moved to Paso Robles when she was a senior in high school and met her husband of 16 years when he was training in Paso Robles. They later moved to Millsap, Texas. The couple has two children, Garrett, 13, and a daughter, Gentry, 10. Jessica took a break from showing for about 10 years to raise her kids. She’s starting her comeback out right as this is her first futurity championship.

The Reserve Champion went to NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Famer Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas, Nev., riding Ginger Smoothie, a horse she and her husband, Frank, bred and raised. Sired by Smooth As A Cat, the mare is out of PCR Ms Ginger by Playboys Badge. The pair won a $10,049 check for her championship and an extra $942.60 for being the Non-Pro Senior champion, which will be added to their NCHA lifetime earnings of $636,612.

$50,000 AMATEUR FUTURITY:
Hawaiian Alex Penovaroff won the $50,000 Amateur Futurity Finals with a 215 score, taking home $2,765 riding I Aint No Bum Check. He bred and raised the gelding sired by Im Countin Checks out of JB Punxctawy Phily by Dual Peppy, a mare who was a finalist at the NCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. The pair also picked up an additional $2,160 for the Senior title for a total of $4,925. Penovaroff, 76, who started riding cow horses at age 60, was born and raised in Hilo and has a 20-acre horse operation across the road from the famous Parker Ranch office on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is in the infrastructure supply business (municipal type water, sewer, drainage). While at the show, Alex sold his gelding to Tommy Manion, the owner of his sire, Im Countin Checks.

OPEN CUTTING STAKES:
The 56-entry Open Cutting Stakes, held for 4-year-olds sired by PCCHA Subscribed Stallions featured, was won by Tim Smith, Temecula, Calif., riding My Lizzie Babe (Lizzys Gotta Player x Moms Stylish Babe x Docs Stylish Oak), marking a 219.5, taking home a $22,730 paycheck for owner John Kratzer, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Smith, who has won close to $5 million in NCHA competition, is the West Coast’s leading rider, and Kratzer, the earner of close to $170,000 in NCHA earnings in NCHA Non-Pro competition, have doubled up on horses for several years. My Lizzie Babe was bred and originally owned by Tim Drummond, Pawhuska, Okla., who owns the mare’s sire, NCHA World Champion Lizzys Gotta Player.

When asked about the mare’s future, Tim said she would be taking a rest until spring and then “we’ll go do it again.” Tim had seen the mare just one time: at the NCHA Futurity in Fort worth where she marked a zero. But Tim was impressed. And rightfully so. After Kratzer bought her, she won the Las Vegas and El Rancho futurities. She’s had four limited-age wins this year and had earned approximately $74,000 prior to her Paso Robles victory.

The Reserve title was split between Clint Allen riding Blue One Time for Dave and Georgia Husby, Weatherford, Texas, and Grant Setnicka riding PRF Bobby Whitesock, owned by Royce Lee, Hico, Texas. Both horses scored a 218 and earned $16,505. Blue One Time (One Time Pepto x Quintan Blue x Mecom Blue) is a stallion, while PRF Bobby Whitesock (High Brow Cat x PRF Shesa Sterling by Bob Acre Doc) is a gelding. PRF Bobby Whitesock also won the Gelding Division for an additional $2,356 check.

NON-PRO CUTTING STAKES:
The industry’s leading Non-Pro rider was also a female. Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, with lifetime earnings of $3.6 million, won the 33-entry Non-Pro Cutting Stakes riding Shrimp Shack Shooter to a 220 in the nine-horse finals, earning $12,412. The gelding, sired by Smooth As A Cat out of Awesome Autumn by Smart Little Lena, now has earnings of over $50,000 after winning his first major aged event. Mary Ann is married to the industry’s top rider Phil Rapp.

Mary Ann grew up in Sloughhouse, Calif., in the Sierra foothills while Phil grew up in Napa. They moved to Weatherford in the fall of 1992 and by the fall of 1993 were dating. They have a son and a daughter.

The Reserve title, scoring a 219.5, went to Australian cutter Lisa Hewitt, who now lives in Weatherford, Texas. She was riding her 4-year-old mare Olenasduallyfeather (Cats Red Feather x Olenas Dually x Dual Pep), who now has over $180,000 in career earnings. The pair earned $11,249 for their Reserve title. Lisa spent three years in the United States working as a loper and learning about cutting before she went back to Australia to join her family’s Queensland-based ranching operation. The mare’s largest victory and paycheck of $116,023 came from the Open championship of the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes being ridden by catch rider Darren Simpkins. She was originally trained by Australia Sean Flynn.

LIMITED NON-PRO STAKES:
The 22-entry $200,000 Limited Non-Pro Cutting Stakes finals was won by Kimberly Thome, Santa Rosa, Calif., riding her Paint mare Ichin Ta Dual to $8,048 paycheck. Kim has been cutting for about 15 years. The Reserve title went to Jacob Pinheiro, Los Alamos, Calif., riding Ann Olenas Cat to a 217.5 and $7,285. The pair also took the Reserve title in the Limited Cutting Stakes $100,000 Limit for $1,649 and they won the gelding division for $942.60. Jacob works for this year’s PCCHA Futurity Champion Morgan Cromer. The horse was given to him as a 2-year-old.

AMATEUR CUTTING STAKES:
Brazillian Filipe Barbosa won the 22-entry $50 Amateur Division championship riding Miss T Rachet (Cat T Masterson x Missy S Rachet x Doc’s Hickory) with a 217 score. The pair picked up a $2,333 paycheck. Barbosa, born and raised in Brazil, now lives in Weatherford.

OPEN GELDING STAKES:
Todd Bimat, Orland, Calif., riding Smart E Cat, a gelding by Smooth As A Cat out of Smart Little Dualler by The Dualler, bred and owned by Jerry Erwin, Ridgefield, Wash., won the Gelding Stakes. The pair scored a 223 in the 10-horse finals, taking home the $13,294 top prize. The pair also won an additional $8,524 for placing ninth in the Open Futurity finals. The amount will be added to his over $2.2 million in NCHA lifetime earnings.

Jerry also just missed the Amateur finals and although he has the gelding’s dam entered into an NCHA futurity sale, he could be having second thoughts due to the gelding’s big win. Erwin had won the Amateur Futurity title at last fall’s PCCHA Futurity on a half brother: Bobs Hickory Dualler, who was sired by Bobs Hickory Rio.

The Reserve title went to A Smokin Tomcat, ridden by Gavin Jordan, Wilton, Calif., who only a short time later received the 2011 Ed Smith Award named after Modine Smith’s late husband and presented annually to a member respected for helping others. The pair scored a 218, earning $10,084 for owner Tracy Taylor Yuba City, Calif.

NON-PRO GELDING STAKES:
Twenty-nine-year-old Emily Jones, Arbuckle, Calif., rode Hes Too Smooth (Smooth As A Cat x Samantha Little Lena x Nu Cash), nicknamed “AJ”, to the championship of the five-horse finals of the Non-Pro Gelding Stakes by scoring a 215 to earn $5,975. The pair had just won the Non-Pro Division of the South Point Futurity in Las Vegas for $6,580. The gelding had finished fifth earlier under her trainer Tom Diaz in the Open Gelding Stakes, earning $3,429 for his 211.5 score. The Reserve title went to A Smokin Tomcat (Tomcat Chex x Peppys Smokin Edition x Docs Gunsmoke), owned and ridden by Tracy Taylor, Yuba City, Calif. The pair scored a 213 for a $4,981 paycheck.

OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Matt Budge, Weatherford, Texas, marked a 224 to capture the championship of the 70-entry Open Classic/Challenge Finals riding Im Catman, a sorrel stallion owned by Chuck and Stephanie Roven’s Reata Cutting Horses, Los Olivos, Calif. Budge and the son of High Brow Cat out of Cowstruck, a daughter of Smart Little Lena, took home checks totaling $17,234 after also winning the Gelding division.

John Mitchell, Weatherford, Texas, finished as the Reserve Champion with a 223 riding Fancy Lookin Cat, a daughter of That Sly Cat out of Playin N Fancy Peppy by Freckles Playboy, owned by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Texas. The pair took home $11,341.

NON-PRO CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
The father/son team of Tommy and Kyle Manion, Aubrey, Texas, dominated the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge with Tommy (the father) winning the division riding Holly Is Smooth and Kyle taking the Reserve title riding A Smooth Criminal. Both horses were sired by the Manions’ stallion Smooth As A Cat, with Holly Smooth being out of Holly N Zack by Zack T Wood, scoring a 223 in the 12-horse finals for a $5,759 paycheck. According to the NCHA, Holly Is Smooth has previous earnings of $67,434.

A Smooth Criminal is out of Carolena Moon by Peptoboonsmal, and his 219.5 netted him $5,404. The pair also won the Gelding division for an additional $2,670.40 while Tommy won the Senior, for an additional $2,356.50. Altogether Tommy, with over $1 million in lifetime earnings, won $8,115.50 while Kyle won added $8,074.40 to his lifetime earnings of $893,204, according to NCHA records. A Smooth Criminal has lifetime earnings of $101,746 including the championship of the 2010 PCCHA Non-Pro Cutting Stakes.

The 45-entry $200,000 Limited Non-Pro Classic was won by Erin Bimat, 31, the wife of cutting trainer Todd Bimat, who won the Open Gelding Stakes during this year’s event riding Smart E Cat and taking home a $13,294 paycheck. He also picked up $8,524 for a ninth place in the Open Futurity finals. Erin rode her 6-year-old gelding Smoking Cat Wacky (WR This Cats Smart x Bobs Smokin Spook x Bob Acre Doc) to a 222, earning $6,200. Erin is the daughter of show secretary Kathryn Webb.

AMATEUR CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Stephen Silva, 33, Atascadero, Calif., won the $50,000 Classic/Challenge Amateur finals with a 217 riding his 6-year-old gelding CD Headlight sired by CD Lights out of Peppeco Lena by Peppy San Lena. Silva credited the Futurity Champion Morgan Cromer for helping him. The livestock feed broker, who had previously competed with reined cow horses, earned $2,626.

The Reserve Champion and Senior Champion was Tom Bailey, Carbondale, Colo., the owner of the Iron Rose ranch, riding Spookys Smarty Rey to a 216 and total paycheck of $4,957. Bailey was a Wall Street stockbroker who started the well-known Janus Fund.

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IT'S FUN TIME IN LAS VEGAS DURING SOUTH POINT FUTURITY & AGED EVENTS

OPEN AND NON-PRO DIVISIONS ARE NOT PRO-RATED – THEY EACH HAVE GUARANTEED ADDED MONEY

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 19, 2011

Special rates are avaialble at the South Point Hotel for the South Point Futurity & Aged Event held Oct. 6-13.

The 18th Annual South Point Futurity and aged events, will be held at the South Point Equestrian and Event Center in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 6-13. The week will be unlike any aged event across the country as the added money in each division is not pro-rated , you actually know how much added money you are vying for when you enter. Also, you can enter an unlimited number of horses in each division.

All of the Open divisions – the Futurity, Derby and 5/6-year-old classes - will each have $25,000 in added money, while all of the Non-Pro divisions will have $15,000 added to each. The Derby and 5/6-Year-Old Amateur will each have $3,000 in added money. Open entries are $1,290, while the Non-Pro is $1,040. Entries are open now and Late fees will be assessed after Sept. 26.

As a rider, owner or breeder, your earnings will be, as they always are, recorded by Equi-Stat. If you are headed to the West Coast for the PCCHA Futurity held Oct. 19-30, the South Point Show will be a great stop.

A variety of restaurants and entertainment will be yours for the taking and rooms with a television channel that continuously televises the cutting are available for special rates. Call 866-791-7626 or visit www.southpointcutting.com and mention offer code SPC1006. For more information contact Kathryn Webb at kwebb50@msn.com or call (801) 380-4031. Entry blanks are also available at http://www.southpointcutting.com.

EL RANCHO FUTURITY & FOOTHILLS FIESTA STARTS TODAY

DAILY NEWS EBLAST WILL BE AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE

Sept. 8, 2011
The Fifth Annual El Rancho Futurity & Foothills Fiesta will get underway today with fresh-cattle works in Rancho Murieta, Calif., and will run through Sept. 18. The first round of the Open Futurity will begin on Friday, Sept. 9.

The El Rancho Futurity Daily News will be available each morning on their website, http://www.elranchofuturity.com, and will report go-round leaders, champions, show activities and other interesting tidbits from this year’s event. If you would like to be added to the daily eblast, contact Sheri Matthews at sheriforrest@gmail.com.

The event, which includes a full slate of NCHA-approved aged=-event classes, is produced by non-pro cutter Carol Ward, owner of the Rancho Murieta Equine Center. “Our mission is to provide an experience worthy of the efforts that an exhibitor puts forth to be here,” said Ward. “We are fully aware of the hard work, expense and, at times, the gut-wrenching anticipation that owning a cutting horse entails. We understand the highs and lows associated with owning, training and showing a cutter and the ‘character building’ it produces. Most of all, we cutters thrive on the thrill of competition, the bond with our equine athletes and the life-long friendships our sport provides.”

Ward also added that the El Rancho Futurity & Fiesta is all about family fun. “We work hard to provide a fair, exciting and fun event the whole family can enjoy.” Among the festivities at this year’s event are a Cutters For Art fundraiser and the annual Futurity Fiesta. Check out the El Rancho Futurity Daily News beginning Saturday, Sept. 10 for more on this popu8lar west coast event. For more information, visit http://www.elranchofuturity.com or Sheri Matthews at (916) 549-8555.

MORGAN CROMER CAPTURES IDAHO FUTURITY TITLE; FINISHES RESERVE IN DERBY & CLASSIC/CHALLENGE

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept.8, 2011

Morgan Cromer dominated the Open aged events at the Idaho Futurity & Aged events, taking home $39,577 riding seven different horses in three divisions.

Morgan Cromer, Templeton, Calif., left the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity and Aged Event, held Aug. 31-Sept. 6 in Nampa, Idaho, with over $39,577 in her pocket and a smile on her face. Cromer picked up nine checks on seven different horses in three Open aged divisions, including the Championship of the Futurity and Reserve titles in the Derby and Classic Challenge.

In the Open Futurity, Cromer rode Faye Rey Sis (08m Dual Rey x Lil Lenas Sis x Doc O'Lena) for Holy Cow Performance, scoring a 221 and taking home a $13,15.55 paycheck. She also placed ninth riding CD Andale for Bruce Herber and 13th riding Miss Tinka Taz for Jill Juratsch & Craig Moulton. The Reserve title was split between Shad Platt riding Missin Boonlight (08s Boonlight Dancer x Missin Bunny x Miss N Cash) for Sam Nevis and Tim Smith riding Smart Ruby Rey (08m Dual Smart Rey x Playboys Ruby x Freckles Playboy) for Sheri Jamieson. Both scored a 217 and took home $9,389.77. Missin Boonlight was also the Gelding Champion, earning an additional $554.62.

The Open Derby was won by Gary Gonsalves riding Cashflow (07s Smart Little Lena x Spookys Cash x Miss N Cash) for Tom Bailey's Iron Rose Ranch, scoring a 225 for a $10,045.61 paycheck. However, Gonsalves had to split the Reserve title with Cromer when both scored 219 and took home $7,455.01. Cromer was riding Oak Ill Be Peppy (07g Skeets Peppy x Oak Ill Be x Ill Be Smart) for Karen Brody while Gonsalves was riding Smooth Peanutbutter (07m Smooth As A Cat x Justa Smart Peanut x Smart Little Lena) , also for the Iron Rose Ranch. Cromer also took the Gelding title on Oak Ill Be Peppy for an additional $639.90 for Brody.

The Open Classic/Challenge Finals was won by Phil Rapp riding Dont Look Twice (05m High Brow Cat x Tapt Twice x Dual Pep) for the Waco Bend Ranch, by scoring the highest score of the Open Finals - a 228 - and winning $9,010.16. But Morgan actually took home more money than Rapp by finishing second on Smooth Autumn Mate (05m Smooth As A Cat x Autumn Mate x Smart Mate) for Todd Bergen Performance Horses ($7,225.44), sixth on Smarty Hicat Annie for Holy Cow Performance ($2,923.68), 16th riding CD Headlight for Stephen Silva ($1,600) and the gelding award for $217.14 - for a total of $11,966.26.

The Non-Pro Futurity Champion was Janet Westfall riding Another Lil Sister, a daughter of CD Royal out of Smart Like Dusty by Smart Little Lena, to a 216, taking home $3,631. The Reserve title was taken by Fallon Nuttall riding CD Royal Desire, a gelding also sired by CD Royal out of Filled With Desire by Playgun. The pair scored a 207 in the finals for a $3,007 paycheck. The pair earned an additional $485 for winning the Non-Pro Gelding title. The $200,000 Limited Non-Pro was taken by Kathy Foote riding Mamas Starz A Dulce (Dulces Smart Lena x Star Filaree x Grays Starlight), scoring a 207 and earning $291.

Canadian Carl Gerwien won the Non-Pro Derby and Gelding title riding Short N Suave (07g Smooth As A Cat x Miss Shorty Paloma x Shorty Lena), with a 225 score, earning a total of $5,236. Taking the Reserve title and $200,000 Ltd Non-Pro division was Cody Hedlund riding Teles Bout This Cat (07m WR This Cats Smart x Teles Lies x Lenas Telesis) to a 222 and a total of $4,791.

The Amateur Derby was won by Pam Shaeffer riding Krunch Time (07g One Time Pepto x War Lena Calie x War Lena Bars) to a 217 and $2,067.66 paycheck.The pair also took the Amateur Gelding award for an additional $524. Katrina Hansen Lane was second riding Boon Time Soon (07m Peptotime x Colonel Boons Jewel x Boon Bar) to a 212 and a $1,814.62 paycheck. Shaeffer also won the Gelding title for an additional $523.80.

The Non-Pro Classic division as well as the $200,000 Ltd Non-Pro and Gelding award was taken by Erin Bimat riding Smokin Cat Wacky (05g WR This Cats Smart x Bobs Smokin Spook x Bob Acre Doc) to a 225 and a total of $6,567. The gelding is owned by Erin and her husband and cutting-horse trainer Todd Bimat. The Reserve title went to David Anderson riding Peptos Opus Cat (06m Peptoboonsmal x OPus Cat x High Brow Cat), scoring a 222.5 for $4,468. The mare is owned by David and his wife Lisa.

The Amatur Classic/Challenge was won by Tom Bailey of the Iron Rose Ranch when he scored a 221 riding Shesa Spooky Pepto (06m Peptoboonsmal x Spookys Smarty Pants x Smart Aristocrat). The pair won $2,102.10. The Reserve title went to Scott Gaddy riding Ha Gypsy Crackin (06m Starlights Gypsy x Smart Crackin Chic x Smart Chic Olena), winning $1,797.27. Michelle Havens took third and the Gelding title riding Cats Chilly Chilly (06g Cats Merada x Chics Chili Peppy x Smart Chic Olena), for a total of $2,074.05.

The 7-Up Non-Pro was won by Norman Clark riding CD Olena Peppy (01g CD Olena x Quixote Lena Peppy x Paddys Irish Whiskey) to a 220.5 for a $2,200 paycheck. Ray Baldwin and Amanda Smith tied for second, with each scoring a 216 for $1,720. Baldwin was riding Mylanta Lano (04m Mylanta Lena x War Lano Missy x Doc's Solano) while Smith was riding Whirl N Play (03m CD Whirl x Playful Little Lana x Freckles Playboy). Clark also won the Gelding award for an additional $500 and Smith won the $200,000 Limited Non-Pro for an additional $540.


Phil and Mary Ann Rapp struck paydirt in the Mercuria World Series Finals when Phil won the Open Division and Mary Ann was Reserve in the Non-Pro - for a total of $17,563.47. Phil rode Dont Look Twice to a 234, winning $8,770.67. Lindy Burch was second with a 225.5 riding Bet Shesa Cat, picking up $7,336.53. The Non-Pro title went to Dan Hansen riding Woody Be Lucky, for $11,190.40. The Reserve title went to Mary Ann Rapp riding Toy Engine to a 224.5 for an $8,792.80 check.

RUSS MILLER TAKES $19,200 HOME FROM BIG SKY FUTURITY

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 22, 2011

Russ Miller took home close to $19,200 from the Big Sky Futurity held Aug. 8-13 in Kalispell, Mont. Russ, shown with Kathy Foote, finished fourth in the Open Classic/Challenge riding Foote's Times Sneakin Up Onu, on which Kathy also made the Non-Pro finals.

Russ Miller, St. Anthony, Idaho., left the Big Sky Futurity, held Aug. 8-13 at the Majestic Valley Arena in Kalispell, Mont., with seven paychecks totaling $19,198.68. The paychecks represented championships in both the Open Futurity and Classic/Challenge, a Reserve title in the Open Derby, plus four other placings. The six-day event featured $35,500 in added money.

FUTURITY:
Scoring a 148, Miller won the Open Futurity title riding Mamas Starlight Cat, a stallion by High Brow Cat out of Starlights Liz by Grays Starlight, owned by Glen Nelson’s Mama’s Ranch LLC, Mesa, Ariz., collecting $4,052. However, his paychecks didn’t end there as he also finished third riding Oops Teaspoon for Jimmy Kemp, Jr., Imperial, Calif., for $1,938.50 and ninth riding Spoonful Of Class for GCH Land & Cattle, Weatherford, Texas, for an additional $1,334.00. His three paychecks from the Open Futurity totaled $7,324.50.

The Reserve Futurity Champion was Josh Sleeman, Yelm, Wash., riding Clutch Light (08 s Clutch Player x Nitas Starlight x Grays Starlight) to a 146 for Jerry Erwin, Vancouver, Wash. The pair won $3,226. Sleeman also finished 11th on CD Smooth Operator ($1,000) and 12th on Pure Smooth ($1,000).

The Non-Pro Futurity winner was Fallon Nuttall, Red Lodge, Mont., riding her father’s horse CD Royal Desire (08 g CD Royal x Filled With Desire x Playgun) to a 144 and $1,550.75. Her father Will Nuttall had finished seventh on the gelding in the Open Futurity. Reserve went to her brother Wyatt, riding PSN Lared Romeo (08g Laredo Blue x Rusty San Bull x Legendary Rock) to a 139, also owned by Will Nuttall. The pair picked up $1,254.00.

CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Miller struck another homerun in the 5/6-Year-Old Classic/Challenge, riding GCH Land & Cattle Company’s Playin In Jewels (07 g Playin Stylish x Pretty Jewels x Lenas Jewel Bars) to a whopping 150 for a $5,563.40 paycheck. He also finished fourth riding Times Sneakin Up Onu for Jonathan and Kathy Foote, Livingston, Mont., for an additional $2,955.74 – taking home a total of $7,866.83 in the Classic/Challenge. Kathy was also a finalist on Times Sneakin Up Onu in the Non-Pro division.

Also chasing Miller in the Classic/Challenge was Reserve Champion Josh Sleeman, this time riding Ho Chi Minnie for Duane Bruner, Castle Rock, Wash., to a 148 and a paycheck of $2,955.74. Sleeman also finished third on Patty La Cat for Jim and Luana Wriglesworth, Sandy, Ore., for $2,629.79. With Sleeman placing in all three Open divisions, he picked up a total of $12,646.93.

DERBY:
Randy Holman, Bigfork, Mont., won the Open Derby Finals with a 149 riding Pretty Smart Cat, a daughter of WR This Cats Smart out of Little Laura by Doc O Wena, for Dave and Sandy Sabey, Big Fork, Mont., taking home a $5,014.70 paycheck. However, Miller rode Shes Smooth N Smart (Smooth As A Cat x Smart Lil Sparkler x Somebody Smart) to the Reserve title for Frank Richards, Park City, Utah, with a 146, taking home an additional $2,338.23. He also finished sixth ridig Olenas Dually Cat for Dana Russell, Acton, Mass., collecting an additional $1,669.12 paycheck. Miller collected a total of $4,007.35 in the Derby.

The Non-Pro Derby Champion was Glen Nelson, the owner of the Futurity Champion, riding Mamas Bell Ringer (Cat Ichi x Chukas Misty x Shorty Lena) to a 144, taking home $2,169. The Reserve Non-Pro Derby Champ was Canadian Carl Gerwien riding Royal Red Lights to a 142, taking home $1,533.

OTHER CLASSES:
Other classes included a Non-Pro Pro-Am Finals with John Dublin, Laurel Mont., winning the event with a 149 riding Sweet Shootin Lena (Sweet Lil Pepto x Smart Jay Lena x Smooth Little Lena), owned by Jan Walker, Stevensville, Mont. The pair picked up $2,018. A bridleless cutting was also held with Cody Lee, Hamilton, Mont., winning the event with a whopping 156 riding Remanitas Alegria (Smart Mate x Miss Remanita x Mr Peponita Flo).


JASON CLARK CAPTURES NCHA SUMMER SPECTACULAR CLASSIC CHALLENGE; KYLE MANION TOPS NON-PRO DIVISION

By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 23, 2011

NCHA OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
When Jason Clark scored a 223 on Indian Rick, as the first horse to work in the finals of the NCHA Classic Challenge held Tuesday, July 19, during the Summer Spectacular July 12-30 in Fort Worth, Texas, owners David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Texas, didn’t expect the score to hold up for the championship. But when the awards were presented, along with the $33,255 paycheck, they realized their “little horse with the big heart” had topped the competitive field, taking his first major championship. The gelding is a son of Hickorys Indian Pep, also owned by the McDavids and out of Ricochets Chick by Smart Lil Ricochet.

A close second, with a 222 score, went to Pounce (High Brow Cat x Haidas Little Shorty x Haidas Little Pep), a seasoned winner owned by Julie Clarke, Bend, Ore., with Phil Hanson in the saddle. The pair took home $29,284. Third went to Phil Rapp riding Don’t Look Twice, with over a half million dollars in lifetime earnings, for Louis and Corliss Baldwin, Fort Worth, Texas. Fourth was tie between Third Cutting, also the winner of over a half million dollars in lifetime earnings, owned by Carl and Shawnea Smith, Jacksboro, Texas, and ridden by Boyd Rice and Whiskeynadirtyglass, a son of High Brow Cat out of Jitters Brown by Smart Little Lena, owned by Vincenzo Vario, Weatherford, Texas, ridden by Brett McGlothlin. The pair also won the John Deere Limited Open finals for a $5,649 paycheck. Adding that to the $19,750 won in the Open – the young stallion won a total of $25,399.

NON-PRO CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Kyle Manion, Aubrey, Texas, topped the finals of the Non-Pro division of the Classic/Challenge, held Thursday, July 21, riding A Smooth Criminal, a gelding by Smooth As A Cat x Carolena Moon by Peptoboonsmal, to a 221.5, earning $12,741. Manion, who also owns the gelding’s sire, Smooth As A Cat, purchased him as a 4-year-old, but the gelding had to overcome colic surgery before Manion could show him. He was trained by Todd Bergen and Matt Gaines.

Biting at Manion’s heels in the finals, was the Reserve Champion Kaitlyn Larsen, Millsap, Texas, riding Laredo Montana, a gelding by her father’s stallion Light N Lena out of Little Memory Maker by Peppy San Badger, to a 221, taking home $12,253. Kaitlyn’s father, Billy Martin, also came home a winner by riding Shady Light to a 14th-place tie in the Non-Pro for a $5,973 paycheck. The mare, also sired by his stallion Light N Lena out of Dual Delight by Dual Pep, also won the Senior Division for an additional $3,253 paycheck – for a total of $9,160. The Reserve Senior was Glade Knight riding Smooth Asa Zee, also sired by Smooth As A Cat out of Zee Dualy, also a Dual Pep daughter.

LIMITED NON-PRO DERBY:
The Limited Non-Pro Derby Champion Brandon Dufurrena is making a habit of winning championships. The 25-year-old son of trainer Ed Dufurrena and his wife Shona, Gainesville, Texas, won the Matthews Cutting Horses Non-Pro Limited Finals, held Monday, July 18, riding Nievas, a daughter of Cats Merada out of Smart Little Boogie by EG Southern Dancer with a 222, taking home an $8,187 paycheck. Earlier in the year, Brandon won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited division with a 225 riding Miss Ella Rey. Brandon also picked up a $10,425 paycheck riding Miss Ella Rey to sixth in this year’s Non-Pro Classic-Challenge Finals.

AMATEUR DERBY:
The Amateur Derby Finals, held Wednesday, July 20, was won by Deborah Herold, West Point, Iowa, riding Wiley Cat, a son of High Brow Cat out of Miss Echo Wood by Doctor Wood. The pair scored a 221, taking home $4,986. The Reserve title with a 219 went to Kylie Knight, 21, Fort Worth, Texas, riding Sunlight N San, a daughter of Light N Lena out of Sittin In San by Peppy San Badger. The pair earned $4,787. Kylie, who grew up in Arizona riding reined cowhorses to youth titles, is the fiancé of Tatum Rice.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
The finals of the Amateur Classic/Challenge will be held this evening, followed by the Breeders’ Invitational Mercuria World Series Open Finals. The finals of the Derby Open Gelding division will be held Wednesday, July 27; the Non-Pro semifinals will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 28, as will the Limited Non-Pro finals of the Classic Challenge and the Non-Pro Gelding Derby Finals.

The Open semifinals of the Derby will start at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 29, followed by the finals of the John Deere Division of the Open Derby. July 29, prior to the Summer Spectacular Sale which starts at 4:30 p.m. The sale continues on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., July 30, with the Open and Non-Pro Derby Finals beginning at 3 p.m.
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NORTH TEXAS TRAINERS, RIDERS AND SIRES ARE STANDOUTS AT AUSTRALIAN CUTTING FUTURITY

CLINT ALLEN RIDES DUCKS DUX SIRED BY SOPHISTICATED CATT TO AUSTRALIAN OPEN FUTURITY TITLE

By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 12, 2011

Clint Allen, Weatherford, Texas, won the Australian Open Futurity catch-riding Ducks Dux owned by John Brekelmans.

After the Open Finals of the NCHA of Australia Cutting Futurity, held Sunday, June 12, trainers who lived or had lived in North Texas, and the wife of one of them, took eight of the top 11 places in the 20-horse finals. The Open Finals Champion was Weatherford, Texas trainer Clint Allen riding Ducks Dux, a daughter from the first foal crop of Sophisticated Catt, a High Brow Cat son owned by Keith Feister and Dale Koller, Gainesville, Texas. The event was held June 2-12 in Tamworth, New South Wells, Australia.

Allen and Ducks Dux, owned by top non-pro rider John Bre kelmans, Gracemere, Queensland, drew up fifth in the 20-horse finals, and scored a whopping 152, which couldn’t be beat by the other 15 horses.

Aaron Wheatley, the Australian Futurity and Derby Champion who is back training in Australia, following a stint in North Texas, had five horses in the top 11, including second, third, fourth, seventh and 11th places, while his American-born wife, Lindsey, tied Aaron for seventh. Wheatley went to Texas in 2007 following his Australian Derby win, where he worked for Jack and Susan Waggoner, Bridgeport, Texas, and met and married Lindsey.

Aaron’s Reserve Futurity Champion was RBH Shes Pretty Stylish, a daughter of Peptos Stylish Oak out of RBH Just Dreamin by Tassa Lena, owned by Tri Start QHS. The pair scored a 150. Wheatley also scored a 149, for third place, riding Classical CD (CD Olena x Hollys Stylish Oak x Peptos Stylish Oak) owned by L & M Mitchell. He tied for 7th with his wife Lindsey riding Destinys Sweet Sugar (Acres Destiny x Sweet Susie Oak x Docs Freckles Oak), owned by M & D Kelley, with both scoring a 145.5. Lindsey was riding Reyving Reviews (Reyn Storm x Dara Cocoas Preview x Oaks Cocoa Jay), owned by Aaron. Aaron also finished 11th riding Shania Niner, also sired by Sophisticated Catt out of Niners Lady Buck by Fortyniner Doc, owned by Geoff Douglas.

Australian native John Mitchell, who has trained in North Texas several years for the Slate River Ranch, finished in a tie for fifth with Australia’s leading trainer Todd Graham, with a 145.5. Mitchell was riding Winderadeen Ms Stormcat (Intricatolena x Shortys Badgerlena x Shorty Lena) owned by J Bar C QHS.

CLINT ALLEN:
Clint Allen, who trains out of Weatherford, Texas, and is the winner of $2.8 million lifetime NCHA competition, has been a champion at several major aged events, as have many of his customers. His most recent wins came when he trained the horse that won the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes. Ridden by Darren Simpkins, Olenasduallyfeather (nicknamed Katy) won the Open championship, taking home a $100,000 paycheck. Riding Moms Stylish Cat, Clint finished second taking home $62,266. Katy and her owner, Lisa Hewitt, also qualified for the Non-Pro Finals. Clint and his wife, Shayle, are the parents of three children.

THE SIRES:
Three stallions had three offspring in the Finals, including Sophisticated Catt, a 2002 son of High Brow Cat out of Shania Cee, the NCHA Open Futurity Champion and Horse of the Year sired by Peppys Boy 895, Peptos Stylish Oak, a 1997 son of Peptoboonsmal out of Moms Stylish Kat by Docs Stylish Oak, bred by Chuck Drummond, Pawhuska, Okla., and owned by Morning Sun Ranch of Australia, who spends the spring breeding season in North Texas at Alpha Equine Breeding Center in Granbury, Texas, and Reyn Storm, a 2003 son of Dual Rey out of Playboys Stormy by Freckles Playboy, bred by Lauri Mills, Tucson, Ariz., and owned by Blackgold Ranch Inc., Sweeden, Kentucky.

WR This Cats Smart, a 1999 son of High Brow Cat out of The Smart Look by Smart Little Lena, bred by the Wiens Ranch Co., Inc., Sedalia, Colo., and owned by Wagonhound Land & Livestock, Douglas, Wyo., and CD Olena, the deceased 1991 son of Doc O’Lena out of CD Chica San Badger by Peppy San Badger, bred by Bobby Pidgeon’s Dogwood Farms, Moscow, Tenn., and owned by the Bar H Ranche, Weatherford, Texas, both had two horses in the Open Finals.

The balance of the sires had one offspring in the finals, with only one, Spins Image, being an Australian-bred sire. Kit Dual, a son of Dual Pep out of Pretty Little Kitty by Smart Little Lena, bred by Stewart Sewell, Jacksboro, Texas, and is urrently owned by James Brown, Ft. Ogden, Fla.; Acres Destiny (Imported), a 1993 son of Bob Acre Doc out of San Jose Hickory by Doc’s Hickory, bred to Jo Ellard’s EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Texas, and owned by Richard Bull of Australia.

The remaining four were imported sons of High Brow Cat, including Whos Top Cat (imp) out of Play who by Freckles Playboy, bred by Lonnie Barbara Allsup, Clovis, N.M., and owned by Richard Bull, Australia; Intricatolena (imp) out of Ms Colonel by Colonel Freckles bred by Joel Hardy, San Antonio, Texas, owned by Winderadeen Corp., Australia; Catskills (imp), bred by Tommy Manion Inc., Aubrey, Texas, owned by Graham and Donna Amos, Australia, and Racketeer Cat (Imp) – AQHA information unavailable.

SOPHISTICATED CATT:
Sophisticated Catt, the earner of $183,838 and 2008, 2009 and 2010 AQHA World Champion in Senior Cutting, was bred by Billy Cogdell, Tulia, Texas, and sold as an embryo – along with his twin full brother Palo Duro Cat, to Feister and Koller at the 2001 Cogdell Dispersal Sale. According to Feister, after the summer shows in 2006, he started freezing the stallion’s semen, sending it to his friend Gordon Evans of Everston Park, a breeding facility in Australia’s southern Queensland’s Darling Downs region. Evans was a pioneer in the importation of Quarter Horse frozen semen to Australia. He had worked in the US during the 2002 breeding season and developed a strong relationship with Keith and Sharon Feister.

“There were about 50 in that first crop of colts,” said Feister, who along with Evans thought it would be a good place to start out his first crop of colts. “We thought he’d be a big fish in a small pond. At that time, he had about $50,000 in earnings, and Gordon had a good relationship with the owners and breeders, so he got quite popular.”
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From that first crop, 10 were entered in the Australian Futurity, nine actually showed and three made the Open Finals. John Brekelmans, the owner of Ducks Dux, the Open Champion, also showed one, Precious Duck, in the Non-Pro Division, tying for sixth place.

Brekelmans had two Sophisticated Catt offspring entered in the 2011 Australian Cutting Futurity - in the Open and one and the other in the Non-Pro. But Feister said that Ducks Dux showed so much promise that he wanted to give her “the best possible chance” and made arrangements for Clint Allen to ride her instead. “She was talented enough for me to get someone else to show her, said Breckelmans in an article in the Australian Performance Horse Magazine. “So Clint Allen will show her at Tamworth. I’ve never got anyone to do that for me before.” Allen arrived in Australia two days before the show and rode another Sophisticated Catt, that was pretty green, in the first go-round, but lost a cow.

“Ducks Dux is the closest I’ve had to Oaks Fancy Duckling (her granddam), the mare I got second on in the Futurity about 20 years ago,” said Breckelmans in the article. “She is just real low and crouchy with heaps of look on a cow.”

Australia’s leading trainer, Todd Graham, who had four horses in the Finals, finishing 4th, 10th, 14th and tied for 15th, finished 10th on EP Spin O Catt by Sophisticated Catt, moved close to Gordon Evans’ breeding operation about a year ago, and started riding several Sophisticated Catt’s offspring for customers. At one time he had 10 in his barn – with one being EP Spin O Catt after Ian Francis decided to slow down his training operation.

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SOUTH POINT EQUESTRIAN CENTER ANNOUNCES TRIPLE WINNERS CIRCUIT CUTTINGS

THREE NEW SHOWS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY, JULY AND OCTOBER

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Las Vegas, Nev. – Jan. 15, 2011

Paula Gaughan has announced there will be three new shows held at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas during the 2011 year – at the same place, with the same dirt and same good cattle. The three circuit dates are Feb. 17-23, July 28-Aug. 3 and Oct. 12-18.

Each show will have 12 regular show events including three $500-added Opens, Non-Pros, $10,000 Novice, $5000 Novice Non-Pros, $15,000 Novice Non-Pros. There will also be four days of $500-added $50,000 Amateur, $3,000 Novice and jackpoted $35,000 Non-Pro, $15,000 Amateur and $2,000 Limited Rider. There will also be two days of Youth competition.

Six aged events will also be held, including three $2,500-added 5/6-Year-Old (entry fee $555) and 4-Year-Old Opens (EF $485); $2,000-added 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro (EF $555) and 4-Year-Old Non-Pro (EF $385). There will also be a $1,000-added 5/6-Year-Old Amateur (EF $485) and a $1,000-added 4-Year-Old Amateur (EF $385).

Also, during the October show, there will be three $2,500-added 3-year-Old Opens (EF $555) and three $2,000-added 3-year-Old Non-Pros (EF $485). The shows will be approved by the UCHA and ICHA, with others pending.

There will be awards at each show, including the Open Show and Aged-Event Show circuit awards at a party. There will be a $5,000 cash bonus to the Open Aged Circuit winner and a $2,500 cash bonus to Non-Pro Aged Circuit winner. A $1,000 cash bonus will be awarded to the Amateur Aged Circuit winner. A “Roll the Dice” will be held for other bonus awards.

Sponsors for the show will be RoohideSaddles, Skyline Silversmiths and Resistol. For more information contact Kathryn Webb, 7493 N 9150 West, Lehi, Utah 84043. E-mail kwebb50@msn.com or Fax to 801-768-2296. For South Point Hotel and Casino Room reservations, call 866-791-7626 and ask for Offer Code: Feb. 17-23 SPP021, July 28-Aug. 3 SPC0728 and Oct. 12-18 SPC1013. The South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center are located at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South in Las Vegas.

TOMMY WILLIAMS – ONE OF THE “REAL” WINNERS AT THE SOUTHERN FUTURITY

THE AMATEUR CUTTERS ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 8, 2010 – Jackson, Miss.

Even though Austin Shepard won the Open Futurity at the Southern Cutting Futurity, Tommy Williams, a Non-Pro/Amateur, won both the Derby and Classic Senior classes and was one of the unsung heros at the event.

Who are the real winners at the aged events? Are they the top-rung trainers who seem to take home most of the money or the top non-pros, who support their habit with income from another source, and just love to show horses themselves. Or is it the Amateurs – who have to be competing in this sport because they love it, as the financial rewards are pretty slim. Many times they don’t even pay the gas bill.

It was “old hat” at the Southern Cutting Futurity held Oct. 25-30 in Jackson, Miss. Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., won the 35-entry Open Futurity finals with a 220 score riding Peppy Catalena for Lois Hawkins, Abingdon, Va., taking home $9,714. The 62-entry Open Derby finals was won by Allen Crouch, Noxapater, Miss., riding Smart Whittle Margie for Joel Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., for $7,156.80 and the largest class, the 73-entry Open Classic Finals was taken by Tennessee’s own James Brad Mitchell riding Dual Rey Me Cat for Barbara Brooks’ Painted Springs Farm LLC, Nashville, Tenn. The pair scored a 221.5, winning $6,253.24.

Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Texas, rode Smooth As A Twist to the finals championship of the 10-entry Non-Pro Futurity, scoring a 228 and collecting $2,796; Seth Holcombe, Birmingham, Ala., won the 34-entry Non-Pro Derby riding Magic Man to a 219.5 and a $4,181 check and Alisa McCleary, Michigan City, Miss., won the 50-entry Non-Pro Classic Finals riding Rey O White to a 218 and a $4,750.30 paycheck.

However, the untold stories are the most interesting – and those are the riders in the amateur classes, who go strictly for their love of the sport and just try to win enough prize money to pay their gas. Their stories are rarely headlined or published – and I have certainly been guilty of that sin.

The 6-entry $50,000 Amateur Futurity was taken by Jiimmy Holloway, Carrollton, Ga., riding WM Fat Cat, with his 215 earning $564. The 30-entry $50,000 Amateur Derby was won by Isidro Sigala, Weatherford, Texas, riding Sofie Rey to a 222 and a $2,336.25 paycheck, while the 52-entry $50,000 Amateur Classic Finals was taken by Gene Quirk Jr., Denham Springs, La., riding Playin At The Mall to a 221 and a $2,475 paycheck.

WHO IS TOMMY?
Tommy Williams, Rosie, Ark., (right) shown at the South Point show with Richard Gramling and his son Alex, Batesville, Ark.

 

However, one Amateur who won two aged-event divisions was Tommy Williams, a 65-year-old rancher and John Deere implement dealer from Rosie, Ark., who won both the Derby and Classic Senior titles. He also finished eighth in the Amateur Derby riding Smart Fifteen and 13th in the Amateur Classic riding No Mo Flo. He left the event with a total of $2,339.80.

Tommy is one of those amateurs who not only helps support the shows but the entire industry by purchasing cutting horses from breeders, sending them to trainers and even breeding his own mares to some of the industry’s top stallions. Tommy’s one of thousands who supports this industry, keeping it alive – and who love every minute of their addiction.

I first met Tommy at the South Point Cutting held in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 10-16, where he was showing two horses in Non-Pro and Amateur competition. The thin, quiet, unassuming rancher didn’t win any big championships – but his delight of being at the show and showing his horses was evident in his big smile when he left the herd – whatever he scored. But his smile even got bigger, when they announced that his score in the South Point Non-Pro Derby had just been raised 2 ½ points – making it possible for him to qualify for the finals. The next day, his score was again raised – enough to move him and his mare, Smart Fifteen, up to third place from fourth. That’s almost unheard of – having one’s score raised twice in the same class – by 2 ½ points!

I asked Tommy how that happened and he said with a smile, “It happens all the time.” Now that caught my attention – “All the time?” I asked. Tommy went on to explain that in the Amateur division of the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes, they raised his score enough that he made the finals, allowing him to finish in a tie for eighth and win the Senior Rider title. But that wasn’t all. At the Breeders’ Invitational Amateur Derby, they again raised his score, allowing him to tie for the championship. However, following a work-off, Tommy finished as Reserve Champion and also was a finalist in the Senior Rider class. That’s why his score being raised at the South Point was “old hat” for Tommy.

The next time Tommy did well at an aged event was at the Southern Futurity, where he and Smart Fifteen, a 4-year-old daughter of Playdox out of Sevens N Eights (where the 15 in her name comes from) by Smart Little Lena, finished eighth in the Amateur Derby and won the Senior Rider award. He also was a Classic $50,000 Amateur finalist and won the Senior Amateur Rider award in the Southern Classic, riding his home-grown mare, No Mo Flo, nicknamed “Flo,” a 5-year-old daughter of Mr Peponita Flo out of Sonitas B Mine by Sonita’s Last.

Between those two aged events, Tommy had gone home with $11,200 and left with Smart Fifteen, (nicknamed “Sweetie”) having over $32,000 in lifetime earnings and No Mo Flo’s totaling close to $5,700. When I asked if any of his scores had been raised, he laughed and said, “Not this time but I was hoping they would. I had a really good run, but I had picked my dang hand up. When I came out of the herd, Sean smiled at me – but I knew what I had done. My mare’s real good but that’s the way it is sometimes.”

Tommy Williams shown with Lisa Hewitt, who work's for Sean Flynn, Tommy's trainer. Lisa and Sean are both Australians.

 

But he was obviously ecstatic; he had come home ahead of the game. Or it seemed so at the time. But he really hadn’t because he had bought Smart Fifteen from her breeder Glade Knight, Weatherford, Texas, as a 3-year-old. She had been trained by Scott Johnson, an Australian who at that time was training out of Knight’s Slate River facility. Tommy then put her into training with Australian trainer, Geoffrey (Spud) Sheehan, Bearden, Ark., who came to the United States with Graham Amos and currently works for Arlis Justice, Camden, Ark. Tommy bred and raised No Mo Flo, breeding his mare to Mr Peponita Flo. She was trained by Sean Flynn.

Raised on an Arkansas farm where the family had a lot of cattle, Tommy actually started cutting in 1996. He was the first president of the White River Cutting Horse Association that holds its shows in Pleasant Plains, Ark. “All of our classes are jackpots,” said Tommy, “and we have a good show every time. His first aged-event cutting horse purchase came when he helped a friend, Josh Hopkins, take a manure spreader to Sean. While there, he bought a 5-year-old gelding that Sean’s wife, Ashley, had been riding. The next year, he rode him as a 6-year-old and according to Tommy, “did pretty well.” It was so much fun, he bought another mare; however, about that time his wife became ill and cutting was put on hold. A little over three years ago, he lost his wife of 38 years, and the mother of their three daughters. One of his son-in-laws runs the equipment basis on a daily basis.

Although Tommy claims he’s not retired, he still has cutting in his blood and cattle in his pasture. Today he heads to shows with friends, including a neighbor, Richard Gramling, whose son Alex, owns and shows the gelding Redneck Yachtclub, that he received as a birthday present from his parents.

Tommy’s next show will more than likely be the NCHA Futurity. He has another mare in training with Sean for the Amateur division of the Futurity – Wild And Beautiful - a loud, overo Paint mare he bred and raised, sired by Wild Thing and out of a Paint mare he owns. “Right now it’s a toss-up if she will make it,” said Tommy. “She’s solid enough but she has lots of energy. She has more white than I know what to do with, but she will definitely stand out. Now whether she does any good or not remains to be seen – but you will notice her in the arena.”

But regardless of whether or not Tommy and Wild And Beautiful win anything at the Futurity, or even show, you can bet this amateur’s enthusiasm and investment in the sport of cutting will continue.
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DUSTIN ADAMS WINS MILLIONHEIR NON-PRO CHALLENGE AND $70,400 AT SOUTH POINT SHOW

CARLA FUNK TAKES HOME $50,000 IN MILLIONHEIR AMATEUR CHALLENGE

Article and candid photos by Glory Ann Kurtz
Action photos by Midge Ames
Oct. 24, 2010 – Las Vegas, Nev.

Dustin won $70,400 in the MillionHeir Non-Pro riding MH Unexplainable, while his wife, Deena, finished third for $21,000, riding The Big Bucks. The couple is expecting their first child in May.

How would you like to go to a cutting, enter in the non-pro against 17 other entries, go to the 10-horse finals and home with $70,400? Or how about competing in the Amateur against 15 other entries, cut against nine other finalists and go home with a $50,000 paycheck? That happened on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the final performance of the MillionHeir Classic, featuring 6-year-old horses in the Non-Pro and Amateur divisions and held during the South Point cutting in South Point Equestrian Center, Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 10-16. The event also included three Open Shows, Oct. 7-9.

Since its inception in 2004, the MillionHeir program, which was begun by Wes Adams, a contractor from Las Vegas with a love for good horses, has seen 895 entries vying for $8 million in added money, with $9,172,713 being paid out. Its best-paying year was 2007 when 226 entries vied for $1,886,460, of which $1,600,000 was added money. Even though the program was not supported by the cutters, it was the only private stallion incentive program of its magnitude that has ever been paid out as advertised. This final year, 34 entries vied for $300,000 in added money and a total purse of $334,000.

The rules to the event stated that no horses owned by Wes Adams or his Western States Ranch were eligible to enter; however, his son Dustin, Dublin, Texas, 30, without violating any rules, added $70,400 to the earnings of his and his wife, Deena’s horse MH Unexplainable by winning the 18-entry MillionHeir Non-Pro Challenge finals. The pair won the finals with a 225, as well as the first go and picking up Reserve in the second go-round – which was won by his wife Deena, 26, riding The Big Bucks. Deena finished third in the finals with a 218 and won the second go-round, earning a total of $21,000.

Whitney Hall, 15, Comanche, Okla., and her father, cutting horse trainer Shannon Hall. Whitney was Reserve Champion of the MillionHeir Non-Pro Challenge riding Lil Sugar Long Legs, taking home $23,500.

The Reserve title went to Whitney Hall, 15, Comanche, Okla., the daughter of trainer Shannon Hall and his wife, Ronda, riding Lil Sugar Long Legs to a 221, earning a $23,500 paycheck, after also placing in both go-rounds.

The winner of the $200,000 Amateur MillionHeir Challenge was Carla Funk, 54, Elk City, Okla., riding Smart Sugar Jake, owned by her daughter Jacqueline. The pair scored a 218 in the 10-horse finals, taking home the $50,000 first-place paycheck.

The Reserve title was split between Jackie Dayberry, Ringling, Okla., riding MH Its Just My Boon and Libby Bowman, Simpsonville, Ky., riding Snazzy Easter Bunny. Both scored a 215 with Dayberry taking home $13,500 and Bowman winning $16,700 after winning the first go-round and placing in the second.

Mike Holman, Payson, Utah, took home $23,466.67 for winning the $20,000 MillionHeir Amateur Bonus, as well as finishing fourth in the Amateur division.

 

Also Mike Holman, Payson, Utah, who finished fourth riding San Tule Tari, a daughter of San Tule Freckles out of Spare Tari by Doc Tari, won a special $10,000 bonus in the Amateur division by being a $20,000 Amateur at the beginning of the year and scoring the highest total score in the go-rounds and/or finals. He took home a total of $23,466.67 after finishing fourth in the Amateur division, and tying for second in the go-rounds. Prior to the show, he had lifetime earnings of only $27,411. Since neither the MillionHeir nor the South Point show are NCHA approved, he will be able to still show in a $50,000 Amateur class. San Tule Tari had $45,951 in lifetime earnings prior to the show and when the pair left, she had accumulated $73,418 in lifetime earnings.

Alex Gramling (center) and Redneck Yachtclub went into the finals of both the Non-Pro and Amateur finals with the highest cumulative score. He is shown with his father, Richard (left) and friend and neighbor Tommy Williams (right), who also showed at the South Point show.

Redneck Yachtclub, a 2004 gelding by San Tule Freckles out of Sheyssmartlittlelena by Smart Little Lena, the high money-earning MillionHeir horse coming into the MillionHeir Challenge finals, with $441,939, had been sold by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, to Richard and Pam Gramling last October. They gave the gelding to their 16-year-old son, Alex, as a birthday present.

The pair had a chance of winning it all after winning the first go of the Non-Pro and placing second in the second go-round. Gramling also split second in the first go-round of the Amateur and won the second go, for the highest cumulative score going into the finals of both the Non-Pro and Amateur. However, victory was not to be as the pair scored a 212 in the Non-Pro finals, taking sixth and a $14,400 paycheck, and after losing a cow, finishing eighth in the Amateur division with a 207, winning $7,667. Although the total of $22,067 was respectable take-home money, it was far from the over $100,000 he had his eye on. However, Redneck Yachtclub, is still the program’s leading money earner, with a total of $464,006.

MILLIONHEIR NON-PRO CHALLENGE:
Dustin Adams (second from left) shown with his father Wes, Reserve Champion Whitney Hall, his wife Deena and Debbie Rousey with the MillionHeir program.

 

Dustin and Deena Adams were so hot during the South Point show, that they collected a total of $107,150. Besides his MillionHeir win of $70,40, Dustin also won the South Point Non-Pro Classic/Challenge, finished second in the South Point Non-Pro Derby and won a go-round in the Non-Pro Futurity – for a total of $85,400. Deena picked up $21,000 for finishing third in the MillionHeir Non-Pro Challenge and winning a go-round. Not bad for being two months pregnant – the Adams are expecting their first child the end of May.

Dustin’s mount, MH Unexplainable, a 6-year-old gelding by Smart Sugar Badger out of Justa Ginnin Miss by Justa Swinging Peppy, has lifetime earnings of $318,407 following the MillionHeir. And while some of his largest paychecks over the years have come from MillionHeir shows, the pair dispelled rumors that MillionHeir horses were not competitive in other major events. They have won a long list of regular aged-event money, such as fourth in the 2008 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes and sixth in the gelding division for $33,390; sixth in the 2008 NCHA Non-Pro Derby; split sixth in the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic, split fourth this year in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic and split ninth in the NCHA Non-Pro Classic Challenge – all with paychecks from $8,800 up to over $30,000. His earnings chart definitely makes him an open-caliber horse.

Bred by the Western States Ranch, MH Unexplainable is out of a Justa Swinging Peppy mare that was a real hard-stopping cow horse. “He’s a little crazy but I’ve showed the wheels off of him,” said Dustin. “I work him in a hackamore and he’s pretty simple. We call him “Tonic,” because his mama’s name is Gin (Ginnin Miss). He’s been a great horse, he’s never let me down and has never taken a lame step in his life. I’ll probably sell him now but it will be hard for me – but I won’t give him away. I’ll let someone else enjoy him.”

But, according to Dustin, his isn’t the only horse who’s highly competitive in other major events. “The horse that Ashley Fynn rides wins everywhere. He placed in the Open here and has been doing that for three years. Also Libby Bowman’s horse is a great horse and so is Redneck Yachtclub. My wife’s horse (The Big Buks) is a good horse; I think today was the first MillionHeir money she has won on him. And Greg Coalson’s horse, San Tule Hickory, is great.”

The win also put Dustin past Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., as the leading rider of MillionHeir horses, for a total of $597,301. He has ridden nine different MillionHeir-eligible horses over the seven years of the shows. Shepard, who did not participate in this year’s show, had won $572,172 riding five horses. Also, the $86,150 that Dustin picked up at the entire South Point show, puts the Hall Of Famer over the $3.1 million mark – even though the $86,150 he won in Vegas will not be included in NCHA records due to the show not being NCHA approved.

Dustin's finals paycheck in the MillionHeir Non-Pro Challenge and his trophy buckle. He also won go-round money for a total of $70,400.

 

Asked about his feelings about winning the event, Dustin said, “I have mixed feelings. As a competitor, I had a great time – especially when you have a good horse and I have been fortunate to have some. I’m happy being Wes’s son and I am glad to see this program come to an end. It was a big strain on our family when we found out it wasn’t going to work and were phasing it out and trying to hold on until the end.

But it was a real exciting cutting to be a part of and make the finals. It’s exciting because when my dad started this program, that’s what boosted me to start looking into cutting. I didn’t know that much about it. I didn’t know what I was getting myself or my family into. It was an interesting time for me – I was going to school and didn’t know what I was going to do. Without the MillionHeir and Classic concept, I wouldn’t be riding cutting horses and I absolutely love it. It’s been good for me.”

It’s rather ironic that the first five horses in the Non-Pro Challenge and the champion of the Amateur are all sired by Smart Sugar Badger, a 1998 stallion sired by Smart Little Lena out of Badger San Doc by Peppy San Badger. The stallion is currently owned by S. E. Montgomery’s Flying M Ranch in Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.

“He’s really an outstanding horse,” said Dustin. “Ronnie Rice trained him and dad and S. E. became business partners on him, so when they split, S.E. wanted Sugar Badger and we took San Tule Freckles. They were two of the best sires of horses that my wife and I have shown the past couple of years. But the San Tules have a different style than the Sugar Badgers.” When the couple left Las Vegas, they were headed to the PCCHA Futurity in Paso Robles.

Whitney Hall (second from left) shown with her father, Shannon; mother Ronda and her grandmother following her Reserve Championship riding Lil Sugar Long Legs.

 

The Reserve Champion, Whitney Hall, has had a great year. She won the cutting finals championship at this year’s National High School Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo., but on a different horse, and she also placed in the all-around by roping. Lil Sugar Long Legs, a 6-year-old gelding by Smart Sugar Badger, has only won money in the MillionHeir Non-Pro due to soundness problems. Last year, the pair finished third, taking home $14,886.90 and this year, they took home $23,500, after also placing in both go-rounds. The gelding now has lifetime earnings of $39,053.

Lil Lucy Long Legs was bred to be a top cutter, being out of the great mare Lil Lucy Long Legs (Dual Pep x Hickory Prescription x Doc’s Hickory) who won over $160,500 and is the dam of seven offspring earning $333,307, or an average of $47,615. But when he was a 3-year-old just before the NCHA Futurity, he had developed a sweeney (paralysis) in the shoulder. “The vets told us we’d never be able to ride him again,” said Whitney, “so we turned him out for a year and a half, and when we got him up, just before this show last year, he was sound. So this year’s South Point show is only his second aged event.”

Asked about the future for the gelding, Whitney said, “My sister is going to ride him and just cut for the fun of it.” Whitney has two sisters: Kadee Belle, 12, and Dakota Jo, 6. Whitney’s dream is to go to TCU and take a Ranch Management program, then go to work with the well-known Weatherford veterinarian Chris Ray, and then to Kansas to the Gardiner Angus Ranch to learn about cattle. “Not many people get to do the things I do,” said Whitney. “I’m very blessed. This is the biggest check I’ve ever earned and I plan to use the money to help buy a new Dodge truck.”

MILLIONHEIR AMATEUR FINALS:
Carla Funk, Elk City, Okla., rode Smart Sugar Jake to the MillionHeir Amateur Finals, taking home a $50,000 paycheck.
Photo by Midge Ames

 

Carla Funk, 54, Elk City, Okla., had lifetime earnings of $36,320 prior to the MillionHeir Classic; however, when she left Vegas, she had an additional $50,000 in her purse, after winning the MillioinHeir Challenge $200,000 Amateur Finals riding Smart Sugar Jake.

The 6-year-old gelding by Smart Sugar Badger out of Sorra De Sugar by CJ Sugar, is owned by Funk’s 16-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, who is a sophomore at Elk City High School. They purchased him from Kobie and Paula Wood, Stephenville, Texas. Kobie trained the gelding, who’s now a MillionHeir veteran. In 2007, Kobie and the gelding were semifinalists in the NCHA Futurity. Then in 2009, Paula finished fifth in the MillionHeir Non-Pro for $8,000 and in 2009 Kobie took over, finishing fourth in the Open for $15,288.69. Prior to the $50,000 he won at this year’s MillionHeir, the gelding had $43,798 in lifetime earnings. Carla had $36,320.

Asked how she got acquainted with the Woods, Carla said that about six years ago at the NCHA Super Stakes and Derby, Jackie and the Woods’ daughter, Lane, got acquainted by playing with Breyer horses. “One day Jackie told me that they had asked her to spend the night with them,” said Carla. “I said, ‘Who?’ and she said, ‘Lane Wood.’ When I asked who Lane Wood’s parents were, she said Kobie and Paula Wood.”

Carla shown with trainer Kobie Wood and her 16-year-old daughter and Smart Sugar Jake's owner, Jacqueline.

Carla said, “Oh my God, those are big-time cutters. Yeh, you can go. I never met anybody that big in cutting.” Today, Jackie and Lane still play with Breyer horses.

Carla is married to Robert Funk, who is involved in the oil and gas business in Elk City, where Carla manages the books and does some office work. Robert introduced Carla to cutting and bought her a horse for their engagement. “That was my first cutting horse,” said Carla. “We’ve been married 20 years in December and he’s home taking care of the horses, donkeys, dogs and whatever else right now. We have three horses in training and about five other ones at home, along with other miscellaneous pets.”

When Jackie was asked if her mother was going to split the money with her, she said with tears in her eyes, “No, she can keep the money. She did all the work. I’m so happy for her. I love cutting.”

Libby Bowman, Siimpsonville, Ky., rode Snazzy Easter Bunny to the Co-Reserve title of the Amateur Challenge.

The Reserve title was split between Jackie Dayberry, Ringling, Okla., riding MH Just My Boon, a 6-year-old daughter of Bodee Boonsmal out of Lil Lenas Sis by Doc O’Lena, and Libby Bowman, Simpsonville, Ky., riding Snazzy Easter Bunny, a daughter of Smart Sugar Badger out of Oh Cay Shez Snazzy by Oh Cay Quixote.

Both horses are veteran MillionHeir money earners, with MH Its Just My Boon picking up an $11,598.21 paycheck at the 2009 MillionHeir Open Classic. In 2008, Snazzy Easter Bunny finished seventh in the MillionHeir Open Derby for $20,000 and 10th in the Non-Pro for $24,309. In 2009, she was a finalist in the Open Classic for $11,886. Prior to the MillionHeir, Jackie had NCHA lifetime earnings of $16,338, while Libby had earned $145,837.

When Dayberry, 43, got MH Its Just My Boon, nicknamed “Lacy,” the 3-year-old mare was a present from her mother, Lois Crain. The mare had been raised by the Western States Ranch in Dublin, Texas. “She was a year behind in her training because she had lost her 2-year-old year when she knocked the bulb off of her heel,” said Jackie. “But she was already pretty well trained. Jackie then sent her to a trainer; however, that didn’t work out and the mare ended up with David Stewart.

This was the second year for Dayberry to bring “Lacy,” to the MillionHeir. Last year, ridden by Stewart, Lucy was a finalist in the MillionHeir Classic Open, collecting $11,598.21. The mare’s earnings prior to this year’s show were $17,790. According to Dayberry, Stewart is still training for her; however, he was busy getting his 2-year-olds ready for the NCHA Futurity and decided not to come to Vegas.

“The mare was solid enough and I felt comfortable enough with her so that my Mother and I loaded her up and hauled her out to Vegas,” said Jackie, who lives on the ranch with her mother, two cutting horses and 25 ranch horses.

Jackie got involved in cutting because of a friend, top non-pro cutter Michelle Anderson, who has been her friend for many years. “I was working on her stepfather’s place when she and and I met,” said Jackie. “I was helping him lope horses and I decided I was going to do it (cutting) so I did. Cutting has always been a passion of mine and so one day, I called Michelle and said, ‘Before I die, I want to show a cutting horse.’ She told me to come to her place and they’d mount me on something.

“They put me on Alpha Zeta and we went to a circuit show in Fort Worth where I entered the $2,000 Limited Rider and won it both days and I ended up buying him.” Jackie still shows the 1996 gelding by Smart Little Lena out of Little Memory Maker by Peppy San Badger, and plans to show in the World Series cuttings next year. She also plans to give Lucy to her mother to ride.

Page Bowman, the 13-year-old daughter of Libby Bowman also showed in the 5/6-year-old Amateur class.

 

Libby Bowman’s horse, Snazzy Easter Bunny, a 6-year-old daughter of Smart Sugar Badger out of Oh Cay Shez Snazzy by Oh Cay Quixote, was bred and raised by Libby and her veterinarian husband, Mike. Libby tied with Jackie in the Amateur with a 215 for a $13,500 finals paycheck; however, Libby won an additional $3,200 in go-round money. Libby and Snazzy also double-dipped – placing fifth in the MillionHeir Non-Pro to earn an additional $12,300. Altogether the pair left Vegas with $29,000.
Snazzy Easter Bunny is one of those MillionHeir horses who have won over $126,500 in MillionHeir events and close to $100,000 in other major cutting events: (i.e.) 17th in the 2008 NCHA Open Derby, ninth in the Open at the 2008 Music City Derby, Reserve Champion in the Open Classic at Tunica in 2009, and third this year at the Augusta Classic Open. The mare’s total earnings following Las Vegas totaled over $226,200. Libby had won over $145,837 in NCHA earnings prior to the South Point show. He was trained and shown in the Open by Austin Shepard.

Libby’s husband, Mike, was working at the Congress while Libby was cashing in at Vegas. The couple’s daughter, Page, 13, also came with Libby, and showed in the 5/6-Year-Old Amateur class.

$20,000 AMATEUR AWARD:
Mike Holman, Benjamin, Utah, won a total of $21,867 at the MillionHeir Amateur Challenge, for being the highest-scoring $20,000 Amateur. He's shown with Wes Adams and Debbie Rousey of the MillionHeir program.

 

Mike Holman, 45, Benjamin, Utah, was the leading $20,000 Amateur within the MillionHeir Challenge Non-Pro, who had the highest score – a 215.5 in the second go-round. He collected a $10,000 bonus check, that sent him home with a total of $21,866.67 after he also finished fourth in the Non-Pro. It was by far the largest paycheck he’d ever won in the eight years he has been cutting.

The owner of a business that builds food and beverage plants, Mike is currently married to his wife, Andrea, who rides for pleasure, however he has four children from a previous marriage. He said he got involved in cutting horses when in the 90’s he went to a guy’s place to purchase another pleasure horse. “They were cutting,” said Holman, “and I said, ‘What’s that?’ I ended up buying and showing a cutting horse.”

However, Holman’s only been cutting seriously for the past two years since he bought San Tule Tari at a sale in Fort Worth. “I didn’t really understand the MillionHeir program when I bought her,” said Holman about San Tule Tari, a 6-year-old daughter of San Tule Freckles. “But I think the guy that was helping me buy her kind of knew about the program. Then when I bought her, everyone was telling me about the program and I thought, ‘Oh cool.’ ” The pair came to the MillionHeir last year but failed to place.

Becky Dunning, wife of Al Dunning, helped with the announcing duties at the South Point and MillionHEir shows. "I can never replace Tom Holt," said Becky.

 

Judges for the show included Billy Cochrane, Rex Rossoll, Kelly Graham, Jason Swain and Randy Coleman. Mike Kelly, former assistant executive director of the NCHA, was the monitor. Announcers included Becky Dunning and Dru Stewart.
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TOM LONG TAKES SOUTH POINT OPEN FUTURITY RIDING HOME-GROWN DIAMONDS N KITTENS

TIM SMITH TOPS OPEN DERBY WITH PURE REDWHITEANDBLUE AND MORGAN CROMER WINS OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE ON SMOOTH AUTUMN MATE

By Glory Ann Kurt - Action photos by Midge Ames
Oct. 20, 2010 – Las Vegas, Nev.
Tom Long, Gardnerville, Nev., won the South Point Futurity riding his home-grown mare Diamonds N Kittens.
Photo by Midge

Tom Long, Gardnerville, Nev., is one of those unique trainers who, along with his wife, Jill, breed, own and show their own horses. At the South Point Futurity and Aged Event held Oct. 10-16 in Las Vegas, Nev., Long cashed in on his breeding program by winning the 26-entry Open Futurity riding his home-grown mare, Diamonds N Kittens.

Long, who is a leading West Coast trainer, with lifetime earnings of over $1.8 million, scored a 219 in the finals of the 43-entry 3-year-old Futurity, taking home the $9,000 first-place paycheck riding the daughter of Cats Merada out of his and his wife Jill’s great daughter of Grays Starlight, Diamond J Starlight, out of Diamond J Oak by Doc’s Oak. Sadly, the Longs lost the 1995 mare in April to a torn intestine. A winner of over $189,270, the mare had produced seven money-earning foals that had earned close to $215,495 in the cutting arena – and there’s still more to come.

The 47-entry Open Derby plus the gelding finals were taken with a 222 scored by Tim Smith riding Pure Redwhiteandblue, a gelding by Mecom Blue out of Purely Bob by Bob Acre Doc, owned by local cutters, Frank and Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas, Nev. The pair won a total of $14,040. Morgan Cromer, Templeton, Calif., rode Smooth Autumn Mate, a 5-year-old daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Autumn Mate by Smart Mate, owned by Todd Bergen Performance Horses, to the championship of the 19-entry Open Classic/Challenge Finals with a 224 score. The pair took home $11,000.

The show was preceded by three days of weekend shows (Oct. 7-9), which featured 372 entries, vying for $65,460 in purse money, plus the final MillionHeir competition, featuring a Non-Pro and Amateur competition for 6-year-old horses, with $300,000 in added money. Altogether, the event featured 1,029 entries, $437,500 in added money and a total purse of $641,759 The MillionHeir paid out $334,000 while the South Point aged events paid out $307,759.

While show producer Paula Gaughan has been holding limited-age cuttings in Las Vegas since 1994, which have had over 9,000 entries and paid out close to $9 million, the NCHA Executive Committee refused to approve the October show, due to an ongoing lawsuit by Gaughan, demanding that the NCHA open their financial records to all members.

The NCHA claims they have given all requested records to Gaughan; however, they will not allow her to show or release them to other members. The case is awaiting a decision from the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas. However, the show was approved by the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association. The NCHA also forced announcer Tom Holt to make a decision to either announce NCHA-approved shows or the Gaughan shows. Tom said he had to choose his family-supporting job with the NCHA.

The South Point Futurity, held in the Equestrian and event center, and on television in each South Point hotel room, was announced by Becky Dunning and Dru Stewart; judges included Kelly Graham, Billy Cochrane, Randy Coleman, Rex Rossoll and Jason Swayne. The monitor was Mike Kelly.

OPEN FUTURITY:
Tom and Jill Long shown with their Futurity Championship saddle along with other awards. At right is John Burgun, owner of Roohide Saddles.

 

“We weren’t going to show the mare here,” said Tom referring to Diamonds N Kittens, “because we just didn’t have the money. But this mare was good before we came here and was getting more like her mama every day. I told Jill we were going to have to find the money somewhere because we were going to Vegas. And my bride did find the money and we entered up.” Asked if the pair were headed to the PCCHA Futurity in Paso Robles, Tom said that currently they weren’t entered but they are “looking for an entry,” which more than likely will be Diamonds N Kittens.

Long stressed that while most mares are 80 to 85 percent of the result of a breeding program, he felt that Diamond J Starlight is 90 percent of the equation. Her highest-earning offspring is Cats Gotta Diamond, a 2003 stallion by High Brow Cat with $147,565.82 in lifetime earnings. Tom rode the stallion to 8th place in the 2006 NCHA Open Futurity, winning $86,174. The Longs have five offspring sired by the young stallion, with the oldest being yearlings that he plans to “throw a saddle over” when he gets home from the PCCHA Futurity. “They look so right,” said Tom, “and three of the dams have offspring that have earned $1.5 million. If the industry will use this horse, he will help the industry; there’s not a (Smart) Little Lena cross in there – it’s Grays Starlight, Doc’s Oak and (Freckles) Playboy on the bottom.”

Remembering the tragedy of the mare’s death in April, Tom said he was standing at the kitchen sink watching her play in the pasture outside his window. “She and her daughter and their babies were running and playing,” said Tom. “I was happier than heck – I had the best producer in the world and her daughter. I’ve ridden babies out of both of them. I was thinking of all the work we had done to get to this spot – and we were almost there. And then the mare laid down wrong at 7:45 p.m. and by 8:45, she was dead on the table. She didn’t have a chance, her intestine was double ripped. I could cry right now.”

But Tom went on to talk about the South Point shows, saying, “I’m so proud of this lady that puts these cuttings on here. She’s had many shows and I’ve been to every single one. She has afforded me a very good living from her shows over the past years.”

Taking Reserve was Sandy Bonelli, Petaluma, Calif., the winner of over $3.2 million, riding Mates Connie Quixote, a daughter of Smart Mate out of Connie Quixote by Doc Quixote owned by TurkeyTrack Ranch, owned by Bonelli, her mother and sister. The mare earned her first paycheck of $7,750 for her 218 score after also winning the second go-round. The Gelding award went to Shad Platt riding Heeza Smart Cat, a son of Smooth As A Cat out of Smart Little Christa by Smart Little Lena, owned by Peter Spadoni, Wenatchee, Wash., who also placed third in the Open for a total of $7,290.

OPEN DERBY:
Tim Smith, Temecula, Calif., shown with Pure Redwhiteandblue owned by Frank and Bonnie Martin. The pair won the Open Derby at the South Point.
Photo by Midge Ames

 

Tim Smith, Temecula, Calif., left the South Point aged events with a total of $34,300 after winning the Open Derby riding Pure Redwhiteandblue, a gelding by Mecom Blue out of Purely Bob by Bob Acre Doc, owned by Frank and Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas, Nev. The pair also won the Gelding Award plus finished fifth on Tru Merada, also owned by the Martins. His Derby check totaled $18,050. Smith also finished second and third in the Open Classic Challenge riding Stylin Roxy for Patsy Chamberlain and Cats Full Moon for the Brinkman Ranch, winning an additional $16,250.

“Phil Hansen trained and showed Pure Redwhiteandblue as a 3-year-old,” said Smith. “Frank and Bonnie had brought three or four horses out to do the West Coast run this fall, so I actually started riding him at Fort Klamath, where I was Reserve in the Open Derby. I haven’t showed him until here. Frank and Bonnie have been trading off in the Non-Pro on him and so we brought him here.”

“I cut the two best cows in the herd,” said Tim, “and my 222 held up. However Frank showed the gelding in the Non-Pro Derby and had a heck of a run but lost a cow right at the whistle. We’ll be doubling up again at the PCCHA Stakes then he’ll go back to Las Vegas for three months of R&R at Frank and Bonnie’s place and we’ll pick him up in the spring. But they’re trained to death – you know the typical Phil Hansen way – you put your hand down and they’ll cut.”

He’s a nice horse” said Tim, “but Tru Merada, the other horse that I ended up fifth on, I think is actually the better of the two horses. He’s just a little greener in the show pen. But Frank won the Non-Pro Derby at Idaho on him. He had a little tough luck here but they’re all going on to Paso. “

Tim said that he’s known Frank and Bonnie for a long time but this is the first time he’s ever shown anything for them. Tim showed four horses at Las Vegas and made the finals on all four of them. Pure Redwhiteandblue has over $56,000 in lifetime earnings.

The Reserve Champion in the Open Derby and Gelding Award went to Tim Denton riding a home-grown gelding Montanas Cougar for Bill and Katherine Lacy, Crested Butte, Colo. Denton, with lifetime earnings topping $730,000, and Montanas Cougar took home a total of $10,280, giving the gelding $27,596.73 in lifetime earnings. However, Lacy also came back to win the finals of the Non-Pro Derby and go-round money, as well as the Gelding Award, for an additional $10,550 – again boosting the geldings lifetime earnings to date of $38,147.

CLASSIC/CHALLENGE OPEN:
Morgan Cromer, Templeton, Calif., won the Open Classic/Challenge riding Smooth Autumn Mate owned by Todd Bergen Performance Horses.
Photo by Midge

 

Morgan Cromer, 27, Templeton, Calif., with close over $470,000 in lifetime earnings, topped the Open Classic/Challenge riding Smooth Autumn Mate, a 5-year-old daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Autumn Mate by Smart Mate, owned by Todd Bergen Performance Horses, Eagle Point, Ore. The mare currently has close to $41,200 in lifetime earnings after picking up $11,000 for their 224 score. The amount was second to their highest paycheck of $14,964.50 for a third-place split at the 2009 PCCHA Fall Open Stakes. So far this year, the pair have finished fifth the El Rancho Spring Cutting Classic and won a circuit championship, and finished eighth at the Idaho Cutting Open Classic.

“Andrew Coates started her but she got hurt as a 3-year-old just before the Futurity, so I got her in July of last year,” said Morgan. “She’s been just super easy to show and easy to get along with.” But the mare didn’t come without problems. “She had a bad back leg when I got her,” said Morgan, “and the way it looks on an ultrasound, she shouldn’t ever have cut. But she’s got the biggest heart. I guess she tore her suspensory as a 3-year-old and I never knew it was so serious. When I got her, Todd said that if she gets a little sore behind, just take care of her - which I did. Then I had someone that wanted to buy her so they had a pre-purchase vet check done on her and the vet said, ‘Whoa, this is serious.’ But it doesn’t bug her.”

With over $41,000 in lifetime earnings, the mare and Morgan are headed to Paso, which is only about 20 minutes from Morgan’s home. “I bought my own place and my parents live on it with me,” said Morgan. Asked if they help her, Morgan said with a grin, “Yes, I enslaved them. They take care of everything.” Morgan also finished fifth in the Open Futurity riding Oak Ill Be Peppy for owner Karen Brody. The pair also were Reserve in the Gelding Division for an additional $5,280.

Stylin Roxy and Tim Smith finished second with a 219, taking home $9,000 in the finals and second in the first go-round. The 5-year-old daughter of Dual Pep out of High Style Travalin by Travalena, is owned by Patsy Chamberlain, Scottsdale, Ariz., and has lifetime earnings of $47,371.

The Open Gelding finals was won by Sean Flynn, Weatherford, Texas, riding his and his wife Ashley’s horse Financial Sugar, a 6-year-old gelding by Smart Sugar Badger out of Quite The Cat by High Brow Cat. Ashley rode the gelding in the Non-Pro MillionHeir Challenge, finishing fourth for a $17,100 paycheck – raising the gelding’s lifetime earnings to over $252,700.
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NEW FACES TAKE HOME TITLES AT AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

DESIREE TRICKEY RIDES TOO TARI TO TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS AND A RESERVE TITLE

By Steve Warren and Glory Kurtz
Sept. 29, 2010 – Belton, Texas

Desiree Trickey, 25, Chappell Hill, Texas, won two divisions and placed Reserve in another, and was the high-money winner ffrom the ACHA World Show.

 

Youth, exuberance and a positive attitude overcame maturity, exuberance and a positive attitude at the American Championships, the year-end show of the American Cutting Horse Association held Sept. 15-18 in Belton, Texas. Desiree Trickey, Chappell Hill, Texas, 25, with only three years experience of riding cutting horses, rode Too Tari, a 7-year-old sorrel gelding with an old-time cutting pedigree (Jessie Rey Tari x Barbipep by Wheeling Peppy), to the championship of the $25,000 Non-Pro and $2,500 Novice Rider classes and was the Reserve Champion of the $10,000 Novice Horse Non-Pro class. With total earnings of $4,273.66, Desiree was the high money earner at the entire show.

Her biggest competitor was Mindy Costello, 53, Kaufman, Texas, riding I CD Doc (01 g CD Olena x Doc Lady Wilson x Doc Wilson) who only weeks before had won the AQHA Select World Show held in Amarillo, Texas, and was the Reserve Champion of the $2,500 Novice Rider class. She also competed against Alana Coleman, Cypress, Texas, riding Justa Lena Merada (03g Justa Swinging Peppy x Smart Lena Merada x Smart Little Lena), the Champion of the $10,000 Novice Horse Non-Pro class. Both of those riders had less lifetime earnings than Desiree. Only her other competitor, Shelia Vinson, Childress, Texas, riding Little Tina Lena (03m Dual Pep x Smartita Lena x Smart Little Lena) to the Reserve title in the $25,000 Non-Pro had more money won than Desiree.

While I CD Doc had no earnings prior to the American Championships, where she picked up $658.29 for the Reserve title in the $2,500 Novice Rider class and Mindy had less than $2,000, both of the other horses had more money won than Too Tari, with Little Tina Lena having $31,415 and Sheila having $17,053 in NCHA earnings. Justa Lena Merada had won $27,707 in lifetime earnings and Alana’s earnings were $3,324.

Prior to the American Championships, Too Tari had $13,673 in lifetime earnings and Desiree $3,837. Too Tari, with previous owners and riders, had won the 2006 State of Missouri CHA Non-Pro Futurity, plus finished in a third-place tie at the Okla. Early Bird NP Futurity and won the Amateur, 5th at the NP Futurity at the Congress, 5th at the Southern Amateur Futurity, split third at Tunica NP Ckt Futurity. In 2008 he won the NCHA Area 18 $2,000 Limited Rider for the year with $1,406 in earnings and in 2009; he was Reserve in the ACHA South Texas Oct. Open Classic. Desiree bought the gelding in September 2009 from Bruce Cournoyer, Miami, Fla., and so far this year, besides their ACHA earnings, the pair have been finalists in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider class for $1,150.

DESIREE’S TRIP TO THE AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Desiree’s trip to the American Championships begins in Connecticut when she was just 8 years old and riding Morgan horses owned by a friend. Eventually she began riding jumping horses. In 2006, while riding jumpers, Sharon Schwab, a friend who owned and showed jumpers, asked Desiree to go to Florida for the winter. Although the trip south was supposed to be just for the winter, Desiree never returned to Connecticut.

During that first winter, she met Ted Sokol and by 2007 she was learning about cutting horses while cleaning stalls and loping horses. Eventually, using her gray jumping mare, Desiree started turning back for Ted as he began teaching her how to ride cutting horses. As usually happens when one starts cutting, Desiree was hooked and jumping became, while-a-not-forgotten passion, a secondary passion to cutting. In fact, the cutting bug had bitten Desiree so hard that she has moved to Chappell Hill, Texas, in 2009 to be able to cut more often. Desiree is now cutting under the tutelage of Ted’s brother “Corky” Sokol.

On Sept. 8, 2009, Desiree purchased Too Tari, her first and only cutting horse. Bred by Lori Wagner, Abingdon, Va., Too Tari had been through five previous owners, including one owner twice. Here, again, there are similarities between Desiree’s story and Mindy’s. Mindy’s horse’s barn name is Dennis the Menace, while Desiree says Too Tari is a troublemaker and a goof-ball and she calls him “goober head.” Just the day before the American Championships, Desiree found Too Tari in his stall with a bag of treats in his mouth, more treats scattered all over the stall and a look on his face when she walked in as if to say, “Oh no, I’m caught.” Too Tari also likes to watch his own cows, for which Courtney Sokol, Corky’s daughter, likes to give Desiree a hard time.

In the $2,500 Novice Rider class, Desiree said that Too Tari “tried his little butt off. While cutting his first cow in the class, he became shaking mad because of how the cow was acting and his attitude became one of ‘come on bring it.’ “However, by the second day, Desiree said the cattle were in smaller bunches and tough and Too Tari seemed to be scared of them. But according to Desiree, they were the best cows she and Too Tari had ever seen.

DESIREE AND MINDY:
Mindy Costello, Kaufman, Texas, was Desiree's main competitor riding I CD Doc, the horse she recently won the AQHA Select World Show on.

“She really did a good job of showing her horse,” said Desiree about Mindy and her gelding in the $2,500 Novice Rider. “She is a very good showman and I like her horse too.”

Although she finished second to Desiree in the $2,500 Novice Rider class, Mindy thought Desiree had a good run and showed more aggressiveness in cutting her cows. Mindy also said of Desiree’s runs,” She seemed so very calm and cool in the pen and really seemed to know where her horse needed to be - like a seasoned cutter.”

Mindy qualified for four classes at the American Championships: the $25,000 Non-Pro, the $10,000 Novice Horse Non-Pro and the $2,500 Novice Rider on her good gelding I CD Olena but decided it might be too much to try to show him in all four. She didn’t want to overwork him so she elected to show him in two: the $10,000 Non-Pro and the $2,500 Novice Rider. However, after watching Desiree qualify and show her horse in four classes: the $25,000 Non-Pro, $10,000 Novice Horse Non-Pro, $ 10,000 Non-Pro, and the $2500 Novice Rider, she learned a valuable lesson which she passed on to her gelding: “Desiree's horse proved they can do it and do it well! CD, you’re in trouble next year!”

Mindy has been working with trainer John Morgan off and on over the past several years in cutting and since the 1980’s in versatility classes. She and two other women from John’s barn: Shelia Vinson, who placed second in the $25,000 Non-Pro behind Desiree, and Sharon McIver went to the ACHA show together. Sharon has had some bad luck and been hurt several times including a broken arm. John has eased her back into riding and finds her good horses. Right now she is horse-less

“John has been an amazingly gracious person for over 20 years,” said Mindy, who almost missed her $10,000 Non-Pro class because of the show size. She left at what she thought was an early enough time to reach the show, prepare herself and her horse and show. While still about half an hour out, John called and said, “Where are you? Your class is about to start”.

Mindy put the pedal to the metal, as much as she could while safely hauling horses, and arrived just in time to saddle up, hand John the reins to work her horse on the flag while she got ready and then make it to the show pen with no time to spare. Unfortunately, I CD Olena needs his loping time and did not get it. Nonetheless, Mindy finished one point out of making the finals. Lesson learned.

After watching Desiree show in the $2,500 Novice Rider, Mindy decided to do just what Desiree had done and “go deep in the herd” on her cuts. It must have worked; she placed second to Desiree.

THE AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS:
To qualify for the American Championships,, riders must meet one of the following criteria: 1) Be in the ACHA Top 10 in the class entered, 2) Show at least four times in the same class held by the same affiliate 3) Show at least eight times in the same class at any affiliate, 4) A rider qualified for the American Championships may qualify to show in additional classes by showing in an approved class at any affiliate, providng the horse and rider are eligible for that class.

No rider may enter the World Show on a horse that they have not shown at least once during the point year. The rider must have shown that horse at least once in every class entered at the World Show. A rider may enter any horse that he or she has shown at least one time in the specific class entered.

Mindy and Desiree had nothing but good things to say about the ACHA World Show. Mindy thought the “fellowship, and friendly out-going bunch of folks” made it a hit with her, although she did “meet some Cajuns that were crazy,” she said tongue in cheek. They had a lively band and a good barbecue.

Desiree thought it was a “really, really good show with something to do every night.” She said that the ACHA really did a good job.” She enjoyed karaoke night where she put her singing talents to use, since she used to sing the National Anthem at shows in Florida when she lived there. On karaoke night, she picked a Gretchen Wilson tune, “All Jacked Up.” Reviews, at the time of this article, are not yet in!

OTHER CLASSES:
The Open class was won by legendary cutting horse trainer and NCHA Riders Hall of Fame member Keith Barnett riding Last Little Jewel (01g Tachitas Jewels x Last Little Highbrow x Smart Lil Highbrow) with lifetime earnings of $31,557, for Troy Buchanan, Cleveland, Texas. The Non-Pro was tied up between Dann Randolph riding Playing The Palace (02g Playin Stylish x AR War Olenas Salena x Smart War O Lena) with over $31,923 in lifetime earnings, and Dr. Kenton Arnold, a veterinarian from Terrell, Texas, riding Haidas Heritage ( 04g Haidas Little Pep x Smart Heritage x Smart Little Lena), with $39,095 in lifetime earnings.

Home-towner Ellis Randolph rode Gunnin for Jerry (03s Smart Little Jerry x Malenas Gun by Young Gun) to the championship of the $10,000 Novice Horse finals and Reserve Champion of the $3,000 Novice Horse. Owned by Carrol and Phyliss Clavelle, Carencro, La., Gunnin for Jerry currently has over $10,516 in lifetime earnings. The $3,000 Novice Horse Champion was Pimped Out Ride (05s Peptoboonsmal x Bingo Royal Miss x Bingo Hickory) with $22,918 in lifetime earnings, owned by Buck Daniel, Okeechobee, Fla., and ridden by Ryan Cason, Cleveland, Texas.

The $10,000 Non-Pro was a tie between Lloyd Wolf Sr., Windthorst, Texas,riding Fellas Cal Boy (96g Peppys Fella x Miss Cal Bar x Cal Bar) with $77,353 in lifetime earnings, and Last Little Jewel – this time ridden by his owner Troy Buchanan.

The $500 Novice Rider class went to Austria Arnold, a 12-year-old junior rider from Terrell, Texas, riding Justa Lena 1997 (97g Justa Swinging Peppy x Lenas Tachita x Shorty Lena) with close to $49,000 in lifetime earnings, owned by her mother, Carroll Brown Arnold. Austria also finished second in the Junior Youth riding Haidas Heritage (04g Haidas Little Pep x Smart Heritage x Smart Little Lena), the horse her veterinarian father placed Reserve Champion on in the Non-Pro. The gelding has lifetime earnings of $39,095.

The 12-year-old more than likely made ACHA history when she became the 2010 Rookie of the Year on four horses, one of which is Doc O Lena Twist, a 22-year-old stallion owned by the Arnolds. She also finished fifth in overall riders for the year. An article on the ACHA Year-End Champions is upcoming and will feature Austria.

The Junior Youth Champion was Tyler Johnson, Alvarado, Texas, riding his horse Diamonds N Copper (00g Smart Aristocrat x Lenas Hat Latch x Peppy San Badger), with lifetime earnings of $24,616. Lauren Dejong, a senior youth, won the Youth competition riding her horse Hickorys Pot Of Gold (98g Hickoryote x An Oaky Attitude x Doc’s Oak), with lifetime earnings of $1,873.
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MATT MILLER DOMINATES MUSIC CITY OPEN AGED EVENTS

DUSTIN ADAMS WINS NON-PRO FUTURITY

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 16, 2010 – Franklin, Tenn.

The Music City Futurity, held Sept. 11-19 in Franklin, Tenn., a suburb of Nashville, is in full swing, with the Open divisions in the rear-view mirror. Altogether, the three Open divisions featured 189 entries vying for a $284,280 total Open purse. The Non-Pro and Amateur Finals are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19.

Matt Miller, Poolville, Texas, who came into the event with lifetime earnings topping $1,194,000, won the 5/6—Year-Old and tied for the championship of the 4-Year-Old Finals, winning a total of $36,679. The Futurity was taken by the industry’s leading rider, Phil Rapp, who took home home $18,340 on a very sad day for him.

5/6-YEAR-OLD CLASSIC:
Miller scored the highest score of the entire event while winning the 69-entry Open 5/6-Year-Old Finals with a whopping 224, riding Desires Katrina, and earning owners Don and Carol Dewrell, Holt, Fla., an $18,666.32 paycheck. The division paid a total of $96,954 to winners.

The 5-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Desire Some Freckles by Freckles Playboy saw her earnings rise to $93,900, even though the win was the mare’s first championship. Her largest paycheck of $26,214 came from a third place at the 2009 Breeders Invitational Open Derby, and the second highest of #1,700 came from a fourth place in the 2009 NCHA Open Derby.

The win was especially sweet since second place, with a 219 score, went to Special Nu Kitty, owned by the Wrigley Ranches LLC, Weatherford, Texas, ridden by R. L. Chartier. The pair took home $15,820.46, which when added to the 6-year-old mare’s lifetime earnings, gave her a total of $259,364. Also a daughter of High Brow Cat, Special Nu Kitty is out of Nu I Wood by Zack T Wood. Her largest paycheck of $42,734 came from being a finalist in the 2007 NCHA Open Futurity, followed by the $34,548 that she won as champion of the 2008 Breeders Invitational Open Derby. She also picked up $30,847 as the Reserve Champion of the 2010 NCHA Open Classic/Challenge and $30,375 for third in the 2010 NCHA Open Super Stakes Classic/Challenge.

The Limited Open Champion was Reycy Cowgirl, scoring a 422 after two runs, owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., and ridden by Rowdy Larson, who had $19,114 in lifetime earnings coming into the show. The 6-year-old Dual Rey daughter is out of Stylish Lil Cowgirl by Docs Stylish Oak. Her $1,871.10 paycheck, upped her lifetime earnings to $24,161, which included a $16,046 paycheck for the Reserve Championship of the 2007 Idaho Cutting Horse Association Open Futurity.

4-YEAR-OLD OPEN DERBY FINALS:
Matt tied for the championship of the 82-entry 4-Year-Old Open Derby, with a 219 finals score riding his and his wife, Megan’s, son of Cats Red Feather out of Docs Miss N Dinero by Miss N Cash. He tied Jamie Beamer, Weatherford, Texas, riding GP Scooter Cat, (High Brow Cat x Playguns Satin Cat x Playgun) owned by Gil Porter Inc., Sandy Spring, Md. Both took home an $18,011.23 paycheck; however, GP Scooter Cat also won the Limited Division for an additional $2,494.80 pycheck. The division paid out a total of $112,478.08 to the winners.

Falcon Feather’s paycheck gave him lifetime earnings of $36,524 and the Derby was his first championship – even though it was shared. His largest paycheck, prior to Music City, was $10,000 as a money earner in the 2009 Open Futurity; he also finished sixth in the Limited Open for an additional $9,952.

GP Scooter Cat currently has lifetime earnings of $88,068, with his largest paycheck of $25,172 coming from a ¾ split at the 2010 Breeder’s Invitational Open Cutting Derby. He was a money earner in the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity and his only other championship was in the 2010 The Non-Pro Cutting 4-Year-Old Open.

3-YEAR-OLD OPEN FUTURITY:
Phil Rapp, the industry's winningist rider, won the Music City Futurity on the day his "second father" Clarence Tye, died following a two-and-one-half-year battle with cancer.

 

On the day that his “second father” died, Phil Rapp won the 38-entry 3-Year-Old Futurity riding RPL Ich This for Bobbie Atkinson, Henderson, Texas. The pair scored a 217 earning $18,340.54. The division paid out $74,847.67 to the winners.

Before Phil went into the herd, Judy Tye, the wife of Clarence Tye, who hauled Phil to cuttings when he was young and continued to be part of the Rapp family, called to tell him that Clarence had just lost his two and one-half-year battle with bile duct and lung cancer.She told him that Clarence would want him to do his best at the Music City Futurity. Phil called back later to tell her that “he had an extra rider when he made his run to win the event.”

RPL Ich This, a daughter of Cat Ichi out of Ruby Duece by Smart Little Jerry, was bred and raised by Atkinson, and the over $18,340 was the mare’s first aged-event paycheck. It was the second year in a row that an offspring of Cat Ichi won the Music City Futurity. Cat Ichi is a son of High Brow Cat that stands at the EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Texas.

The Reserve championship was taken by Peeka Bunny, a daughter of Peeka Pep out of Hickorys Bunny by Doc’s Hickory, ridden by Tommy Marvin, who is a partner with Mike Townsend of Lakeside Ranch in Edmond, Okla., in the mare’s sire Peeka Pep. The stallion will stand the 2010 breeding year at ESMS in Weatherford, Texas. The $15,281.87 paycheck for her 216 score, gave the mare lifetime earnings of $20,721, which includes $5,000 for a win at the 2010 State of Missouri CHA Open Futurity.

Flash of Melody, a gelding by Pale Face Jose out of Tanganilla by Tangys Classy Peppy, owned by Dustin and Deena Adams, Dublin, Texas, and ridden by Zack Henning, won the Limited Open Division for a $1,603.80 paycheck. The paycheck raised the mare’s earnings to $13,553, which included a $9,164.53 paycheck for fourth in the Open at the Music City event.

DUSTIN ADAMS TAKES MUSIC CITY NON-PRO FUTURITY

LAURA LANDERS WINS 4-YEAR-OLD AMATEUR; PLACES IN 5/6-YEAR-OLD

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 20, 2010 – Franklin, Tenn.

Two horses experiencing their first aged-event paychecks were ridden by two non-pro veterans and took the Championship and Reserve Championship of the 19-entry 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurity, held during the Music City Futurity, Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 11-19.

Dustin Adams rode Justa Little Jimmy to the 19-entry Music City Futurity. Dustin is shown with the horse's co-owner, his wife Deena.

 

Justa Little Jimmy, a son of Smart Little Lena out of Justa Swinging Jane by Justa Swinging Peppy, owned by Dustin and Deena Adams, Dublin, Texas, and ridden by Dustin, captured the first-place paycheck of $13,637.42 for their 429.5 score following to go-rounds. The Reserve title went to Little Sweet Spot, a son of Spots Hot out of Macs Little Dolly by Quixote Mac, owned by Shawn and Lisa Minshall, Ontario, Canada, and ridden by Lauren to a 428, which also was good enough to win the Limited Division. The pair took home a total of $13,095.33.

The 54-entry 4-Year-Old Non-Pro championship went to Bradley Rogers, Madill, Okla., riding Its All Play For Rey, a son of Dual Rey out of Lintons Playgirl by Freckles Playboy The pair scored a 215 and earned $16,668 – raising his lifetime earnings to close to $83,000, including his largest paycheck of $40,301 for a seventh-place tie in the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.

The Reserve title and $13,737.02 paycheck for a 213 score went to Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Texas, riding Twisting Playdough, owned by his and his wife, Amy’s, Crown Ranch LP. The daughter of Freckles Fancy Twist out of Badgers Playdough by Playdox, currently has over $94,437 in lifetime earnings, including her largest paycheck of $19,096 for eighth in the 2010 NHA Non-Pro Super Stakes.

Third place and the Limited title went to Lauren Minshall riding Bad Dogs And Guns to a 212, taking home $13,987.71. The son of Playgun out of Miss Tassa Lena by Smart Little Lena, currently has lifetime earnings topping $36,600, with the Music City show paying him the most.

Minshall also won the 50-entry 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro and the Limited riding Fraggle Rocks to a 219 in the finals and a 431 following two go-rounds – which is how the Limited was determined. Fraggle Rocks is a daughter of Duals Blue Boon out of Miss Tassa Lena by Smart Little Lena. The $19,503 paycheck taken home by the 5-year-old mare currently gies the mare close to $75,000 in lifetime earnings.

AMATEUR:
Laura Landers, Weatherford, Texas, won the 45-entry 4-Year-Old Amateur Finals ring DMAC Heaping Spoon, a daughter of Hes A Peptospoonful out of Dual Play Shorty by Kit Dual. The pair added $3,393.23 to the mare’s lifetime earnings, giving her a total of $17,226 and her first Championship. Ironically, the $3,393 was the same amount the mare won for a 10th place split in the 2010 NCHA Amateur Derby. Her largest paycheck of $5,341 came from a 7th place in the 2010 Amateur NCHA Super Stakes. They were also sixth in the 2010 Abilene Spectacular Amateur Derby.

The Reserve title and $3,015.62 paycheck went to Kathy Armstrong, Caledon, Ont., Canada, for her 210 score riding Blazing Gun Play, a son of Playgun out of Sas An Flip by Colonel Flip. Their only previous aged-event money came from the 2009 NCHA Amateur Futurity, where they collected $1,950.

The 51-entry 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Finals were won by hometown favorite Chad Roland, Franklin, Tenn., riding Little Zack Lena to a 220, collecting a $3,817.92 paycheck. The 5-year-old son of Smart Little Lena out of Co Zack by Zack T Wood, currently has $11,623 in lifetime earnings; however, the Music City win was their first Championship.

The Reserve title went to Clint Hixson, Monroe, La., riding Peppers Stylish Cat, a daughter of High Brow Cat out of Stylish Pepper by Docs Stylish Oak, to a 218.5 and a $3,379.64 paycheck. The 6-year-old mare has over $93,000 in lifetime earnings, which includes a $2,000 paycheck from the 5/6-Year-Old Open Classic/Challenge Finals at Music City – with trainer Matt Gaines in the saddle.
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IT’S RUSS, RUSS AND MORE RUSS AT IDAHO OPEN FUTURITY

RUSS MILLER TOPS LIST WITH $31,117

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 11, 2010

Russ Miller, Anthony, Idaho, won the most money at the Idaho Cutting Futurity and Aged Event, taking home $31,117.13. He won the Open Futurity and Open Uncola.

Three trainers named Russ, hailing from three different states, captured top honors in the four Open aged events held during the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity and Aged Events held in Nampa, Idaho, Sept. 1-7, 2010. With $84,000 in added money in 10 aged-event classes. They included a Futurity, Derby, Classic/Challenge and an Uncola. Going home with the most money was Russ Miller, Anthony, Idaho, who earned $31,117.13, including the Open Futurity and Open Uncola titles.

Russ Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., earned a total of $11,331.52, including the championship of the Open Classic/Challenge, while Russ Elrod, Terrebone, Ore., took home $10,266.09, including the Open Derby title.

In Non-Pro competition, Westfall’s wife, Janet, a top non-pro with over $823,000 in lifetime earnings, won a total of $12,221.31 at Nampa, including tying for the Non-Pro Futurity Championship, and winning the Championship and Reserve in the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge. Altogether, the Westfalls went home from Nampa with a total of $23,553.83.

OPEN FUTURITY:
Russ Miller , a $2.7 million rider, took home the largest single paycheck when he rode Shes Smooth N Smart, a 3-year-old daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Smart Lil Sparkler by Somebody Smart, to the 80-entry Open Futurity Championship – taking home an $11,055.70 paycheck for the pair’s 222.5 finals’ score. The mare is owned by Franklin D Richards, Jr., Park City, Utah, and the mare’s paycheck was her first aged-event money.

The Reserve Champion of the Open Futurity went to Josh Sleeman, Yelm, Wash., riding Little Miss Cougar, a daughter of High Brow Cougar out of One Little CD by CD Olena, scoring a 220,5 during her first Futurity outing for her owners Linda and Victor Dickson, Ellensburg, Wash., who picked up the $7,611.11 first-place paycheck. Sleeman also rode This Isa Stray Cat, owned by his sister, Jaelyn Sleeman-Howard, McKenna, Wash., to a 222 and the Reserve title of the Open Derby and Patty La Cat to 21st in the Derby. He also rode Dual Lena Bars to 24th in the Futurity.

Miller also finished third, for an additional $5,359.92 paycheck, in the Open Futurity riding SDP Hot Cat, a son of Spots Hot out of Pobres Cat by High Brow Cat, owned by Sherry Lee, Hamilton, Mont. The pair also picked up the championship of the Open Gelding Finals, for an additional $738.36. The pair had previously finished third in the Big Sky Cutting Open Futurity for $2,500 and has lifetime earnings of $8,598.

Miller’s other money came from a fifth in the Open Derby riding Shortycats owned by Dana Russell, 10th riding Times Sneakin Up Onu owned by Kathy & Jon Foote and a tie for 14th riding Mamas Berry Special, onwed by Russ and his wife Jill. In the Classic Challenge, he finished fourth riding Mamas Love Dulces for Mamas Ranch and sixtgh riding Bodee Me Up for Frank and Bonnie Martin. He won the Open Uncola riding the great mare Kittens for the Martins from Las Vegas, Nev.

OPEN DERBY:
Russ Elrod, Terrebone, Ore., won the Idaho Open Derby title and altogether took home $10,266.09.

 

Scoring the highest Open score of the aged events was Russ Elrod riding Double Smart Cat, a daughter of WR This Cats Smart out of Dox Double Down by Grays Starlight, for Harvey and Lynette Doman, Bend, Ore., to a whopping 226 in the 73-entry Open Derby. The pair took home the $7,320.09 first-place finals check, giving them $42,178.25 in lifetime earnings and the mare’s first paycheck in 2010 and their first championship. Her largest paycheck of $25,605 came from the Reserve Championship of the PCCHA Open Fall Futurity. Ellrod, with lifetime earnings of over $180,000, also finished sixth in the Open Futurity riding Sugarland Hits for Carolyn Milgard, scoring a 217 for $2,946.,

The Reserve title went to Sleeman riding This Isa Stray Cat, a gelding by WR This Cats Smart out of Popnplayboys Quixote by Pop My Top, owned by his sister, Jaelyn, who won the Amateur and Amateur Gelding Derby titles riding the gelding, giving him total lifetime earnings of $17,371, with $7,385.64 won at the Idaho show and the balance won in weekend shows.

Scott Weis won the Open Derby Gelding finals riding Blazing Super Dually, a son of CD Super Dually out of Blazing Starlight by Grays Starlight, owned by Mike and Becky Coronado, Las Vegas, Nev. The pair picked up $615.30 for their Gelding title plus $3,347.75 for finished fourth in the Open Derby finals.

OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Russ Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., won the Open Classic Challenge and placed in the Futurity and Derby, earning $11,331.52. His wife Janet, won the Championship and Reserve of the Non-Pro Classic Challenge and placed in the Futurity for $12,221.31. Together, the pair took home $23,553.83.

Russ Westfall was the champion of the 52-entry Open Classic/Challenge Finals, riding Lil Bit Reckless , owned by him and his wife Janet, to a 224 for $6,079.60. The 6-year-old daughter of the Westfall’s stallion, CD Royal, is out of Trouble Lynn 495 by Smart And Trouble. Janet was also Reserve Champion of the Non-Pro Classic/Challengem, earning an additional $4,081.43, giving the mare total earnings of over $156,672.

The mare started her career as a money earner in the 2007 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity and in 200 was a money earner in the Open and Non-Pro divisions of the NCHA Super Stakes and Non-Pro NCHA Derby. Her championships include the 2009 Mebane Ranch Festival Open Classic and El Rancho Non-Pro Classic. She also was the Open Classic Champion at the recent Fort Klamath Ranch Festival. Westfall, a $1.7 million rider, also placed in the Open Futurity and Derby on three other horses.

The Reserve Open Champion and Gelding Champion was Quite The Fat Cat, a 5-year-old son of Mr Peppys Freckles out of Quite The Cat by High Brow Cat, owned by Mike Rutherford, Houston, Texas, and ridden by Gavin Jordan. The pair scored a 222.5 earning $4,287.25 for the Reserve title and $527.40 for the Gelding title. His lifetime earnings now top $219,525, including his largest paycheck of $154,259 for placing third in the 2008 NCHA Open Futurity.

OPEN UNCOLA
While Russ Miller and Kittens, an 8-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Starlights Liz by Grays Starlight, owned by Frank and Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas, Nev., captured the Open Uncola (for horses 7 years of age and older), with a 225, earning $2,150, Royally Smart Cat , owned by Jerry and Kathy Erwin. Ridgefield, Wash., finished second. The 11-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat out of Royally Smart Fancy by Smart Little Lena, earned $1,633.33 for second place, increasing the gelding’s lifetime earnings to over $164,040. Kittens currently has over $286,515 in lifetime earnings.

NON-PRO FUTURITY:
Canadian Janice Eaton left the 14-entry Non-Pro Futurity finals with the most money after tying for the championship of the finals, plus winning the Non-Pro Gelding and $200,000 Limited Rider Finals, for a total of $3,744.74. Janice was riding Its Pepto Time, from the first foal crop sired by One Time Pepto and out of Miss Tori O Lena by Double R Okie. The gelding also finished fifth in the Open Futurity for $3,461.33 and third in the Open Futurity Gelding division with trainer Denton Moffat in the saddle and currently has $7,628 in lifetime earnings – all won at their first event.

Eaton tied with Janet Westfall riding Sweet On Cee Dee, a daughter of CD Royal out of Sweet Little Jeep by Genuine Jeep, bred, raised and trained by Janet and her husband Russ. The mare came from a Non-Pro Reserve title at the Ft Klamath Festival Futurity and has lifetime earnings of $7,926.18.

NON-PRO AND AMATEUR DERBY:
The championship of the 27-entry Non-Pro Derby was a tie between Frank Martin riding Tru Merada, a son of Cats Merada out of Cheri Coquette by Smart Little Lena and Dan Hansen, Weatherford, Texas, riding Play Corn, a daughter of Playgun out of Bobcorn by Bob Acre Doc. Both horses scored a 218 in the finals, taking home $4,651.15; however, Tru Merada took home an additional $1,210.80 for winning the Non-Pro Gelding and Non-Pro $200,000 Ltd. Finals. Tru Merada currently has over $20,510 in lifetime earnings and although the pair were money earners in the 2010 NCHA Non-Pro Derby, they finished first in all of their other 2010 events, including the NCHA Derby Senior Rider Limited Non-Pro Champion.

Playcorn has lifetime earnings of $38,623, including their largest paycheck of $13,975 for a 13th-place tie in the 2010 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes. Hansen also won the 7-entry Bridle-less Cutting riding Neverey.

The 15-entry Amateur Derby finals were won by This Isa Stray Cat and Jaelyn Sleeman-Howard – the horse her brother, Josh, finished as Reserve Champion in the Open Derby. Jaelyn scored a 222, winning $1,290.60 for the finals and an additional $351.60 for winning the Amateur Gelding finals.

The Reserve title in the Amateur went to Scott Wardley, Okotoks, Alb., Canada, riding Hah Rey, a gelding by Dual Rey out of Beckys Haida by Haidas Little Pep. The gelding picked up $5,430,31 at the Idaho event, including $1,175.50 for the Reserve title in the Amateur and an additional $234.40 for the Reserve Gelding title. The pair also wre third in the Non-Pro for $3,112.31, second in the the Non-Pro Gelding and second in the Limted Non-Pro.

NON-PRO AND AMATEUR CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Janet Westfall , with lifetime earnings of over $823,170, swept the 41-entry Non-Pro Classic/Challenge, taking home both first and second place with a 221 and 220 for a total of $9,258.57. She won the division riding 5-year-old Lil Dusty Lola, a daughter of CD Royal out of Smart Like Dusty by Smart Little Lena, to a 221. Reserve was Lil Bit Reckless, who Russ rode to the championship of the Open Classic/Challenge at Nampa.

The pair are fresh off their championship of the Ft Klamath Ranch Festival Non-Pro Classic/Challenge, and the mare now has over $107,683 in lifetime earnings. The mare’s largest paycheck of $12,681 came from being 21st in the 2009 NCHA Open Super Stakes ridden by Russ.The pair also tied for 14th in the 2010 Open Classic/Challenge.

Royal Blue Mecom, owned and ridden by Brett Neff, won both the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Gelding and $200,000 Ltd. Finals. The son of Mecom Blue out of Merada Boonsmal by Peptoboonsmal, collected $6,234.39 at the Idaho show, including the championship of the Amateur Classic/Challenge and the Amateur Gelding title.

The Reserve Champion of the Amateur Classic/Challenge was Sandra Figge, Ketchum, Idaho, riding Little Cash Cat, a 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat out of Dox Irish Rap by Miss N Cash. Little Cash Cat previously won the 2009 Utah CHA Marker $10,000 Limited Open Derby and tied for fourth at the 2009 Mebane Ranch Festival Cutting Derby Gldg. Division. He has over $8,156 in lifetime earnings, with close to $3,000 earned in aged events.

UNCOLA NON-PRO:
Ron Davis, Bend, Ore., won the Uncola Non-Pro Finals riding RD Bud Light.

The 16-entry Uncola Non-Pro Finals were won by Ron Davis, Bend, Ore., riding RD Bud Light, an 8-year-old gelding my Tamalight out of Misholena by Smart5 Little Calboy. The pair picked up $2,533.33 for the finals title and the Non-Pro Gelding paycheck, giving the gelding over $143,854 in lifetime earnings. The gelding is a great aged-event gelding but also a war-horse, with most of his money being earned in weekend competition. The winner of the $200,000 Ltd. Finals was Preston SSkaar, Menan, Idaho, riding Stylish Windy.
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ROY CARTER WINS 3RD ANNUAL WESTERN SPORTS CUTTING CLASSIC

Sept. 9, 2010
The 3rd annual Western Sports Cutting Classic was held at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Aug. 25-29 2010. According to show management, the entries held strong and had a slight increase from 2009. The show paid out $99,686.96 and the change to classes being non- prorated was a big hit! (Non-pro-rated classes are when a specific amount is added to the Open division and a specific amount is added to the Non-Pro division; not one lump sum being pro-rated by the number of entries in each division).

Holding "weekend" Limited Age Events during a "major" Limited Age Event (which is a new NCHA rule) was well received and participated in by many contestants. In the major Limited Age Event classes, the 4-Year-Old Open Derby was won by Roy Carter riding Dark Side Diva for owner Anna Rodriguez. The pair earned $4,152.50. The 5//6-Year-Old Open Classic was won by Steve Oehlhof riding Haymaker owned by the Center Ranch, earning $3,963.35. The 3-Year-Old Open Futurity was won by James Payne riding Circle Bar Cut N Jem owned and shown by Jerry Daniel.

Non Pro Major Limnited Age Event class winners included: Non-Pro Futurity - Sarah Morine, Weatherford Texas; 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Derby - Brady Davis, Texarkana, Texas, and the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Classic - Brad Rodgers, Madill Okla..

Amateur champions were: 4-Year-Old Amateur Derby - Anna Rodriguez; 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Classic - Kelsey Karanges.

Plans are for Western Sports Productions to producie this show again in August 2011 with increased added money for all divisions.

Scheduled for Sept. 16-19, 2010 is the Western Sports True Grit NCHA-approved Limited Age Events/weekend cuttings to be held in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas. Entries are due in the office by Sept. 10.
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WR THIS CATS SMART OFFSPRING MONOPOLIZE OPEN FUTURITY AT FORT KLAMATH RANCH FESTIVAL

PHIL HANSON AND LHR SMOOTH JAMIE MAY WIN DERBY; RUSS WESTFALL RIDES LIL BIT RECKLESS TO CLASSIC/CHALLENGE OPEN FINALS

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 27, 2010 – Ft Klamath, Ore.

What did the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 horses have in common during the Fort Klamath Ranch Festival Open Futurity held Aug. 21-27 in Ft. Klamath, Ore.? The answer: They were all sired by WR This Cats Smart, the earner of $236,514 and a son of High Brow Cat out of the great mare The Smart Look the producer of offspring earning over $1.2 million sired by Smart Little Lena. Owned by Wagonhound Land & Livestock, Douglas, Wyo., the stallion is standing at the 6666 Ranch, Guthrie, Texas.

Steve Schlesinger won the Open Futurity riding Hallie Cat for Donna Lu Campbell's DLC Ranch.

Scoring a 222 in the finals of the 65-entry Futurity was Hallie Cat, a gelding out of Handle Bar Hallie by Handle Bar Doc, bred and owned by Donna Lu Campbell’s DLC Ranch, Fernley, Nev., and ridden by Steve Schlesinger. The pair saved it all for the finals as they scored a 215.5 in the first go-round and a 216 in the second go – only earning $32.50 in the go-rounds. However, the pair went home with a $17.675.47 paycheck.

Scoring a 215 was the Reserve Champion, This Cats Jazzy, a daughter of Jazz A Lee by Dual Jazz, bred and owned by Debbie and T. J. Day, Reno, Nev., ridden by Tom Long. The pair finished third in the first go-round, scoring a 217.5 for a $260 paycheck. Their 213.5 in the second go-round failed to place and they went home with a $14,646.59 paycheck.

Third place and the Futurity Gelding title went to WR Bano, a bay gelding out of Gerlie Gun by Playgun, bred and owned by Todd and Erin Bimat, Orland, Calif., ridden by Todd. The pair picked up a total of $13,772.61 for their 214.5 score.
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OPEN DERBY:
Phil Hanson rode LHR Smooth Jamie May to the Open Derby title, while giving her a lead in the tight Horse of the Year standings.

 

With over $200,000 won this year, LHR Smooth Jamie May, a daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Just Scarlet by Smart Lil Ricochet, owned by Sherry Chamberlain’s South Lazy H Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and ridden by Phil Hanson captured the 47-entry Open Derby title by scoring a whopping 228 – the highest of the show. The win gave them a lead in the tight Horse Of The Year standings by earning 12 points. With 66 total points she leads Third Cutting, who has 60 points.

The mare’s other championships included the Breeders Invitational Open Derby ($80,618.52), the NCHA Open Derby ($46,565) and the Bonanza Cutting Open Derby ($30,172.66) . The pair picked up $8,700.22 for their Ft Klamath Open Derby Championship.

The Reserve title and the Derby Open Gelding title went to Pure Redwhiteandblue, a red-roan gelding by Mecom Blue out of Purely bob by Bob Acre Doc. Bred by Jerry Durant, Weatherford, Texas, the gelding sold to H&H Quarter Horses, Chappell Hill, Texas in February 2006 and Frank and Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas, Nev., the current owners, bought him in August 2009. He was ridden by Tim Smith to a 222. The pair earned $7,337.22 for the Reserve title and $488 for the Gelding title for a total of $7,825.22, which boosts his lifetime earnings to close to $41,593.

La Reina Sofia, a daughter of CD Royal out of Smart Smokette by Smart Little Lena, owned by Carmel Cutting Horses, Inc., Carmel, Calif., and ridden by Russ Westfall, won the $10,000 Ltd. Horse division, collecting $1,648.80. The pair also finished fourth in the Open Derby for an additional $4,611.24 for a total of $6,260. Bred by Katie Fonsen, Sebastopol, Calf., and transferred to Carmel Cutting Horses in September 2009, the mare currently has lifetime earnings of $10,464.
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OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Russ Westfall won the Open Classic/Challenge riding Lil Bit Reckless, owned by him and his wife Janet.

 

The 35-entry Open Classic/ Challenge finals were won by Westfall riding Lil Bit Reckless, a 6-year-old daughter of CD Royal out of Trouble Lynn 495 by Smart And Trouble, owned by Russ and his wife, Janet. The pair scored a 226 in the Finals, collecting $8,449.90, upping the mare’s earnings to over $143,500. The win was their first in 2010.

The Reserve title was a tie, with each horse scoring a 218.5 and winning $5,927.20. My Lil Lanta Lena, a 5-year-old daughter of Mylanta Lena out of Twinkle Lil San by Grays Starlight, owned by George Hearst, Paso Robles, Calif., and ridden by Bonnie Johnson, also from Paso Robles, tied with Quite The Fat Cat, a 5-year-old stallion by Mr Peppys Freckles out of Quite The Cat by High Brow Cat, owned by Mike Rutherford, Houston, Texas, and ridden by Gavin Jordan, Wilton, Calif.. Jordan and Quite The Fat Cat also won the Gelding Finals for an additional $351.
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NON-PRO FUTURITY:
Katie Fonsen-Young monopolized the Fort Klamath Non-Pro Futurity riding For Instance. The pair won the Non-Pro, Gelding and $100K Rider titles.

Katie Fonsen-Young, Sebastopol,, Calif., captured the championship of the 23-entry Non-Pro Futurity finals by putting the first aged-event money on For Instance, a gelding by SR Instant Choice out of Travalen Tessie by Travalena. The gelding, bred by Fonsen-Young, monopolized the Futurity by also carrying her to the Gelding and the $100K Rider titles. Her lifetime earnings of close to $105,000 went up by an additional $7,055.

However, Fonsen-Young also earned an additional $11,423.79 placing second and third in the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge Finals, winning the Gelding Finals and placing 1-2 in the $100K Rider finals. She left Fort Klamath with close to $18,500.

The Reserve title went to veteran non-pro Janet Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., riding Sweet On Cee Dee, a daughter of CD Royal out of Sweet Little Jeep by Genuine Jeep. The mare was home-grown having been bred and raised by Janet and her husband Russ. The Westfalls own both CD Royal and Genuine Jeep. The pair picked up their first aged-even paycheck of $4,963.44. Westfall also captured the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge Finals riding Lil Dusty Lola, earning an additional $7,675.70,
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NON-PRO DERBY:
Jerry Erwin rode Iced Out to the Non-Pro Derby title, $100K Rider and Amateur Derby finals.

Jerry Erwin, Ridgefield, Wash., rode Iced Out, a daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Absolutely Stunning by Smart Little Lena, to the championship of the 24-entry Non-Pro Derby, scoring a 219 and taking home $6,878.68. Owned by Erwin and his wife Kathy, the mare also won the Non-Pro Derby $100,000 rider finals for $488 and the Amateur Derby Finals for an additional $1,373.35.

Erwin also finished third in the Amateur Derby finals riding Perfect Hand Plum to $986.42 paycheck and third in the Non-Pro $100K Rider Finals for $195.20. Erwin came into the show with $63,100 in NCHA lifetime earnings.

Iced Out had over $48,700 in lifetime earnings prior to the Fort Klamath show, including her largest paycheck of $17,552.50 for winning the 2009 Brazos Bash Open Cutting Futurity. With her Fort Klamath earnings, she now has over $57,440 in lifetime earnings.

The Reserve title, scoring a 218, went to Jeff Barnes, Wilton, Calif., riding Spookys Nine Eleven, a daughter of High Brow Cat out of Spookys Cash by Miss N Cash, bred and raised by Barnes, a top non-pro with over $355,000 in NCHA lifetime earnings. The pair also won the Non-pro Derby $10K Ltd. Horse finals for an additional $1,171. The pair left for home with a $6,837.05 total paycheck.

The winner of the Non-Pro Derby Gelding Finals was Suzanne Rodoni Silverberg, Santa Cruz, Calif., riding Reys Hot Wheels to a 213 and a $351.00 paycheck. The gelding sired by Dual Rey out of Smart Little Beauty by Smart Little Lena, had $30,414 in lifetime earnings prior to Fort Klamath.
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NON-PRO CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Janet Westfall rode Lil Dusty Lola to a 223 and a $7,675.70 paycheck in the 25-entry Non-Pro Classic/Challenge Finals. She also finished sixth on Lil Bit Reckless for an additional 42,143.84. Lil Dusty Lola is a 5-year-old daughter of the Westfall’s stallion, CD Royal, and out of the great mare Smart Like Dusty by Smart Little Lena. Her lifetime earnings going into the Fort Klamath show topped $91,200, including 2010 placings at the NCHA Non-Pro Classic Challenge, the NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic and the championship of the South Point Winter Non-Pro Cutting Classic.

Katie Fonsen-Young tied for second and third place riding Cat Cooper, a 5-year-old gelded son of Smooth As A Cat out of Smart Smokette by Smart Little Lena, to the Reserve title with a 217 score, collecting $6,175.54. She tied for third with Julie Elrod riding Clownin Pepto, with a 213 score for an additional $4,253.45. Cat Cooper and Fonsen-Young also won the Gelding finals for $46800 and the Non-Pro $100,000 Rider finals for an additional $526.80. Cat Cora and Fonsen-Young also finished second in the $100K Rider finals for $351.20. Altogether, Fonsen-Young took home $11,774.99 in the 25-entry class.
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AMATEUR:
The Amateur Derby title was won by the winner of the 13-entry Non-Pro Derby - Jerry Erwin riding Iced Out. The pair scored a 219 and earned $1,373.35. Sting Cat Sting, owned and ridden by Nicole Carson, San Clemente, Calif., finished as Reserve with a 214 for $1,177.38 and won the Gelding finals for $195.

Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., a cross-over from the reined cow horse industry, tied for the championship of the 12-entry Amateur Classic/Challenge Finals with Traci Hatch Shehady, Morristown, Ariz. Both scored a 215 and earned $1,196.97.

Freitas rode CD Cinco De Mayo, a 5-year-old daughter of CD Royal out of CT Sweet Union by Doc’s Hickory. The mare had previous earnings of $29,170, including two championships in 2010: the PCCHA Spring Classic $50,000 Amateur and the $25,000 Amateur. Freita’s NCHA lifetime earnings coming into the show were close to $23,500.

Hatch-Shehady, with NCHA lifetime earnings of over $12,600 coming into the show, rode His Reyflection, a 5-year-old gelding by Dual Rey out of Sweet Shorty Lena by Shorty Lena, with over $30,600 in lifetime earnings coming into the show. The pair also won the 6-entry $15,000 Amateur class, scoring a 222 for an $875 paycheck. This was only their second money-earning aged event in 2010; the other was an 11th place in the Arbuckle Mount Cutting 5/6-Year-Old Amateur.
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There was also a $35,000 Non-Pro class with seven entries with Julie Clarke, Bend, Ore., taking the championship and Reserve Champions. For the Championship title and $950 paycheck, Clarke was riding Little Silver Belles, a 7-year-old daughter of Hes A Peptospoonful out of Kadee Lena Belle by CD Olena. The mare had prior earnings of over $194,600; however, this was their first aged-event paycheck in 2010.

For the Reserve title, she rode Boonlight Angel to a 217 for $683.33. The 7-year-old daughter of Boonlight Dancer out of Chicks Peppy Angel by Smart Chic Olena had prior earnings of over $28,800; however, this was also the mare’s first aged-event check in 2010. Julie, who owns the Clarke Butte Ranch, has lifetime earnings of over $22,800.
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PHIL HANSON “BLOWS THEM OUT OF THE WATER” – TWICE – IN OPEN DERBY

KRISTEN GALYEAN TAKES NON-PRO TITLE RIDING HARLEY

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 1, 2010 – Fort Worth, Texas

Phil Hanson won the Championship and Reserve Championship of the NCHA Open Derby held during the NCHA Summer Spectacular.
Photo by Shari Forrest

 

Phil Hanson, Weatherford, Texas, had to beat himself to win the NCHA Open Derby Finals held Saturday, July 31, during the NCHA Summer Spectacular which started July 11 in Fort Worth, Texas. Hanson finished the 21-horse Open Finals as the Champion and Reserve Champion, taking home over $85,500. Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., wife oftop trainer Wesley Galyean, rode Harley to the Non-Pro Championship, while Carl Smith, Jacksboro, Texas, and Mr Rister were Reserve.

THIRD PLACE IN DRAW WAS A CHARM FOR HANSON: IN OPEN DERBY FINALS:
When Hanson scored a 223 on Pounce, a daughter of High Brow Cat out of Haidas Little Shorty by Haidas Little Pep, owned by Julie Clarke’s Clarke Butte Ranch, Bend, Ore., as the third horse in the first bunch of the Open Derby Finals, many thought the finals had seen their winner. However, when Hanson cut again as the third horse in the second bunch, riding LHR Smooth Jamie May, scoring a whopping 227, most knew they had seen the Champion. Only Wesley Galyean riding Rascal Cats came close, also scoring a 223 as the sixth horse in the second bunch, to tie with Hanson and Pounce for the Reserve title.

LHR Smooth Jamie May, a daughter of Smooth As A Cat, out of Just Scarlet by Smart Lil Ricochet, owned by Sherry Chamberlin’s South Lazy H Ranch in Weatherford, Texas, had led going into the semifinals where they scored a 216.5, tying with nine other horses for fifth place. But the pair’s busy performance in the finals, had the crowd screaming and gave them the championship after a cow popped out of the herd, but the great mare stayed on her chosen cow until the whistle blew.

Bred by Tommy Manion, Inc., Aubrey, Texas, the mare sold to Scott Johnston, Weatherford, Texas, (who at the time was working out of Slate River Ranch), in December 2007 as a yearling. Hanson saw the mare work and in June of 2009, Chamberlin purchased her. The pair picked up $46,465 for their Derby Championship and she has now won close to $200,000 in lifetime earnings. All of her money was won in 2010, since they didn’t have a good NCHA Futurity in 2009 when the mare came up sore. Since then; however, Hanson, with NCHA lifetime earnings of over $2.7 million, and the mare have won the Breeders’ Invitational Open Derby for $80,618.42 and the Bonanza Open Derby for $30,172.66. They were also finalists in the NCHA Super Stakes Open Derby and finished third at the Arbuckle Mountain Open 4-Year-Old Futurity.

Pounce was bred by Heidi Carpenter, Kerrville, Texas, and sold to Hare Quarter Horses, Malin, Ore., who sold her to John Semanik, Jacksonville, Fla., as a yearling for $29,000 during the 2007 NCHA Preferred Breeders Sale – Session 2. Clarke purchased the mare in May of this year. Prior to her Reserve title and $39,036 paycheck from the Derby, she had only earned $15,625.50 – with her largest paycheck of $5,000 coming from being the 2010 NCHA Open Super Stakes.

Wesley Galyean and Rascal Cats tied with Hanson and Pounce's 223 score for the Reserve Championship.

 

Tying with Pounce’s 223, was Wesley Galyean, with lifetime earnings over $1.6 million, riding Rascal Cats, a son of High Brow Cat out of Keena Pep by Dual Pep, owned by Steven Feiner, Los Angeles, Calif. Bred by Billy Martin, Millsap, Texas, Feiner purchased the stallion in May of 2010. The stallion’s largest paycheck prior to the $39,036 he won at the NCHA Open Derby was a third-place split in the Breeders’Invitational Open Derby, where he picked up $25,171.70. His lifetime earnings now top $106,300. Galyean had a great Derby finals, as his wife Kristen rode Harley, a gelding owned by her and Wesley, to the Non-Pro Championship, taking home $16,655.

Although Boyd Rice won the Open Classic Challenge on the super horse Third Cutting, he failed to make the finals in the Open Derby; however, he was there helping his son Tatum, Alvarado, Texas, ride Shes Twice As Smooth (Smooth As A Cat x Dually Lil Pep), owned by Jennifer and Jeffrey Foland, Weatherford, Texas, take fourth place and a $31,606 paycheck for their 220 final’s score. Jennifer also rode the mare in the Non-Pro Finals, finishing in a tie for 10th, earning an additional $11,372, raising the mare’s lifetime earnings to over $133,500.

This year’s finals included nine offspring of High Brow Cat, three by his son Smooth As A Cat, five by Dual Rey and one each by Peptoboonsmal, his sons Peptotime and Hes A Peptospoonful, plus Cats Merada and TR Dual Rey.

KRISTEN GALYEAN REDEEMS HARLEY BY WINNING NON-PRO DERBY
Wesley and Kristen Galyean at the Breeders' Invitational.
Photo by Shari Forrest

 

Wesley Galyean was disappointed when he missed the Derby Open Finals by one point riding Harley, a gelding by Spots Hot out of Cattilion by High Brow Cat. But he was overjoyed when his wife Kristen, won the Non-Pro Derby with a 221.5 and collected a $16,655 paycheck. The pair also won the Limited Non-Pro Championship, picking up an additional $8,715 check.

The gelding’s lifetime earnings now total close to $120,900 but only four of those checks came with Kristen in the saddle. Other than her two Derby titles, Kristen rode Harley to the championship of the Breeders’ Invitational Derby $200K Limited Rider for $9,059.45 and a tie for second in the Non-Pro for $22,630. Kristen currently has lifetime earnings of over $140,000. Wesley earned the rest of Harley’s money, including his largest paycheck of $31,033 for being a finalist in the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity.

Bred by Tim Barry, Byron, Ill, Wesley had purchased Harley in December 2007, when he was only a yearling, since he was sired by his stallion Spots Hot that he had rode to the championship of the 2004 NCHA Open Futurity.

Carl Smith, Jacksboro, Texas, better known as the owner of the great stallion Third Cutting, rode Mr Rister, a red roan gelding by Mr Boonsmal To You out of Ristos Sweet Play by Smart Aristocrat, to a 218 for the Reserve title, collecting a $16,126 paycheck. Bred by Glade Knight of Slate River Ranch, Smith purchased the gelding from Knight in the 2008 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Olds by Select Sires Sale for $16,000. Not only was his $16,126 paycheck the largest the gelding had ever earned, but it was even larger than his previous $14,343 lifetime earnings. He now has close to $30,500 in lifetime earnings. Smith has over $246,000 in NCHA lifetime earnings.

Third place, earning $15,598 for a 216 score, was Spooked By A Cat, a gelding sired by Cat Ichi out of San Starlight by Grays Starlight, owned by Gary and Jessica Gonsalves, Millsap, Texas, and ridden by Jessica to a 216 and a $15,598 paycheck. Jessica currently has over $141,000 in NCHA lifetime earnings. Gary, a top trainer, rode Rockin W, a Dual Rey stallion owned by Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, to ninth place in the Open Finals, scoring a 217.5., for an $18,852 paycheck. Trained by Gonsalves, the stallion won the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity with catch rider Tony Piggott in the saddle. At that time Piggott worked for the Rocking W Ranch but has since gone out on his own.

In the Non-Pro Finals, Dual Rey had the most offspring with five, while TR Dual Rey, Peptoboonsmal and Sweet Lil Pepto each had two. The rest of the finalists were sired by stallions that had only sired one finalist, including: Cat Ichi, Duals Blue Boon, Reys Dual Badger, Lenas Jewel Bars, Smooth As A Cat, Smart Lil Scoot, Mr Boonsmal To You, Quejanaisalena, Freckles Fancy Twist and Spots Hot. Ironically, the first seven horses in the final standings were sired by stallions that were represented by only one offspring in the Finals.

This year's Open Derby featured 237 entries, compared to 264 in 2009, while the Non-Pro had 150 starters, down two from last year's 152.
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IT’S A WOMAN’S WORLD AT NCHA SUMMER SPECTACULAR

BONNIE MARTIN RIDES RUBYS ROYAL CD TO NON-PRO CLASSIC/CHALLENGE TITLE; KATHLEEN MOORE CLAIMS CHAMPIONSHIP AND RESERVE IN AMATEUR DERBY

Article and photo by Glory Ann Kurtz
July 21, 2010

Bonnie and Frank Martin

It was a “woman’s world”, Tuesday, July 20, when Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas, Nev., picked up her largest check of 2010 by winning the NCHA Non-Pro Classic/Challenge Finals, scoring a 221 on Rubys Royal CD for a $12,861 paycheck. Just prior to the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge Finals, Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., won the Amateur Derby riding Sarenadual and tied for the Reserve title riding Heres Lookin At You.

NON-PRO CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Bonnie Martin, 62, may be old enough to enter the Senior class, but she’s tough enough to win the Non-Pro, especially when she rides Rubys Royal CD, a 6-year-old daughter of CD Royal out of Smart Little Ruby by Smart Little Lena. The pair’s $12,861 paycheck, which was the largest they had pocketed this year, raised the mare’s lifetime earnings to over $236,100. But Martin didn’t stop there as she also won the Senior championship and her husband, Frank, 63, won the Derby Non-Pro Limited Senior title.

This was the first time that Bonnie and Rubys Royal CD had taken home a championship from one of the Triple Crown events – and since she is a 6-year-old, it will be her last. But 2010 was a good year, with the pair splitting seventh in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic for $12,232, finishing third at the Breeders invitational Non-Pro Classic for $12,094.63 and now the championship of the NCHA Non-Pro Classic/Challenge. Her trainer, Phil Hanson, Jr., also rode the mare to the finals of the Breeder’s Invitational Open Classic/Challenge.

The mare’s largest paycheck of $28,108 came in 2008 as a finalist in the NCHA Open Super Stakes. Bonnie was also a finalist in the Non-Pro Division for an additional $20,351. The great mare was a gift from her husband, who was the winner of the same show in 1998 and purchased her from Hansen’s father.

The Reserve title went to Chad Bushaw, a financial advisor from Weatherford, Texas, riding Show Rey, a 6-year-old son of Dual Rey out of Lenas Snow by Docs Stylish Oak. The pair scored a 220 and collected $12,432.The check was also the pair’s largest during 2010, bringing his lifetime earnings to close to $223,500. The earner of over $2.2 million, also picked up a $5,450 check for a 19th-place tie on Reylena Moon, a daughter of Dual Rey out of Carolena Moon by Peptoboonsmal.

Third place went to Nelson Knight, Weatherford, Texas, the son of Slate River Ranch’s Glade Knight, riding Candy Cat (DNA), a daughter of That Sly Cat out of Flying F Candyflex (Aus) by Docs Spinifex. The pair scored a 218, earning $12,003. The paycheck, which was the largest of the 5-year-old mare’s lifetime, raised her lifetime earnings to close to $75,000.

AMATEUR DERBY:
Kathleen Moore did a double-take during the Amateur Derby, capturing the championship riding Sarenadual, a daughter of Dual Pep out of Sarenalena by Smart Little Lena, to a 217.5, collecting a $5,557 paycheck. She also tied for the Reserve spot riding Heres Lookin At You, a daughter of Peptoboonsmal out of Smart Lookin Hi Brow by High Brow Hickory. The pair tied with Bernie Kirkland, Weatherford, Texas, riding Be Clever, a daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of TM Silhouette by Smart Lil Ricochet. Both scored a 215, for $5,215.

Sarenadual, with close to $35,000 in lifetime earnings, was a finalist in the 2009 NCHA Amateur Futurity and finished in the 10 of several 2010 aged events; however, it was the pair’s first championship. Heres Lookin At You has over $33,600 in lifetime earnings, including being a money earner in the 2009 NCHA Amateur Futurity. The pair won the Arbuckle Mountain Amateur Futurity and were Reserve at the Abilene Spectacular Amateur Derby.

The Classic/Challenge Amateur finals will be Thursday, July 22, while the Open and Non-Pro Finals of the Derby will be held Saturday, July 31, starting at 3 p.m. The Western Bloodstock Sale starts at 9 a.m. that day.
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BUSH FAMILY ON FIRE AT AUSTRALIA’S TOOWOOMBA FUTURITY

DEAN HOLDEN TAKES 16TH ANNUAL GOONDIWINDI FUTURITY

July 19, 2010
Ian Bush and his won, Jamie, were on fire during the Toowoomba Futurity, winning three non-pro aged events. The event was held July 5-11 at Darling Downs. Dean Holden captured the championship of the 16th Annual Goondiwindi Futurity only three days later.

TOOWOOMBA FUTURITY:
Ian won the Non-Pro Futurity riding Roc N Style, the Non-Pro Derby on his colt Stylish N Casual and was also a finalist in the Open Derby finals. Jamie, Ian’s 19-year-old eldest son with over $50,000 in lifetime earnings, scored a 228 aboard Stylish Doll to not only win the Non-Pro Classic Challenge .

Aside from the Bush family dominance, Rob Hodgman won the Open Futurity with a 224.5 score riding Roc N Style, owned by Geoff and Gab Shnitzerling. The Reserve title went to Winderadeen Whisky Cat, ridden by Jason Leitch to a 223.5. Hodgman also finished third riding EBS Mitown to a 222. Corey Holden finished fourth riding Whos Tack Cat to a 218.5.
Reserve in the Non-Pro Futurity was Jackie Dudley riding Erins Shorty Lena to a 216. Lori Mackay finished third riding Dual N Boonsmal to a 210.

The Open Derby was won by Todd Graham riding Ranch Playgirl to a 220, followed by Corey Holden and Currell Peptos Shadow and Jason Leitch riding Smartys High Card, with each scoring a 219. In the Non-Pro Derby, Lacey Elliott rode Ad Lethal Style to the Reserve title; Ben King riding Docs Linkon finished third with a 215.5 and Peter Shumack and Racketeer Cat (IMP) finished fourth with a 213.

The Open Classic was won by Ian Francis and One Roan Peptos, scoring a 228; Reserve was Corey Holden riding Amaroo Shjeoak to a 224 and third was split by Aaron Wheatley and Whos Top Cat and Jason Leitch riding Winteradeen Blacklabel Act – with both scoring a 222.

Reserve in the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro was James Parker riding Winderadeen Blacklabel Cat to a 223, followed by Peter Dunn and Playin Artist, scoring a 220 for third. Fourth went to Michael Bell riding One Moore Minnie Mee to a 219.

The Snaffle Bit Futurity Finals was won by Chris Major riding Just Justine to a 146. Reserve was split between Dubbo Turner riding Roys Style and Felicity Forsythe riding Peptos Stylish Diamond. Both scored a 145. Fourth went to Mark Wonka riding Yulibar What a Playgirl to a 144.


16TH ANNUAL GOONDIWINDI FUTURITY:
Dean Holden rode Kevin Marsden's Playin Moore for the Futurity title at the 16th Annual Goondiwindi Futurity, held July 14-18. The Reserve title went to this year's Australian NCHA Futurity champion Jason Leitch, riding his and his wife, Rachel's horse, Winderadeen Whisky to a 218. Third went to Todd Graham riding Mummas Stylish Gift to a 216.5 for Brien Cobcroft and fourth went to Rob Hodgman riding Roosters Lil Darlin to a 216 for K & T Nicholson Clavar P/L.

The Non-Pro Futurity Championship was tied when Jackie Dudley riding Erins Shorty Lena and Tania Black rode Hootin Acres to an identical 217 score. However, during a work-off Black won the event with a 215 while Dudley scored a 213. Third with a 209 went to Chris Murphy riding Boot Scootin Sally and fourth was a tie between C.J. Moore riding Ularu Spirit and Jackson Gray riding Roanies Oak. Both scored a 207.

Hodgman captured the Open Derby finals riding his and his wife, Monica's EBs Philaris to a 219.5. The Reserve went to Graham riding Winderadeen Scat Catt for Mark and Joanne Smith to a 219. Third, with a 218.5, was Phil Dawson riding A Little Red Colonel to a 218.5 and fourth was Frank Green riding Winderadeen Grouse Kitty for Rex and Hazel Willliams, to a 218.

The Non-Pro Derby was also a tie between Sara Welk riding Starlight N Pepto and Peter Shumack riding Eyebrows Cat. Both scored a 217; however, in the work-off Shumack won with a 212 score, while Welk finished with a 0. Third was taken by Joanne Margaret Smith riding Winderadeen Scat Cat and fourth was taken by Lacey Elliott riding JA Lethal Style.

The Open Classic/Challenge was won by Phil Dawson riding WD A Lil Shortnin for B. T. & D.A. Elliott, scoring a 225. The Reserve title, with a 219, was split between Heath Sinclair riding Playin Artis for Peter and Margaret Dunn and Aaron Wheatley riding Erin Flashy Rey for Tristar QHs.

Angie Jolly rode Dual Windstorm to the championship of the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge with a 221. The Reserve title went to Steve Smith riding Redneck Woman to a 215. Third was split between Peter Dunn riding Playin Artist and Michael Bell riding One Moore Minnie Mee. Both scored a 213.5.


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BREEDER’S INVITATIONAL CLOSES WITH A RECORD PURSE OF CLOSE TO $1.8 MILLION PAID OUT

989 ENTRIES DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM 2009’S 1,020 BUT IS SECOND HIGHEST IN EIGHT YEARS OF THE EVENT

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 30, 2010 – Tulsa, Okla.

The Breeder’s Invitational (BI) closed out their 12 days of aged-event competition on May 29, paying out a record $1,798,300 to entries which numbered close to 990 – making it the second largest BI show entry-wise.

Phil Hanson won $80,618.52 of the $432,532 total Breeder's Invitrational Open Derby purse riding LHR Smooth Jamie May.

 

The big winner was Phil Hanson, Weatherford, Texas, who took home the Open Derby’s first-place paycheck of $80,618.52 of the $432,532 total Open Derby purse, riding LHR Smooth Jamie May. Owned by Sherry Chamberlain’s South Lazy H Ranch, Weatherford, the daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Just Scarlet by Smart Lil Ricochet, scored a whopping 225 as the first horse to cut in the finals – a score which held up through the other 22 riders.

The Reserve title went to Austin Shepard riding Bet Hesa Cat to a 219.5 and collecting $46,859.88. The stallion, sired by High Brow Cat, is out of Bet Yer Blue Boons by Freckles Playboy and is owned by the Bet Hesa Cat Syndicate, based in Millsap, Texas. Shepard is one of the eight syndicate members who purchased the yearling at the NCHA Futurity Sale.

Hanson purchased LHR (for Lazy H Ranch) Smooth Jamie May, a Tommy Manion bred mare, for Chamberlin from Scott Johnson, who worked at the Slate River Ranch, last May after the 2009 Breeder’s Invitational. Chamberlin named the mare after James May, the Weatherford banker who helped her with the sale. The mare won close to $70,000 prior to the BI, winning the Bonanza Cutting, placing third at the Arbuckle Futurity and making the finals at the NCHA Super Stakes. Their next show will be the NCHA Summer Spectacular in July.
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The Open Derby $100,000 Ltd. Rider championship went to TJ Good riding High Brow Kwackin for the Jackson Land & Cattle Co, LLC, scoring a 434.5 following two go-rounds and taking home the $8,293.82 paycheck. The Reserve title went to Jaime Beamer riding GP Scooter Cat for Gil Porter, scoring a 433 for $6,220.36.
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DUSTIN ADAMS TAKES NON-PRO DERBY RIDING THE DOCTRESS ORDERS
Dustin and Deena Adams. Dustin won the Non-Pro Derby riding Doctress Orders.
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Although Dustin and Deena Adams brought several horses to the Breeder’s Invitational, they hadn’t had a good show until the finals of the Non-Pro Derby, where Dustin rode The Doctress Orders, a daughter of Dual Rey out of The Boonsmal Doctress by Peptoboonsmal, to a 220 and the $30,310.75 first-place paycheck. The Adams raised the mare and Dustin had shown her dam to $211,000. Adams, an NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro Rider, has earned close to $2.7 million in lifetime earnings and is the all-time leading non-pro rider at the Breeder’s Invitational.

Christina and Kristen Galyean, who are sisters-in-law, tied for the Reserve title of the Non-Pro Derby.
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The Reserve Championship was split between sister-in-laws Christina Galyean riding Harley, and Kristen Galyean, who is married to Christina’s brother, Wesley, riding Playin T Etta. Both scored a 217, taking home $22,630.23. The run was extraordinary for Christina as she had given birth to her and Lloyd Cox’s daughter, Leighton, on April 11 and was competing at her first cutting event since January. Playin T Etta (TR Dual Rey x Playin Gayetta x Playin Stylish) was purchased last November and Cox trained the mare, which had over $31,000 in career earnings prior to the BI.

Kristen’s mount, Harley, sired by Spots Hot, the 2004 NCHA Futurity Champion, that had been ridden by Wesley to over $53,500 prior to the BI, where he was ridden by both Kristen and Wesley, who made the Open Derby finals. Kristen took home an additional $9,059 for winning the Non-Pro Derby $200,000 Ltd. Rider class.
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Carol Ward rode Strawberry Betty to the Senior Non-Pro Derby title.
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The Senior Non-Pro Derby title and $6,736.24 paycheck went to Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif., riding Strawberry Betty, a daughter of Bet On Me 498 out of Justa Swinging Jane by Justa Swinging Peppy. The pair scored a 219 in the Senior finals. Ward purchased the mare as a futurity prospect from St. Nick’s Pines, LLC, Gillett, Wi.

Eleven horses qualified for the Senior finals, which offered a unique “Deal or No Deal”: twist. Riders could accept the judges’ score, without seeing it first, or run again by paying an additional $750. Each horse was allowed only one rerun. Four horses out of the 11 had re-runs in the finals.
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Russ and Debbie deCordova. Russ won the Non-Pro Derby $10,000 Non-Pro Derby class riding Hydualin Cat.
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Russ deCordova, a cattle rancher from Groesbeck, Texas, won the Non-Pro Derby $10,000 Novice Horse Class riding Hydualin Cat to a 218, taking home an $18,092.80 paycheck. Although his trainer, Ronnie Rice, had failed to make the Open Derby finals, he also rode the gelding sired by Smooth As A Cat out of Hydualin Dolly by Dual Pep, to the championship of the $10,000 Novice Open Derby title earlier in the week.

Lauryn Crouch was the Reserve Champion of the Non-Pro Derby $10,000 Novice Horse class riding Pretty Girl Cat.
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The Reserve title went to Lauryn Crouch, the wife of trainer Allen Crouch, Noxapater, Miss., riding Pretty Girl Cat, a daughter of Pretty Boy Cat out of Weekiva Star by Hickoryote, to a 217.5 and a $14,412.52 paycheck. The little mare is nicknamed “Mustang Sally” due to her small size and full mane when they purchased her.
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Taking home the Open Sale Incentive was Prime Time Kat, owned by Kenneth Jackson and ridden by Clint Allen. The pair picked up a $14,545.45 paycheck.
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RONNIE RICE PICKS UP BI WIN ON HYDUALIN CAT

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 27, 2010 – Tulsa, Okla.

Ronnie Rice, Grandview, Texas,won the Breeder's Invitational Open Derby $10,000 Ltd. Horse riding Hydualin Cat owned by Russ deCordova.
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Ronnie Rice, with lifetime earnings topping $4.1 million, has been training and show cutting horses longer than most of us can remember. The Grandview, Texas, trainer’s most recent win came during the Breeder’s Invitational 113-entry Open $10,000 Ltd Horse Derby, riding Hydualin Cat to a 221.5 and collecting $20,721 – more money than the young stud has earned in his cutting career.

Owned by Ronnie’s good friend and non-pro competitor Russ deCordova, Groesbeck, Texas, the stallion sired by Smooth As A Cat out of Hyadualin Dolly by Dual Pep, had lifetime earnings of close to $11,400 prior to his $10,000 Limited Horse win – all won by deCordova; however, he has now accumulated over $32,000 in lifetime earnings. Rice is the father of top cutters Tag and Scotty Rice.

DeCordova earned all of the young stallion’s earnings at the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes, making the Non-Pro semifinals, finishing third in the Non-Pro Gelding Stakes and tying for ninth in the $10,000 Novice Non-Pro division. DeCordova and the stallion competed in the $10,000 Ltd Non-Pro on Wednesday, May 26, scoring a 215.5 in the first go-round of competition.

A 219 score earned Roy Carter, Crockett, Texas, the Reserve title riding Smarty Rockin Doc, a son of Smart Lil Scoot out of Shesa Real Doc by Real Doc, owned by his son, Cole. The pair picked up $16,988.34. The paycheck was the largest for Smarty Rockin Doc, who had earned $10,758 prior to the BI competition. His total lifetime earnings now top $27,745.

Carter has a special affection for the young stallion as he rode his sire to the championships of the 2002 NCHA Super Stakes Classic/Challenge, The NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/challenge and the Brazos Bash, earning Equi-Stat’s leading 6-YearOld in all divisions title in 2002. The pair also finished fifth in the 1999 NCHA Open Futurity. The stallion finished his aged-event career with over $266,425 in lifetime earnings – thanks to Carter.

Third, scoring a 215, was Bruce Morine, Weatherford, Texas, riding Sheza Skeeto Kitty for Billy and William Aylesworth, Lipan, Texas. The daughter of High Brow Cat out of Sheza Neato Skeeto by Skeeto, took home a $14,023 paycheck, which was her first earned from an aged event.

With the Non-Pro go-rounds currently in progress, the $10,000 Ltd. Horse Finals will be held Friday, May 28 and the Non-Pro Finals will be held the final day of the show: Saturday, May 29, along with working and non-working finals of several other classes.
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TODAY’S NEWS

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 23, 2010

Michelle Anderson and Pantera Cat won the Breeder's Invitational Non-Pro Classic Challenge.
Photo by Glory Ann Kurtz

 

 

Michelle Anderson wins Breeder’s Invitational Non-Pro Classic Challenge riding Pantera Cat; Heather Stiles takes Non-Pro $200K Ltd Rider riding Dulces Joker; Kristen York captures Amateur Classic/Challenge Finals. The event is being held in Tulsa, Okla., through Saturday, May 29.

MICHELLE ANDERSON COMES FROM LAST HOLE IN FINALS TO NON-PRO CLASSIC/CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP
Michelle Anderson, Weatherford, Texas, is a pro at taking home money from the Breeder’s Invitational, but when the two go-rounds of the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge was over, she found herself in the last hole in a group of horses that scored a total of 429.5 -the cut-off for qualifying for the 23-horse Finals.

Riding Pantera Cat, a 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat out of Shesa Smart Lena by Smart Little Lena, Michelle had scored a 215.5 in the first go-round and a 214 in the second go. But a sparkling 221.5 in the finals, gave her the championship and paycheck for $17,098.08. Last year, the pair had finished third in the Non-Pro Derby, collecting $22,199 plus the $2,219.92 Sire/Dam Incentive Award. But altogether, the pair has now won close to $90,000 in the cutting arena, including a tie for the championship of the 2010 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic.

Pantera Cat is owned by Anderson Cattle Co., owned by Michelle and her husband Steve, who also competed in the Non-Pro finals, taking 16th place riding Thursday Cat for a $4,167.30 paycheck. Michelle also finished 23rd on Baba Boon for $2,500 more..

Coming in to the Reserve spot was veteran Non-Pro Kyle Manion, Aubrey, Texas, riding Bling Bling Bling, a 6-year-old daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Fancy Frostina by Smart Little Lena, with a score of 220. The pair took home $14,396.39, which added to the mare’s lifetime earnings of $19,533 gives her a total of $33,930. Manion also finished 10th on Smooth Rey Of Hope, taking home an additional $5,980.28.

The most accomplished horse of the three was third-place Rubys Royal CD, a 6-year-old daughter of CD Royal out of Smart Little Ruby by Smart Little Lena, ridden by Bonnie Martin to a 217.5, taking home $12,095. The paycheck raised the mare’s lifetime money to over $218,000.

STILES WINS CLASSIC/CHALLENGE LIMITED NON-PRO RIDER:
The $200K Limited Non-Pro Rider award went to Heather Stiles, Scurry, Texas, riding Dulces Joker, a 5-year-old gelding by Dulces Smart Lena out of Miss Joker Tanquery by Tanquery Gin, to a 219.5. The win gave Heather $6,896.67 in the Ltd. Division. The pair had also finished in a tie for sixth in the Non-Pro division with a 216 for an additional $7,188.93.

Reserve in the Ltd. Non-Pro Rider division was Steve Feiner, Los Angeles, Calif., riding Mandaley Rey, a 5-year-old son of Dual Rey out of Dainty Playgirl by Freckles Playboy to a 219 and a $6,315.15 paycheck. The pair also finished 14th in the Non-Pro, scoring a 211 and collecting an additional $4,771.63.

YORK TOPS AMATEUR CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Kristin York, Saratoga, Wyo., rode Docs Alota Pepto, a 6-year-old son of Sweet Lil Pepto out of Barb A Doc by Smart Little Lena, to the championship of the Amateur Classic/Challenge. The pair scored a 219, taking home the $8,938.97 first-place paycheck. Docs Alota Pepto had over $64,400 in lifetime earnings prior to the Breeder’s Invitational, including his largest paychecks of $15,194 for sixth in the 2009 NCHA Open Classic/Challenge and $10,743 for an eighth-place split in the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic.

A new ranch in Weatherford and the hiring of top trainer Roger Wagner seems to agree with Jon Winkelried, who took the Reserve title riding Dual N At Noon to a 216 and a $7,772.79 check. Of course, retiring from Goldman Sachs and riding a lot may also have helped Winkelried’s fast trip to the top. Dual N At Noon, a 6-year-old daughter of Dual Pep out of Sugar Dox Com by Playdox, had $148,866 in lifetime earnings coming into the BI, including her largest paycheck of $52,008.34 for placing second in the 2008 Breeder’s Invitational Open Derby.

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PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RETURNS

BET ON MERADA & T J GOOD TOP BI OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 20, 2010 – Tulsa, Okla.

“Past performance is no guarantee of future returns.” You hear that daily from the Stock Market wizards – and now it’s certainly true in the cutting world - namely the Breeder's Invitational held May 15-29 in Tulsa, Okla.

Who would you bet on? Rey Down Sally, ridden by Gary Gonsalves, was a two-time winner of the Breeder’s Invitational, with lifetime earnings of close to $330,000, including a tie for third in the 2007 NCHA Open Futurity. And Gonsalves, the earner of over $2.4 million in the cutting arena, had eight entries – more than anyone in the BI Open Classic/Challenge - and the pair had tied for the first go-round lead. They were definitely tagged by many to win the event.

In a surprise move, TJ Good won the Open and Ltd. Open at the BI riding Bet On Merada.

Bet On Merada was the earner of less than $9,000 in lifetime earnings, finished 14th after two go-rounds, with her highest lifetime placing being fifth at the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Limited Open Classic. She was ridden by T. J. Good, who had $122,128 in lifetime earnings, and was a limited open rider with only one entry in the division. The BI allows unlimited entries.

Gary Gonsalves and Rey Down Sally were the favorites of the BI Open Classic/Challenge, but had to settle for the Reserve title.

 

The finals of the 138-entry 5/6-year-old division of the show featured 27 top horses and trainers. As expected Gonsalves and the 6-year-old daughter of Dual Rey out of Solano Sally by Doc’s Solano, owned by Tom Bailey’s Iron Rose Ranch LLC, Carbondale, Colo., were leading with a 222.5 after 15 head had worked. It was a big surprise when Good and Bet On Merada, a 5-year-old daughter of Bet On Me 498 out of Meradas Missie by Freckles Merada, owned by Richard Field’s Jackson Land & Cattle Co., Weatherford, Texas, scored a whopping 224.5, wining both the Open division and the Ltd. Open Division. The pair collected $24,228.28 for their Open win, while Gonsalves and Rey Down Sally picked up $18,510.94 for the Reserve title.

According to Good, who competed in the Reined Cow Horse events prior to going to work for Jackson Land & Cattle Co., the mare was injured as a 2-year-old and late in her training so she completely missed her Futurity year. Fields purchased the mare from Lindy Burch when he bought the Oxbow Ranch in Weatherford. The mare’s first show was the 2009 NCHA Derby, where she finished 10th in the Limited Open. So far this year, the pair has picked up $6,223 for being a semifinalist in the NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic and finishing fifth in the Limited Open.

Third place went to Eddie Flynn, riding Little Bob Peepto, a 5-year-old daughter of Peptoboonsmal out of Bowmans Little Jewel by Smart Little Lena, owned by Peter and Nora Stent, Woodside, Calif., scoring a 220. The pair earned $14,622.46, which was added to their lifetime earnings of $34,043.53. The third place was the highest of her career and the paycheck was the mare’s largest.

With the BI being run by stallion and mare owners, it was no surprise that the riders were allowed to ride as many horses as they wanted to. Some feared that if you gave the top riders all the horses they wanted to ride, you couldn’t beat them. But it was interesting to note that even though Gonsalves had eight horses entered and went to the second go on six of them, only one (13%) made the finals. Both Phil Rapp and Lee Francois had five head entered, with Rapp qualifying for the second go-round on four. He took two to the finals – finishing 14th and 24th. Francois, entered five head and took all five to the second go, but only made the finals on two – finishing 23rd and 26th.

Six of the finalists only entered one horse and took that horse all the way to the finals, including Good. Four riders had two entries, going to the finals on one. Other riders with two finalists included Paul Hansma who had four entries and who finished sixth and 18th; Flynn, with four entries and two finalists finishing third and seventh and Austin Shepard with four entries and two finalists, finishing 15th and 19th.
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The Amateur Derby finals was won Venezuela native Isidro Sigala riding Sofie Rey , a 4-year-old daughter of Dual Rey out of Safari Fever by Playin Safari in a work-off, scoring a 218 for the top paycheck of $6,799.96. Taking home the second-place $5,781.99 paycheck was Tommy Williams, Rosie, Ark., riding Smart Fifteen, a 4-year-old daughter of Playdox out of Sevens N Eights by Smart Little Lena to a 213. Both scored a 216 during the regular finals.

Sigala, Weatherford, Texas, who also won the 66-horse preliminary go-round in the Amateur division, is a student at Texas Christian University, working toward a Master’s degree in Business Administration. His trainer is Lee Francois, Murchison, Texas. He purchased Sofie Rey last October from her breeder Jan Mapes, Kim, Colo., an artist and sculptor who created the NCHA trophy several years ago. The pair finished 12th in the 2009 NCHA Amateur Futurity and in 2010 was Reserve in the Amateur Derby at the Cattlemen’s Cutting and third in the $50,000 Amateur at the Bonanza Derby. The mare’s lifetime earnings now top $21,580.

Williams and Smart Fifteen had $8,788 in lifetime earnings prior to the BI, which included the championship of the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Sr. Rider and eighth place in the Amateur plus a seventh in the Tunica Amateur Futurity.

Third place went to Little Dab A Doo, a 4-year-old son of Abrakadabracre out of Lucky Sugar Hickory by Count Hickory, owned by Judy and George Manor, Millsap, Texas, ridden by Judy to a 215, earning $4,764.02. Prior to the BI, Little Dab A Doo won $60,129, including a tie for 17th during the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity and a seventh in the Limited Open.
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IF YOU CAN’T SELL ‘EM, TRAIN ‘EM

WOODY BARTLETT AND LEE FRANCOIS TEAM WITH REYS DESIRE TO WIN NCHA OPEN SUPER STAKES

By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 6, 2010 – Fort Worth, Texas

Woody Bartlett (left), the owner of NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion Reys Desire, and rider Lee Francois.
Photo by Robert Eubanks

When Woody Bartlett, a veterinarian from Pike Road, Ala., found himself with two colts to break, he, like many others, sent them to Gerald Alexander. When they were broke, he sold one; however, he just couldn’t get the other one sold. He asked Alexander what he would do with Reys Desire, a daughter of Dual Rey out of Playguns Desire by Playgun. “I’d take her to Lee Francois,” said Alexander. That’s what happened – the rest is history, as Francois and Reys Desire won the April 5 finals of the XTO Energy/NCHA Super Stakes, netting Wood a $112,599 paycheck for their 224 score.

SUPER STAKES OPEN FINALS:
In a finals that included a new sire, Smooth As A Cat, having the most finals’ qualifiers with seven, Francois and Reys Desire worked as the eighth horse in the finals, scoring the high 224. Following him in the draw was Im Catman, (High Brow Cat x Cowstruck x Smart Little Lena), owned by Chuck and Stephanie Roven’s Reata Cutting Horses, Los Olivos, Calif., ridden by Matt Budge. The pair scored a 221.5, giving them the Reserve Championship title and a $96,954 paycheck.

Lee Francois shown with his wife Holly.
Photo by Robert Eubanks

 

This wasn’t Rey’s Desire’s first success, as the pair had previously finished sixth in the 2009 NCHA Futurity, picking up a $77,921 paycheck. They also tied for third in the recent Bonanza Open Derby for an additional $18,558. Their lifetime earnings now top $209,000.

It was Im Catman’s second competition for the day, as earlier he had scored the winning score of 223.5 in the Gelding competition, taking home an additional $12,871 – for a total paycheck of $109,825 from the Super Stakes. The amount totally eclipsed the close to $8,000 he had won prior to the Super Stakes and following the event, his bank account ballooned to $117,800 in lifetime earnings. Stephanie will compete on the gelding in the upcoming Super Stakes Non-Pro competition.

Third place in the Open Super Stakes finals, with a 220.5 score, was Mamas Cats A Star, a gelding by Smart Little Lena out of Star Fillaree by Grays Starlight, owned by Carrie Rhodes, Arlington, Wash., and ridden by Craig Thompson. The pair collected $81,310.

The Reserve Champion Gelding was Harley, a gelding by 2004 NCHA Futurity Champion Spots Hot out of Cattilion by High Brow Cat, owned by Wesley and Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., and ridden by Wesley to a 223 and an $11,115 paycheck. The gelding currently has earnings of close to $46,915.

Other stallions represented in the Super Stakes Open finals included High Brow Cat, 4; Peptoboonsmal, Dual Rey and Smart Little Lena with two each and Mecom Blue, TR Dual Rey, Hes A Peptospoonful, Reys Dual Badger and Dualin Jewels with one each. Matt Gaines was the only rider to qualify more than one horse for the finals, finishing fifth on Special Nu Baby and 20th on A Smooth Criminal, for a total of $62,677.

The John Deere Limited Open division was won by Arosesuchaclatter, a daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Mates Irish Rose by Smart Mare, owned by Brazilian Amando Costa Filho and ridden by Bart Nichols. Their 222 score earned them $10,176. Reserve went to Dual Flames, a son of Dual Rey out of Some Reminiscing by Smart Little Lena, owned by Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif., ridden by Chris Johnsrud to a 218.5 score for an $8,770 check. The pair also qualified for the Open Finals, tying for sixth with another 218.5 for a $33,603 check.

CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Boyd Rice

Third Cutting, ridden by Boyd Rice, and Dont Look Twice with rider Phil Rapp in the saddle, have been running head-to-head all year, and the finals of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic/Challenge was no exception, with both horses scoring a 226 for a $45,431 paycheck. Prior to the finals, their lifetime earnings were separated by less than $7,000 – with Don’t Look Twice earning $341,300 to Third Cutting’s $334,311. Obviously, since both horses earned the same amount of money at the Super Stakes, they are still separated by less than $7,000 in lifetime earnings.

Carl and Shawnea Smith, Jacksboro, Texas, purchased Third Cutting at the Polo Ranch Dispersal Sale.
Photo by Robert Eubanks

 

Third Cutting, a 5-year-old stallion by Boonlight Dancer out of Crab Grass by Smart Little Lena, owned by Carl and Shawnea Smith, Jacksboro, Texas, was the ninth horse to work in the first group of tough cattle. The pair had won the 2009 NCHA Open Super Stakes for $121,173 and the Incentive for an additional $16,678, and the 2009 Open Derby for $75,000. They also tied for eighth in the 2008 NCHA Open Futurity, earning $79,286. Battling soundness problems, the pair also tied for fifth at the 2009 Abilene Spectacular Open Derby for $15,013 and won the 2010 Abilene Classic/Challenge for $15,132.

Phil Rapp

Dont Look Twice, a 5-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Tapt Twice by Dual Pep, is owned by Louis and Corliss Baldwin, Fort Worth, Texas. Baldwin is the chief financial officer of XTO Energy.

Dont Look Twice didn’t have any earnings from the 2008 NCHA Futurity, but made up for it in a 2009 winning frenzy, finishing fourth in the Open Super Stakes for $70,119 and the Reserve Championship behind Third Cutting in the 2009 Open Derby for a $28,777 paycheck. They also won the Augusta Futurity, Bonanza, PCCHA Fall Sakes, West Texas Derby, El Rancho Derby and the AQHA World Show Junior Cutting. They also placed in several other events. In 2010, the pair won the Cattlemen’s Open Classic, was Reserve at the Augusta Classic and the Abilene Spectacular Open.

Third place went to Special Nu Kitty, a 6-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Nu I Wood x Zack T Wood, owned by Julie Wrigley’s Wrigley Ranches LLC, Weatherford, Texas, ridden by R. L. Chartier III. The pair picked up a $33,980 paycheck for their 222 score. The amount raised the mare’s lifetime earnings to over $191,200. Her largest paycheck of $42,734 came from being a finalist in the 2007 NCHA Open Futurity, where she scored a record 227 in a go-round.

The John Deere Limited Open Classic title went to T. J. Good riding NQH Tom Cat for Wyoming’s Jackson Land & Cattle Co. – who recently purchased the Oxbow Ranch in Weatherford, Texas. The gelding by High Brow Cat out of Spooky Lucy by Grays Starlight, scored a 223.5, earning $5,188. Second went to Lil Dulce Lu, a daughter of Dulces Smart Lena out of Miss Haulin Hickory by SR Instant Choice, also owned by Carol Ward and ridden by Chris Johnsrud. The pair scored a 221 for a $4,436 check.

The night culminated 10 days of Open competition for the NCHA Super Stakes Open Derby for 4-year-olds and Classic/Challenge for 5/6-year-olds. The event started on March 26 and will finish up on April 16, following Non-Pro and Amateur competition. The regular schedule of having the Amateur and Non-Pro competition first was switched around this year with the results being cussed and discussed in the coming days and weeks.

The event features entries from coast to coast, with the most entries coming from Texas, with 920, followed by Oklahoma with 124, California with 72 and Louisiana with 65. It continues today with the first go-round of the Amateur Classic/Challenge. The finals of the Amateur Classic/Challenge will be held Thursday, April 8, while the finals of the Super Stakes Amateur will be Friday, April 9. The finals of the Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro will be held Friday, April 16.
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SCOTT AMOS DOMINATES WSCHA LIMITED AGED EVENTS

By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 29, 2010 – Loveland, Colo.

Scott Amos (right) rode the WSCHA Classic Champion Smooth Calie Cat, owned by Kristin Omvig. At left is Nate Miller who took Reserve riding Smart Curly Brow, onwed by J. D. Morgan. Awards are being presented by Terry McClure.

Scott Amos rode three horses to close to $6,800 during the Western States Cutting Horse Association Limited Age Events held March 12-14 at “The Ranch” in Loveland, Colo. He also trained Mr Scottin Budha for Mat Turnbull, Hotchkiss, Colo.,who finished second in the Classic Non-Pro, taking home $1,672.97.

Scott Amos also won the WSCHA Derby riding PRF Reys Gingerpunch for Peter DeLeeuw, Tomball, Texas. Shown from left: Julie Williams, Amos, Terry McClure, Reserve Champion Paint Me A Pepto, Becca Francis and Ken Platt.

The Loma, Colo., trainer won the Classic Open riding Smooth Calie Cat, a 5-year-old daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of War Lena Calie by War Lena Bars, owned by Kristin Omvig, Billings, Mont., for $3,629 and finished fourth riding High Lightning, a 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat out of Lightning Lil Dulce by Smart Little Lena, for Turnbull, for an additional $821.40. Reserve in the class was Smart Curly Brown, owned by J. D. Morgan and shown by Nate Miller.

Amos also captured the Open Derby title riding PRF Reys Gingerpunch, a 4-year-old daughter of Dual Rey out of Sons Miss Sprat by Sons Rushette, for Peter DeLeeuw, Tomball, Texas, for an additional $2,329.52. Reserve went to Paint Me A Pepto, owned by the Painted Valley Ranch and ridden by Kenny Platt.

From left: Amos, Mat Turnbull, Reserve Champions of the Non-Pro Classic, Terry McClure presenting and Jerry Gregory, the Non-Pro Classic Champion.

 

The winner of the Non-Pro division was Jerry Gregory, Kimball, Neb., riding Smoothe Scootin Cat, a 6-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Cash N Scooter by Cash Quixote Rio. The pair won $1,930.78.

Lloyd Cox more than likely attended the event for only one day - Saturday, March 13, as he swept the Open Derby that day, winning $3,406.59 of the $4,129.20 total purse. The only check he didn’t take home was the $722.61, which was for the third and fourth-place he split with Kenny Platt riding Paint Me A Pepto. He finished first on Smart Stingrey for John McClaren, second on SDP Alcapoon for Shane Plummer, split third on Heres Lookin At You for Kathleen More and fifth riding Stars Smart Baby for Randall Bass.

JANET WESTFALL COLLECTS $16,300 IN SOUTH POINT NON-PRO DERBY AND CLASSIC/CHALLENGE

JILL LONG WINS NON-PRO DERBY RIDING SPOOK SOMEBODY

By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 2, 2010 – Las Vegas, Nev.

The past few days have been an exciting time for Janet Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif. The wife of trainer Russ Westfall won the South Point Non-Pro Classic/Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 27, and finished second in the Non-Pro Derby, collecting $16,300. Then on Monday, March 1, Janet and Russ closed on their horse facility in Weatherford, Texas, selling the 28 acres to Lindy Burch.

NON-PRO & AMATEUR CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Janet Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., rode Lil Dusty Lola to the championship of the South Point Non-Pro Classic/Challenge.
Photo by Midge Ames

 

With the aged events of the South Point Winter Show being held at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Feb. 23-27, Westfall captured the finals of the 5/6-Year-Old Classic/Challenge division riding Lil Dusty Lola, with a final’s score of 224. This was a full 10 points above her 214 score in the second go-round where the pair squeaked into the finals with the last qualifying score of 430. The leader going into the finals was David Booth, Acton, Calif., riding Crossing Red River, scoring a 435, while the first go-round was won by Teri Paradis, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, riding Lil Scoot N Peppy to a 219 score. The second go was won by Debbie Day riding Scootin With Style and a 220 score.

The 5-year-old red roan daughter of CD Royal (the Westfall’s stallion) out of the great mare Smart Like Dusty by Smart Little Lena, was bred by Carlos and Kathleen Fandino, Acton, Calif. Smart Like Dusty is a daughter of Smart Little Lena out of Lil Star Dusty by Grays Starlight with $175,952.62 in lifetime earnings.

Russ has trained for the Fandinos for over 20 years and they purchased the mare from them in August, after he had ridden her to close to $63,500 – including the Reserve Championship of the 2009 Mebane Ranch Festival Open Cutting Derby. After they purchased her, Janet rode her to a third in the El Rancho Non-Pro Cutting Derby and eighth in the PCCHA Fall Non-Pro Stakes. The mare now has lifetime earnings topping $72,400.

Canadian Teri Paradis rode Lil Scoot N Peppy to the Reserve Championship of the Non-Pro Classic Challenge. Teri is shown with her husband Jim.
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Reserve in the Non-Pro Derby was Lil Scoot N Peppy, owned by Jim and Teri Paradis and ridden by Teri. The pair scored a 220 in the finals and picked up $8,750 after also winning the first go-round. The couple call Canada home; however, they spend the winters riding cutting horses in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Reserve title was especially special to Teri, 47, because she had major back surgery in 2008. Jim, an oil field mud supplier, also competes regularly in cutting completion.

Lil Scoot N Peppy is a 6-year-old daughter of Smart Lil Scoot out of Bonito Peppy by Peppy San Badger and following her reserve title has over $43,850 in lifetime earnings. Her largest paycheck of $5,263.24 came from the 007 Calgary Stampede Wrangler Open Cutting Futurity where she was a finalist. That same year she won the Canadian Supreme Non-Pro Cutting Futurity. During 2009, she was Reserve Champion of the NCHA Western Nationals $3,000 Novice Division besides placing in the finals of several major Canadian events.

David Booth, Acton, Calif., with his mother Liz. David left the South Point with close to $18,500, while Liz won the Amateur Non-Pro Classic/Challenge.
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The Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Gelding Finals and $250,000 Ltd. Rider championships went to 21-year-old David Booth riding Crossing Red River, a 6-year-old son of Hes A Peptospoonful out of Smarts Love County by Smart Little Lena, owned by his parents Roger and Liz Booth. Booth also finished third in the Non-Pro Finals, picking up a total of $10,636 after also finishing second in the go-rounds. Booth also finished third in the Non-Pro Derby riding Blu Rey, a son of Meradas Blue Sue out of Bingos Nurse by Dual Rey, plus they won the Derby Ltd. Rider and Gelding Finals, collecting an additional $7,832. Altogether, David left the South Point with close to $18,500.

David has been cutting for the past 7 years, while his mom and dad, Roger and Liz Booth, have been cutting since the early 1980’s. They got out of cutting, and then got back into it seven years ago – this time cutting as a family.
David is currently going to Junior College in Valencia, striving for a business degree. Roger and Liz own a grading and excavating company, working for several movie stars in Beverly Hills.
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The Amateur Non-Pro Classic/Challenge finals were won by David’s mother. Liz scored a 220 riding Smart Michealangelo, a 5-year-old son of Doc O Wena out of Smart Masterpiece by Smart Little Lena. The win gave him over $42,240 in lifetime earnings. His biggest paycheck of $8,509.50 came from a Co-Reserve Championship of the 2009 PCCHA Fall Stakes $200,000 Limited Non-Pro. The pair were also finalists in the 2009 NCHA Amateur Derby.

Susan Lucchesi, Florence, Mont., was Reserve Champion of the Amateur Non-Pro Classic/Challenge riding Sweet Jesus.
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The Reserve Amateur title went to Susan Lucchesi, 35, Florence, Mont., riding Sweet Jesus, a 5-year-old daughter of Sweet Lil Pepto out of Genuine Jean by Genuine Peppy. The $1,600 paycheck gave the mare lifetime earnings of $5,840. Susan, who trains with Brian Anderson, the Reserve Champion of the Open Classic/Challenge, has been cutting for six years and is a healthcare consultant. She said her husband is not involved in cutting – or horses – his hobby is white-water kayaking.

Gina McDonald, Ketchum, Idaho won the Senior Classic/Challenge Amateur Finals riding Something Powerful to a $1,200 paycheck.
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NON-PRO & AMATEUR DERBY:
Jill Long, Gardnerville, Nev., won the Non-Pro Derby riding Spook Somebody.
Photo by Midge Ames

Jill Long, Gardnerville, Nev., loves cutting last in the draw and she also loves Corriente cattle, which is a good thing because the second go-round of the 11-entry Non-Pro Derby, which determined a “pencil” (adding the first and second go-round together and paying the total of the two go-rounds) finals, featured all Corriente cattle – and Jill drew last.

“That’s what we use at home,” said Jill about the Corriente cattle following her win. “We love them but I was glad I drew last because sometimes the deeper you are in the draw in them, the more settled they get and it’s a better place to be. I’m used to being last. I’d rather be last than first any day - even if it isn’t Corrientes. It’s just a more comfortable place for me because the herd is more settled.

Jill rode Spook Somebody, nicknamed “Spook,” to a 217, winning the second go-round and the “pencil” finals. The pair picked up a total of $9,250 after earning $8,000 in the pencil finals, $750 for winning the second go-round and $500 for second in the first go-round which had been won by George Thiel, Minden, Nev., riding Gatos Bonita.

Jill and her husband of 11 years, trainer Tom Long, bought Spook, a gelding by Somebody Smart out of Smart Little Spook by Grays Starlight, from their good customer Rees and Nicole Freeman of the Grouse Butte Ranch LLC, Roseburg, Ore., last September.
“Tom came to me one day up in Oregon and said I made a deal with Rees and I bought that gelding (Spook Somebody) so you’d have something to show before you showed in Fort Worth (at the NCHA Futurity),” said Jill. “I said, ‘Oh OK’ but. I didn’t know I was getting another horse but he likes to have me mounted.”

Since then, the couple have both had success with Spook Somebody, with Tom finishing 10th in the 2009 South Point Open Cutting Futurity and Jill placing seventh in the PCCHA Non-Pro Fall Futurity. Jill won a total of $9,250 after placing second in the first go for $500 and winning the second go-round with a 217 for an additional $750. The pair won $8,000 for having the highest combined score of 431 following the two go-rounds.

Coming into the South Point show, the gelding had won around $12,000 according to Jill. The paycheck put the gelding at over $21,250 in lifetime earnings. She has been winning money on the gelding at the weekend shows in the small aged events but this is the first major aged event for the gelding. Plans are to enter him in the PCCHA Futurity if they can get a slot.

“He’s an honest horse with a cool personality,” said Jill. “He’s got an awesome stop – and he stops hard every time. But he’s not very big – in fact, he’s little. Actually I like big, broad-bodied horses but I fit this horse good. I normally don’t fit little horses but I think I fit him good because he stops hard.”

Jill Long and her husband trainer Tom Long.
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Jill’s last big win was the 2007 PCCHA Non-Pro Derby riding their 7-year-old stallion Cats Gotta Diamond . “He’s been injured but we will start showing him again in March,” said Jill. He’s won about $150,000. He’s my baby – but they’re all my babies. They’re all out of Diamond J Starlight, our daughter of Grays Starlight, and we have a hard time selling them.

Jill, who is closing in on $490,000 in lifetime earnings, has almost earned enough to qualify for the Non-Pro the Hall of Fame. “I would sure like to make that this year; I’ve had that goal for the last three years, but every year, my horses get hurt, so I hope I get there. I’m very close.”

Jill emphasizes that it’s not an easy job to be a trainer’s wife. “We don’t get the good horses most of the time because we don’t have enough money to buy good horses. And you work all day; work hard and when it’s your turn to show, you’re worn out. It’s not easy, but I like doing what we do. I love being in the position I’m in.”

Janet Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., with her husband trainer Russ Westfall.
Kurtz photo

 

The Reserve title and $7,300, which included a $500 check for second in the second go-round, went to Janet Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., who also won the championship of the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge riding Lil Dusty Lola. This time she was riding Sunday Belles, a daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of the great mare Kadee Lena Belle by CD Olena.

Sunday Belles was bred by the Church Family Trust of Las Vegas, Nev., and sold to Jean (Candy) Jones, Lakeside, Calif., as a yearling. Her dam, Kadee Lena Belle, a daughter of CD Olena out of Hickorys Cash Lady by Doc’s Hickory, was ridden by Russ for close to $98,000 before being retired. The Westfalls purchased the mare from Candy, who was one of their customers, who decided to sell her because she couldn’t afford to send her to the shows once she was trained.

The Westfalls purchased Sunday Belles, a beautiful sorrel mare with a coon tail, a blaze on her face and four white socks, as a 3-year-old in August 2009,. Prior to the South Point show, Janet showed her in the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity at Fort Worth and was second in first go-round. The pair made it to the semifinals and was only a half point out of making the Finals on her. This is only the mare’s second show and will head to her next show with $12,300 in lifetime earnings.

“She fits me good and I like her. Russ trained her and I’m the only one who has ever ridden her.” She will be showing her in the 4-year-old events, including the PCCHA Derby next week. She is also entered in the NCHA Super Stakes.

The Westfalls will be closing on their Texas ranch on Monday, March 1, and will be moving back to their Los Olivos, Calif., ranch. NCHA Hall of Famer Lindy Burch has purchased the Westfall’s Texas ranch. It is rather ironic, as when Burch had her place for sale in Weatherford, the Westfalls were interested in buying it. However, when their California ranch didn’t sell, they decided to sell the Texas ranch and return to California. (See complete article in “Late Breaking News.)
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AMATEUR DERBY:
C H DeHaan, Scottsdale, Ariz., rode Red Feathers Merada to the championship of the Amateur Derby.
Photo by Midge Ames

 

Even though there were only five entries in the Amateur Derby, the quality of horses and riders was outstanding. Taking home the $1,684 first-place paycheck for a 218 score was C. H. DeHaan, 55, Scottsdale, Ariz., riding Red Feathers Merada, a daughter of Cats Red Feather out of Meradas Baby by Meradas Money Talks to a career-best 218. The win was a first in an aged event for both DeHaan and Red Feathers Merada.

Red Feathers Merada was bred and raised by Dale Stallkamp, Blue Earth, Minn., and purchased by DeHaan in January of her 3-year-old year. “What really attracted me to her in the first place was that she was sired by Cats Red Feather, and I really like him. He’s built real well – he’s sturdy – and as you can tell, I need something sturdy to carry me around. She’s very strong and can move me around pretty good.”

Nicknamed “Roxanne” by a loper, the mare was trained by Dell Bell, who at that time was training out of Al Dunning’s barn. DeHaan, a businessman involved mostly in healthcare-related businesses, was raised on a cattle ranch in the middle of Kansas, lives only 12 miles from Dunning.

“This is my third show that I rode her in,” said DeHaan. “I showed her last weekend a couple of days in the Derby at the South Point weekend show and we did good. Al showed her a couple of times also but he didn’t want to show her in the Open Derby because we didn’t want to overdo her since she was so young. He’ll show her some this year.

DeHaan got involved in riding cutting horses when he was real young but once he entered college, he quit. However, he started back in the horse business in the early 1990s when his daughter, Megan, was showing reining horses. “I enjoyed the reining because I could be with her,” said DeHaan. Then when Megan went to college in 2001, DeHaan sold all the reining horses and bought a crippled cutting horse.

“I enjoyed cutting so I went out to Al’s place. I had a reining saddle and I tried to have him let me ride with him. He said, ‘No I don’t think so – we have all the amateurs and non-pros that we need.’

“But I brought out my one-legged cutting horse and Al let me put the reining saddle on him. When we got through with that first lesson, I had clumps of hair all over . When we got through, he said, ‘OK, I’ll help you.’

“For an amateur, I’ve been a little bit successful and had a lot of fun. I have lots of buckles – but no trophy saddles. This has been my biggest win as a cutter – and hopefully it’s not my last.: Plans for DeHaan include going to Paso Robles and then probably Carol Ward’s El Rancho show.

Everyone seems to ask DeHaan what his real first name is. The truth is that his name on his birth certificate is “CH” DeHaan, He was named after his two grandfathers: Charles and Howard DeHaan. However, because of 9/11 he can’t have initials on his driver’s license so they made him put two full names on his driver’s license. His driver’s license says Charles Howard DeHaan, while his birth certificate says CH DeHaan.

Angel Pinuelas, Jr., of Scottsdale, Ariz., was the Reserve Champion in the Derby riding Right Of Rey.
Kurtz photo

 

Reserve Amateur was Angel Pinuelas, Jr., 54, also of Scottsdale, Ariz., earning $1,322 for a 215 he scored aboard Right Of Rey, a Dual Rey gelding out of Smart Little Rey by Smart Little Lena that he bred, raised and trained himself.

Pinuelas also has previously competed in the reining and reined cow horse events, although he prefers cutting. “I always liked the cow work the best,” said Pinuelas, and I just couldn’t compete successfully in the “down the fence” division.
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BONANZA CUTTING CHANGES DATES AND LOCATION; UP 15% IN ENTRIES

PHIL HANSON WINS OPEN FUTURITY RIDING LHR SMOOTH JANIE MAY OWNED BY SHERRY CHAMBERLAIN’S LAZY H RANCH

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 20, 2010 – Alvarado, Texas

Phil Hanson won the Bonanza Cutting 4-Year-Old Division riding Sherry Chamberlain's LHR Smooth Jamie May.

When the NCHA Finals moved from Amarillo, Texas, last year, the dates for the event opened up and Paul Crumpler’s Bonanza Cutting quickly moved into the dates and out of Abilene. The move was definitely a good one since the show’s entries were up 15 percent, showing increases in all divisions: Open, Non-Pro and Amateur in both the 4-Year-Old and 5/6-Year-Old competitions. However, according to competitors, with several problems, including no heat, the facilities left something to be desired. The show will more than likely not be held in the same facility next year.

However, Phil Hanson, riding for Sherry Chamberlain’s Lazy H Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, wasn’t complaining, as he rode LHR Smooth Jamie May to the championship of the 4-Year-Old Open Futurity and a $30,172.66 paycheck. The daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Just Scarlet by Smart Lil Ricochet, was bred by Tommy Manion, Aubrey, Texas, and purchased by Chamberlain as a 2-year-old after she had been started by Scott Johnston, who trains out of the Slate River Ranch in Weatherford. However, Hanson and the mare didn’t have any luck during their first outing at the NCHA Open Futurity, not making it past the second go. However, this time the pair pulled off a win with a 219, earning the largest paycheck at the Bonanza Cutting held Feb. 12-20 in Alvarado, Texas.

The Reserve title and $23,818.13 for their 217 score went to TLC Cantinero, a gelding by Smart Little Lena out of Cats Barmaid Chick by High Brow Cat, owned by Rob and Carrie Tiemann, Pflugerville, Texas, and ridden by Ryon Emerton. The paycheck gave the gelding lifetime earnings of $41,688 and was the highest he had placed.

Spookys Smarty Rey and Gary Gonsalves captured the 5/6-Year-Old Open with the highest score of the entire event – a 227, earning $18,714.12. The 5-year-old gelding by Dual Rey out of Spookys Smarty Pants by Smart Aristocrat is owned by Tom Bailey’s Iron Rose Ranch, Carbondale, Colo. Altogether the gelding picked up over $22,000, including winning the gelding award and go-round money. The gelding currently has over $32,000 in lifetime earnings, including being a finalist at the Mebane Ranch Festival in the Open and Gelding divisions; the El Rancho Open Cutting Futurity and the PCCHA Fall Open Gelding Stakes.

The Reserve title went to Dont Look Twice, a 5-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Tapt Twice by Dual Pep, owned by Waco Bend Ranch and ridden by Phil Rapp. The pair scored a 221.5, earning over $16,200. The pair won the 4-Year-Old Open at the 2009 Bonanza and now have over $328,000 in lifetime earnings, including championships of the 2009 West Texas Open Derby, El Rancho Open Derby, Augusta Open Futurity, Big Country Open Derby, PCCHA Fall Open Stakes and co-champion of the 2010 Augusta Open Challenge.

NON-PRO:
Chad Bushaw, a financial advisor from Weatherford, Texas, won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro division riding Twisting Playdough, a daughter of Freckles Fancy Twist by Badgers Playdough by Playdox. The pair scored a 220.5 for close to a $14,000 paycheck. Previously the pair was semifinalists at the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity and finished fifth at the 2010 Abilene Cutting Non-Pro Derby. Bushaw bred and raised the mare, which currently has over $25,400 in lifetime earnings.

Bushaw also picked up close to $30,000 in the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finishing third on Snow Rey, fourth on Meradas Crown and seventh on Reylena Moon.

The Reserve title was a three-way split with a 216 score between Smart Little Macho and Wes Smith, DeLeon, Texas; Toy Engine and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, and Shes Twice As Smooth and Jennifer Foland, also from Weatherford.

Smart Little Macho, a son of Macho Little Lena out of Haidas Cibola by Haidas Little Pep, has no previous earnings; Toy Engine, a daughter of Playgun out of Cool The Engines by Smart Little Lena, had close to $62,000 coming into the Alvarado event and Shes Twice As Smooth, a daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Dually Lil Pep by Dual Pep with over $32,835 in lifetime earnings coming into the Non-Pro division. Ridden by Tatum Rice, she was Reserve Champion of the Limited Open Division of the 2009 NCHA Futurity and a semifinalist in the Open Division. The pair also earned $1,825 for 10th place in the Open division at the Bonanza.

The 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Champion was Sam Good, Mansfield, Texas, riding Lean On Rey, a 5-year-old son of Dual Rey out of Smartlittlelenastoy by Smart Little Lena, to a 223 and a close to $18,000 paycheck. The stallion currently has close to $85,000 in lifetime earnings, with his largest paycheck coming from a 9th-place tie in the 2009 NCHA Open Super Stakes. Ridden by Tag Rice, he was also a semifinalist in the 2008 NCHA Open Futurity and made numerous other Open and Non-Pro finals during 2009.

Reserve Champion with a 221 score was Julie Wrigley, Weatherford, Texas, riding Pretty Katz, a 5-year-old son of Pretty Boy Cat out of Aristo Katz by Smart Aristocrat. Wrigley picked up over $14,358 in the Non-Pro Division after her trainer R. L. Chartier finished in a fifth-0place tie in the Open Division, for $7,953. Pretty Katz now has over $228,000 in lifetime earnings, including a check for $22,251 for a fifth-place tie in the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes.

AMATEUR:
Renee Lord, Granbury, Texas, won the $50,000 4-Year-Old Amateur riding Zanolenas Cat, a daughter of Cats Merada out of Zanolena Day by Smart Zanolena. Her over $3,500 paycheck upped the mare’s earnings to over $15,500, including a fifth-place in the 2009 West Texas Open Futurity and 10th in the Brazos Bash Open Futurity.

Reserve went to Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., riding Sarenadual, daughter of Dual Pep out of Sarenalena by Smart Little Lena. Their over $2,700 paycheck upped the mare’s lifetime earnings to over $13,000, including a third place in the Amateur Futurity at the 2010 Futurity at Tunica and a paycheck in the Bonanza Open division ridden by James Payne. The pair also placed in the 2009 NCHA Amateur Futurity.

Laura Landers, Weatherford, Texas, captured the championship of the 5/6-Year-Old Amateur riding Smooth An Boon, a 5-year-old gelding by Smooth As A Cat out of Lil Autumn Splendor by CD Olena. The geldings close to $3,700 paycheck upped his lifetime earnings close to $64,600 – all won in Non-Pro Competition - including his largest paycheck of $26,090 for the Reserve Champion of the Non-Pro Derby at the 2009 Breeders Invitational, ridden by her previous owner Kellie Earnheart. The pair also picked up $2,509 in the Non-Pro Sire/Dam Incentive at the Breeder’s Invitational.

Reserve Champion of the 5/6-Year-Old Amateur was Stephen Dees, Schulenberg, Texas, riding Hildas Pussy Cat, a 5-year-old daughter of That Sly Cat out of Hildas Toy by Squeak Toy. The pair picked up close to $3,100, the largest check of their career together. Previously they were finalists at the Brazos Bash Amateur Derby.

The show featured 505 total entries in the Open, Non-Pro and Amateur Divisions of the event, up 72 (15%) from 2009 when it was held at Abilene. The largest increase of 26 came in the Open 4-Year-Old and the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro.
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SOUTH POINT SHOW OFFERS FREE ROOMS, FREE STALLS, FREE DINNERS AND FREE GAS AND GIFT CARDS

OPEN NCHA SHOW FEB. 19-22; AGED EVENTS FEB. 23-MARCH 3

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Jan. 28, 2010 – Las Vegas, Nev.

The South Point Winter Championship show, which includes four days of NCHA Open show events and nine days of aged-event classes, held Feb. 19-March 3, has been spiced up with freebies, including free rooms, stalls, dinner and gas and gift cards.

Originally the event advertised $126,000 in added money; however, with the added classes, the added money has jumped to $140,000. Also, show producer Paula Gaughan has announced that 1) ALL trainers who show at least three of the four days at the weekend show (Feb. 19-22) will get one free room for four nights; (2) ALL trainers who show in the aged event show will get one free room for nine nights and one free stall; 3) ANY trainer who shows all four days at the weekend show and shows in the aged event gets dinner for six at the Primarily Prime or Baja Miguels; 4) Plus there will be a bonus for a throw of the dice for all non-pros and amateurs at the aged event for free dinners at Primarily Prime, Silverado, Baja Miguels and Don Vitos restaurants – as well as gas and gift cards; 5) ALSO, the trainer from the farthest away at the aged event and the trainer with the most stalls at the weekend show AND the trainer with the most stalls at the aged event AND the trainer with the most open entries at the aged event also get the “Bonus throw.”

The weekend classes (Feb. 19-22) will included $750 added in seven classes for a $408 total fee. Classes include the Open, Non-Pro, $10,000 Novice, $15,000 Novice NP, $3,000 Novice, $5,000 Novice NP and the $50,000 Amateur. Five other jackpotted classes, with no added money, will be held, including the $2,000 Rider, $10,000 Amateur, $20,000 Non-Pro, Youth Scholarship and a $1,500 Novice horse.

Aged-event classes include a $30,000 added Open Derby and Classic/Challenge ($1,420 entry fee) , $25,000 added Non-Pro Derby and Classic/Challenge($1,320 added in each). Within the Derby will be a $10,000 Ltd. Class with $10,000 added (Entry fee $1,090). If an entry is already entered in the Open Derby, the fee is $600.

A $50,000 Amateur class will also be held in the Derby and Classic/Challenge with $3,000 in added money and a $590 entry fee. A 55-and-older Senior Classic will be held within the Classic/Challenge Amateur with a $370 entry fee. Gelding classes will be held winin all Open and Non-Pro divisions, with a $370 entry fee, as well as a $250,000 ltd. Non-Pro within all non-pro divisions, with $370 entry fee.

Also new will be Any-age Open Horse and Non-Pro classes with $1,000 added and a $535 entry fee and a Pro-Am with $6,000 added and a $970 entry fee.
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PAUL HANSMA RIDES REYMINATE TO ABILENE SPECTACULAR 4-YEAR-OLD OPEN TITLE; THIRD CUTTING AND BOYD RICE TOP 5/6-YEAR-OLD

DUAL REY SIRES TOP THREE IN OPEN 4-Y-O DIVISION

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Jan. 7, 2010

Paul Hansma rode Reyminate to the championship of the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open division with a 226 score.

 

 

A whopping 226 score gave Paul Hansma and Reyminate the $25,000 championship paycheck of the 4-Year-Old Open Division of the Abilene Spectacular held Jan. 2-13 in Abilene, Texas. In fact, Dual Rey offspring took the top three spots in the division.Third Cutting, the 2008 NCHA Derby and Super Stakes Champion, ridden by Boyd Rice to a 227, won the Open 5/6-Year-Old division.

4-YEAR-OLD OPEN:
Hansma, the winner of the 1996 NCHA Open Futurity riding Playboy McCrae, rode Reyminate, a stallion sired by Dual Rey out of Amanda Stargun by Playgun, owned by Dub and Christy Leeth, Cleburne, Texas, won both go-rounds of the 124-entry 4-Year-Old Open competition prior to winning the finals. The pair had previously qualified for the semifinals of the 2009 NCHA Futurity.

Following close behind with a 225 was a Dual Rey daughte, Short Of Reymarkable, out of Shortish by Shorty Lena, owned by a new owner Roger Turner, Midland, Texas, and ridden by Dave Stewart. The pair won a $15,000 paycheck plus $2,875 for topping the $10,000 Novice Horse division. Stewart and the mare had qualified to the second go-round of the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity.

Third was Matt Gaines riding Special Nu Baby, a daughter of Dual Rey out of Nu I Wood by Zack T Wood, for Gary and Shannon Barker, Madill, Okla, winning $8,500. The pair had been finalists in the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity, winning $61,510 in Fort Worth.

T. J. Good, riding Trick Pepto, a daughter of Peptoboonsmal out of Tricka Lena by Poco San Lena, owned by Jackson Land & Cattle, Jackson, Wyo., won the 4-Year-Old Limited, scoring 437.5 following two go-rounds of competition and taking home a $1,500 paycheck. Reserve went to Casey T. Carson, riding Swingins Lucky Mate, a gelding by Smart Mate out of Sweet Swingin Melody by Peppy Boy 895, for Dan Churchill, Moline, Ill, winning $1,000.

A total of $61,000 was paid out in Stallion Incentive paychecks, with the first-place check of $12,250 going to Lindy Burch of the Oxbow Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, for Way Better Bet by Bet On Me 498. Second and a 10,250 check went to Toy Engine, owned by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, ridden by Phil.

5/6-YEAR-OLD OPEN:
Boyd Rice and Third Cutting topped the 5/6-Year-Old Open division at the Abilene Spectacular.

 

 

Third Cutting, a stallion sired by Boonlight Dancer out of Crab Grass by Smart Little Lena, owned by Carl and Shawnea Smith, Jacksboro, Texas, took home a $12,000 paycheck for their win of the 91-entry 5/6-Year-Old Open. The pair had previously won over $307,000, tying for eighth in the 2008 NCHA Futurity, then won the NCHA Super STakes and Derby. They tied for fifth in last year's Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Division.

The Reserve title went to Playin N Fancy Smart, a 6-year-old daughter of Smart Little Lena out of Playin N Fancy Peppy by Freckles Playboy, with over $270,000 in lifetime earnings, and owned by the Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, was ridden by Kory Pounds to a 222.5. The pair collected an $8,500 paycheck. Third, scoring a 221.5 for a $7,500 check was Dont Look Twice, onwed by the Waco Bend Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas, ridden by Phil Rapp.

The Limited Open was won by J. D. Roberts who rode Tequiero CD, a daughter of CD Olena out of Tequiero Peppy by Peppy San Badger, owned by Stanley and Taryn Morris, Abilene, Texas, to a 432.5 in the two go-rounds. The pair collected $1,750.

The event continues today with the first go-round of the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. All the finals for the Amateur and Non-Pro will be held Monday, Jan. 11. The show was shortened from its original schedule of completing on Wednesday, Jan. 13 as entries were down substantially from last year when there were 211 (compared to this year's 124) in the 4-year-old Open and 139 (compared to this year's 91) in the 5/6-Year-Old Open.
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HANSMA RIDES REYMINATE TO 4YO OPEN LEAD AT ABILENE SPECTACULAR

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Jan. 4, 2010
Paul Hansma, Weatherford, won the first go-round of the 4-Year-Old Open following the first day of the Abilene Spectacular. Hansma is riding Reyminate, owned by Dub and Christy Leeth.

 

 

After the first two days of competition at the Abilene Spectacular, held Jan. 2-3 in Abilene, Texas, Paul Hansma holds the lead in the 124-entry 4-Year-Old Open riding Reyminate, a stallion sired by Dual Rey out of Amanda Stargun by Playgun, owned by Dub and Christy Leeth, Cleburne, Texas. The pair, who sent to the semifinals in the 2009 NCHA Futurity, scored a 221.

Following close behind with a 220 is Wesley Galyean riding Rascal Cats, a son of High Brow Cat out of Keena Pep by Dual Pep, for Billy Martin, Millsap, Texas. The pair also made the semifinals of the 2009 Futurity. Third, scoring a 219, was a tie between Trick Pepto, a daughter of Peptoboonsmal out of Tricka Lena by Poco San Lena, owned by Jackson Land & Cattle, Jackson, Wyo., ridden by T. J. Good; Pretty Fletch, a son of Pretty Boy Fletch out of Abigail Fletch by Jae Bar Fletch, owned by Jack and Susan Waggoner, Bridgeport, Texas, ridden by Clint Allen, and Smart Moria Boon, a stallion by Peptoboonsmal out of Smart Moria by Smart Little Lena, owned by Ralph Gray, Argyle, Texas, ridden by Clint Allen..

With 124 entries, the Open 4-Year-Old division guarantees $25,000 to the Champion. The event continues today with the first group of the 91-entry 5/6-Year-Old Open. The second go-rounds will take place Tuesday through Thursday, with the finals being held Friday, Jan. 8.

 

 


 

 


TODD CRAWFORD TAKES HOME NRCHA OPEN DERBY TITLE ON SINFUL CAT

ANNIE REYNOLDS WINS NON-PRO & RESERVE

Courtesy NRCHA
June 18, 2012 - Paso Robles, Calif.

Todd Crawford won the NRCHA Open Derby riding Sinful Cat, taking home $32,742.

In a thrilling finish at the Paso Robles Events Center, Todd Crawford and Sinful Cat delivered a big fence work score when they needed it most, to clinch the newly renamed Jack and Phoebe Cooke NRCHA Derby Open Championship and win a check for $32,742.

Million-dollar rider Annie Reynolds won the Non Pro Derby Championship and Reserve Championship on two home-bred Very Smart Remedy daughters owned by her mother, Joyce Pearson. The event was held June 12-17 in Paso Robles, Calif.

OPEN DIVISION:
Crawford and Sinful Cat began their finals performance with a less-than-ideal 216.5 herd work score, then built some momentum in the reined work, marking a 220. Finally, the clutch performance in the cow work netted a 224, the highest score of the finals round.

The 660.5 composite represented a major breakthrough in Sinful Cat's career. Although Crawford describes the 4-year-old stallion as "probably the best horse I ever trained," the fancy sorrel son of WR This Cats Smart out of Sinful Playgirl by Freckles Playboy hasn't been able to catch a break in the show pen, until today.

"He just hasn't had the best luck showing. I lost a cow in the Snaffle Bit Futurity finals, and then he comes back and marks a 221 in the reining and 219 down the fence. He was third at the Circle Y Derby this year. He didn't make the finals at the Stakes, but he was real good. He placed 7th in the Hackamore Classic. He's always been there, he just hasn't been on top," Crawford said.

Crawford started training Sinful Cat early in his 2-year-old year. The horse originally was destined to be a Non Pro horse for his owner, but he showed more promise as an open competitor.

Sinful Cat's owner, Stacy Lynch, spends every other month working in the oil fields in Iraq, and that's where he was when his horse won the Derby Championship.

"It's real early in the morning there, and we got him woke up and told him," Crawford said, smiling.

Besides the first-place paycheck, Crawford finished in a fifth-place tie on Moms Silverado Cat for Rhodes River Ranch for an additional $11,201.19 for a total of $43,94313 in the Open Derby. The Championship also came with a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by Mark Borjon and Golden Hills Auto Center, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Robertson Ranch, ten pounds of UltraCruz Equine Wellness/Joint Care supplement from Santa Cruz Biotechnology, a pair of boots from Rios of Mercedes, and a C.R. Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA.

The Reserve Championship went to Docs Catty Jo, shown by Corey Cushing for owner Suzanne Clark. The 5-year-old gelding, by Cowboy Cattylac and out of the mare Lena Jo Doc, scored a 221 in the herd work and identical 219 scores in the reined work and fence work, garnering a check for $24,126. Cushing also finished in a 10th place tie on Four Or Five Times owned by Matthews Cutting Horses LLC, for an additional $4,738.97 and 18th and 20th for $2,584.89 each - totaling $34,034.75. For the Reserve title he also received ten pounds of UltraCruz Equine Wellness/Joint Care supplement from Santa Cruz biotechnolo

INTERMEDIATE OPEN
Oakdale, Calif., trainer Clayton Edsall won the NRCHA Derby Intermediate Open division on Skeets Oak Peppy, a 5-year-old gelding he owns, scoring yet another impressive payday on the steady performer.

The athletic sorrel, nicknamed "Sly," marked identical 218.5 scores in the herd work and the reined work, and then topped off his performance with a 220.5 in the cow work for a 657.5 in Sunday's finals. The Intermediate Open title came with a check for $6,246, and Edsall collected another $15,509 for placing 4th in the Derby Open.

"He was really good all the way through," Edsall said. "He's made the finals everywhere I've taken him, so he's a trooper."

Edsall bought Skeets Oak Peppy as a yearling from the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales. Skeets Oak Peppy is by Skeets Peppy and out of Oak Ill Be, a daughter of Ill Be Smart. Edsall plans to keep the gelding and show him in the two rein and bridle, and compete with him at the NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman next year.

"I love that horse. He's super honest and such a tryer. I'll just keep him. I don't want to see anybody else train on him," he said.

Besides the paycheck, the Intermediate Open Championship came with a trophy plaque and a Gist Silversmiths buckle from the NRCHA.

The Reserve title went to Nicolas Barthelemy riding Jamminalena for Sheri Jamieson, taking home $4,819.50. The pair also won the Limited Open Finals for an additional $3,050.70.

LIMITED OPEN
When Nicolas Barthelemy, Descanso,Calif., qualified Jamminalena for the NRCHA Derby Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open Derby Finals in Paso Robles, Calif., he decided he had nothing to lose. He asked for everything the 4-year-old gelding had to give, and came home with the Limited Open Championship, Intermediate Open Reserve, and a 10th place tie in the Derby Open - $12,609 in combined paychecks.

Jamminalena scored a 215.5 in the herd work, 216 in the reined work and handled a tough cow in the fence work for a 220. Barthelemy, who lives and trains in Descanso, Calif., was all smiles after the win, and especially pleased that Jamminalena's owner, Shari Jamieson, was at the Paso Robles Event Center to see her horse work.

"She is such a wonderful client. She is a big fan of the sport and the horses, and she is really dedicated," he said.

The Limited Open Championship came with a Gist Silversmiths buckle and a C.R. Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA.

The Limited Open Reserve Champion was Priceless Chic, owned and shown by Jenny Sherbo, Acampo, Calif. Priceless Chic is sired by Smart Chic Olena out of Camolena Badger. Sherbo guided the 5-year-old mare to a 210.5 in the herd work, a 213.5 in the reined work and a 218.5 in the cow work. The combined 642.5 score earned $2,542.

ANNIE REYNOLDS WINS NON PRO CHAMPIONSHIP AND RESERVE TITLES
In nearly every event at the 2012 National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Derby in Paso Robles, Calif., there was a horse at or near the top of the results sheet with some connection to NRCHA Million-Dollar Rider Annie Reynolds. She won the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular on More Magic Please, a horse she raised. She raised the Open Bridle Spectacular Champion, Smart Luck, who is by her stallion, Very Smart Remedy.

Reynolds is the breeder and owner of the Derby third-place horse, Very Shiney, also by Very Smart Remedy, and shown by Phillip Ralls. To top it all off, Reynolds won the Non Pro Derby Championship and Reserve Championship on two home-bred Very Smart Remedy daughters owned by her mother, Joyce Pearson.

"It's been a great show. I think this is the first time I've been first and second at the Derby, so that was a big thrill as well. It was fun to win the Bridle Spectacular and awesome to see Very Shiney do so well, and amazing to see Smart Luck continue to shine," the King Hill, Idaho, competitor said.

Smart As Sister is out of Teena Cash Flo by Nu Cash, and Smart Magic Trick is out of Magical Lena by Little Lenas Legend. Going into the fence work, Reynolds was leading the Non Pro Derby on Smart As Sister, but she ended up winning the Championship in a come-from-behind fence work triumph on Smart Magic Trick.

She thanked her herd help, Todd Bergen, Ted Robinson, Jake Telford and Jon Roeser, and her assistant trainer, Ryan Thomas.

"Ryan is unequalled in his ability to stay on a lot of different things, and have two horses in the finals and have it all go smoothly," Reynolds said.

The Championship paid $7,244 and came with a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by Tammy Fink, a CowTrac system from CowTrac, a Gist Silversmiths buckle from NRCHA, ten pounds of UltraCruz Equine Wellness/Joint Care supplement from Santa Cruz Biotechnology, a pair of boots from Rios of Mercedes, and a C.R. Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA.

The Reserve Championship paid $5,669, and came with ten pounds of UltraCruz Equine Wellness/Joint Care supplement from Santa Cruz Biotechnology.

INTERMEDIATE NON-PRO:
Fresh off their National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic Non Pro Championship last month in Pueblo, Colo., Toni Hagen Heath and Smokums Dream took home another major NRCHA event title in Paso Robles, Calif., Sunday, when they won the Jack and Phoebe Cooke NRCHA Derby Intermediate Non Pro Championship.

Riding in the hackamore, Heath piloted the mare, who is by Smokums Prize and out of I Dream Olena, to scores of 212 in the herd work, 216 in the reined work and 208 in the cow work. The 636 composite earned a $4,409 check for the Intermediate Open win, and another $2,834 for 5th place in the Derby Non Pro division. The Intermediate Open Championship also came with a trophy plaque and Gist Silversmiths buckle from the NRCHA.

"It was a hard fought battle - wow - tough competition!" the La Grande, Ore., non pro commented after the win. "I was so tickled with her. She just did everything I asked. The reining was as good as I've ever done on her. The cow work was less than what I'd hoped for, but it was OK. I had a hard-running cow and just had a tough time keeping up with it. She was wonderful, all the way through."

Smokums Dream was raised by Heath's husband, Dan Heath.

"He is my rock. He just keeps putting me on his nice horses, and I just thank him so much for that," she said.

NOVICE NON PRO
Cynthia Bias credits her success with Nu Sand Dollar to the kindness of her friend, legendary trainer Ted Robinson, who traded the gelding to her. They made the deal last August, and Bias piloted Nu Sand Dollar to the NRCHA Derby Novice Non Pro title Sunday in Paso Robles, Calif. They scored a 216 in the herd work, a 210.5 in the reined work and 207 in the cow work, collecting $1,575, and also took home another $3,464 for Reserve in the Intermediate Non Pro Division.

Bias' husband, Roger Bias, originally trained Nu Sand Dollar as a 3-year-old for Robinson.

"Ted was kind enough to trade for my other horse, so that I could own this horse, so I'm kind of excited because it's the first horse I've had that I didn't train myself. He's so awesome," Bias said. "Ted was absolutely wonderful to make the trade, and Roger did such a great job on this horse. Jake Gorrell has given me a bunch of help, too. I just feel so God-blessed to have such wonderful people around me."

Bias said she often sells her limited age event horses when they turn six, but she plans to keep Nu Sand Dollar and continue showing him in the bridle.

"He's not going anywhere," she said, smiling.

The NRCHA Derby was renamed the Jack and Phoebe Cooke NRCHA Derby on Saturday night during the Platinum Performance dinner. According to NRCHA Sponsor Committee Chairman, the change was made to honor the longtime benefactors and reined cow horse supporters for their commitment to the reined cow horse industry. For complete results, go to http://www.nrcha.com

AFTER 20-YEAR HIATUS FROM CUTTING, TOM KAUFMANN WINS TWO AMATEUR DIVISIONS AT BREEDERS INVITATIONAL

BRANDON DUFURRENA TOPS SPECIAL 5 NON-PRO, TAKES HOME $33,089; MARY ANN RAPP WINS CLASSIC/CHALLENGE NON-PRO FINALS

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 19, 2012

Tom Kaufmann, Clovis, Calif., rode Duck On A chain to the championship of both the Special 5 Amateur and the Classic/Challenge Amateur, taking home $15,664.
Photo courtesy BI

It was an unlikely pair: An over-200-pound rider and a 14-hand horse weighing 900 pounds. But it proved to be a powerful match when Tom Kaufmann, 42, Clovis, Calif., and Duck On A Chain, nicknamed “Quack,” won both the Special 5 Amateur and Classic/Challenge Amateur classes at the Breeders Invitational, currently in full swing in Tulsa, Okla., taking home $15,664. Both finals were held Friday, May 18, as were the finals of the Special 5 Non-Pro, won by Brandon Dufurrena riding Nievas to a 224 and a $33,089 paycheck and the Classic Challenge Non-Pro won by Mary Ann Rapp riding Shrimp Shack Shooter to a 220 and a $20,107 check.

SPECIAL 5 & CLASSIC/CHALLENGE AMATEUR FINALS:
Successful youth competitor Tom Kaufmann, who had been away from cutting for 20 years, returned to the winners’ circle riding his 5-year-old mare Duck On A Chain. He not only won, but he swept two divisions, winning both the go-rounds and the finals. The pair won the 60-entry Special 5 Amateur finals with a 219 for $6,512.98 and two sets of cattle later, won the 96-entry Classic/Challenge Amateur finals, scoring a 218.5 for an additional $9,150.63. His wins came on the heels of their first Amateur title on the mare at the PCCHA Derby held in Paso Robles in March.

The 42-year-old tomato farmer and gun maker had put his four-year cutting career on hold for college, marriage and a career but this year decided to pick up where he left off. On a tip from Freddy McGee, Kaufmann purchased the daughter of Blue Duck Okie out of Zippity Dual by Dual Pep from Russ and Janet Westfall in October. The mare had been bred by Billy Emerson, Addison, Texas, who owned her sire, and was previously owned by Shannon and Rhonda Hall, Comanche, Texas, before the Westfalls purchased her at the start of her 4-year-old year. Janet won the PCHA Derby Non-Pro title on her last spring in Paso Robles and by the time Kaufmann purchased her, she had career earnings of more than $140,000.

The event became a reunion of sorts for Kaufmann and Lorin Ashley, Ada, Okla., who was Kaufmann’s original trainer when he was a youth, as the pair hadn’t seen each other in 20 years. He was going through San Antonio on the way to Tulsa, and picked Ashley up to help him hold herd.

In the “BI Daily,” Kaufmann said he thought returning to cutting after 20 years would “be just kind of like riding a bike.” But he conceded it wasn’t quite that easy, saying, “A lot has changed in 20 years.” It took home about four months of practice, some advice, and a real good horse to get competitive again.

Mandy Chisum, Reserve Chamion of the Amateur Classic/Challenge riding Woodys Wildest Cat, shown with her two daughters: Braxton 13 months and Brodi 3.
Photo courtesy BI

 

The Reserve Champion of the Classic/Challenge Amateur was Californian Mandy Chisum, who also returned to cutting following a six-year break, riding Woodys Wildest Cat, nicknamed “Bob.” The sorrel gelding by High Brow Cat out of Miss Echo Wood by Doctor Wood, was bred by the Cinder Lakes Ranch, Valley View, Texas, and Mandy purchased him in March. The wife of Travis Chisum, a team roper, and mother of two daughters, Brodi 3 and Braxton 13 months, debuted Bob at the NCHA Super Stakes earlier this year, finishing eighth in the Amateur. Her trainer, Clint Allen, made the Classic/Challenge Open Finals last Sunday, and the gelding’s total winnings now top $100,000.

John Lindsey (left), weatherford, Texas, riding Disco Crat tied with Kevin Radford, Alva, Okla., riding Bettin In Reno to the Reserve title of the Special 5 Amateur.
Photo courtesy BI

 

The Reserve Championship of the Special 5 Amateur was split between John Lindsey, Weatherford, Texas, riding Disco Crat and Kevin Radford, Alva, Okla., riding Bettin In Reno, with both scoring a 215 and earning $5,052.81. Lindsey, who moved from Olympia, Wash., to Weatherford about a year ago, purchased the 5-year-old Smart Aristocrat daughter out of Jazzy CD by CD Olena from the breeder Nelson Knight, Weatherford, Texas, in November 2010. Bettin In Reno, a 5-year-old daughter of Bet On Me 498 out of Mary Jo Short by Shorty Lena, was purchased by Radford from her breeder Dick Gaines, Byers, Okla., in December 2010.
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SPECIAL 5 NON-PRO FINALS:
Brandon Dufurrena, 26, Gainesville, Texas (right) shown with his father Ed Dufurrena. Brandon won the Special 5 Non-Pro Finals, taking home $33,089.
Photo courtesy BI

 

Brandon Dufurrena, Gainesville, Texas, may only be 26, but he’s definitely a cutter to be reckoned with. With over $311,000 in lifetime earnings, the son of cutting horse trainer Ed Dufurrena and his wife, Shona, Brandon rode his home-grown mare Nievas to a 224 and the championship of the 107-entry Special 5 Non-Pro Finals, taking home the $33,089 first-place paycheck, the largest of his career. In fact, the only time a Non-Pro has won that much for winning an event was during the NCHA Futurity, when the champion received $33,692.

Nievas, a 5-year-old daughter of Cats Merada out of Smart Little Boogie by EG Southern Dancer, was bred by Brandon’s father, and Brandon took her over in November 2010. Smart Little Boogie was the first Ed had ever trained for limited aged events and Brandon won the High School Nationals in cutting her.

Cutting is a family affair for the Dufurrenas as Ed has lifetime earnings approaching $700,000 and is the rider of Miss Ella Rey, also owned by Brandon, who is currently 10th in the latest Open NCHA standings. Brandon, with lifetime earnings topping $311,000 is currently in the lead in the Non-Pro NCHA standings riding Nievas and Miss Ella Rey, while sister Rieta is leading the NCHA Senior Youth standings. Shona also has NCHA earnings of over $10,000. Brandon’s goals are to win the World Championship Non-Pro title this year and the Non-Pro Futurity. Another goal is to become a professional cutting horse trainer like his father.

The Reserve Champion was Paula Wood, Stephenville, Texas, riding another home-grown horse, Little Black Boon to a 219.5, taking home $27,293.73. Paula, the wife of NCHA World Champion rider Kobie Wood, has won $1.8 million in lifetime earnings and is a World Champion Non-Pro as well as a member of the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame. The black daughter of Duals Blue Boon is out of Christy Lenas Choice by SR Instant Choice.

CLASSIC/CHALLENGE NON-PRO:
Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, topped the 182-entry Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Finals riding Shrimp Shack Shooter, taking home $20,107.
Photo courtesy BI

 

NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Famer Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, topped the 182-entry Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Finals with a 220 score, taking home $20,107 riding Shrimp Shack Shooter, nicknamed Tyron. The pair had also finished fourth in the Special 5 Non-Pro Finals for an additional $21,135.43, as well as a $5,191.48 check for a finals check in the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro riding Toy Engine…for a total of $46,433.91 in a single day at the Breeders Invitational.

Shrimp Shack Shooter, a 5-year-old gelding by Smooth As A Cat out of Awesome Autumn by Smart Little Lena, was bred by Karen Freeman, Clarksville, Tenn., and was owned by the Autumn Partners LP, Weatherford, before Mary Ann got the gelding in September 2010 as a 3-year-old. Prior to the BI, the gelding had earned approximately $52,000, even though he was injured before the NCHA Futurity. When Tyron was a 4-year-old, Mary Ann made the NCHA Summer Spectacular Non-Pro Finals on him, earned the West Texas Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Championship and also the PCCHA Cutting Stakes Non-Pro and Non-Pro Gelding title.

Mary Ann, with earnings now topping $3.7 million, and her husband, Phil, with $8 million in lifetime earnings and the leading rider of the NCHA, are also the industry’s leading owners, with horses earning over $7 million.

The Reserve title was split between Lindy Ashlock, Baird, Texas, riding Catgotchatongue and Luis De Armas, Boca Raton, Fla., riding Sly Playgirl, with both scoring a 219 and taking home $14,824.58. Catgotchatongue, a 6-year-old daughter of Cats Merada, is out of Lil Smokin Dynamite by Dynamite Badger, bred and raised by Lindy, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Famer with over $800,000 in lifetime earnings.

De Armas’ Sly Playgirl, won the high-paying 152-entry Special 5 Open title earlier in the week, scoring a 224 with Jaimie Snider in the saddle. The pair picked up a $72,757 paycheck for that win. The 5-year-old daughter of That Sly Cat out of Taquitas Playgirl by Freckles Playboy, also tied for 12th in the Open Classic/Challenge for an additional $6,991 paycheck, for a total of $79,748.

She was bred by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, who also own her sire. Knight sold her as a 3-year-old to Robert Borick, also of Weatherford and De Armas purchased her from Borick while she was in training with Snider. The two riders and mare have now won well over $215,000.

The special 5 class was a direct result of the cancellation of last year’s show due to the outbreak of EHV-1. The money for those horses was held in the bank until this year. The total added money was $420,000. The event continues through May 26.
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BREEDER’S INVITATIONAL ADDING DAYS DUE TO INCREASED ENTRIES

April 20, 3012
The Breeder’s Invitational (BI) announced that due to the substantial increase in entries already received for this year’s event, it has added two more days to the schedule. The event will now run from May 10-26 in Tulsa, Okla., at the Expo Square in the heart of the city. BI officials report that entries are already up 50 percent from what they were to date for their largest show in 2009.

According to BI Executive Director Bob O’Bannon, the increased entries “mean that this year’s purse will be the largest we’ve ever had.” That is due to the cancellation of the 211 event due to the highly contagious equine virus. Last year’s 4-year-olds will have a shot at the “Special 5” division that sports the payout from what would have been the 2011 Derby purse.

“This is in addition to those horses’ eligibility in the regular Classic/Challenge 5/6-year-old division,” he continued, and “this means that this year’s 5-year-olds have a shot at winning a tremendous and unprecedented amount of prize money. Historically, the NCHA triple-crown events rank 1,2, and 3 and the BI ranks fourth as the highest-money event in the industry. “With this year’s numbers, we will make a good run at moving up in those standings.”

A brand new “gelding incentive” has been created and is expected to exceed added money of $50,000 and will be exclusive to the Non-Pro and Amateur classes. “The BI Board wanted to offer a gelding incentive that rewarded those who raise and purchase the majority of the geldings in our industry, the non-professional riders,” said BI Board Chairman Jeffrey Matthews. “We want this purse to be significant and long-running. It needs to be a permanent part of the Breeder’s Invitational.”

Also, this year’s event will showcase a brand new scoreboard worthy of a National Basketball League (NBA) event. Touted as having a price tag exceeding $400,000, the brand-new 10x16 scoreboard will hover mid-arena above the judge’s stand and provide up-to-the-minute stats on scoring and much more, according to O’Bannon.

In addition, the brand new scoreboard will also feature live scoring. O’Bannon, who created the software program to accommodate this new feature, says that it will allow the show announcer, Tom Holt’s, keyed-in scores to feed into the website so scores will be posted in real time. This will eliminate everyone tracking the scores online to have to wait until they are manually posted by office staff.

An official “Welcome Party” will kick off this year’s event on Friday evening, May 11. A mid-week highlight will be the BI Kids Cutting on Thursday, May 17, complete with a pizza party for all the little cutters. On the weekend, the traditional BI Calcutta Party will take place Friday, May 25, where bets will be taken on the Open Derby finals to be run Saturday, May 26.

Over the past decade the Breeders Invitational has been hailed as one of the most prestigious competitions sanctioned by the NCHA and attracts top cutting horses and riders from across the country and Canada. Now, with a projected purse that is pushing $2.5 million in prize money, this year’s event is nearing the top of the charts as one of the top cutting events in the world!

The Breeder’s Invitational is a non-profit corporation formed by stallion owners to promote and enhance the cutting horse industry by producing a major event that offers a very large purse and a top-notch venue. In its nine years of existence, it has paid out more than $11 million and is one of the major events in the cutting industry today. For more information, including the show schedule and festivities, contact the organization at 877-781-2660 or visit:
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IT’S DEJA VU FOR PATRICK AND LAURA COLLINS

OH MISS CAROLINE’S NCHA FUTURITY WIN IS A REPEAT OF HER BROTHER’S WIN IN 2006

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 12, 2011

Craig Thompson and his wife Sasha. Craig won the 2011 NCHA Open Futurity riding Oh Miss Caroline, a full sister to Oh Cay Felix, both bred, raised and owned by Patrick and Laura Collins, and the horse he had ridden to the championship of the 2006 NCHA Futurity.

On the morning of Dec. 10, Patrick and Laura Collins, Lincoln, Ill., along with their gelding Oh Cay Felix were honored along with 10 others in the NCHA Futurity Open Champions Presentation whichtook place prior to the NCHA Futurity Seasoned Cutting Horse Sale in the Watt Arena because Oh Cay Felix had won the 2006 NCHA Futurity. But little did they know that that honor would be usurped hours later by another great honor: the championship of the 2011 NCHA Futurity on a full sister to Oh Cay Felix, who also drew up last in the finals - the same as Oh Cay Felix, and was ridden by the same rider: Craig Thompson, Buffalo, Texas.

When the Collins’ horse Oh Miss Caroline, a daughter of High Brow Cat out of Oh Cay Shorty by Shorty Lena – named after the Collins’ daughter Caroline, walked into the herd during the Open Finals on Saturday night, Collins had already picked up a $32,610 paycheck for the Reserve title in the Non-Pro Division riding a three-quarters sister to Oh Miss Caroline and Oh Cay Felix: Oh Cay Do Over, sired by Smooth As A Cat out of Oh Cay Shorty. However, when Oh Miss Caroline’s 226 Open run was finished, Patrick and Laura took home an additional $200,000 paycheck.

One point behind was the first horse in the draw, Ronnie Rice, Grandview, Texas, who, as the first horse in the 25-horse finals, was in an agonizing lead for the entire cutting until the final horse, with a 225. Rice was riding Jewel Bars Cat, a High Brow Cat stallion, out of Sprats Dualin Jewel by Lenas Jewel Bar, owned by Finis Welch’s Center Ranch, Centerville, Texas, who pocketed $121,082.

Not far behind, with a 224 score was Michael Cooper, Bucyrus, Kansas, riding Jae Bar One Time, a gelding by One Time Pepto out of Jae Bars Fancy Cat by High Brow Cat, owned by James Hooper, Decatur, Ala., collecting a $104,170 paycheck.

However, the crowd favorite was the 17th horse in the Finals, Bet On A Cat by High Brow Cat out of Bet On Houston by Peptoboonsmal, owned by Chad Bushaw’s Crown Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and ridden by Tom Dvorak, also of Weatherford, The pair scored a 213.5, good enough for a tie for 14th place and a $40,927 paycheck, but they got the greatest applause. Dvorak’s wife, Cindy, had lost her long battle with breast cancer the night before, after Tom had qualified for the Finals. Cindy’s last request was that Tom go ahead and compete in the Finals, while she was a patient in the hospital where she had been a nurse for several years.

LIMITED OPEN:
The 182-entry John Deere Limited Open Finals, held Tuesday, Nov. 29, was won by Todd Gann, Leighton, Ala., catch riding Chief Red Warrior for Sean Flynn. The son of Cats Red Feather out of Aristolcrat by Smart Aristocrat, owned by Tim May, Saltillo, Miss. The pair scored a 219 in the 20-horse finals, picking up a $17,119 paycheck. The Reserve title went to Geofrey Sheehan, Bearden, Ark., riding Starlight Starbrite, a daughter of Somebody Smart out of Wish Upona Starlight by Grays Starlight owned by Jayme Toledo De Resende from Brazil, to a 218 and a $15,185 paycheck.

The 50th Anniversary of the NCHA Futurity had a total of 583 entries in the Open Futurity, while the Non-Pro featured 321 and the Amateur 253 – comparable to the 2010 event. With several months of promotion for the 50th Anniversary Celebration and special events going on, the Finals was a sell-out and filled to the brim.

NON-PRO & AMATEUR:
Two 22-year-olds, Kade Smith, Star, Idaho, and Kelsey Weeks, Cotulla, Texas, won the Non-Pro and Amateur finals. Smith scored a 222 aboard Lean This Rey, a son of Dual Rey out of Miss Smart Rey Jay by Smart Little Lena, taking home a $33,692 paycheck. Smith, a son of cutting horse trainer Greg Smith, was experiencing his first NCHA Futurity finals and was also last to work in the group of 28 horses.

The Reserve title of the Non-Pro finals was Collins on Oh Cay Do Over, while Jeffrey Gough, Graham, Texas, rode SLR Nitas Boon, a son of Nitas Wood out of Danielle Boon by Peptoboonsmal to third for $31,928.
Weeks, who also placed in the Non-Pro Limited with Holidayware, rode One Sweet Sis, a daughter of One Time Pepto out of Star Of The Flo by Mr Peponita Flo, to a 215 in the finals, taking home a $6,630 paycheck. The Reserve title of the Amateur went to Shawn Ogni, Angier, N.C., riding Spoons Lil Buckaroo, a gelding by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Chantilly Playgirl by Freckles Playboy, scoring a 212 and earning $6,521. Third went to Australian Peter Ryan riding Smart Rey Badger, a gelding by Dual Smart Rey out of Pobre Bader by Peppy San Badger, to a 210 and a $6,411 check.

LIMITED NON-PRO:
The 188-entry Limited Non-Pro was won by JoAnne Carrollo, Atascadero, Calif., a three-time NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro Champion, riding What A Rey, a daughter of TR Dual Rey out of Roosters Chicaroo by Gallo Del Cielo, owned by Jo Anne and her husband Jim. The pair scored a 214 and collected $9,510. She also had an agonizing wait as she too was first in the 34-horse finals.
The Reserve title went to Ashley Galyean, Amarillo, Texas, wife of top trainer Beau Galyean, who was the 2008 NCHA Futurity Champion aboard Metallic Cat. Ashley rode Casey Catt, a gelding by Sophisticated Catt out of Amanda Starlight by Grays Starlight to a 213 and a $9,313 paycheck. Third went to J. J. Manion, Cody, Wyo., riding KD Bayou Belle, a daughter of Kit Dual out of MNY Bayou Belle by Shorty Lena to a 212 and a $9,115 check.

In the Senior divisions, David McDavid, Fort Worth, Texas, rode DMAC Widows Heir to the Senior championship with a 205 in the semifinals, collecting $5,379, followed by Dan Hansen, Weatherford, Texas, riding Catchew to 201 and a $4,209 paycheck.

Roger Anderson, Hillsboro, N.D., aboard Reyguns Little Badger, tied for the championship of the Senior Amateur Division with Alex Penovaroff, Hilo, Hawaii, riding Lil Miss Mauna Kea. both scored a 209 for a $5,457 paycheck.
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ENTRIES UP OVER 30 PERCENT AT WESTERN STATES FALL LIMITED AGE EVENT

CODY DUVALL DOUBLES DOWN, TYING FOR CHAMPIONSHIP BY RIDING TWO HORSES IN INNOVATIVE FUTURITY THAT CONTAINED THREE FULL GO-ROUNDS

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Oct. 14, 2011

Cody Duvall, Granada, Colo., tied with himself to win the Futurity at the WSCHA LAE, held Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Loveland, Colo.

Held in warm weather under the beautiful blue skies of Loveland, Colo., Sept. 28-Oct. 1, the Western States Fall Limited Age Event was a great success. Entries were up over 30 percent from last year, and 18 states were represented. This is the second year using the innovative “three full go-rounds” format for the futurity horses, and according to Todd Adolf, President of WSCHA, it seems to be a big hit with the trainers. Many trainers commented favorably that, even if they had a bad first day, they could still settle the young horses down and come back to be in the money for the second or third go. The total payout for the four-day event was over $125,000. The Western States affiliate leadership has a few improvements to implement, and expects an even bigger and better show in 2012.

OPEN FUTURITY:
“Double down Duval” should be the new name for Cody Duval, Granada, Colo.,. as he strolled into town to ride his two futurity horses to a Championship tie. Riding CDs Instant Alibi, owned by Joe Archuleta, Ft. Lupton, Colo., and his horse, Lil Ms Sophisticatt, Cody won a go round with each and placed second with each, resulting in a split of $11,695.88.

According to Duval, “This format is ideal for the young horses.” Case in point, he marked a 137 in the first go with CDs Instant Alibi and normally that would have sent him packing, however with the format of three full go’s for the futurity horses, he was able to come back and do well in the next two go’s, ultimately leading him to the Championship. Both of his horses were in a tie for the lead….. an amazing feat for any event.

OPEN DERBY:
Russ Miller, St Anthony, Idaho., rode Shes Smooth N Smart, owned by Frank Richards, to the Open Derby title, winning $3,801.82.

 

Shes Smooth N Smart, owned by Frank Richards, and piloted by Russ Miller, St Anthony, Idaho, marked a 148 in the finals to win the Championship and $3,801.82. He was chased by Aristo My Ash, owned by Switchback Cutting Horses and ridden by Will Nuttall, who took the Reserve title. Nuttall showed his horses with a broken foot and watching him get on and off a horse was painful. Kudos to him for being able to ride to a Reserve Championship in that condition.

OPEN CLASSIC:
Kenny Platt and Blue Quilena, Open Classic Champs.

This was a tight race in the finals with Blue Quilena ridden by Kenny Platt, Ft. Lupton, Colo., and owned by Robert Tregemba, marking a 151 to win the division, earning $2,273.54. Giving Platt a run for his money, Scott Amos, Loma, Colo., marked a 150 on Smooth Calie Cat owned by Kristin Omvig to take the Reserve Champion and $2,084.08. Scott narrowly missed a “hat trick” on PRF Reys Gingerpunch (who won the Open Futurity and Open Derby the last two years) at this show and is always a tough competitor.

NON-PRO FUTURITY:
Fallon Nuttall, Red Lodge, Mont., was the Non-Pro Futurity Champ riding CD royal Desire.

 

The Non-Pro Futurity was won by Fallon Nuttall, Red Lodge, Mont., riding CD Royal Desire for a total paycheck of $2,078.50. Unfortunately her dad, Will, wasn’t up to hobbling to the award/picture area but he sure was proud of her. The Reserve Championship was garnered by Dripping with Chrome owned and shown by Larry Stacy, Ardmore, Okla.

NON-PRO DERBY:
Mike Jones, Cushing, Okla., riding ML Kadee Cat took the Championship of the Non-Pro Derby riding ML Kadee Cat.

 

 

Mike Jones, Cushing, Okla., riding ML Kadee Cat took the Non-Pro Derby Championship winning $2,070.19 and was closely followed by Reserve Champion Mark Pearson, Spearman, Texas, riding Cuchanina for a total of $1,904.50

AMATEUR DERBY:
Pretty Boy Jax ridden by Robert Schutte, Twin Falls, Idaho, took the Championship title winning $1,077.59 in this class within a class.

NON-PRO CLASSIC:
Following in the footsteps of the mare’s trainer, Kenneth Platt, Bob Tregemba, Castle Rock, Colo., rode Blue Quilena to the Championship for a big $2,585.08 check. He was closely followed by Boonshadows and Sandra McBride, Azle, Texas, the Reserve Champion.

AMATEUR CLASSIC:
Bob Tregemba and Blue Quilena did it again being the high score for the Amateur class-within-a-class and winning that Championship as well. Tregemba and Blue Quilena took $2,316.00 for this win. When Bob was asked about his success at the show he responded “Obviously a great week for Blue, she continues to mature and get better. The cows were good, ground was good and Kenny Platt and Becca Francis really had her in great shape and ready to go”.

The PRO/AM:
This is a fun class with a different format. The Pro rides one go, the Non-Pro or Amateur rides one go and the highest-scoring rider must ride in the finals. Funny enough, only two of the eight riders in the finals were Pros. Eluding embarrassment, one of the Pro/Trainers, Gordy Bray, Elizabeth, Colo., riding Ollies Spooky Cat for Chuck and Dana Farmer, Franktown, Colo., marked a 150 to win the Championship. He was closely followed by the other Pro/Trainer Les Bates, Sedalia, marking a 148 riding Mouton for Penny Bailey, Parker, Colo., thus saving face for trainers everywhere!

STALLION STAKES:
In January, Western States held an online Stallion Auction. Once the breedings were sold, all the get of sold stallions were eligible to compete for the Derby Stallion Stakes at WSCHA Fall LAE. The purse of $15,000 was pro-rated between the Derby Open and Non-Pro entries, and of the 20 stallions sold, 10 of them had representation.

The Open Champion, receiving a check of $3,076.67, went to Caboom on the Moon, sired by Cats Moonshine, ridden by Bart Nichols, Cimarron, N.M., and owned by Gail Holmes, Fort Worth, Texas. The Non-Pro Champion was Tazs Nifty Freckle, sired by Pepto Taz. Owner/rider Jim O’Neil, a veterinarian from Orlean, Va., received a check for $1,923.00.

It was great to see that many owners had sent trainers with horses to show in the Stallion Stakes Derby for this first outing, and it stands to reason that it will be even more successful next year.
The program also sends Breeders Incentive checks to the Stallion owners that made the breeding donation and to the owner of the mare that foaled the competing horse. Royal Vista Equine, Double Dove Ranch, Don Lester and Jim O’Neil were a part of breeding and created the Champions.
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CRAIG THOMPSON SWEEPS FUTURITY AND DERBY AT WESTERN SPORTS PRODUCTION FUTURITY

NSCHA TEAM SORTING SCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 30-OCT 1

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 18, 2011

Craig Thompson and his wife Sasha.

Craig Thompson, Buffalo, Texas, took home $10,893 by making a clean sweep of the Western Sports Production Open Cutting Futurity and Derby that finished up on Aug. 31 at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs, Texas. The Open Classic was taken by Craig Morris, Weatherford, Texas, who also placed in the Futurity and Derby, taking home a total of $4,181. The Non-Pro and $50,000 Non-Pro Derby was won by Carrie Volmer, Paradise, Texas, winning $2,351. The Classic Non-Pro was split by Mary Jo Milner, Southlake, Texas, and Chance Smith, Paradise, Texas. Douglas Pritchett, Quinlan, Texas, won the Limited Non-Pro Classic. Upcoming events sponsored by Western Sports Productions will be a Team Sorting scheudled for Sept. 30-Oct.1.

CRAIG THOMPSON:
Craig Thompson was the high money winner at the event, after winning the Open Futurity riding MC Simply Smooth (08m Smooth As A Cat x Ms Silver Pitchfork x Playgun) owned by Barney Ramsey, Huntersville, N.C., and the Reserve title riding Princess Spoonfull (08m Hes A Peptospoonful x Princess Shorty x Shorty Lena), owned by Robert Gray. He collected a total of $4,212 from the Futurity Division.

Thompson also topped the Derby riding Sanjo Play (07m Playdox x Sanjo Maria x San Jo Lena, taking home $2,782 for Ramsey. Grant Setnicka, Grandview, Texas, split second riding Farrah (Unreg) (07m High Stylish Oak x Ricochets Chick x Smart Lil Ricochet), owned by Darren Blanton, Dallas, Texas, and Brett Davis, Texarkana riding Peppy Catalena (07s High Brow Cat x Miss Peppy Lena x Peppy San Badger) for Brad Barker, also from Texarkana. Both took home a $2,048 paycheck.

However, Thompson also finished 4th in the Derby riding Oh Miss Peacock (07m High Brow Cat x Oh Cay Shorty x Shorty Lena) for Patrick M. & Laura Collins, Lincoln, Ill., with a 145, earning an additional $1,546.He picked up a total of $4,328 in the Derby. In the Classic, he took home a total of $2,353, finishing third riding Justa Jazzy Cat (06g High Brow Cat x Justa Swinging Jane x Justa Swinging Peppy), owned by Lisa Johnson, for $2,017 and split 13th riding Daintys Ichi Playboy (06s Cat Ichi x Dainty Playgirl x Freckles Playboy, owned by Gary and Mickey Goodfried for an additional $336.

CRAIG MORRIS:
Craig Morris took home $2,689 for the Classic championship riding TF Cee Dee Stars (06m CD Olena x Starlight Dreamin x Grays Starlight), owned by Kim Thome, Santa Rosa, Calif., who also rode the mare to third place in the Classic Non-Pro. Second and a $2,353 paycheck went to Roy Carter, Crockett, Texas, riding A Copper Spoonful (06s Hes A Peptospoonful x Lady In A Dually x Mister Dual Pep), owned by Jene Ann Vance, Whitesboro, Texas for $2,353.

NON-PRO DIVISIONS:
While there was no Non-Pro Futurity, the Derby Non-Pro and $50,000 Limited Non-Pro were won by Carrie Volmer riding Little Reyalight (07m Dual Rey x Little Diddie x Smart Little Lena) owned by Carrie and her husband Clay. Carrie picked up $1,612 for her 146 in the Non-Pro and $739 for her 148 in the Limited Non-Pro – for a total of $2,351.

Brandon Dufurrena, Gainesville, Texas, tied with Dan Hansen, Weatherford splitting the Reserve title with a 144 in the Non-ProDerby with both taking home $892. Dufurrena was riding Nevas (07m Cats Merada x Smart Little Boogie x EG Southern Dancer and Hansen was riding Wood She Popcorn (07m Nitas Wood x Bobcorn x Bob Acre Doc.

The Non-Pro Champion of the Classic was split between multi-Non-Pro World Champion Mary Jo Milner, Southlake, Texas, riding Dulces Joker (05g Dulces Smart Lena x Miss Joker Tanquery x Tanquery Gin) and Chance Smith, Paradise, Texas, riding Smartys Cassanova (05g Smart Lil Scoot x Docs Bridesmaid x Doc Santo) for his father Rick Smith. Both scored a 148 and took home a $1,344 paycheck. The Limited Non-Pro was taken by Douglas Pritchett riding Shaka Red Feather (05m Cats Red Feather x Zacks Little Hickory x Zack T Wood), scoring a 144 for a $739 paycheck. Pritchett also finished fifth in the Derby Limited Non-Pro riding Blue Model Baby (07m Mecom Blue x Playboys Girl x Freckles Playboy), picking up an additional $287.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT WESTERN SPORTS ARENA
The Western Sports Arena had an NCHA-approved cutting Sept. 16-17 at the Texas Star Ranch, owned by Christina and Tyler Fairbanks, and will have a Year-End finals for all weekend classes on Nov. 13. In 2010, Western Sports paid out over $750,000 in earnings to contestants. For more information go to their web site at http://wspa.txstararena.com.

Western Sports Productions will also hold a National Sorting Cow Horse Association (NSCHA) team sorting on Sept. 30-Oct. 1, where Bob Berg buckles will be awarded. A NSCHA sorting clinic and rules seminar will also be held Friday Sept. 30 from 2-4 p.m., followed by a full slate of NSCHA classes. FMI call 1-866-656-0440 or email Sara Cummings at scummings@NSCHA.com. For more information on the Sept. 30-Oct. 1 event, sponsored by Western Sports Productions, go to http://wspa.txstararena.com/sorting.pdfand to learn more about the NSCHA and the sport of team sorting go to http://www.nscha.com.

WEST TEXAS FUTURITY ENDS NINE-DAY RUN

JAMES PAYNE RIDES PG SERENADE TO OPEN FUTURITY TITLE; PHIL RAPP AND DON’T LOOK TWICE CAPTURES OPEN CLASSIC

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 22, 2011

Following nine days of competition in Amarillo, Texas, the West Texas Futurity wound down on Sunday, Aug. 21, naming new champions. The event featured $149,000 in added money.

James Payne outrode 46 other entries riding PG Serenade, a 3-year-old daughter of Playgun out of Peppys Serenade by Peppy San Badger to a 225 final score in the Open Futurity, taking home a $13,000 paycheck. Bred by Brenda Pieper, the mare was owned by Donald Duke of the United Kingdom. The Reserve title went to Casey Green riding Smooth Tootin Cat (Smooth As A Cat x DMAC Smart Lil Toot x Smart Little Lena) for breeder and owner Amy Roberts, Canyon, Texas. The pair scored a 222, taking home an $11,000 paycheck plus $1,940.40 for the Gelding award, for a total of $12,910.40.

In the 5/6-Year-Old Classic, consisting of 87 entries, Phil Rapp, riding Dont Look Twice for Waco Bend Ranch, captured the championship with a final’s score of 227.5, collecting an $11,000 paycheck. The 6-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Tapt Twice by Dual Pep is closing in on $600,000 in lifetime earnings. The Reserve title with a 224.5 was split between Smooth Aza Zee and John Mitchell, owned by Slate River Ranch, and Reys Desire, owned by H. B. Bartlett ridden by Lee Francois. Both earned $8,500, with Smooth Aza Zee also taking the Gelding award of $1,499.40 for a total paycheck of $9,999.40.
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OLENASDUALLYFEATHER AND SVR REYL SMART SHARE OPEN DERBY TITLE AT WEST TEXAS AGED EVENT

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 17, 2011

Clint Allen rode Olenasduallyfeather, owned by Lisa Hewitt of Australia, to the Co-Championship of the Open Derby at the West Texas Cutting Futurity.

With the West Texas Cutting Futurity in full swing, Aug. 13-21, the Open Derby title was split between by Clint Allen riding Olenasduallyfeather and Beau Galyean riding SVR Reyl Smart. Both 4-year-old horses scored a 225 in the 23-horse finals, with each taking home a $10,750 paycheck. The event featured $149,000 in added money with $42,500 added to the 3-Year-Old Open, $10,000 added to the 3-Year-Old Non-Pro; $42,500 added to the 4-Year-old and the 5-Year-Old divisions, prorated between the Open and Non-Pro, and $3,500 added to the 4-Year-Old and 5/6-Year-Old $50,000 Amateur and the 7-Up Non-Pro.

It was the first time that Clint Allen, Weatherford, Texas, had ridden the mare owned by Lisa Hewitt from Queensland, Australia, even though he was training her. She had originally been trained by Australian native Sean Flynn. The mare’s earnings for this year alone now top over $150,000, after she won the Super Stakes with catch rider Darren Simpkins in the saddle. During the NCHA Summer Spectacular in July, the pair failed to make the semifinals; however, Hewitt rode the mare to a fourth place in the Non-Pro division.

The daughter of Cats Red Feather out of Olenas Dually by Dual Pep, was bred and raised by Jon Cates, a real estate agent in Weatherford, Texas, who sold her to Hewitt while she was working as a loper in Weatherford.

Allen, a 37-year-old native of New Zealand, started his career working for the Wrigley Ranch; however, in 2009, he went out on his own. He recently topped the list of Open riders All Divisions in Quarter Horse News’ Mid-Year statistical review, earning $262,269. Included in those earnings is the $80,727 that he earned for riding riding Ducks Dux to the Australian Cutting Futurity Championship, $66,932 for Moms Stilish Cat to the Co-Reserve title in the NCHA Derby; Woodys Wildest Cat, $21,948 and Cancan Reyvolution, $11,180. Allen has lifetime earnings topping $2.5 million. Olenasduallyfeather is also the leading horse in the Mid-Year All Divisions statistics with $139,853 in earnings.

Ironically, Darren Simpkins was second in the Mid-Year stats and his entire earnings of $116,023 came from riding Olenasduallyfeather to her Super Stakes Championship.

Beau Galyean and SVR Reyl Smart, owned by Strawn Valley Ranch, tied for the Open Derby title at the West Texas Futurity.

 

SVR Reyl Smart, the horse that tied Olenasduallyfeather at the West Texas Derby finals, was the second-place horse in the Horses, All Divisions of the Mid-Year statistics. The gelding is sired by Dual Rey out of one of the industry’s leading broodmares The Smart Look by Smart Little Lena, bred and owned by Strawn Valley Ranch, Strawn, Texas. He added an additional $2,116.80 to his paycheck for winning the gelding award.

Beau Galyean, Amarillo, Texas, who finished the Mid-Year statistics in sixth place and has close to $1 million lifetime earnings, was in the saddle, pushing the gelding’s career earnings to over $105,000. The pair had just come off of a Co-Reserve title at the NCHA Open Super Stakes, where they earned $60,823. They were also finalists in the NCHA Derby held during the Summer Spectacular in July.

Third place, scoring a 223, was Wiley Cat, owned by Tom and Deb Herold, West Point, Iowa, and ridden by Dirk Blakesley, Augusta, Kan., to an $8,300 paycheck. Receiving $7,300 for third place was Rose Rey, owned by Waltons Rocking W Ranch, Millsap, Texas, ridden by Phil Hanson to a 221.5.

The finals of the 5/6-Year-Old Open division will be held today, while the 3-Year-Old Open finals are Friday, Aug. 19, following the 5/6-Year-Old and 4-Year-Old Non-Pro go-rounds. The 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Finals will be Saturday, Aug. 20, while the balance of the Amateur and Non-Pro.
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PCCHA TO DEBUT NEW ATTRACTIONS FOR THIS YEAR'S PCCHA FUTURITY

July 10, 2011
The PCCHA has been known throughout the years as one of the most innovative and progressive associations within the cutting industry, and they feel that their latest additions to the 2011 Futurity & Gelding Cutting Stakes for 5/6-Year Olds will enhance an already successful program. The event will be held Oct. 19-30 in Paso Robles, Calif.

In the 32nd annual 3-Year-Old Futurity, which is currently the second largest 3-year-old futurity in the cutting industry, an Intermediate Futurity for professionals will be held within the Futurity. This division will be for riders who have NCHA lifetime earnings less than $500,000 and earnings during the previous two years totaling no more than $100,000.

Also, a Cutting Stakes $50,000 Amateur class will be added to this year's line-up of classes. The additional added money will be split with the association contributing 50 percent and the remaining 50 percent coming from the Cutting Stakes added money.

Also, this will be the first year for an Auction Owners Incentive, made possible through the breeding donations made by stallion owners. This year $10,000 of the funds generated through donations will be set aside to be split evenly ($5,000 each) between owners of sires of the furthest advancing Open and Non-Pro Futurity entries sired by a Stallion Auction sire.

For more information on the 2011 PCCHA Futurity & Gelding Stakes, including the event schedule, visit www.pccha.com.
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LLOYD COX WINS NCHA OPEN FUTURITY AND $250,000 RIDING ONE TIME ROYALTY TO A WHOPPING 230

ONE TIME PEPTO SIRES OPEN AND NON FUTURITY CHAMPIONS FROM FIRST COLT CROP

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 11, 2010 – Fort Worth, Texas

Lloyd Cox rode One Time Royalty from the first crop of One Time Pepto, owned by Matthews Cutting Horses, to the championship of the NCHA Open Futurity and a paycheck of $250,000. One Time Pepto also sired the winner of the Non-Pro Division.

Lloyd Cox, Fort Morgan, Colo., blew away the field of 28 NCHA Open Futurity finalists tonight with a 230 score riding One Time Royalty, a stallion sired by One Time Pepto’s first foal crop to enter the NCHA Futurity. Owned by Matthews Cutting Horses, LLC, Weatherford, Texas, One Time Royalty, a beautiful bay stallion, is out of Royal Serena Belle by Shorty Lena. Cox rode Royal Serena Belle to the Reserve Championship of the 1996 NCHA Open Futurity. The Reserve Champion, scoring a 222 was Some Like It Hott (Spots Hot x Mighty Fine Sue by Smart Little Lena) owned by Wesley and Kristen Galyean, Madill, Okla., ridden by Wesley. Tim Smith, catch riding for Gary Gonsalves on Smooth Peanutbutter (Smooth As A Cat x Justa Smart Peanut x Smart Little Lena, owned by Tom Bailey’s Iron Rose Ranch, Carbondale, Colo., finished third with a 220.5.

Although One Time Royalty is owned by Jeff and Sheri Matthews, his roots go to Gail Holmes, who bred him in the name of her Double Dove Ranch in Benbrook, Texas. According to AQHA records, she sold him to Matthews the day after he was born. Holmes also owned Royal Serena Belle when Lloyd rode her to the Reserve Championship of the Futurity, as well as Twice As Reycy, the horse Lloyd was riding for the Reserve Championship of the 2003 NCHA Open Futurity. Lloyd has been an entrant in the NCHA Open Futurity 13 times. In addition to numerous awards, the stallion took home the first-place paycheck of $250,000.

Lloyd, with lifetime earnings now over $5 million, was one of three riders who had two horses in the Open Finals; he also rode Tazs Dreamgirl (Pepto Taz x Montana Suenos x Montana Doc), owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., to a 219. The other two riders with two horses in the finals were Roger Wagner and Phil Rapp.

Matthews Cutting Horses had a great week at this year’s first Futurity, as did their beautiful roan stallion One Time Pepto as the stallion sired both the Open and Non-Pro Futurity Championships. The Non-Pro Division was won by Austin Blake, Canyon, Texas, riding One Rockin Pepto, a gelded son of One Time Pepto out of Rockin Playgirl by Freckles Playboy, taking home $35,884. In fact, there were three finalists in the Non-Pro sired by One Time Pepto and four in the Open Division.

One Time Pepto, bred by Dave and Clare Capps, was sold as a yearling at the 2002 NCHA Futurity Sales, bringing $380,000 from Matthews. Ridden by Matt Gaines, he won $331,097 in lifetime earnings, including the NCHA Open Super Stakes Championship, Augusta Open Classic and the Abilene Spectacular Open Classic. He was the leading sire percentagewise going into the semifinals, with 11 of his 38 entries (from a crop of 138 offspring born in 2007) going to the semis. Four of the 38 entries, or 11 percent, went to the finals. Also, last year, he was the leading “New sire” selling in last year’s Futurity sales and had the highest-selling colt of the “New Sires” at this year’s Futurity sales.
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CATCH RIDER WIZARD TIM SMITH IN THE LEAD FOLLOWING GO-ROUNDS OF OPEN FUTURITY

ONE TIME PEPTO LEADING SIRE PERCENTAGE-WISE GOING INTO SEMIS; SMART LITTLE LENA LEADING MATERNAL GRANDSIRE; 16 RIDERS QUALIFY BOTH OF THEIR HORSES AND DAVID AND STACIE MCDAVID LEADING OWNERS

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 29, 2010 – Fort Worth, Texas

Tim Smith is leading following two go-rounds of the 2010 Open NCHA futurity riding Smooth Peanutbutter.

 

The industry’s leading catch rider has done it again. Tim Smith, Temecula, Calif., rode one of six horses on which Gary Gonsalves was listed in the program as the rider in the 2010 NCHA Open Futurity. Following the first two go-rounds, Smith and Smooth Peanutbutter, a daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Justa Smart Peanut by Smart Little Lena, owned by Tom Bailey’s Iron Rose Ranch, Carbondale, Colo., topped the list of high-scoring horses following two go-rounds of competition with a whopping 437 - comprised of two 218.5s. The event began on Sunday, Nov. 21 and will wrap up with the Open Finals on Saturday, Dec. 11, following Friday’s Open semifinals.

With 595 entries in the Open, down 85 horses from 2009, 80 horses scoring a 430 and above are headed to the semifinals on Dec. 10. Even though Gary Gonsalves, Millsap, Texas, was shown on the draw as riding six horses, each rider is only allowed to ride two horses. Therefore, Gonsalves needed to find a couple of “catch” riders, which included Smith and Chris Bates, who has been working for Gonsalves for the past six months.

Three of those six horses qualified for the semifinals, with two out of the same great mare Justa Smart Peanut. They included Smooth Peanutbutter with Tim Smith in the saddle and Grit And Grace, a daughter of One Time Pepto, also owned by the Iron Rose Ranch and ridden by Bates. Gonsalves made the semifinals riding DMAC Big Casino, a High Brow Cat stallion, for David and Stacie McDavid.

Two other broodmares had two offspring make the semifinals, including Miss Echo Wood, the dam of Woodys Wildest Cat, a High Brow Cat stallion owned by Cinder Lakes Ranch, Valley View, Texas, ridden by Darren Simpkins and Wiley Cat, a full brother owned by the Wiley Cat Partnership, New Franklin, Mo., ridden by Dirk Blakesley, and the great mare Quintan Blue, the dam of Cat Man Blue, a High Brow Cat stallion owned by Lazy M Ranch, Forney, Texas, and ridden by Sean Flynn to a 435.5 and Blue One Time, a One time Pepto stallion owned by Georgia and Dave Husby, ridden by Clint Allen to a 433.5.

Second, scoring a 436.5 (216-220.5) was Spookystimetoshine, a stallion sired by One Time Pepto out of San Starlight by Grays Starlight, owned by Darol and Karen Rodrock, Bucyrus, Kan., ridden by Steve Oehlhof, Corsicana, Texas, who ironically was also a catch rider as trainer Michael Cooper was originally scheduled to ride the stallion. Third, with a 436 (218.5-217.5) was First Lookin, a stallion by Smart Little Lena out of Smart Lookin Hi Brow by High Brow Hickory, owned by Danny Miller, Poolville, Texas, ridden by Tyler Merrill, also of Poolville.
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WHY IS TIM SMITH SO SUCCESSFUL AS A CATCH RIDER?
Some time ago, I asked Tim how he knows if he is going to be able to “catch ride” a horse, and he said, “I have a pretty good eye for what fits me and I kind of know which ones I can win on and which ones I can mark a 72 on. I don’t hit the gas quite as hard on some of them.”

Smith claims that he adapts to the horses; he doesn’t make them adapt to him. “If they want to face up, I face up,” said Tim. “If they want to run and stop, we do that. I don’t try to reinvent the wheel. I cut and let them go where they’re supposed to. I just stay out of their way. I’m a big, tall guy but I’ve always had the ability to stay out of their way. You can weigh 100 pounds and be in the horse’s way – or you can weigh 300 pounds and stay out of their way.”

ONE TIME PEPTO’S TOPS LEADING SIRE LIST WITH FIRST COLT CROP:
High Brow Cat, the industry’s leading sire, had by far the most entries in this year’s Open Futurity with 97; however, with only 18 making the semifinals, his percentage put him down the list at only 19 percent. The leader was One Time Pepto, the great Peptoboonsmal stallion owned by Matthews Cutting Horses, who is experiencing his first colt crop showing in the NCHA Futurity. One Time Pepto had 38 entries, the third most, with 11 making the semifinals, topping the list at 29 percent.

Second, with 25 percent, was That Sly Cat, owned by Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, who only had four entries and one semifinalist: Sly Playgirl, owned by Robert Borick, Weatherford, Texas, and ridden by Jaime Snider, Burleson, Texas, to a 219.5 to top the first go-round. The pair had a total of 433 after scoring a 213.5 in the second go-round. Snider worked for Lloyd Cox for several years before going out on his own a couple of years ago.

The third leading sire is Tommy Manion’s Smooth As A Cat, with 48 entries and 10 making the semifinals for 21 percent. Tied at 20 percent were the legendary Smart Little Lena, with 20 entries and four qualifying for the semifinals; Cats Merada with 15 entries and three to the semis and Reys Dual Badger with 5 entries and one semifinalist.

Seven sires had only one entry in the Open division, with that entry making it to the semifinals. They included: Docs Stylish Oak, Dual Smart Rey, Lenas Busy Bee, Pepto Rio Playboy, Play Red, Snackbox and Ubet I Wood.

Smart Little Lena led the list of Maternal Grandsires, with 11, followed by High Brow Cat with seven grandbabies qualifying for the semifinals. Third was Freckles Playboy with 6, Dual Pep, 5, Peptoboonsmal, 4 and Peppy San Badger, 3.

OWNERS AND RIDERS:
David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Texas, topped the owner’s list of semifinalists, with 4, followed by eight other owners who each had two semifinalists. Sixteen riders qualified both of their entries for the semifinals and included James Payne, Jason Clark, Jody Galyean, John Mitchell, John Wold, Jonathan Rogers, Lloyd Cox, Mark Lavender, Matt Miller, Nathaniel Lansford, Phil Rapp, Roger Wagner, Sean Flynn, Tag Rice, Tarin Rice and Tommy Marvin.
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WHAT’S AHEAD:
The first go-round of the Non-Pro is being held today, Monday, Nov. 29 and Tuesday, Nov. 30, followed by the second go-round Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2-3. The Amateur begins on Saturday, Dec. 4 and continues through Monday, Dec. 6.

RICHARD JORDAN CLAIMS FUTURITY TITLE AT BVCHA BIG IRON RANCH AGED EVENT

Special to All About Cutting
Nov. 3, 2010 - Caldwell, Idaho

The Boise Valley Cutting Horse Association held their Big Iron Ranch Aged Event and NCHA shows Oct. 8-10 at the Heritage Center in Caldwell, Idaho. With over 253 entries over the two-and-one-half days, the show paid out over $28,000 and used 632 head of cattle.

Following are the champions and Reserve Champions in each of the aged event classes:

Duane Barton, Spring Creek, Nev., won the Non-Pro Futurity riding Smart Candy Girl.
Photo by Scootemnshootem

 

Open Futurity Champion: So Smart Starlight, Richard Jordan rider, Ken Dunn owner: $2356.05
Open Reserve Champion: Inspiring Choices, Mike Giannie, rider, Y4 Ranch Lois Davis owner: $2335.00

Non Pro Futurity Champion: Smart Candy Girl, Duane Barton rider, $886.50
Non Pro Reserve: Pretty Boy Jax, Rob Schutte Rider: $864.00

Mike Giannie, Blackfoot, Idaho, rode Styling My Jag to the Open Derby title.
Photo by Scootemnshootem

 

Open Derby Champion: Styling My Jag, Mike Giannie rider. Y4 Ranch Lois Davis owner: $2311.50
Reserve Derby: Aftersunsetmoonrise, Summer Housley rider, Elaine Phipps owner: $1123.66

 

Non Pro Derby: Twist And Swing, Van Greenwell rider $883.33
Non Pro Reserve: Smart Jimeny Cricket, Zane Mendenhall rider $441.67

STEPHANIE LARRABEE, BILL LACY AND DUSTIN ADAMS TOP SOUTH POINT NON-PRO AGED EVENTS

AMBER CHARTER GETS FIRST BIG WIN IN AMATEUR DERBY; BETSY TALERMO TOPS AMATEUR CLASSIC/CHALLENGE

By Glory Ann Kurtz - Action photos by Midge Ames
Oct. 20, 2010

Stephanie Larrabee, Santa Ynez, Calif., bred, raised and trained Shes Cat Smart. The pair won the South Point Non-Pro Futurity.
Photo by Midge

Winners in the Non-Pro and Amateur divisions of the South Point aged event, held Oct. 10-16 at the South Point Equestrian Center, Las Vegas, Nev., ranged from multi-million dollar lifetime money earners down to the Amateur Derby champion who had lifetime NCHA cutting earnings prior to the show of only $1,162.

But the 108 non-pro and amateur horse-and-rider teams gave it their best and appreciated their paychecks and other awards, including a Roohide trophy saddle, headstalls, trophy buckles, saddle pads and engraved spurs.

They also appreciated the entertainment and excitement of “Fun City” and the convenience of having a cutting within a hotel complex filled with restaurants, entertainment and gaming, plus a flat-screen television in each room with the cutting event having its own channel. Also held within the South Point Aged Event were three days of weekend cuttings and the final classes of the MillionHeir Classic, ending close to 15 years of a lucrative stallion program started by Wes Adams.

NON-PRO FUTURITY:
Stephanie Larrabee, Santa Ynez, Calif. shown with her husband Terry.

 

Stephanie Larrabee, Santa Ynez, Calif., riding Shes Cat Smart, a daughter of WR This Cats Smart out of Bob Acre Kate by Bob Acre Doc, that Stephanie and her husband, Terry, had bred, raised and trained, won the 12-entry Non-Pro Futurity, taking home the $4,500 first-place paycheck for their 216 finals score.

“She’s been quite a challenge to train,” said Stephanie following her win. “She’s very hot-minded, but she’s very talented. The check was only the second one for the mare, which Stephanie said “just turned the corner.” She had won a jackpot and $208 at a feedlot cutting in Bakersfield, Calif., the week prior to the South Point.

Gerald O’Brien, an Australian horse trainer who was at the Larrabee’s facility for about a month, actually started Shes Cat Smart. “It’s a good thing he did because she was such a challenge,” said Stephanie. “He did a fabulous job because she was a very difficult individual.”

Stephanie, with over $400,000 in lifetime earnings, is no newcomer to the business; in fact, she won the Non-Pro division of the big Pacific Coast Futurity twice – in 1990 and 2006. And, according to Stephanie, she is headed to the PCCHA Futurity and aged event in Paso Robles, Calif., again next week to see if Shes Cat Smart continues to improve.

Terry, a retired Coors Beer distributor, and Stephanie have owned a coffee shop for the past nine years. “Terry retired and bought me a job,” said Stephanie with a laugh, referring to the coffee shop. However, recently, the couple, who have been married for 21 years, started a new business called Core Balance (www.corebalanceus.com), a horse nutrition company with their partner, Dr. Van Snow, who was killed in a plane crash in April.

Robert Borick, Weatherford, Texas, was Reserve Champion of the Non-Pro Futurity riding Rey Too Stylish.

The Reserve Champion was Robert Borick, Weatherford, Texas, riding Rey Too Stylish, a gelding by Stylish Rey out of Call A Nurse by Freckles Loverboy. The gelding added $3,875 to his lifetime earnings of $6,500 at the show, giving him a total of close to $10,400. Previously the gelding was a finalist at the Big Sky Open Cutting Futurity and Reserve Champion of the Non-Pro, and also a finalist at Idaho and fourth in the Non-Pro. Borick has lifetime earnings of over $301,000.

The Futurity Non-Pro Gelding and $250,000 Limited Rider finals were won by Jacob Pinheiro, Templeton, Calif., riding Ann Olenas Cat, a gelding by WR This Cats Smart out of Miss Ann Oleana by Miss N Cash. The gelding has already won close to $12,000 this year, including a third at the Fort Klamath Ranch Festival, plus Reserve in the Limited Rider divisions, plus a seventh place at the El Rancho Non-Pro Futurity and Reserve in the Gelding Division.

Actually Ann Olenas Cat picked up more cash than the Non-Pro Futurity Champion at the South Point, collecting $4,600 for third place in the Non-Pro and the championship of the Gelding and Limited Rider Finals. Pinheiro has lifetime earnings of close to $16,000.

NON-PRO DERBY:
Bill Lacy, Crested Butte, Colo., won the Non-Pro Derby riding Montanas Cougar,a horse he bred and raised.
Photo by Midge Ames

 

Bill Lacy, 53, is a unique non-professional competitor in that he and his wife, Catherine, raise the horses he shows in Crested Butte, Colo., where there are only four or five months a year where it is comfortable to ride a cutting horse. Lacy, with just under half a million dollars in lifetime earnings, rode Montanas Cougar, a gelding by his stallion High Brow Cougar out of Montana Docs Queen by Montana Doc, to the championship of the Non-Pro Derby, with his 222 score earning him a total of $10,550.

The pair won the Non-Pro finals with a 222 as well as the Gelding Finals. The gelding was also Reserve Champion in the Open Derby with trainer Tim Denton in the saddle, for an additional $8,750, which included a win in the second go-round. The check represented the largest take-home paycheck in the gelding’s cutting career and raised his lifetime earnings to over $38,100.
Montanas Cougar’s sire, High Brow Cougar, is also owned by Lacy, and was ridden by Tim Denton to third in the NCHA Open Futurity and second at the Las Vegas show behind the great mare Boon San Kitty – by a half point. He is sired by the industry’s leading sire High Brow Cat and out of Rey Lena Girl, a daughter of Smart Little Lena out of Jay Moss by Rey Jay, who produced a second-place winner at the NCHA Futurity.

His dam, Montana Docs Queen, a 1985 daughter of Montana Doc out of Sport Model Queen by Sport Model, was also ridden by Lacy and a couple of Open riders to over $108,246 in lifetime earnings. She has produced eight foals earning $285,843 for an average of $35,730 per foal, including The King Of Queens ridden by Lacy to fifth in the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge and Reserve Champ;ion of the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge Gelding division.

Asked how he gets his horses worked in snowy Crested Butte, Lacy said, “We have an indoor barn but the problem is the cattle don’t stick around. We use some in the winter but we usually just go to Tim’s (Denton, Sterling, Utah) and Texas.” Lacy is a many-times contestant at the Las Vegas show and said he won a MillionHeir class and was co-champion with Mark Pearson one time.

For his efforts, Lacy received a Roohide saddle, which he looked forward to. “I’ve won a half dozen saddles,” said Lacy, “including a Roohide that I ride in all the time. But not near as many as Dustin (Adams). He’s my hero.”

Dustin missed the saddle this time; however, as he was Reserve Champion of the Non-Pro Derby scoring a 217 riding Stellas Lil Scoot, a gelding by Smart Lil Scoot out of Stella Starlight, the 2000 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion with Lach Perks in the saddle, sired by Grays Starlight.

“We tried to sell him forever,” said Dustin, “but we couldn’t get anyone to look at him. I got tired to seeing him go to waste, so I worked out a deal with my dad and I was able to own him.”

Dustin also won the MillionHeir Challenge for a $70,400 paycheck, including $2,400 for second in the first go-round. The big win put Dustin over the $3 million mark in lifetime earnings. In fact, between Dustin and his wife, Deena, the pair took home a total of $86,150 from the Las Vegas show.

Tommy Williams, the $250,000 Ltd. Non-Pro Derby Champion riding Smart Fifteen, shown with his helper Lisa Hewitt.

The $250,000 Limited Rider champion in the Non-Pro Derby was Tommy Williams, Rosie, Ark., riding Smart Fifteen, a daughter of Playdox out of Seven N Eights (hence the Fifteen in her name) by Smart Little Lena. Bred by Slate River’s Glade Knight, the mare was purchased by Tommy in September 2009. She had been trained by Scott Johnson, who at that time trained out of Slate River Ranch.

Tommy, 67, who has lifetime earnings over $50,000, has put close to $30,700 on the mare in Non-Pro and Amateur competition this year, including the $8,320 he picked up at Las Vegas for the Limited Non-Pro Derby Rider Championship, and third in the Non-Pro Derby and Amateur Derby.

NON-PRO CLASSIC/CHALLLENGE:
Dustin Adams rode Stylin Playgirl to the championship of the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge. Dustin and his wife, Deena, are expecting their first child the last of May.
Photo by Midge Ames

 

Dustin Adams rode Stylin Playgirl, a 5-year-old daughter of Docs Stylish Oak out of Another Playgirl by Freckles Playboy, to a 223, and the championship of the 23-entry Non-Pro Classic/Challenge, collecting an $8,500 paycheck after also winning both go-rounds. The mare currently has close to $190,000 in lifetime earnings, including a fifth place in the 2008 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, where she picked up $56,392 and a semifinalist, earning $10,000 in the Open.

She was also third in the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes and a finalist in the Open, and split the Reserve Championship in the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Derby and a finalist in the Open. But with all that money and all those titles, this was the mare’s first championship of a major aged event.

“I bought her in the NCHA Futurity Sale when she was a 2-year-old,” said Dustin, “and sent her to Shannon Hall. He did a good job on her. Shannon and I showed her for the first part of her career. She’s just a wonderful mare with a big stop and lots of cow. But she’s really, really quick and it took me a long time to get with her because she’s so quick.”

Dustin has another year in the major aged events on her and said, “She really likes to work in the fall and she’s been good out here last year and this year. I think I was third on her out here last year and we made the finals at Paso (Robles).

Fresh from her own El Rancho Futurity, Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif., was Reserve Champion of the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge riding Lil Dulce Lu.

The Reserve title went to Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif., riding Lil Dulce Lu, a 6-year-old daughter of Dulces Smart Lena out of Miss Haulin Hickory by SR InstantChoice. The mare currently has over $90,700 in lifetime earnings, including a semifinalist check at the 2008 NCHA Open Super Stakes; however, most of her money has been won in West Coast events.

The Gelding Champion was Mucho Macho Mecom, a 5-year-old son of Mecom Blue out of Molly Bob Acre by Bob Acre Doc, owned by Reata Cutting Horses, Los Olivos, Calif. , and ridden by Charles Roven, who has lifetime earnings of $120,000. Mucho Macho Mecom has lifetime earnings of $50,000 including $6,380 at Las Vegas for a fourth in the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge, the championship of the Gelding Finals and Reserve in the $120K Limited Rider division.

The $250K Limited Rider championship went to C. H. DeHaan, Scottsdale, Ariz., riding Wheres My Chex, a 6-year-old gelding by Yellow Roan Of Texas out of Amanda Oakley by Playgun. The pair picked up a total of $6,370, for third in the Non-Pro Classic and first in the $250K Rider finals. The pair also were Reserve Champions of the Classic/Challenge Amateur Finals, earning an additional $1,500.

The gelding currently has over $47,200 in lifetime earnings, including the Reserve Championship of the 2010 PCCHA Spring Classic $200K Non-Pro. DeHaan currently has lifetime earnings of over $56,000.

AMATEUR DERBY:
Amber Charter went to the South Point show with only $1,162.21 in lifetime earnings. However, riding Gata Montes (Wild Cat in Spanish), she won the Amateur Derby.
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When Amber Charter, 30, a high school ag teacher from Williams, Calif., won the 16-entry Amateur Derby finals riding Gata Montes, a daughter of Soula Jule Star out of High Brows Kitty by High Brow Cat, she had lifetime NCHA earnings of only $1,162.21. But she picked up a cool $2,000 for her 214 and the Amateur Derby championship.

Gata Montes, which means “wild cat” in Spanish, was bred by Pete Bourdet, who sold her to Sandy Bonelli as a yearling and Emily Jones, Arbuckle, Calif., purchased her as a –year-old. Amber purchased her from Emily in June of this year.

“I saw the mare when she was a late 3-year-old,” said Amber, “and I always liked her. So in June when she came up for sale, I bought her.” The Las Vegas show is only Amber’s third big show and the $2,000 was by far her largest paycheck. However, the mare had previously won $4,800 at the 2010 South Point Winter Non-Pro Derby.

“I cut when I was in high school and a little bit in college,” said Amber, “and when I moved, I quit for a couple of years. Then I started back with my old mare in December and bought this mare in June.” According to Amber, her husband, Mike, is a farmer and doesn’t ride. The couple have no children. Asked if she was going to the PCCHA aged event in Paso Robles, Amber said, “I’m done for the year. I’ve got to get back to teaching.”

Cindy Watkins, Scottsdale, Ariz., was Reserve Champion of the Amateur Derby riding Ten Cents A Shine.

The Reserve title went to Cindy Watkins, Scottsdale, Ariz., riding Ten Cents A Shine, a son of Smooth As A Cat out of Aglows Little Peppy by Peppy San Badger, to a 214 and a $1,900 paycheck. The earner of over $92,000 in lifetime earnings has been cutting for seven years and works with trainer Sean Flynn, Weatherford, Texas. “It’s a little bit of a haul to get out there,” said Cindy, “but there are lots of great shows out there.”

“He’s been awesome for me,” said Cindy about Ten Cents A Shine. “I got him in February of this year and made two finals on him right away. Then it’s been pretty quiet all year so I was tickled to make the finals. This is such a great show…but I couldn’t have done it without my loper, Lisa Hewitt. She gets my horse so ready. Sean had to leave to look at some horses the day before the finals, and I thought ‘Oh no,’ so we were kind of on our own. If Lisa would have left, we probably wouldn’t have stayed, referring to a couple other cutters who also came from Weatherford. She’s that important.” Lisa, who works for Australian trainer Sean, is also from Australia.

Cindy was a secretary for her husband Duane’s construction company, which they sold a couple of years ago. Duane is a team roper, competing in AQHA heeling events. Today, the couple own some commercial buildings.

CLASSIC/CHALLENGE AMATEUR:
Betsy Talermo, a clothing store owner from Jackson, Wyo., won the Amateur Clssic Challenge riding Somebodys Smart Talk.
Photo by Midge Ames

 

Betsy Talermo, Jackson, Wyo., has owned a clothing store in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for 28 years, but she has been riding cutting horses for around eight years, winning over $80,000 in NCHA lifetime earnings. Riding Somebodys Smart Talk, a 6-year-old gelding by Somebody Smart out of Remedys Peppy San by Doc’s Remedy, she won the Classic/Challenge Amateur Finals with a 219.5, collecting $1,800. The pair also won the first go-round.

“I’ve had him since he was a 3-year-old and he was trained by Les Bates, who did a great job,” said Betsy. “I feel fortunate that I have such a wonderful animal.” The pair recently won the Western States Non-Pro Classic/Challenge, were Reserve in the Non-Pro in Wyoming and are headed to Paso Robles and Utah. “We’ve got to go while we’re hot,” explained Betsy.

Somebodys Smart Talk has NCHA lifetime earnings of close to $55,000, with Les earning about half that money in Open competition and Betsy earning the balance in Non-Pro and Amateur competition.

C. H. DeHaan Scottsdale, Ariz., wa Reserve Champion of the Amateur Classic/Challenge riding Wheres My Chex.

The Reserve title went to C. H. DeHaan riding Wheres My Chex, a 6-year-old gelding by Yellow Roan of Texas out of Amanda Oakley by Playgun, that also finished third in the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Finals and won the $250K Limited Rider Finals. The pair won a total of $6,370 at the show.

“He’s easy, like a Cadillac to ride,” said DeHaan. “That’s why I can ride him. This wasn’t my best run but he hangs in there with me and does what he’s supposed to do. Wheres My Chex has won over $45,600 in lifetime earnings, while DeHaan has topped the $50,000 mark.

“But this is his ‘last hurrah’,” said DeHaan. “He’s staying in the barn and will be ridden by Gracie!” Gracie is his trainer Al Dunning’s granddaughter, who is currently six months old.
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TODD ADOLF RIDES ONE TIME FAYE TO WSCHA OPEN FUTURITY TITLE

ONE TIME PEPTO FROM FIRST FOAL CROP CAPTURES FUTURITY TITLE

By Bonnie McClure
Oct. 5, 2010 - Loveland, Colo.

In these economic times it is refreshing to see an event actually have an increase in entries. The Western States Cutting Horse Association (WSCHA) recently completed its five-day Limited Age Event at The Ranch in Loveland, Colo., and it numbers were up, according to Pam Schaeffer, club secretary The event, held Sept. 29-Oct. 3, had 12 states represented by owners or riders.

OPEN FUTURITY:
Todd Adolph won the Open Futurity riding One Time Faye, owned by the Round Montain Ranch, Longmont, Colo.

The prestigious award of Open Futurity Champion went to Colorado owners Round Mountain Ranch of Longmont Colo. Their trainer, Todd Adolf, showed One Time Faye, a 3-year-old daughter of One Time Pepto out of Lil Faye Rey by Dual Rey, bred by Gary Bellenfant, DeLeon, Texas. Out of the first crop of One Time Pepto, the filly earned $5,471.97.

The Reserve Champion was Smooth Pass Play, a daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Playboys Lexus by Freckles Playboy, owned by Cody & Joette Duvall, Granada, Colo.

Cody Duvall, Granada, Colo., rode Smooth Pass Play to the WSCHA Futurity Open Reserve title.

Rider Cody Duvall and Smooth Pass Play were leading the contest going into the third go when a missed step in the final seconds cost the team. Still, being able to take home $5074.51 and the title of Reserve Champion is a wonderful feeling according to Duvall. In total, 16 entries in the Futurity class received one or more checks which made it possible for nearly 50 percent of the contestants to win more then their entry fees back.

OPEN DERBY:
Scott Amos, Loma, Colo., returned to the WSCHA limited age event with PRF Reys Gingerpunch, upping his Reserve title from last year to the Champion of the Open Derby this year.

 

Returning with the Dual Rey filly PRF Reys Gingerpunch, trainer Scott Amos, Loma, Colo., was able to up his Reserve title from last year to Champion for the Open Derby. The daughter of Dual Rey out of Sons Miss Sprat by Sons Rushette, had lifetime earnings of $21,669,42 going into the Western States event, including their largest paycheck of $5,834.74 for the championship of the 2009 Wyoming CHA Open Futurity.

Tarin Rice, Spearman, Texas was the Open Derby Reserve Champion riding Ima Little Ichi.

 

The Reserve Open Derby title was awarded to Spearman,Texas, rider Tarin Rice on his gelding Ima Little Ichi (Cat Ichi x Ms Bag Of Hope x Freckles Loverboy) that he and his wife, Katie, own. It was their second limited aged event paychec after tying for sixth in the 2010 NCHA Limited Non-Pro Derby.

OPEN CLASSIC:
Les Bates, Sedalia, Colo., and Skyline Lena, owned by Don and Denise Cox, Frankton, Colo., won the Open Classic.

 

The Open Classic Champion title stayed in Colorado and went to owners Don and Denise Cox of Franktown. Their gelding, Skyline Lena (Mr Skyline Peppy x Genuine Sonitalena x Sonitalena), was shown by trainer Les Bates, Sedalia, Colo., and garnered total earning of $4,429.07 along with the bronze award. The gelding had lifetime earnings of over $70,470 coming into the event, including their largest paycheck of $26,381 for the championship of the 2008 Cotton Stakes Open Derby.

The Reserve Champion went out of Ogden, Utah, rider Lawson Hadlock who showed Pain In My Acre, a daughter of CJ Sugar Lena out of Claracre by Bob Acre Doc, for Prosser, Wash., owner George Dawson.

NON-PRO:
Robert Schutte, Twin Falls, Utah, won the Non-Pro Futurity riding Pretty Boy Jax.

All of the Non-Pro Championships went to out of state cutters: Robert Schutte, Twin Falls, Idaho, came off of his Wyoming Futurity win two weeks before to capture the WSCHA Futurity Non-Pro title on Pretty Boy Jax (Pretty Boy Cat x Wendy Golightly x Doc's Hickory).

Jerry Gregory, Kimball, Neb., won the Non-Pro Derby riding Cowgirl Time.

 

The Derby Non-Pro Champion was won by Jerry Gregory, Kimball, Neb., on Cowgirl Time, a daughter of Peptotime x Stylish Lil Cowgirl x Docs Stylish Oak.

Betsy Talermo, Jackson, Wyo., won the Non-Pro Classic, riding Somebodys Smart Talk. The win was her first championship.

Also, Jackson, Wyo., competitor Betsy Talermo received her first Champion award ever in the Classic on her gelding Somebodys Smart Talk, a gelding by Somebody Smart out of Remedys Peppy San by Doc's Remedy. The gelding had $46,118 in lifetime earnings.

The Lacy family of Crested Butte, Colo., took home all of the Non-Pro Reserve Champion titles. Patriarch Bill Lacy had the Derby and Classic mounts and his son Nathan was on the Futurity horse. Their Derby horse is Montanas Cougar, a gelding by High Brow Cougar out of Montana Docs Queen by Montana Doc. Their Classic horse is The King of Queens, a son of Pepto Taz also out of Montana Docs Queen. Cougars Royalty, a son of High Brow Cougar out of Your Royal Queen by Royal Fletch was the 3-year-old Futurity Non-Pro Champion.

New this year was a Pro-Am class. The trainers really enjoyed showing in this class because they felt they could really hang it all out. First go the horse was shown by the professional, second go the amateur/NonPro was on board and in the finals the same horse was shown by the rider with the highest score. Under the two NCHA judges, Joe Cameron and Arthur Jackson, who had worked the rest of the show, Mr Scootin Budha received the highest score of the entire five days with a 151 when trainer Scott Amos never left the center of the pen for the entire two-and-one-half minutes of his run. This set the entire team up for the overall title, taking in $2,400.72.
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2010 NRCHA SNAFFLE BIT FUTURITY OPEN FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Press release from NRCHA
Sept. 29, 2010

The results are in and the 2010 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finalists have been decided.Those lucky enough to earn a ticket to the big dance will compete on Sunday, Oct. 3, in a clean-slate competition for the Open Championship and a piece of the $648,000 Open finals payout. The NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, held annually at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nev., began the preliminary competition on Sept. 20.

Leading the field of 25 Open Finalists are Phillip Ralls and Jake Gorrell, who have scores of 652.5. Ralls competed on Dom Dualuise, upon whom he had the high Open preliminary herd work score with a 220. Ralls followed that with a 218 in the rein work, and finished with a 214.5 down the fence. Dom Dualuise, by Dual Rey out of Smart Little XX, is owned by Chris Larson.

Gorrell, riding Playing Ace High for Mike and Linda Silveira, began with a 212.5 in the herd work, followed that with a 218 in the rein work, and brought the crowd to its feet with a 222 in the fence work. Playing Ace High is by Playin Stylish out of Gold Cloud Miss.

Darren Miller and his horse, Lil Remedy Pep, marked the high score of the Open and Cinch Intermediate Open Futurity preliminary cow work, a 223, and won $2,500 in go-round money. Combined with his herd and rein work score, Miller, of Watkins, Colo., made it back to both the Open and Cinch Intermediate Open finals with a 647.5. Lil Remedy Pep is by Very Smart Remedy and out of Kaimana Wana Wiggle.

Another big winner from the Open division was Lyn Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat, owned by David Archer, who made the Open finals with a 644 composite. Along with making the Open finals, Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat won the Ladies division, worth $1,485, and the Fairlea Ranch Silver Gun Yearling Sale Incentive, which garnered an additional $14,500!

The Fairlea Ranch-Silver Gun Yearling Sale Incentive began in 2007. Only NRCHA Stakes eligible yearlings that actually sell in the Classic Yearling and Broodmare Sale or the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale are eligible to make a payment of $250 which pays them into the NRCHA Yearling Sale Purse. Those funds, plus the additional money sponsored by Fairlea Ranch-Silver Gun, are combined and paid to the highest advancing 3-year-old when that set of yearlings shows in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Justin Wright and No Chic Flicks, owned by Ronnie and Karin Richards, topped the Cinch Intermediate Open preliminary composite with a 651. That score not only earned a position in both the Open and Cinch Intermediate Open finals, it also captured the NRCHA Select 2-Year-Old Sale Incentive check for $21,000! No Chic Flicks also won the NRCHA Non Pro Select 2-Year-Old Sale Incentive, worth $9,000, with the Richards' daughter Laurie Ward.

Any horse that sells in the NRCHA Select 2-Year-Old Sale is eligible to win the Select 2-Year-Old Sale Incentive money, which is paid to the highest advancing horse competing in the next year's Futurity. Money is paid to the highest advancing Open and highest advancing Non Pro.

Les Oswald and Dulces Little Light not only had the high Limited Open composite score, they also had the high preliminary cow work score for the division with a 216.5. The high cow score came with a check for $1,000. Dulces Little Light, by Dulces Smart Lena and out of Light The Stars, is owned by Richard and Rena Whyler.

The cut-off score to earn an Open Final's berth was a 644; in the Intermediate Open, a 636 was needed; and a 621 got a rider into the Limited Open. The finalist draw order will be decided Wednesday, September 29, at the Snaffle Bit Futurity Finals Draw Reception, hosted by Merial products ULCERGARD, EQUIOXX. The Finals Draw Party has a new home in 2010 - it will be held at the Poolside Terrace of NRCHA Sponsor John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel and Casino.

Along with the draw, there will be a special presentation to the Open finalist owners. For the second year in a row, Quarter Horse News will be presenting Gist commemorative lapel pins to all the owners of Open finalist horses.
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WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, DOESN'T STAY IN VEGAS

OVER $400,000 ADDED TO SOUTH POINT & MILLIONHEIR CUTTINGS OCT. 7-16; ENTRY DEADLINE WITHOUT PENALTY SEPT. 15

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 8, 2010

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas – but not in the case of Paris Hilton or the South Point Futurity, Aged Event and Open Cutting, which also features the final MillionHeir Classic. Entrants in the Oct. 7-16 show will take home over $450,000 in added money and prizes.

The 10-day show will include three days of open cutting (Oct. 7-9), with $12,000 in added money. There will also be seven days of aged events, including the final MillionHeir Classic for 6-year-old horses ridden by Non-Pros and Amateurs. The South Point aged events will include over $120,000 in added money, Roohide saddles, Skyline buckles, headstalls and spurs, Resistol hats and more surprises.

The final MillionHeir show will feature $300,000 added to 6-year-old Non-Pro and Amateur classes. Also, an additional $30,000 will be paid to the highest-scoring horse over the total of all three years (for 6-year-old horses). However, to get in on the high-paying events, the deadline for entries, including the South Point aged events, without penalty is Sept. 15.

SOUTH POINT AGED EVENTS & OPEN CUTTINGS:
The three days of open cuttings, with $12,000 in added money, will include a $750-added Open and Non-Pro each day, plus $500 added each day to the $50,000 Amateur, $10,000 Novice, $15,000 Novice Non-Pro, $3,000 Novice Horse and the $5,000 Novice Horse Non-Pro. There will also be four jackpot classes, including the $35,000 Non-Pro, $15,000 Amateur, $2,000 Limited Rider and $1,500 Novice Horse. A youth class will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9.

The seven days of aged events will include $121,000 in added money, which will NOT BE PRO-RATED by the number of entries in the class. The amount advertised as added to each class, will be added – not pro-rated. The 3-year-old, 4-year-old and 5/6-year-old Open will each have $25,000 added. The non-pro classes in each of those age groups will each have $10,000 in added money.

Within the Open and Non-Pro classes, there will be gelding classes. Also, there will be a $250,00 Limited Non-Pro class-within-a-class in each Non-Pro class. Within the Derby Open and Non-Pro divisions, there will be a $10,000 Novice Horse class. There will also be 4-year-old, and a 5/6-year-old Amateur class with $3,000 added to each. Riders can ride an unlimited number of horses and there will be four head of cattle per entry in the open divisions and three head in the non-pro and amateur divisions.

Although the show is not approved by the NCHA, it has been approved by the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association. Show producer Paula Gaughan has stressed that she has over $120,000 in added money up and with the lowest entry fees anywhere – with no percentage paid to anyone – leaving more money in the purse. While there are not any other aged-event shows with comparable added money scheduled for the time period of the South Point show, Paula expressed concern about the state of the economy’s effect on entries. Her three days of open cuttings have historically had a great turn-out.

The South Point shows will also feature four practice pens that will be open throughout the show, a free happy hour daily in the Saturday Night Bar overlooking the arena, and spectators and entrants can watch continuous live coverage of the event from the comfort of their hotel room. Special room rates will be available from a block of rooms until Sept. 20. Call the South Point at 866-791-7626 for reservations, mentioning offer Code SOU1005.

Unfortunately, contestants will not have Tom Holt announcing the event, as due to an ongoing lawsuit against the NCHA by Gaughan, the NCHA forced Tom to make a decision to either announce NCHA-approved shows, or the Gaughan-approved shows. Tom had to choose his family-supporting job with the NCHA. Gaughan’s lawsuit to force the NCHA to open their financial records to all members of the NCHA, as well as the general public, is awaiting a decision from the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Fort Worth.

Entry blanks and stall reservation forms (for climate-controlled stalls), as well as the schedule of events, are available at http://www.southpointcutting.com. For further information contact Kathryn Webb (fax) 801-768-2296 or e-mail her at kwebb50@msn.com.

And remember – although the purse money won’t remain in Las Vegas, “Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!”

R. L. CHARTIER IS STAR OF WEST TEXAS OPEN DERBY/CLASSIC

GRANT SETNICKA RIDES LITTLE NITRO SALLY TO OPEN FUTURITY TITLE

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 23, 2010 – Amarillo, Texas

R. L. Chartier, Weatherford, Texas, won the Open Derby and Classic at the West Texas Futurity.

 

R. L. Chartier proved that he belongs on the list of top “Open Cutting Horse Trainers” at the West Texas Cutting Futurity held Aug. 14-22 in Amarillo, Texas. The Weatherford, Texas, trainer, riding Smart Cat Moria to a 223, won the 75-entry Derby in a work-off with Beau Galyean riding High Dollar Cat. He also won the 63-entry Classic with a whopping 227 riding Special Nu Kitty owned by Julie Wrigley’s, Wrigley Ranches LLC, Weatherford, Texas.

But that wasn’t all, as Chartier also finished fifth in the Classic riding A Little Bossy (05g CD Lights x Pistol Smart x Smart Little Lena), owned by Wrigley Ranches, for an additional $6,000 and Shorta Bossy (06g CD Lights x Shortys Bonita Lena x Shorty Lena), owned by Chartier and his wife Mica, to fourth in the Open Derby, collecting another $7,300 and finished second in the Gelding finals for an additional $1,399.82. Chartier left the event with a total take-home check of $36,450, and also received a saddle for the Open rider earning the most money in all divisions.

Grant Setnicka, Grandview, Texas, won the 42-entry Open Futurity riding Little Nitro Sally (07m Nitro Dual Doc x Smart Little Sally by Smart Little Lena). Setnicka owns both Little Nitro Sally and her sire Nitro Dual Doc.

DERBY:
Both riders in the Derby tie had scored a 221 but opted to hold a work-off for the official title of Derby Champion. Galyean left the arena before his allotted working time when he realized that his penalties would not let him win. However, the horses split the prize money with both taking home $10,750.

Smart Cat Moria, a 2006 daughter of High Brow Cat out of Smart Moria x Smart Little Lena, owned by Ralph Gray-Nevada LLC, Argyle, Texas, had previously placed fifth in the 2010 NCHA Open Derby and was a finalist at the Cattlemen’s Open Cutting Derby, for $32,838 in earnings. High Dollar Cat, a 2006 son of High Brow Cat out of Dual Nurse by Dual Pep, owned by hometown favorites Alvin and Becky Fults, the mare had previously been a money earner in the 2009 NCHA Futurity, with lifetime earnings of $10,476. The stallion also won the Gelding award for an additional $1,679.79.

Josh Townsend rode Catarose (05m High Brow Cat x Rosies Playboy Lena by Freckles Playboy) to the championship of the $200,000 Ltd. Open Derby, scoring a 216 in the finals for a $1,886.08 paycheck.

The Non-Pro Derby was won by Steve Anderson, Weatherford, Texas, riding JoJo Boon to a 220, collecting $8,000. The Reserve title went to Dustin Adams, Dublin, Texas, riding The Doctress Orders to a 217.5 for a $6,000 paycheck. The Limited Non-Pro Derby was won by TR Travalin riding by Doug Irvin, Hollidaysburg, Pa., to a $1,502.53. The Non-Pro Derby Gelding title went to Wade Rust, Gordon, Texas, riding Sisters My Brother to a 217, collecting $1,767.68

The Amateur Derby title went to Jackie Young, Dallas, Texas, riding Misspeptostilettos to a 215, earning $3,200. The Reserve title went to Julie Jarma, Prosper, Texas, riding Cabo Wabo Cat to a 213 and a $2,800 paycheck.

CLASSIC:
Special Nu Kitty is a 2004 daughter of High Brow Cat out of Nu I Wood by Zack T Wood. Prior to her West Texas win, she had over $228,456 in lifetime earnings, including her largest paycheck of $42,734 for a 21st place in the 2007 NCHA Open Futurity. She also picked up $30,375 for third in the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic and $30,847 for the Reserve Championship of the NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge.

A Little Bossy had previous earnings of $57,671, with his highest paycheck of $9,560 coming from being a finalist in the 2009 NCHA Open Super Stakes. He also finished 20th in the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Derby.

The Reserve Champion of the Open Classic Finals was Playin N Fancy Smart, a 2004 daughter of Smart Little Lena out of Playin N Fancy Peppy by Freckles Playboy, owned by the Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and ridden by Kory Pounds. The mare had previously won over $352,303, splitting eighth in the 2007 NCHA Futurity for $89,570 and splitting the championship of the 2008 NCHA Open Super Stakes for a total of $135,321. She was also second in the 2008 NCHA Open Derby for $36,773.

Ken Mock won the $200,000 Ltd. Open Classic riding Purdyestlady Pepto for Mimi Rogers, scoring a 216.5. Curtis Bass was Reserve riding Bobbie Boonsmal for Mike and Lori Jones, scoring a 216.

The Open Classic Gelding Finals was won by Beau Galyean riding Tassa Cat (04g High Brow Cat x Smart Little Tassa by Smart Little Lena) scoring a 221 and collecting $1,326.39.
Kelsey Turner, Ripley, Okla., won the Non-Pro Classic Finals, riding Little Smarty Levis to a 217 and the $8,000 first-place paycheck. The pair also won the $200,000 Ltd. Classic, for an additional $1,679.30 paycheck. Reserve went to Caleb Anderson, Weatherford, riding Chulas Stargun to a 214 and a $6,700 paycheck. Anderson was also second in the $200,000 Ltd. Non-Pro for an additional $1,399.42 as well as the Gelding division.

Laura Landers, wife of Joe Landers, won the $50,000 Amateur Classic Finals riding Smooth An Boon to a 221 and a $3,600 paycheck. The Reserve title went to Deborah Herold, West Point, Iowa, finished second riding SDP Scream Machine to a 220 and a $3,300 paycheck.

FUTURITY:
Little Nitro Sally, owned and shown by Setnicka scored a 220 in the Open Futurity Finals, taking home a $13,500 check. Setnicka, who came from the reined cow horse industry and got his start in the cutting horse industry by working for Marshall Chesrown, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, and his Black Rock Ranch, went out on his own in January and started his own training business in Grandview, Texas. To date, he has won over $361,200 in the cutting arena.

Little Nitro Sally’s sire, Nitro Dual Doc, a son of Peptoboonsmal out of Miss Dual Doc by Doc’s Remedy, with over $53,800 in lifetime earnings, is also owned by Chesrown; however, her dam is Smart Little Sally, a Smart Little Lena daughter out of Alice Walton’s Boon San Sally, who has offspring earning over $1 million.

Ashley Baxtrom rode ML Kadee Cat, a daughter of Smooth As A Cat, who is also out of a great mare, Kadee Lena Belle by CD Olena, is owned by Laurie and Mike Jones, Cushing, Okla. The pair scored a 215.5 in the Open Futurity Finals, taking the Reserve title and an $11,000 paycheck. Kadee Lena Belle earned close to $98,000 in her lifetime; however, she had six offspring who won over $224,400, for an average of $37,399 each. Her highest money-earning offspring was Little Silver Belles, an 03 daughter of Hes A Peptospoonful, with earnings of $194,624.

The $200,000 Ltd. Open Futurity finals were won by Justin Phinney, Kersey, Colo., riding A Rambling Rebel, a son of Pretty Boy Cat out of SF Way to Go Lena by Lenas Jewel Bars, owned by Steve Burns, Springtown, Texas. The pair’s 225 in the Ltd. Open finals, netted them $1,237.73.

The Gelding Finals were won by Craig Thompson, Buffalo, Texas, riding Genuine Little Scoot, a son of Smart Lil Scoot out of A Genuine Playgun by Playgun, for Jerry Yelverton, Russellville, Ark. Their 225 score netted them $1,326.14.

The seven-entry Non-Pro Futurity was won by Dustin Adams, riding Justa Little Jimmy to a 225 for a $7,000 paycheck. The pair also won the Gelding award for an additional $883.83.The Reserve title went to Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Texas, riding Smooth As A Twist to a 222, for a $4,162.30 check.

The Non-Pro 7-Up Finals were won by Beck Fults riding Sweet Abra to a 222 and a $3,000 paycheck.
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PHIL HANSON AND LHR SMOOTH JAMIE MAY STILL IN THE LEAD AFTER TWO GO-ROUNDS OF NCHA DERBY

RASCAL CATS TOPS 2ND GO; 61 HORSES AND 51 RIDERS HEADED TO FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS

Article and photos by Glory Ann Kurtz
July 26, 2010 – Fort Worth, Texas

The 220 score that Phil Hanson scored riding LHR Smooth Jamie May in the second go-round of the NCHA Open Derby was enough to keep him in the driver’seat going into the semifinals, scheduled for Friday noon, July 30. The daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Just Scarlet by Smart Lil Ricochet, owned by Sherry Chamberlain’s South Lazy Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, had scored a 219 in the first go-round, giving the pair a 439 – the highest cumulative score going into the clean-slate semifinals.

Matt Gaines, shown with his wife Tara, rode Smooth Criminal to the second-highest score following the two go rounds of the Open Derby.
Photo by Sheri Forrest

Following, with a total of 436 (217-219) is A Smooth Criminal (Smooth As A Cat x Carolena Moon x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Roxanne Koepsell, Aubrey, Texas, and ridden by Matt Gaines. Two horses scored a total of 435, including George C Merada, a gelding by Cats Merada out of Lenas Stylish Bunny by Docs Stylish Oak, owned by Debra and Jack Furst, Bartonville, Texas, and ridden by John Wold – and Whiskeynadirtyglass, a son of High Brow Cat out of Jitters Brown by Smart Little Lena, owned by Vincenzo Vario, Weatherford, and ridden by Phil Rapp.

Wesley Galyean rode Rascal Cats to a 223 - the highest score in the second go-round.

 

The high score in the second go-round was a whopping 223 scored by Rascal Cats – which was the highest so far in the Open Derby. The son of High Brow Cat out of Keena Pep by Dual Pep, owned by Steven Feiner, Los Angeles, Calif., was ridden by Wesley Galyean. The pair had scored a 208 in the first go-round, which is the second lowest score going into the second go-round. The pair improved their score the most of anyone, with none of the seven 207’s qualifying for the second go and only Galyean’s 208 qualified out of the 13 contestants that scored a 208.

There will be 20 sires represented in the 61-horse semifinals, scheduled for Friday’s semifinals, with only six having multiple semifinals qualifiers. The list is headed up by the industry’s leading sire, High Brow Cat, with 16 entries, followed by Dual Rey with 12, Smooth As A Cat, nine, Peptoboonsmal, five and Hesa Peptospoonful and Spots Hot with two each. Fourteen sires had only one offspring in the semifinals with four of those sires represented in the top 10 scores: Cats Merada, Peeka Pep, Playin Stylish and That Sly Cat. Other sires with one entry represented in the semifinals include Boon A Little, Cat Ichi, CD Lights, CD Olena, Chula Dual, Dualin Jewels, Peptotime, Power Proof, Smart Little Lena and Sweet Lil Pepto.

Ten riders will have two horses in the semifinals, including Bubba Matlock, Ed Flynn, Jason Clark, Jody Galyean, Mackie Hursch, Matt Gaines, Phil Hanson, R. L. Chartier, Sean Flynn and Wesley Galyean. Riders of the Top 10 scores going into the semifinals include Hanson, Gaines, John Wold, Phil Rapp, Tommy Marvin, Sam Shepard, Sean Flynn, Jason Clark, Matt Budge, Jaime Snider, Gary Gonsalves and Lloyd Cox.
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THIRD CUTTING KEEPS IT “ALL IN THE FAMILY” BY WINNING NCHA OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE

KRISTEN GALYEAN WINS LIMITED NON-PRO DERBY RIDING HARLEY

By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 20, 2010 – Fort Worth, Texas

Boyd Rice rode Third Cutting to his second record-breaking 230, winning the Open Classic/Challenge of the NCHA Summer Spectacular.

Keeping it all in the family, Third Cutting, ridden by Boyd Rice, scored another record 230 on Sunday, July 18,to win the NCHA Open Classic/Challenge during the NCHA Summer Spectacular held July 11-31 in Fort Worth, Texas. The stallion was on top of his game, even though Rice was still recuperating from a broken leg received from a riding accident he had three days following his co-championship of the NCHA Super Stakes. Two mares that were bred to him for 2011 foals, finished second and third.

Owned by Carl and Shawnea Smith, Jacksboro, Texas, the 2005 stallion, ridden by Rice and sired by Boonlight Dancer out of Crab Grass by Smart Little Lena, collected an unofficial $34,862, giving him official lifetime earnings of close to $400,000. That amount included his highest paycheck of $121,173 for the championship of the 2009 NCHA Open Super Stakes, $75,000 from the 2009 NCHA Open Derby, $79,286 for an eighth-place split in the 2008 NCHA Futurity. The pair most recently split the championship of the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic.

According to Rice in an interview on U-Tube, "This was the brest run I've ever had on him. He cut three perfect cows." He also said that plans are to show the stallion in the 2011 5/6-year-old aged events.

Special Nu Kitty, a 2004 daughter of High Brow Cat out of Nu I Wood by Zack T Wood, owned by Julie Wrigley’s Wrigley Ranches LLC, Weatherford, Texas, and ridden by R. L. Chartier II, scored a 225 for the Reserve title, earning an unofficial $30,847. The mare has created her own record by scoring the highest score (227) in the history of the NCHA Futurity go-rounds. She has lifetime earnings of over $228,457, including her largest paycheck of $42,734 for 21st in the 2007 NCHA Futurity, $34,548 for the championship of the 2008 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Derby and $30,375 for third in the 2010 NCHA Open Super Stakes Classic/Challenge.

Rey Down Sally, a 2004 daughter of Dual Rey out of Solano Sally by Doc’s Solano, owned by Iron Rose Ranch, Carbondale, Colo., and ridden by Gary Gonsalves, scored a 221 for third place, collecting an unofficial $26,831. The mare has over $373,872 in lifetime earnings, including $160,229 for a tie for third in the 2007 NCHA Open Futurity and $80,107 for the championship of the 2008 Breeders Invitational Open Derby. Both mares are bred to Third Cutting, along with over 80 other mares, for 2011 foals.


Smith had originally purchased Third Cutting, who was trained by James Payne, from the 2008 Polo Ranch Dispersal Sale, as a horse for himself. But it wasn’t long before he told Rice that he would have to be the one to show the stallion.
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KRISTEN GALYEAN/HARLEY CAPTURE DERBY LIMITED NON-PRO
Kristen Galyean, wife of trainer Wesley Galyean, Claremore, Okla., captured the championship of the Limited Non-Pro Division of the Derby, scoring a 218 and collecting $8,715. The check boosted the gelding’s lifetime earnings to over $100,000. His largest paycheck of $31,033 came from being a finalist in the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity with Wesley in the saddle. His second largest check of $22,630 was for a second-place tie in the Non-Pro Division of this year’s Breeders Invitational. Wesley rode the gelding’s sire, Spots Hot, to the championship of the 2004 NCHA Futurity.

The Reserve title and $8,386 paycheck went to Lauryn Crouch, Noxapater, Miss., riding Pretty Girl Cat, a 4-year-old daughter of Pretty Boy Cat out of Weekiva Star by Hickoryote, owned by Lauryn and her trainer husband Allen Crouch. The pair scored a 217 and raised the mare’s lifetime earnings to $25,800, which included a second place at the 2010 Breeders Invitational $10,000 Limited Non-Pro Derby and being a money earner in the Open.

The Non-Pro Derby finals will be held July 31 at 3 p.m., followed by the Open Derby finals.
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JASON LEITCH SWEEPS AUSTRALIAN NCHA CUTTING FUTURITY & CLASSIC CHALLENGE

FUTURITY SALE FEATURES $11,415 AVERAGE ON 100 HEAD; HIGH SELLER BRINGS $32,000

By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 6, 2010 – Tamworth, NSW, Australia

Jason Leitch made it known that he was a force to be reckoned with during the Australian NCHA Cutting Futurity which was held in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. The event, which ended today, began on May 26. Leitch won the Futurity and the Classic/Challenge, plus he finished fourth, 10th and 11th in the Open Futurity and ninth in the Derby.

Leitch rode Winderdeen Whiskey Cat, owned by Jason and his wife, Rachel, to a 150 in the 20-horse Open Futurity Finals, after tying with Phil Dawson riding Duck N Dulce for the top spot following two go-rounds; each scored an aggregate score of 290. Leitch also finished fourth on Senorslil Fire N Ice, owned by Michael Sutcliffe, scoring a 147.5; He also finished 10th riding Yulgilbar Wild Cat for Jamie and Sarah Inglis, with a 142, and tied for 11th riding Rackatazz, owned by Marsh Carney, with a 141. Dawson tied for fifth with a 146 finals score...

The Reserve title went to Wayne Baumann riding Linkafex, owned by Wayne and his wife Christine, to a 149. Third place and the Limited Open title went to Ian Merrick riding Winderdeen Kitty Acres for Greg Ellison to a 148. John Mitchell, who is the trainer at the Slate River Ranch in Weatherford, Texas, was a Futurity finalist riding Rooster Lena tied for 11th riding Rooster Lena for Ross & Julie Wilson. Mitchell was also a finalist in the Open Classic/Challenge riding El Tempo Blue Duck for Tony Sofra.

Rob Hodgman rode his horse EB’s Phalaris to a 151 in the finals of the Open Derby, plus he rode EB’s Mitown, owned by Beesley & Hodgman, to the finals of the Open Futurity. The trainer also was a finalist in the Open Classic/Challenge riding EB’s Mia CDee for Hodgman & McGregor.

Australia’s leading all-time trainers and Hall of Fame member Todd Graham tied for the Open Derby Reserve title riding Ranch Playgirl for Cameron & Hayle’ Turner to a 148. Also in the tie was Instant Sweet Oak, ridden by Dominic Williams and owned by him and his wife. Graham also had two finalists in both the Open Futurity and Classic/Challenge. Graham also finished fourth in the Open Derby on Winderdeen Scat Cat, owned by Mark and Joanne Smith.

The Reserve title of the Open Classic/Challenge went to Erin Flashy Rey, ridden by Aaron Wheatley for Tri Star QH Stud, scoring a 148. Wheatley, a prior Australian Futurity Champion, had trained for Jack Waggoner, as well as opened his own training stable, while in Texas. He returned to Australia right after the November/December 2009 NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth.

NON-PRO:
In Non-Pro competition, many-time Non-Pro Futurity Champion Lori MacKay won the Non-Pro Futurity again this year riding Dual N Boonsmal, owned by Shakespeare & MacKay. The pair scored a 147. Reserve went to Geoff Schnitzerling riding Rockin In Style to a 146. The Limited Non-Pro Division was won by Tahnika Fuit riding KGP Tom Cat to a 145. The Reserve title went to Donna Amos, the wife of top trainer Graham Amos, riding A One Nearoskills to a 143.5. Graham Amos trained in the United States for several years, including for James Vangilder, who is no longer involved in the cutting horse business.

The Non-Pro Derby title went to Lacey Elliott riding JA Lethal Style, owned by Brian and Debbie Elliottt, to a 147. Elliott also won the Senior Youth title riding WD Alilshortnin to a 149.5. The Reserve title was split between Sara Welk riding Starlight N Pepto and Peter Shumack riding Eyebrows Cat. Both scored a 145.5. The Non-Pro Classic/Challenge Champion was Angela Jolly riding Dual Windstorm, owned by her parents GL & LM Whyte. Angela scored a 148 in the finals. The reserve champion was a tie between William Tapp riding Do Rey Me and Jamie Bush riding Stylish Doll for Sharon Bush. Both scored a 145.5.

In the Snaffle Bit Cutting Futurity Bill Sargent rode Lil Late to the championship in a run-off against Michael Rapley riding KGP Hosalena. The Reserve title in the Senior Youth went to Todd Mulcahy riding Duck About for David Walsh to a 146. The winner of the Junior Youth was Wyatt Gray riding Doves Date With Destiny owned by Alan and Leanne Gray. The pair scored a whopping 151. Reserve was Matilda Shumack riding Parraweena Pep Talk, scoring a146. Matilda is the daughter of Peter and Jacinta Shumack. Peter tied for the Reserve title in the Non-Pro Derby.
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AUSTRALIAN FUTURITY SALE:
With 125 horses consigned, 100 sold for a $1,141,500 gross and an average of $11,415 during the NCHA Select Cutting Horse Sale held during the Futurity on June 4. Eighty percent of the horses changed hands. All horses that went through the arena grossed $1,423,050. The high-selling horse was Winderdeen Scotlynx, selling for $32,000 to R. McKee. The 3-year-old was sired by Intricatolena (Imp) out of Winderadeenshortlittlelena, consigned by Oakridge Cutting Horses. The second high seller, at $31,000 was Reyn Man, selling to Tri-Star Q Stud. The 2-year-old stallion was sired by Dual Rey (USA) out of Docs Manequin, and was consigned by Debbie Donohoe.
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AUSTRALIAN CUTTING FUTURITY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 26-JUNE 6

Press release from the Australian Cutting Horse Association
May 23, 2010

The 37th Australian Futurity starts this week at the Australian Equine Events and Livestock Centrein Tamworth. There will be 12 days of exciting cutting horse action, from May 26-June 6, in divisions which include the Open Futurity, Non-Pro Futurity, Open Derby, Non Pro Derby, Open Classic Challenge, Non-Pro Classic Challenge and Snafflebit Futurity.

The NCHA Futurity is considered the showcase of Cutting and has grown into the richest 3-year-old performance horse event in Australia. It incorporates the best cutting seen anywhere, the largest country/western rural trade display outside the metropolitan areas, restaurant, bar, live music, big screen, live world-wide webcast and the NCHA Sale which auctions some of the best bred performance horses in Australia.

This year’s event has been increased to 12 days due to the enormous amount of nominations that have been received with 164 competitors nominated and 137 listed to show in the Open Futurity event alone and over 580 nominations in total for the show.

The 2010 NCHA Select Sale will be held Friday 4th June 2010 9 a.m.at the Australian Equine Livestock Events Centre in Tamworth in conjunction with the NCHA Tamarang Futurity.
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Tamworth’s own “Tamarang Stud” located on the New England Highway and owned by Richard and Sandi Bull will be this year’s naming rights Sponsor for this annual prestigious event.

Cutting enthusiasts Australia wide are preparing to converge on Tamworth with some of the big names in the sport of cutting including the only Australian NCHA member to have life time earnings of over 1 million dollars, Mr Todd Graham, from Kingsthorpe in Queensland. In the hope of claiming the first prize purse of $75,000 to the Open Futurity winner.

Competitors come from all over Australia from as far Katherine in the NT and as far south as Victoria will make the long journey to this prestigious event. Enthusiasts are not confined to Australia alone, many New Caledonian spectators and owners make the trip to Australia each year

The Australian Futurity uses two judges from USA and this year's judges are Andy Adams and Tim Castilaw. The reason for using USA judges is that riders and horses will be judge by American standards, and thus comparable to horses shown in US Futurities. Previous judges have said that the Australian standard is equivalent to any in the NCHA futurities. And the proof is also the number of Australian trainers who are now featured in the top lists in the US.

Live scores and stories from the Futurity are available at Cutting Horse Link (http://cuttinghorselink.com) A breakdown of the stallions represented in the Australian Futurity is as follows:
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TOMCAT CHEX AND SMART LIL VIDALIA TOP TWO FIRST FINALS AT NCHA WESTERN NATIONALS

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 1, 2010 – Ogden, Utah

Gavin Jordan rode Tomcat Chex to the championship of the $3,000 Novice Horse Finals at the Western Nationals.

The first two finals have taken place at the 2010 NCHA Western National Championships held April 28-May 9 in Ogden, Utah, with Bonnie Johnson riding Smart Lil Vidalia, owned by newspaper magnate George R Hearst Jr., Paso Robles, Calif., to the $10,000 Novice Horse Championship on Thursday, April 29. Tomcat Chex, owned by Jalinda Covey, Dixon, Calif., and ridden by Gavin Jordan claimed the championship of the $3,000 Novice Horse Finals on Friday, April 30.

With 925 entries and $200,000 in added money, the event increased 36 percent over last year’s entries. The total prize money is a record $414,002, a 47 percent increase over last year. The record entries can be attributed to the increased added money, since only the Open and Non-Pro classes can compete at the year-end NCHA World Championship Finals, which is held during the NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. The added money that used to be added at the World Championship Finals for all the other classes has now been shifted to both the Eastern and Western Championships.

$10,000 NOVICE DIVISION:
Johnson, 39, was the only woman trainer in the 29-horse finals, showing against some of the industry’s best. Drawing up third, Johnson scored a whopping $222 on the 9-year-old daughter of Smart Lil Highbrow out of Jazzlin Jewel by Peppy San Badger that she had trained and shown to close to $17,300 prior to the Western Finals. However, the $4,561 paycheck was the largest of their career together and the mare now has close to $22,000 in lifetime earnings.

Prior to the event, Johnson and the mare finished seventh at the 2004 PCCHA Fall Futurity Limited Open, eighth at the 2006 PCCHA Spring Classic Open, third at the 2007 Breeders Invitational Classic/Challenge $100,000 Limited Open, and won the 2009 PCCHA Fall A/A Open. In 2007, the finished 10th in the PCCHA Top 10 $10,000 Novice and in 2009 were eighth in the $10,000 Novice Horse and seventh in the Open. won the 2009 PCCHA Fall A/A Open.

Finishing second with a 218 was Pinkys Little Sue, a 6-year-old daughter of Peptoboonsmal out of the great mare, Meradas Little Sue by Freckles Merada, ridden by Brian Anderson. Owned by her breeder Frank L. Vandersloot, Idaho Falls, Idaho, the mare picked up $3,676, giving her over $50,000 in lifetime earnings. Her largest paycheck of $12,000 came from the championship of the 2008 El Rancho Open Cutting Derby.

The mare’s sire Peptoboonsmal is one of the industry’s leading sires, but her dam is euqlly as impressive. Meradas Little Sue, who is also owned by Vandersloot, was a three-time NCHA Open World Champion with close to $735,000 in lifetime earnings and she has gone on to be one of the industry’s leading producers, with 17 foals earning over $900,000.

She is the dam of five foals earning over $100,000, with each of them being sired by a different sire. They include Boon Too Suen, a 2005 stallion by Peptoboonsmal ($165,700), Mighty Fine Sue, a 1998 daughter of Smart Little Lena ($140,700), Goody Two Sue, a 2000 daughter of Smart Lil Ricochet ($133,217), Meradas Blue Sue, a 1998 stallion by Duals Blue Boon ($112,361) and Sueyou, a 1997 stallion by Cash Quixote Rio ($111,790).
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$3,000 NOVICE DIVISION:
Tomcat Chex, an 8-year-old son of High Brow Cat out of Miss Reed Chex by the great sire Bueno Chex, scored a 221, topping the 33-horse field of finalists in the $3,000 Novice Horse Division, taking home the $3,811 first-place paycheck. Owned by Covey, the good-natured stallion now has over $107,000 in lifetime earnings. “He’s gentle enough that my grandkids ride him,” said Covey.

The stallion and his trainer, Gavin Jordan, were 10th in the 2009 NCHA $3,000 Novice Horse and third in the PCCHA $3,000 Novice. Covey rode him to Reserve titles at the NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro division and the PCCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro. Tomcat Chex is the youngest foal and the leading money earner out of his great dam, Miss Reed Chex, nicknamed “Missy,” with seven of her 15 AQHA-registered foals earning over $223,085. Missy’s lifetime earnings in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), where she finished ninth in the over 300-entry 1981 Snaffle Bit Futurity with Rod Kelley riding, are unavailable because the early records of the NRCHA are lost. She was bred by Wayne DeGough, Clovis, Calif., and is currently owned by Howard Erenberg, Santa Ynez, Calif., the long-time president of the NRCHA.

With his sire, High Brow Cat, being the industry’s leading sire, and a dam like Missy, Tomcat Chex’s offspring will surely be champions in both the cutting and reined cow horse arena. His oldest foals are 2-year-olds.

The Reserve title, with a 220 score, went to Call Me Smurf, a 6-year-old gelding by Jose Boon out of Smart Little Scat by Smart Peppy Date, shown by Guy Heintz, who owns the sire, and owned by Neil Shanks of Priddle, Alberta, Canada. The gelding currently has lifetime earnings of over $55,800, including their largest paycheck of $9,900 for winning the 2009 Wrangler Non-Pro Cutting Classic with Heintz in the saddle.
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The event continues with the Junior and Senior Youth Finals, as well as the Open Finals being held Sunday, May 2. Tuesday, May 4, the $2,000 Limited Rider Finals will be held; Wednesday, May 6, the $10,000 Amateur Finals; Thursday, May 6, $20,000 Non-Pro; Friday, May 7, $5,000 Novice Non-Pro; Saturday, May 8, $15,000 Novice Non-Pro and Sunday, May 9, the $50,000 Amateur and Non-Pro finals.

R. L. CHARTIER AND SPECIAL NU KITTY TOP NCHA OPEN CLASSIC AFTER TWO GO-ROUNDS

By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 1, 2010

R. L. Chartier rode Special Nu Kitty to the high score following two go-rounds of the NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic.

R. L. Chartier, the resident trainer for Julie Wrigley’s Wrigley Ranches, Weatherford, Texas, riding Special Nu Kitty, owned by Wrigley, topped the two go-round cumulative score going into the finals of the NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic which ended Wednesday, March 31. Twenty-four horses and riders who scored a 433 and above will compete in the Super Stakes Open finals, scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday, April 5.

The 6-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Nu I Wood by Zack T Wood has had a brilliant career, with lifetime earnings topping $157,238, which includes $42,734 earned for being a finalist in the 2007 NCHA Open Futurity, where, when ridden by Clint Allen, she scored a 227 go-round score – breaking a record. Her second highest paycheck came when Wrigley rode her to a $34,548 paycheck as the champion of the 2008 Breeder’s Invitational Non-Pro Derby, where the mare was also was a finalist in the Open. However, in 2008, Special Nu Kitty suffered a lingering suspensory lameness and was out most of 2008 and 2009. However, yesterday’s performance of a 220, following a first go-round score of 219, showed the great mare was back on track.

Special Nu Kitty might be following in the footsteps of her great dam Nu I Wood, who won the 2003 NCHA Open Super Stakes Classic, winning $41,461. She also finished third in the 2000 NCHA Open Futurity, winning $141,589 and split third and fourth in the 2002 NCHA Classic Challenge. Special Nu Kitty is the top money earning offspring out of the great 13-year-old mare, owned by Eddie Longley’s Crystal Creek Ranch, Aledo, Texas, the breeder of Special Nu Kitty. Nu I Wood, sired by Zack T Wood out of Baby Nu Bar by Nu Bar, was bred by Tim Montz, Wichita Falls, Texas, and sold to Longley as a 3-year-old. She went on to win over $427,150.

She has been the dam of four performers earning $391,815, for an average of $97,953 per offspring, including Special Nu Cat, a 2002 gelding by High Brow Cat, with earnings of $127,750; Special Nu Baby, a 2006 daughter of Dual Rey, with $106,657 in earnings, and I Nu Pepto Wood, a 2006 stallion by Peptoboonsmal with $169.20 in earnings.

Boyd Rice was second in the cumulative score riding Smart Kitty RG to a 438, fourth riding Third Cutting with a 437 and 18th on Peptos Stylish Sue, scoring 433.5.

 

Second in the cumulative score was Smart Kitty RG, a 5-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Smart Moria by Smart Little Lena, owned by Ralph Gray, Argyle, Texas, ridden by Boyd Rice to the second go-round high score of 222, following a 216 in the first go - for a total of 438. The mare has lifetime earnings of $185,611 going into the Super Stakes Open Classic, with $175,998 of that money coming from the Reserve Championship of the 2008 NCHA Open Futurity.

Two 6-year-old full sisters sired by Peptoboonsmal out of Stylish and Foxie, finished third and fifth. Slate River Ranch’s resident trainer John Mitchell rode Peptos Stylish Miss to a 218.5 – 219 for a total of 437.5, while Bill Riddle rode Glen and Debbie Drake’s Miss Stylish Pepto to a 219-217.5 for a 436.5. Peptos Stylish Miss had over $254,780 in lifetime earnings prior to the Open Super Stakes, while Miss Stylish Pepto had $198,976.

Third Cutting, last year’s NCHA Open Super Stakes and Derby Champion with Boyd Rice in the saddle, finished fourth. The Boonlight Dancer 5-year-old stallion out of Crab Grass by Smart Little Lena owned by Carl and Shawnea Smith, Jacksboro, Texas, scored a 219.5 in the first go and 217.5 in the second, for a 437 cumulative score. The stallion currently has over $334,300 in lifetime earnings. Rice also finished 18th riding Peptos Stylish Sue.

Ollies Spooky Cat (High Brow Cat x Spooky Ollie), owned by Khader and Dora Daoud, Baker, Fla., and ridden by Austin Shepard, scored a 213.5 after a 220 in the first round, tying with Don’t Look Twice for a total of 433.5 – just over the 433 cut-off. Don’t Look Twice (High Brow Cat x Tapt Twice), owned by Louis and Corliss Baldwin, Fort Worth, Texas, ridden by Phil Rapp, scored a 213 in the second go for a 433 – making the finals just under the wire.
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EASTERN NATIONALS “A FAMILY AFFAIR” IN $10,000 NOVICE HORSE DIVISION

SAM AND AUSTIN SHEPARD FINISH 1-2

By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 11, 2010 – Jackson, Miss.

Sam Shepard (left) and his son Austin.
Photo by Kurtz

Sam Shepard, Midway, Ky., and his son Austin, Summerdale, Ala., captured the top two positions following the finals of the 120-entry $10,000 Novice Horse Division at the Eastern National’s held March 8-20 in Jackson, Miss.

Sam claimed the No. 1 spot, scoring a 221.5 riding Dees Mr Charles, a 5-year-old gelding owned by Edley and Sue Hixson, Deridder, La., sired by Its Just About Me out of Dees Dually by Dual Pep. With monies not yet posted on the NCHA for this show, the gelding had previous earnings of over $63,500 going into the class, which included being a finalist in the 2009 NCHA Open Super Stakes, earning $16,581, winning the Open Gelding Stakes for an additional $12,827 and ninth in the Open SSIF Award for $1,950.

Austin rode Snazzy Easter Bunny, owned by Mike and Libby Bowman, Simpsonville, Ky., to a 220. The 6-year-old mare is a daughter of Smart Sugar Badger out of Oh Cay Shez Snazzy by Oh Cay Quixote. Prior to the Eastern Championships, she had over $138,635 in lifetime earnings. Her largest paycheck came from the 2008 MillionHeir Derby in Las Vegas, where she finished seventh in the Open for $20,000 and 10th in the Non-Pro for an additional $24,309.

In 2009, she returned to the Las Vegas Event, winning over $11,886 in the Open Classic. So far this year, she was third in the Augusta Cutting Classic, winning $10,235.

Finishing third with a 218.5 was Hickorys Indian Macy, a 6-year-old daughter of Hickorys Indian Pep out of CDs Masterpiece by CD Olena, owned by Marcy Blanchard, Bebe, Texas, and ridden by Don Pooley. The mare had previous earnings of $24,334, including a third place in the 2009 NCHA Limited Open Super Stakes.

The finals of the $3,000 Novice Horse will be held today, while tomorrow the $10,000 Amateur Finals will be held. The show, which is sporting an all-time record of 1,127 entries, runs through March 20. Total added money is $200,000, a 67 percent increase from last year – making the total amount paid out $454,367, up 30 percent from last year. First place in each class will pay from $5,264 up to $8,642.
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TIM SMITH SWEEPS OPEN DIVISIONS AT SOUTH POINT WINTER SHOW

INCENTIVES, BONUSES AND AWARDS HIGHLIGHT FALL EVENT

By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 1, 2010 – Las Vegas, Nev.

Tim Smith rode Flo Like A Cat for Mike Rawitser to win the South Point Open Derby. Photo by Midge Ames

Tim Smith, 52, Temecula, Calif., brought nine horses to the South Point Winter Championships, held Feb. 19-27 at the South Point Equestrian Center, Las Vegas, Nev., making the finals on six. He left the Feb. 23-27 aged event with $49,483, including the Championship and Reserve title of the Open Classic/Challenge and the Championship and third place in the Derby. The show also had a highly successful four-day NCHA-approved weekend show prior to the aged events with 888 entries, $27,000 in added money and $156,572 paid out. Altogether the show paid out $414,228, with $153,000 being added money.

In Non-Pro competition, Janet Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., won the Non-Pro Classic Challenge and finished as Reserve Champion in the Non-Pro Derby, while Jill Long, Gardnerville, Nev., captured the Non-Pro Derby championship. Liz Booth, Acton, Calif., and C. H. DeHaan, Scottsdale, Ariz., took top honors in the two Amateur classes. (A separate article is being published on the Non-Pro and Amateur classes.)

With over $126,000 in added money plus bonuses of free rooms, free dinners, free stalls and gift cards, the aged-event featured over 267 entries in the Open, Non-Pro and Amateur aged events during the show. With three other shows being approved by the NCHA and held in North Central Texas and nearby Oklahoma, before, during and after the South Point event, Texans were a rare commodity and the show consisted almost completely of competitors from the West Coast, Canada and Mid-Western states.

“This unbelievably has probably been our best show,” said show producer Paula Gaughan in a written statement. “Our weekend show had 888 works in five days. We had two open show pens. And it really paid like a slot machine. Our ‘bonuses’ with the roll of the dice were just incredibly well received. They absolutely loved the free rooms, stalls, dinners and American Express gift cards. It was my daughter Kate’s idea and WOW!”

TIM SMITH TOPS OPEN DERBY RIDING FLO LIKE A CAT FOR MIKE RAWITSER;
Tim Smith shown with (from left) Eddie Stewart of Step Above Ladders, wife Diane and John Burgun of Roo-hide Saddlery. Photo by Kurtz

With the innate ability to save his best runs for when they count the most, Tim Smith and Flo Like A Cat, a daughter of Cats Merada out of Flo N Ethyl by Mr Peponita Flo, didn’t place in the go-rounds of the 70-entry Open Derby, which were won by Grant Setnicka riding Widows Peek for the Black Rock Ranch and Al Dunning riding Bluegrass Cat for Ingram Quarter Horses. Smith saved his 220 for the finals run which netted owner Mike Rawitser, Paso Robles, Calif., with the $11,000 first-place paycheck.

Al Dunning, shown with his wife Becky. Al won the second go-round of the Open Derby riding Bluegrass Cat. Photo by Kurtz.

Bred by Tree Top Ranches, Boise, Idaho, Bill Banner, Galt, Calif., purchased the mare as a long yearling in September 2007. In 2009, she had been a finalist at the South Point Cutting Futurity and the Mebane Ranch Festival Futurity. However, following her win at last fall’s PCCHA Futurity in Paso Robles, Rawitser purchased her. Following her win at the South Point, she has over $46,000 in lifetime earnings.

Tim Smith and wife Diane shown with his awards and help. Kurtz photo.

 

“She’s good,” said Smith. “I think she has a chance to go way-way up. She’s got the guts and the ability. I get to ride her through the NCHA Super Stakes by myself then he will show her this fall.” Smith said that although Rawitser was unable to be at the South Point show, he was “watching it on the computer and panicking about whether her score would hold up.”

Smith also picked up an additional $7,500 riding Reys Hot Wheels to fourth place. The pair also won the Gelding Championship for an additional $1,858. – for a total of $20,358 for the division. Reys Hot Wheels is a stallion sired by Dual Rey out of Smart Little Beauty by Smart Little Lena, owned by the Brinkman Ranch of Lockeford, Calif. The $9,358 won at the South Point eclipsed his previous earnings of $7.000 he picked up as a finalist at the PCCHA Fall Futurity and Mebane Ranch Festival Open Futurity. His lifetime earnings to date are close to $17,300.

Brian Anderson was Reserve in the Open Derby riding Sues So Smart for Frank and Belinda Vandersloot, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Photo by Kurtz

 

The Reserve Title of the Open Derby went to Brian Anderson, 33, riding Sues So Smart for Frank and Belinda Vandersloot, Idaho Falls, Idaho. The daughter of WR This Cats Smart, a son of High Brow Cat owned by the Wagonhound Land & Livestock Co., and out of the great mare Meradas Little Sue, the daughter of Freckles Merada owned by Corinne Heiligbrodt and ridden by Kobie Wood, to the 1995, 1997 and 1999 NCHA Open World Championships, The pair also finished fourth in 1996 and fifth in 1998, was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame and was named the 1996 NCHA Horse of the Year.

Meradas Little Sue sold to the Vandersloots and, according to Anderson, who worked for Russ Miller for seven years before becoming the resident trainer for the Vandersloots, she is still owned by them and doing great as they are still getting embryos out of her. Sues So Smart was bred and raised by the Vandersloots.

“This horse always been pretty special to me since the first time we saddled her,” said Anderson, referring to Sues So Smart.. I thought she was going to be the real deal. I showed her at the NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth, but I had tough luck. We marked a couple of 213s.”

The South Point was the mare’s second show. The pair scored a 429.5, along with three other horses, which was the last score to qualify for the finals, and then drew up dead last. “I didn’t know what I was going to cut. There were two cows in there that I knew were fresh and they just happened to be in the right spot where we could get a shot at them. But with her, I knew that she could handle any cow that I cut. If I did my part, she was going to do her part. She’s a real special individual. I feel fortunate to be able to ride her. She loves to do her job.”

Next on the mare’s cutting agenda will be the NCHA Super Stakes in Fort Worth. “I’ll just take care of her and keep her sound and try to go to as many of the big fall aged events as we can,” said Anderson, who has close to $400,000 in lifetime NCHA earnings. He and his wife of 12 years, Jessie, a stay-at-home mom, have three children under the age of 8. Anderson also picked up $2,300 for finishing 13th on Vandersloot’s Hip Hip Sue Rey.
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SMITH CLAIMS 1-2 IN OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
Tim Smith won the Open Classic/Challenge riding Cats Full Moon for the Brinkman Ranch. He also finished Reserve on Ragtime CD Cat, owned by Sally Nakasawa.
Photo by Midge Ames

 

Tim Smith dominated the 5/6-Year-Old Open Classic Challenge, placing first , second, fifth and ninth – taking home $29,125, which includes go-round money. He mounts included the champion Cats Full Moon, a 6-year-old stallion sired by High Brow Cat out of Darlin Little Dually by Dual Pep, owned by the Brinkman Ranch of California, on which he scored a 222.5, for the $10,000 champion’s check. The Reserve title for a 220.5, went to Smith riding Ragtime CD Cat, a 5-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Ragtime CD by CD Olena, owned by Sally Nakasawa, Yuma, Ariz. Smith also finished ninth on Haidas Heritage owned by the Sunnyside Stock Farm.

According to Smith, both of his first- and second-place horses will go to the PCCHA Derby in Paso Robles, Calif., in mid-March and the NCHA Super Stakes the end of March and first part of April - and then Cats Full Moon will go to the breeding barn.

“He is a popular stallion on the West Coast. ‘He’ll breed a lot of mares this year and we will probably show him through the fall. There’s one of those Tour to the Finals shows in Reno and we may crack him out for that,” said Smith. “We’ll keep him visible. He’s sound and he’s easy to show. He loves to cut.

“I showed him as a 3-year-old and then I turned back for Steve Schlesinger for 2 1/2 years when he showed him. Then I got to show him again as a mature horse. He’s so much stronger. He’s still equally enthused about his job but he’s physically bigger. That was a tough run,” said Smith referring to his Classic/Challenge final run. “But he’s big enough to do it now. We were deep in that bunch and it was hard for him.

“A couple of the guys thought that Ragtime had won and a couple of others thought that Cats Full Moon had won. But I’m prejudice to her – she’s kind of my pet. But I think he damn sure was the winner. It was a hard, fast run. He’s got that presence about him.”

Cats Full Moon had close to $117,000 in lifetime earnings going into the South Point shows, including the Reserve Championship of the 2007 PCCHA Open Futurity, collecting $28,100 with Smith in the saddle; the championship of the 2008 PCCHA Open Spring Derby for $13,296 with Steve Schlesinger, as well as the championship of the 2008 PCCHA Fall 4-Year-Old Open Stakes for $26,917. Smith got the horse back when Schlesinger changed owners.

Grant Setnicka finished third in the Open Classic/Challenge riding Dual R Smokin for Marshall Chesrown's Black Rock Ranch. Shown at left is Marshall's father Roger Chesrown.
Photo by Kurtz

 

Grant Setnicka, resident trainer for Marshall Chesrown’s Black Rock Ranch, Harrison, Idaho, finished third in the finals riding Dual R Smokin, after scoring a 220. The pair had won the first go-round, tied for second in the second go and led after two go-rounds with a total of 441 going into the finals The 5-year-old son of Dual Rey out of Smokin Pepto by Peptoboonsmal, had over $59,000 going into the South Point Classic/Challenge, including a sixth at the 2009 Breeders Invitational Open Derby for a close to $29,000 paycheck including incentives.

Although Marshall was traveling on business and unable to attend the show, his father Roger Chesrown was on hand to watch the event.

Cookie Banuelos won the Open Classic/Challenge Gelding award riding A Whittle Wed One, owned by his wife Katie.
Kurtz photo.

The Open Classic/Challenge Gelding Award and $1,393.80 check went to Cookie Banuelos riding A Whittle Wed One for his wife Katie, Las Vegas, Nev. The 6-year-old gelding, is sired by Play Red out of Smart Whittle Wena by Smart Little Lena. The pair also finished seventh in the Open Finals for a $3,800 paycheck. Added to his previous earnings, the gelding has won close to $27,000 in lifetime earnings. Banuelos also finished second in the Gelding Finals with Trix At Night.
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Step Above Ladders was a sponsor of the South Point show. Eddie Stewart is shown with show producer Paula Gaughan.
Photo by Kurtz

 

The aged event also featured a stash of awards, including Roo-hide saddles, NCHA trophies, trophy buckles, breast collars with silver, headstalls decorated in silver, silver-studded spur straps, horse pads and wool vests. A new sponsor for the show was Eddie Stewart, Andrews, Texas, with his new “Step Above ladders made from lightweight aircraft aluminum that could be easily mounted on the side or end of horse trailers. Each show champion was elated when he or she received a free ladder.

Kathryn Webb was the show secretary while judges for the show included Jim Carr, Ian Chisholm, David Costello, Bill Pierce and Troy Riddle.

BILL RIDDLE RIDES DEAR GUSSEY TO TUNICA 4-YEAR-OLD OPEN TITLE

MATT GAINES FINISHES RESERVE RIDING SPECIAL NU BABY

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 4, 2010 – Tunica, Miss.

Bill Riddle rode Dear Gussey to the Futurity Championship at Tunica, taking home $17,415.03.

Long-time NCHA member, Hall of Famer and Past President Bill Riddle, Ringling, Okla., out-cut a group of younger contestants on a home-grown mare during the finals of the Tunica 74-entry Futurity 4-Year-Open, held Thursday, Feb. 4 in Tunica, Miss. The event will continue until Feb. 7 when all of the Non-Pro and Amateur Finals will take place.

Riddle’s ride to a 225 score was on Dear Gussey, a daughter of TR Dual Rey out of BR Hold Everything by Smart Little Lena, a mare the Riddles bred and raised and that went on to win close to $58,000.Dear Gussey, owned by the Riddle Family Revocable Living Trust, took home the first-place paycheck of $17,415.03 – which was her first. She was entered in the NCHA Open Futurity but failed to make it past the second go-round.

The Reserve Champion, scoring a 221 was Special Nu Baby, owned by Gary and Shannon Barker, Marietta, Okla, ridden by Matt Gaines. The daughter of Dual Rey out of Nu I Wood by Zack T Wood, added $14,941.84 to her lifetime earnings of $72,390 – which was earned for 13th in the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity and a third at the 2010 Abilene Spectacular Open Derby.

Third was Bet Hesa Cat, a stallion sired by High Brow Cat out of Bet Yer Blue Boons by Freckles Playboy, owned by the Bet Hesa Cat Syndicate, Millsap, Texas, ridden by Austin Shepard to a 220 and a $12,468.66 paycheck. The stallion had only a week ago tied for fifth in the Augusta Open Futurity, earning $8,995.

The Futurity paid out a total of $114,805.15, which was down considerably from the $172,974.95 paid out last year, when there were 126 entries. In fact, the entries in the Open, Non-Pro and Amateur divisions of the event were down 268 entries and this year were only 43 percent of what entries were in 2009. With Abilene and Augusta also being down substantially, the year 2010 has started out slow in the Limited Age Event arena.
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SLATE RIVER’S JOHN MITCHELL TAKES 63 PERCENT OF TUNICA 5/6-Y-O OPEN PURSE

MITCHELL RIDES FIVE HORSES TO A $60,323.29 PAYCHECK

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 4, 2010 – Tunica, Miss.

John Mitchell
Photo by Kurtz

John Mitchell, resident trainer of Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, stuffed his pockets with $60,323.29 after taking the top three spots, plus two more in the Feb. 3 14-horse finals of the 5/6-Year-Old division of the Tunica Futurity, held Feb. 1-7 in Tunica, Miss.

With 55 entries, the division paid out a total of $96,333.06, with the team of Mitchell riding the Knight family horses taking home $60,323.29 – or 63 percent. The 4-year-old finals are being held today.

Mitchell won the event and $19,014.37 for scoring the winning score of 222 riding Smooth Asa Zee, a 5-year-old gelding by Smooth As A Cat out of Zee Dualy by Dual Pep. The pair currently has over $125,527 in lifetime earnings, including their largest paycheck of $30,623 coming from a ninth-place tie in the 2009 NCHA Open Super Stakes. They started out their career by being semifinalists in the 2008 NCHA Futurity. This is the pair’s first championship; however, Knight won the Non-Pro Derby at the 2009 Brazos Bash held in Weatherford, Texas, last fall.
The Reserve title and $16,201.60 went to Mitchell riding Peptos Stylish Miss to a 219.5. The mare is a 6-year-old daughter of Peptoboonsmal out of Stylish And Foxie by Docs Stylish Oak and now has over $232,658 in lifetime earnings. Her largest paycheck of $67,305 came from fourth place in the 2008 NCHA Open Super Stakes.

Third place, scoring a 217, is Aristo Twister, a 6-year-old gelding by Smart Aristocrat out of Sheza Jazzy Player by Freckles Playboy, owned by Nelson and Suzanne Knight, who won $13,388.84. Nelson is the son of Glade Knight. The gelding currently has $54,724 in lifetime earnings.

The other two horses Mitchell rode to paychecks included Fancy Lookin Cat, a 5-year-old daughter of That Sly Cat out of Playin N Fancy Peppy by Freckles Playboy. The pair finished sixth with a 213.5 for a $7,145.65 paycheck. He also rode Sarahs Super Cat, a 6-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Sarahs Super Dually by Dual Pep, to a 211 in a tie for seventh and a $4,572.83 paycheck. Fancy Lookin Cat currently has over $101,340 in lifetime earnings, including her largest paycheck of $72,782 for 11th at the 2008 NCHA Open Futurity. Sarahs Super Dually has $144,598 in lifetime earnings, with her largest paycheck of $25,551 coming from a seventh-place split at the 2008 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes.

The event continues through Sunday, when the Non-Pro and Amateur Finals will be held.
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BRAD MITCHELL GARNERS TOP TWO SPOTS IN AUGUSTA OPEN FUTURITY

CHAD BUSHAW CLAIMS NON-PRO TITLE

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Jan. 31, 2010 – Augusta, Ga.

Brad Mitchell won first and second in the Augusta Futurity, taking home over $32,257. The wins push his career earnings to over $2 million.

Brad Mitchell, 39, the resident trainer at Kix and Barbara Brooks’ Painted Springs Farm LLC, located near Nashville, Tenn., snatched the top two spots in the 75-entry 4-Year-Old Open Division of the Augusta Futurity, held Jan. 22-30 in Augusta, Ga. Top non-professional cutter and financial advisor Chad Bushaw, 36, Weatherford, Texas, claimed the 56-entry Futurity Non-Pro title. It was the first Augusta championship for the two riders.

Austin Shepard, 33, Summerdale, Ala., a past Augusta Futurity Champion, claimed the 65-entry Classic Open Finals while a 20-year-old Seth Holcombe, a customer of Shepard’s, won the 67-entry Non-Pro division.

4-YEAR-OLD FUTURITY:
Mitchell and Cat A Rey, a Dual Rey stallion out of Sheza Smart Cat by High Brow Cat, owned by the Painted Springs Farm, turned in the winning score of 223 as the first horse to show in the second bunch of cattle during the finals.

On a roll, Mitchell, climbed off Cat A Rey and was the next horse into the herd – this time riding Holly Is Smooth (Smooth As A Cat x Holly N Zack x Zack T Wood) to a close 222.5, also taking home the Reserve Championship. During those five minutes on cattle, Brad won $32,257 - $18,748 for the championship and $13,509 for the Reserve title. Holly Is Smooth is owned by Robert G. Norton, Columbia, Tenn. The wins pushed Mitchell’s career earnings to over the $2 million mark.

Brad and Cat A Rey’s only prior show was the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity, where the pair finished 16th for a $54,477 paycheck. Following his run in Fort Worth, the stallion coliced but survived and current plans are to show the stallion at Tunica, Miss., Futurity scheduled for next week. Augusta was the first aged-event paycheck earned by Holly Is Smooth.

Third place, scoring a 220 – and ironically being the third horse going into the herd in that magical second bunch of cattle, was Rascal Cats, a son of High Brow Cat out of Keena Pep by Dual Pep, onwed and bred by Billy Martin, Weatherford, Texas, and ridden by Wesley Galyean. The pair collected $12,130, which added to a $10,000 paycheck for the semifinals of the 2009 NCHA Futurity and $4,183.44 for 20th at the Abilene Spectacular, gave the stallion lifetime earnings of over $26,300. Going into that second herd fourth, Phil Rapp and Catlike Kit, owned by Waco Bend Ranch, finished fourth with a 218.5.

Chad Bushaw shown with his wife Amy at a previous event.
Kurtz photo

 

Bushaw and Twisting Playdough, a daughter of Freckles Fancy Twist out of Badgers Playdough by Playdox, scored a 219 as the second horse in the finals draw, taking home $14,110. Bushaw bred, raised and trained the mare which was out of one his mares that he previously competed successfully on. Bushaw and Twisting Playdough previously were semifinalists in the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity and finished fifth at the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro, for $11,500. The mare now has over $25,600 in lifetime earnings.

The Reserve title was taken by Jarret Callahan, York, S.C., riding Catman Bingo (High Brow Cat x T J Bingo x Tachitas Jewels), to a 216 and $9,097 paycheck. Third was Austin Blake, Canyon, Texas, riding Peptos Red Feather, a daughter of Cats Red Feather out of Peptos Royal 199 by Peptoboonsmal to a 215, collecting $8,169. The pair had previously been semifinalists in the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, earning $5,000.

5/6 YEAR-OLD CLASSIC:
Austin Shepard took home $40,700 from the Augusta event; however, his largest paycheck of $17,679 came from winning the Open Classic on Playin At The Mall.

 

Austin Shepard, 33, left Augusta with over $40,700; however, his largest paycheck of $17,679 came from the championship of the Open Classic, where he rode Playin At The Mall, a 6-year-old son of Playdox out of Poosmal by Peptoboonsmal, owned by Gene “Buster” Quirk, Jr., Denham Springs, La. This was Shepard’s first trip on the stallion, which has lifetime earnings of over $200,000, with most of the money being won by the team of non-pro Jim Vangilder and his trainer Roger Wagner. He also earned Non-Pro money last year while being ridden by his owner James Hooper.

Shepard showed High Brow CD, a 6-year-old High Brow Cat stallion out of Sweet Little CD by CD Olena, owned by the Grace Ranch, Jennings, La., in the Champions Challenge, scoring a 221 but a review showed he had switched cattle and the score was lowered to a 211.Prior to their run, it was announced that the run would be the stallion’s final performance. He ended his career with over $520,000 in lifetime earnings, including the 2007 championship of the NCHA Open Futurity and 2008 championships at Augusta, Tunica and the NCHA Super Stakes. He was also named NCHA Open Horse Of the Year in 2008.

Reserve, scoring a 222 for $11,399 was Phil Rapp riding Dont Look Twice for Waco Bend Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas. The 5-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Tapt Twice by Dual Pep, came into the event with a whopping $293,810.51 in lifetime earnings, including the championship of last y ear’s Augusta Futurity, champion of the 2009 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open, Reserve Champion of the 2009 NCHA Open Derby and fourth at the 2009 NHA Open Super Stakes – where they picked up their largest paycheck of $70,119. The great mare also finished second behind Metallic Cat for the 2009 NCHA Open Horse of the Year title.

Rapp and Dont Look Twice also tied for this year’s Augusta Open Champions Challenge, a new class held this year for all past Champions and Reserve Champions of the Augusta event. Dont Look Twice and the Co-Champion That Catomine, a daughter of High Brow Cat out of That Smarts by Smart Little Lena, owned by Jack Waggoner and shown by Matt Gaines, each picked up a $3,400 paycheck.

The Non-Pro Champions Challenge champion was Sister CD, ridden by Elizabeth Queen to a 226 and $4,200 paycheck. The 2002 gelding, sired by CD Olena out of Little Baby Sister by Dual Pep, which basically carried Queen to her 2009 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship title, has lifetime earnings of over $806,000 Reserve went to Glade Knight, a 2001 son of Docs Stylish Oak out of Tabasco Lass by Peppy San Badger, for a 222 score, earning him $3,150. Lynx Of Style has lifetime earnings of over $341,000.

Seth Holcombe, 20, and Sugar Widows, a 6-year-old gelding by Widows Freckles out of Sugs Pepalita by Docs Sugs Brudder, earned $15,805, the largest paycheck of his cutting career, for his 224 score in the Non-Pro Classic Finals. Seth and the gelding also placed third in the $100,000 amateur Classic, taking home an additional $2,975..The gelding, owned by his father, Van Holcombe, who also shows in Amateur competition, currently has over $39,000 in lifetime earnings.

Reserve in the Non-Pro Classic went to Glade Knight, riding Playin N Fancy Smart to a 219 and $11,388 paycheck. The daughter of Smart Little Lena out of Playin N Fancy Peppy by Freckles Playboy currently has over $332,000 in lifetime earnings, including tying for the championship of the 2008 NCHA Open Super Stakes with Kory Pounds in the saddle. She also tied for eighth in the 2007 NCHA Futurity and 13th at the 2009 NCHA Open Classic/Challenge.

Third went to Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Texas, riding Financial Sugar, a 6-year-old gelding by Smart Sugar Badger out of Quite The Cat by High Brow Cat, to a 217 and $10,226 paycheck. The gelding currently has over $186,000 in lifetime earnings.

THE AUGUSTA FUTURITY:
The event, with $200,000 in added money, was down substantially in entries and purse from 2009 when it touted $320,000 in added money and a $760,044 total purse. According to the Futurity’s web site, the 4-Year-Old Open Futurity was down 32 entries in the Open and 12 in the Non-Pro.

This year, the 5/6-year-old class was lumped into one class, while last year, the 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds were separate classes. The 5/6 Open Classic was down 36 entries from the two classes in 2009, while the Non-Pro was up 11 entries – for an overall loss of 25 entries in the 5/6-year-old classes.

There was a $100,000 Amateur Classic class last year with 47 entries, while this year’s Futurity $100,000 Amateur had 24 entries. Last year had a $50,000 Amateur All Ages class with 47 entries and a $20,000 Non-Pro All-Ages class with 42 entries. This year, there was a $50,000 Non-Pro with 44 entries.
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MARY ANN RAPP TAKES TOP 3 SPOTS IN ABILENE NON-PRO CLASSES

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Jan. 10, 2010

Mary Ann Rapp was hot, even though the weather was a record-breaking cold, during the Abilene Spectacular.

Mary Ann Rapp was hot, even though the weather was a record-breaking cold, during the two non-pro aged-event classes held during the first go-rounds of the Abilene Spectacular, Jan. 2-13 in Abilene, Texas. Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, won the 87-entry 5/6-year-old division riding Susie The Sioux to a 224 and tied for the championship of the 68-entry 4-year-old with Leah Hanson, also from Weatherford, with both scoring a 217. Mary Ann was riding Toy Engine while Leah was aboard Phils Pull Toy.

4-YEAR-OLD NON-PRO:
Toy Engine, a daughter of Playgun out of Cool The Engine by Smart Little Lena, and Mary Ann are coming off a third-place finish at the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, where the pair collected a $47,525 paycheck. Ridden by Mary Ann’s husband, Phil, she also picked up $10,250 in the 4-Year-Old Open Incentive at Abilene.

Phils Pull Toy is a daughter of Dual Pep out of Times Oak by Doc’s Oak. Leah’s husband, trainer Phil, rode the mare to the semifinals of the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity, collecting $10,000. Third in the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro was Justin Cunningham, Bethalto, Ill., riding SQ Smooth, a son of Smooth As A Cat out of Just Scarlet by Smart Little Ricochet. The pair had made the second go-round of the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.

5/6-YEAR-OLD NON-PRO:
Susie The Sioux, a 5-year-old daughter of Cats Red Feather out of Tapt Twice by Dual Pep, and Mary Ann had previously finished seventh at the Bonanza Cutting 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. Second, scoring a 221 was Heather Stiles, Scurry, Texas, riding Dulces Joker, a 5-year-old gelding by Dulces Smart Lena out of Miss Joker Tanquery by Tanquery Gin. The gelding previously picked up $27,095 in earnings, tying for 11th place at the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Derby, tying for sixth at the NCHA Super Stakes Limited Non-Pro, and 15th at the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Derby.

Mary Ann came back in the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro to picked up third place in the Non-Pro riding Smokin Tap to a 220. The 5-year-old, a daughter of Smokin Trona out of Tap O Lena by Doc O’Lena, previously won close to $30,000 in aged-event competition.

The first go-round of the 5/6-Year-Old Amateur went to Roger Turner, Midland, Texas, riding Scooters Medicineman to a 219. Second was a three-way 217-score tie between Cooper Cogdell, Tulia, Texas, riding Dual With Lena; Robert C. Turner, Midland, riding Double Spoonful and Sandy Barrios, Miami, Fla., riding Hunten Blue. All three scored a 217.5.

The event continues today with the second go of the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro and the first go-round of the 4-Year-Old Amateur. The finals are all held Monday, Jan. 1, starting at 8 a.m.
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