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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
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
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
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
here for full results>>
here for breakdown of show classes>>
JASON LEITCH WINS SECOND AUSTRALIAN
FUTURITY OPEN TITLE
NON-PRO AND AMATEUR DIVISIONS
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
Wild Fillies photo
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
for full results>>
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
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.
DERBY WAS “HOTTISH”
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.
“BET” ON THE NON-PRO DERBY
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.
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
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
for BI Results>>
for BI Daily Newsletters>>
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
Glory Ann Kurtz
May 15, 2012
Cox rode One Time Royalty to the champinship of the Open Classic/Challenge,
taking home $74,345.
Photo courtesy BI
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.
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.
Photo courtesy BI
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
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
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.
for Special 5 results>>
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.
for Open Classic/Challenge results>>
HERMES RIDES A PLAY REY TO AMATEUR DERBY TITLE
Hermes rode A Play Rey to the championship of the $50,000
Photo courtesy BI
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
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
for $50,000 Amateur Derby results>>
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.
for full, updated schedule>>
BREEDERS’ INVITATIONAL TO
ADD $1 MILLION TO TULSA MAY SHOW
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
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.”
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
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
Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 1, 2011
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 19, 2011
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 email@example.com
or call (801) 380-4031. Entry blanks are also available at
EL RANCHO FUTURITY & FOOTHILLS
FIESTA STARTS TODAY
DAILY NEWS EBLAST WILL BE AVAILABLE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
Glory Ann Kurtz
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
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
Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 22, 2011
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 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
JASON CLARK CAPTURES NCHA SUMMER SPECTACULAR CLASSIC CHALLENGE;
KYLE MANION TOPS NON-PRO DIVISION
By Glory Ann
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
more information, click here>>
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
Glory Ann Kurtz
June 12, 2011
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,
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, 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
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, 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
“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.”
here for article on Everston Park>>
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.”
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
for full results of the Australian Cutting Futurity>>
SOUTH POINT EQUESTRIAN
CENTER ANNOUNCES TRIPLE WINNERS CIRCUIT CUTTINGS
THREE NEW SHOWS
SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY, JULY AND OCTOBER
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
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
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 email@example.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
Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 8, 2010 – Jackson, Miss.
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
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
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.
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
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.”
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
candid photos by Glory Ann Kurtz
Action photos by Midge Ames
Oct. 24, 2010 – Las Vegas, Nev.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.”
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.”
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
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.”
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
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
“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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
here for full results>>
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
Glory Ann Kurt - Action photos by Midge Ames
Oct. 20, 2010 – Las Vegas,
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
and Jill Long shown with their Futurity Championship saddle
along with other awards. At right is John Burgun, owner of
“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
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.
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
“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
Cromer, Templeton, Calif., won the Open Classic/Challenge
riding Smooth Autumn Mate owned by Todd Bergen Performance
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.
here for full results>>
NEW FACES TAKE HOME TITLES AT AMERICAN
DESIREE TRICKEY RIDES TOO TARI TO
TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS AND A RESERVE TITLE
By Steve Warren
and Glory Kurtz
Sept. 29, 2010 – Belton, Texas
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
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.
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:
Costello, Kaufman, Texas, was Desiree's main competitor riding
I CD Doc, the horse she recently won the AQHA Select World
“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
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
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!
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
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.
here for full results>>
MATT MILLER DOMINATES MUSIC CITY OPEN
DUSTIN ADAMS WINS
Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 16, 2010 – Franklin, Tenn.
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.
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 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
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.
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
here for full results>>
IT’S RUSS, RUSS AND MORE RUSS
AT IDAHO OPEN FUTURITY
RUSS MILLER TOPS LIST WITH $31,117
By Glory Ann
Sept. 11, 2010
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Davis, Bend, Ore., won the Uncola Non-Pro Finals riding RD
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
here for full results>>
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).
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.
Go to: www.westernsportsproductions.com for more information
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
By Glory Ann
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,
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
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.
here for full Open Futurity results>>
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.
here for full Open Derby results>>
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.
here for Open Classic/Challenge results>>
Fonsen-Young monopolized the Fort Klamath Non-Pro Futurity
riding For Instance. The pair won the Non-Pro, Gelding and
$100K Rider titles.
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,
here for Non-Pro Futurity results>>
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.
here for results of the Non-Pro Derby>>
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.
here for Non-Pro Classic/Challenge results>>
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
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
here for Amateur Derby results>>
here for Amateur Classic/Challenge results>>
here for $15,000 Amateur results>>
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.
here for $35,000 NP results>>
PHIL HANSON “BLOWS THEM OUT OF
THE WATER” – TWICE – IN OPEN DERBY
KRISTEN GALYEAN TAKES NON-PRO TITLE
By Glory Ann
Aug. 1, 2010 – Fort Worth, Texas
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
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
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.
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.
GALYEAN REDEEMS HARLEY BY WINNING NON-PRO DERBY
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
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
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
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.
here for full results>>
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
and photo by Glory Ann Kurtz
July 21, 2010
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
here for full results>>
BUSH FAMILY ON FIRE AT AUSTRALIA’S
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.
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
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.
For full results go to: http://cuttinghorselink.com
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
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
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.
here for Open Derby results>>
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.
here for $100,000 Ltd. Rider Open Derby Results>>
ADAMS TAKES NON-PRO DERBY RIDING THE DOCTRESS ORDERS
and Deena Adams. Dustin won the Non-Pro Derby riding Doctress
Photo courtesy BI
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.
and Kristen Galyean, who are sisters-in-law, tied for the
Reserve title of the Non-Pro Derby.
Photo courtesy BI
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.
here for Non-Pro Derby results>>
Ward rode Strawberry Betty to the Senior Non-Pro Derby title.
Photo courtesy BI
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,
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.
here for Sr NP Derby results>>
and Debbie deCordova. Russ won the Non-Pro Derby $10,000 Non-Pro
Derby class riding Hydualin Cat.
Photo courtesy BI
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.
Crouch was the Reserve Champion of the Non-Pro Derby $10,000
Novice Horse class riding Pretty Girl Cat.
Photo courtesy BI.
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.
here for Non-Pro Derby $10,000 Novice Horse results>>
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
here for Sale Incentive results>>
RONNIE RICE PICKS UP BI WIN ON HYDUALIN
By Glory Ann
May 27, 2010 – Tulsa, Okla.
Rice, Grandview, Texas,won the Breeder's Invitational Open
Derby $10,000 Ltd. Horse riding Hydualin Cat owned by Russ
Photo courtesy BI
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
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
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.
here for results of Open Derby $10,000 finals>>
By Glory Ann
May 23, 2010
Anderson and Pantera Cat won the Breeder's Invitational Non-Pro
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,
ANDERSON COMES FROM LAST HOLE IN FINALS TO NON-PRO CLASSIC/CHALLENGE
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
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
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.
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.
For full results go to http://www.breedersinvitational.com.
Also click on BI Daily for the daily news, photos and articles
published by Sheri Forrest. Click
here for Breeder's Invitational results>>
PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF
BET ON MERADA & T J GOOD TOP
BI OPEN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE
By Glory Ann
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.
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.
Gonsalves and Rey Down Sally were the favorites of the BI
Open Classic/Challenge, but had to settle for the Reserve
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
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.
here for Open Classic/Challenge full results>>
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
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.
here for Amateur Derby results>>
here for the BI schedule, results and BI Daily>>
IF YOU CAN’T SELL ‘EM,
WOODY BARTLETT AND LEE FRANCOIS
TEAM WITH REYS DESIRE TO WIN NCHA OPEN SUPER STAKES
By Glory Ann
April 6, 2010 – Fort Worth, Texas
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
here for full results>>
SCOTT AMOS DOMINATES WSCHA LIMITED
By Glory Ann
March 29, 2010 – Loveland, Colo.
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.
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.
left: Amos, Mat Turnbull, Reserve Champions of the Non-Pro
Classic, Terry McClure presenting and Jerry Gregory, the Non-Pro
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
JANET WESTFALL COLLECTS $16,300 IN
SOUTH POINT NON-PRO DERBY AND CLASSIC/CHALLENGE
JILL LONG WINS NON-PRO DERBY RIDING
By Glory Ann
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.
& AMATEUR CLASSIC/CHALLENGE:
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
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.
Teri Paradis rode Lil Scoot N Peppy to the Reserve Championship
of the Non-Pro Classic Challenge. Teri is shown with her husband
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.
Booth, Acton, Calif., with his mother Liz. David left the
South Point with close to $18,500, while Liz won the Amateur
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.
here for Classic Non-Pro results>>
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.
Lucchesi, Florence, Mont., was Reserve Champion of the Amateur
Non-Pro Classic/Challenge riding Sweet Jesus.
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.
here for Classic Amateur resuilts>>
& AMATEUR DERBY:
Long, Gardnerville, Nev., won the Non-Pro Derby riding Spook
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.
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
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.”
Long and her husband trainer Tom Long.
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
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.”
Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., with her husband trainer Russ
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
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.)
here for Non-Pro Derby results>>
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
“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.
Pinuelas, Jr., of Scottsdale, Ariz., was the Reserve Champion
in the Derby riding Right Of Rey.
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.
here for Amateur Derby results>>
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
By Glory Ann
Feb. 20, 2010 – Alvarado, Texas
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
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.
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
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.
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.
full results click here>>
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
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
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
more information and entry blanks, click here>>
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
By Glory Ann
Jan. 7, 2010
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.
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.
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
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.
here for schedule, draws and results>>
RIDES REYMINATE TO 4YO OPEN LEAD AT ABILENE SPECTACULAR
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Jan. 4, 2010
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.