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Boots on the ground for Day Three

November 17th, 2017

CR Smart Boots, ridden by Ty Brown. Hart Photography.

CR Smart Boots and Ty Brown made their mark with 220.5 points on Friday to top the third day of NCHA Futurity Open go-round competition. Special No Boon, with Michael Cooper, earned 219 points, the day’s stand-alone second-highest score, while Smooth Hottie, shown by Josh Crumpler, scored 218.5 points, and Hott Heels, with Justin Chalmers, claimed 218 points, the fourth-highest score of the day.

CR Smart Boots, sired by Boon Too Suen and owned by Sarco Creek Ranch, Victoria, Tex., was purchased for $34,000 from Center Ranch, at the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales. The sorrel gelding is half-brother to CR Tuff Lovin Cat $10,623, shown as a finalist in the 2017 Cotton Stakes Futurity by Boyd Rice. His dam, CR Smart Lil Kitty, an unshown daughter of High Brow Cat, is out of Smart Letha LTE $70,529, the dam of 11 NCHA money earners of $834,119, including Thomas E Hughes LTE $393,045.

Ty Brown, the NCHA earner of $110,027, won the 2010 NCHA Classic Challenge Open Limited on Smartys Doctor, and most recently was reserve champion of the NRCHA Cowhorse Classic Derby Open Limited on Sioux Me Please.

Special No Boon, also sired by Boon Too Suen, is owned by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., and out of Special Nu Kitty $301,268, who scored a record 227 points in the first go-round of the 2007 NCHA Futurity Open under Clint Allen. Her dam, Nu I Wood LTE $405,302, shown exclusively by 2016 NCHA Futurity Open champion (Second Spot) rider Matt Gaines, is a leading producer of 11 NCHA money earners of $1,042,460.

Michael Cooper, who scored 218.5 points on Judgement Day, also owned by Rose Valley Ranch, on Thursday in the NCHA Futurity Open first go-round, is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $2,969,480. In 2009, he placed as reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity aboard Yadacat for Darol and Karen Rodrock.

Two of Special Nu Kitty’s offspring are consigned to the 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales by Wrigley Ranches, Weatherford, Tex. – Special Nu Style, in the Select Yearling Sale, and 4-year-old  Hes Real Special LTE $58,284, in the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale.

Smooth Hottie, owned by Durango Performance Horses, Woodward, Okla., and Hott Heels, owned by Jackie Davidson, Rockwall, Tex., are both offspring of freshman sire Hottish, by Spots Hot. Smooth Hottie is out of Smooth Sneakin LTE $73,716, by Smooth As A Cat, and Hott Heels is out of Miss Peptonstilettos LTE $84,809, by Peptoboonsmal.

Josh Crumpler, who shows Smooth Hottie, won the 2014 West Texas Futurity Open Limited and the 2016 Cotton Stakes Classic Open Limited on SDP Moms CD, as well as the 2015 Cotton Stakes Classic Open Limited on Woodys Baby. Crumpler is the NCHA earner of $68,913.

Justin Chalmers, who shows Hott Heels, is the NCHA earner of $46,204 and won the 2017 NCHA Derby Open Limited and the Abilene Spectacular Open Limited on HC Herd Boss for Eddie and Barbara Young.

Day Two: Two times 222

November 16th, 2017

Smokin Some Lena, ridden by Craig Thompson. Hart Photography.

One Alley Cat, shown by Cullen Chartier for Jarrett and Shannon Callahan, and Smokin Some Lena, with Craig Thompson for Barnwell Ramsey, tied with 222 points on Thursday, the second day of NCHA Futurity Open go-round competition. Bordeauxx and Kenny Platt marked 221 points for Jose Sigala, and Taliate and Casey Green tallied 220 for Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins. Together with Metallicious, with 222 points under T.J. Good on Wednesday, these are the leaders, with 220 points or more, heading into Friday, the third of six days of Open first go-round competition.

One Alley Cat, by High Brow Cat, was bred by Matthews Cutting Horses, who sold him for $67,000 in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Sales. His dam, Nod N Smile Baby LTE $45,660, by One Time Pepto, was a 2010 NCHA Futurity Open finalist under Paul Hansma and has no money earners to date.

Cullen Chartier, the NCHA earner of $549,949, won six Open Limited aged event championships, between 2012 and 2014. Since then, he has earned four Open championships including, the 2017 Southern Futurity 5/6 Classic, aboard Iridescent Cat.

Smokin Some Lena, by Dual R Smokin, is out of Crystal Lady Lena LTE $12,304, the dam of three NCHA money earners of $28,949. Rider Craig Thompson, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,539,746, has won the NCHA Futurity two times – in 2006 on Oh Cay Felix and in 2011 NCHA Futurity on Oh Miss Caroline, both owned and bred by Patrick and Laura Collins, Lincoln, Ill.

Bordeauxx, by Bet Hesa Cat, is out of Uno Tassa Mia, by Smart Little Uno, and the dam of 13 NCHA money earners of $432,482, including Smart Time Pepto LTE $148,241, by One Time Pepto. Rider Kenny Platt is an NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,395,457. He won the 2010 NCHA Futurity Open Limited on Downtown Smarts, and the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby riding Moms Stylish Player.

Taliate, by Metallic Cat, is out of Reytaliate, an unshown daughter of Stylish Rey, who is double bred Dual Rey, out of Rey To Play LTE $165,605. Rider Casey Green, the NCHA earner of $931,380, won the 2005 NCHA Futurity Open Limited on Buckaroo Boon and most recently placed as reserve champion of the Ike Hamilton Futurity on Hes Real Special.

Good day for T.J. and Metallicious

November 15th, 2017

Metallicious, ridden by TJ Good. Hart Photography.

Metallicious, a red roan daughter of Metallic Cat shown by T.J. Good, scored 222 points on Wednesday, to claim the first of six days of NCHA Futurity Open first go-round competition.  Sugarush, ridden by Greg Wright, and Catillac Reys, with Ascencion Banuelos, tied with 219.5 points, the day’s second-highest score, while Brandon Dufurrena and Cherry Chapstick marked 219 points. At the end of the day, 31 of the 86 entries had scored 215 points or higher.

Owned by Charles Burger, Chatsworth, Ga., Metallicious was purchased at the 2015 NCHA Futurity Sales for $35,000 from her breeders Alvin and Becky Fults, who have two of Metallicious’s yearling full siblings consigned to this year’s sale. Out of Sweet Shorty Lena LTE $110,484, Metallicious is half-sister to Spots Hot LTE $502,682, a leading sire of 2017 money earners.

T.J. Good, the NCHA earner of $1,103,554, was reserve champion of the 2013 NCHA Futurity riding Stunned LTE $111,797, by High Brow Cat. Most recently, he won the 2017 Arbuckle Mountain Open Derby aboard Game On Smooth LTE $59,433, by Smooth As A Cat.

Owned by Monte Strusiner, Oakbrook, Ill., Sugarush, by Kit Kat Sugar and out of Aristocratic Cookie, is a three-quarter sister to Brickyard Cat LTE $63,555. Greg Wright, reserve champion of the NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited on Shesa Catty Rey LTE $27,597, is the NCHA earner of $760,447.

Catillac Rey, owned by Michelle Cannon, Waxahachie, Tex., is by Metallic Cat and out of Tootsie Rey LTE $200,876, who Cannon purchased for $175,000 at the 2009 NCHA Futurity Sales. Catillac Rey is a full brother to Chrome Catillac LTE $78,462, as well as three-quarter brother to the yearling High Brow Reys, consigned by Cannon to Western Bloodstock’s 2017 Select Yearling Sale.

Ascencion Banuelos, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $2,222,568, is an eight-time NCHA Futurity Open finalist. In 1998, he rode Instant Cash 595 LTE $60,215, as his first NCHA Futurity finalist; last year he placed sixth on Purrn Likeasmoothcat LTE $104,807.

Cherry Chapstick, by Metallic Cat and out of Nievas LTE $358,536, was bred and is owned by Brandon Dufurrena, Gainesville, Tex. Dufurrena, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee and earner of $949,832, won the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship riding Nievas and Miss Ella Rey LTE $375,842. He also won the 2015 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals with Purple Reyn LTE $356,632.

The NCHA Futurity continues through Sunday, December 10.


2017 NCHA Futurity celebrates 50th year in Fort Worth

November 14th, 2017

Summer Shandy

Wednesday, November 15, kicks off the first of six days of NCHA Futurity Open first go-round competition with an impressive draw, including the high-selling mare, Summer Shandy, and the high-selling colt, Rey Luis, from the 2016 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale.

Summer Shandy, a Metallic Cat daughter out of Pippis Longstocking, by Dual Smart Rey, was consigned to the 2016 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale by Dry Creek Ranch and purchased for $375,000 by Rocking P Ranch. The price was the third-highest from all sessions of the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, topped only by 9-year-old That Sly Cat daughter Sly Playgirl, purchased for $800,000 by Gary Rosenbach, and 15-year-old stallion Spots Hot, purchased for $550,000 by Rocking P Ranch.

Rey Luis, a Dual Smart Rey son out of Sly Playgirl, was consigned to the 2016 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale by Crown Ranch and purchased for $172,000 by Daniel Burkes. His dam, Sly Playgirl, the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales high-seller at $800,000, has two yearlings in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sales I and III, both consigned by Rocking L Cutting Horses.

Also included in Western Bloodstock’s 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales, December 5 through 10, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, is High Brow Royale, a full brother to Sir Long Legs LTE $271,872, Reserve Open Champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity and the 2017 leading NCHA 4-year-old career earner. Consigned by Jerry and Kathy Erwin, High Brow Royale, by High Brow Cat and out of Lil Lena Long Legs, sells on Tuesday, December 5, in the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale.

Hashtags LTE $255,239, NCHA’s leading 4-year-old money earner in 2017, with $178,903, as well as second-ranked among 2017 NCHA 4-year-old career earners, has a yearling full brother, Catty Tag, selling in the Preferred Breeders Sale Session II, on Friday, December 8. While Second Spot LTE $245,874, Open Champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity and third-ranked among 2017 NCHA 4-year-old career earners, has a yearling half-brother, Smoothe Shine, by Smooth As A Cat, consigned to the Preferred Breeders Sale Session III., on Saturday.

For a complete digital catalog of the 2017 Western Bloodstock Futurity Sales go to http://www.westernbloodstock.net/ncha-futurity-sales/#4144

For a schedule, webcast, and daily results from the 2017 Great American Insurance Group NCHA Futurity, presented by North Texas Chevy Dealers, November 15 through December 10 go to http://archive.nchacutting.com/futurity/futurity.shtml

Jim Abney, 1944-2017

November 9th, 2017

Jim Abney, 2017 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, photo by Jim Arnold

Jim Abney, 73, Fort Worth, Tex., passed away Friday, November 3, 2017, after a brief illness. A graduate of West Texas State University, during his career, Abney wore many hats in the horse and livestock industries. As a private contractor, he served as a bid spotter for all the National Cutting Horse Sales in Fort Worth, as well as for the Ruidoso Select Race Horse Yearling Sales in New Mexico, and many other show, race, ranch horse and equipment sales.

For two decades, beginning in the late 1980s, Abney also managed the NCHA Exhibit Hall during the association’s three major shows at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, including the NCHA Futurity. In addition to NCHA, Abney had also worked for the Fort Worth Livestock Show, as well as the American Quarter Horse Association.

A memorial service for Jim Abney will be held during the NCHA Futurity, at 6:30 p.m. on December 5, in the South Texas Room at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Southern Cutting Futurity Non-Pro Champions

October 28th, 2017
Elizabeth Queen

Elizabeth Queen.

Elizabeth Queen, Lipan, Tex., and Sasha Thompson, Buffalo, Tex., claimed center stage on Wednesday, October 25, during the $175,000-added Southern Cutting Futurity in Jackson, Miss. Riding Nighttiming, Queen scored 223 points to win the Derby Non-Pro Finals, while Thompson and Sho Nuff Hot topped the Classic Non-Pro Finals with 221 points.

On Saturday, October 28, Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., and Peaceful EZ Feelin, by Lizzys Gotta Player, prevailed in the two go-round average to claim the Finals win with 432.5 points. Barnwell Ramsey, Huntersville, N.C., riding Sanjo Playn Jacks, by Cats Quixote Jack, placed second with 430 points, and Lauren Middleton, Weatherford, Tex., and Priscilla Wilson, Unadilla, Ga., tied for third with 428 points riding Light Em Upp, by Light N Lena, and Springtime Catt, by Sophisticated Catt, respectively.

As an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Rider, Elizabeth Queen has earned $1.5 million and won more than 20 major non-pro championships, as well as three NCHA Super Stakes reserve titles. Sister CD LTE $833,214, shown in open competition by Paul Hansma and in non-pro and open by Elizabeth’s husband, Skip, carried Elizabeth for seven non-pro championship wins. The One Time Pepto son Nighttiming LTE $34,191, Queen’s 2017 Southern Derby champion, also placed fourth with her  in the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Derby.

Reserve champion Jody McGlothlin, Perrin, Tex., scored 220.5 points in the Non-Pro Derby Finals aboard Somethingtobelievein LTE $105,459, who also gave Jody the Derby Non-Pro Ltd. win, and placed in the Open Finals with Jody’s husband, Brett McGlothlin. This was the fifth championship for Jody and her Hydrive Cat daughter, who also claimed Non-Pro Ltd. wins in the NCHA Futurity, the Brazos Bash and the Cotton Stakes.

Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., placed third in the Derby with 219 points on Sparklin Dual Shorty LTE $12,215, by Dual R Smokin. Colgrove, the NCHA earner of $488,870, also claimed fifth in the Derby Finals aboard Tank Tallic LTE $34,507, and won the 2017 Cotton Stakes Non-Pro Derby on Sweet Baby Marie LTE $129,965.

Sasha Thompson and her Spots Hot gelding Sho Nuff Hot LTE $24,482, swept all three Southern Futurity Non-Pro divisions with wins in the Classic Non-Pro Finals, the Non-Pro Ltd. Finals, and the Gelding Finals. Thompson came into the Southern Futurity Classic after placing first in the 2017 Cotton Stakes Non-Pro Litd. aboard Thommo. Thompson was also 2014 reserve champion of the Southern Futurity Non-Pro Derby riding One Time Player.

Kade Smith, Mineral Wells, Tex., and his Third Cutting daughter Hay U LTE $184,390 scored 220 points for reserve in the Southern Classic Non-Pro. Smith, the NCHA earner of $522,988, won the 2011 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship on Lean This Rey and this year placed reserve in the PCCHA Derby Classic on Hay U.

Missy Jean Etheridge, Bush, La., the NCHA earner of $297,530, scored 218 points for third on Tommies Playgirl , who she recently rode to place fourth in the Brazos Bash Classic Non-Pro. Tommies Playgirl LTE $92,003, by Thomas E Hughes, was also a 2017 Southern Futurity Open Classic finalist with Steve Oehlhof.

Champions all

October 26th, 2017

The $175,000-added Southern Cutting Futurity in Jackson, Miss. was in high gear on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 and 26, with four finals, including the Open Derby and the Open Futurity.  In the Derby, riding 2016 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion and 2017 NCHA Derby champion Sir Long Legs, Austin Shepard scored 224 points and realized his tenth Southern Cutting Futurity win. In the Open Futurity, Willie J Rey, a five-time limited age event open finalist under James Payne, scored 221 points to earn his first championship.

Austin Shepard

Shepard, who rides Sir Long Legs LTE $271,872 for Lew Hall, Highland City, Florida, won the 2016 Southern Cutting Futurity aboard Kual Lil Wendy LTE $48,540, a maternal granddaughter of Dual Kual LTE $96,136, who Shepard showed in 2000, to earn his first Southern Cutting Futurity win. As the sport’s #4 all-time leading NCHA open rider, Shepard has won championships in every major event, including the NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes and Derby.  In addition to Sir Long Legs, Kual Lil Wendy and Dual Kual, he has also won Southern Cutting Futurity titles on Widows Intentions LTE $352,665 (2004); Like It That Way LTE $83,381 (2004); Cees Little Poo LTE $228,618 (2005); Starstruck Ichi LTE $104,302; Peppy Catalena LTE $92,384 (2010); Cats In Ya Dreams LTE $268,895 (2011); and Divas On Time LTE $167,495 (2013).

Sir Long Legs, also winner of the 2017 NCHA Derby, was sired by High Brow Cat out of Lil Lena Long Legs $189,672, by Smart Little Lena.

Southern Futurity reserve champion 4-year-old Desires Some Time LTE $69,576, by One Time Pepto, was the Open Derby reserve champion with 219.5 points under Lee Francois, who showed the red roan mare’s dam, Reys Desire LTE $393,766, to win the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes. Desires Time was bred and is owned by Woody Bartlett, Pike Road, Ala., who also owned and bred her dam and granddam Playguns Desire LTE $124,352.

Open Derby third-placed finalist Reyvinmetallicat LTE $43,277 was shown by James Payne for Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla. The red roan mare, who also won the West Texas Futurity Open Novice division under Payne, is a daughter of 2017 leading sire Metallic Cat.

Open Futurity champion, with 221 points, and Open Gelding champion Willie J Rey LTE $25,710, is a gelded son of Dual Rey owned by Charlie and Denise Seiz, Cedartown, Ga. Willie J Rey has been an open finalist in the 2017 West Texas Futurity and the Cotton Stakes with Payne, as well as a West Texas Futurity Non-Pro finalist with Denise Seiz.

Reserve champion Thommo LTE $16,374, by Thomas E Hughes, scored 217 points for reserve under NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Craig Thompson, Thompson  bred and owns Thommo with his wife Sasha, who showed the gelding to win the 2017 Cotton Stakes Non-Pro Ltd.

Three horses tied and split third through fifth places with 216.5 points: A Little Wild Cat, by Boon A Little, shown by Dell Bell for Lisa Crossen, Era, Tex; Cornfucius, by Auspicious Cat, shown by Paul Hansma for Gary and Michelle Reichar, Frankton, Ind.; and Metallic Smooth Cat, by Metallic Cat, shown by Lee Francois for Richard Carney, Kemp, Tex. A Little Wild Cat, the 2017 Cotton Stakes Open and Open Ltd. champion under Bell, also won the Southern Futurity Open Ltd.