Slooow Ride on fast track with Cox

May 25th, 2019

Slooow Ride, shown by Lloyd Cox for Pat and Lisa Taylor, Pilot Point, Tex., won the 2019 Breeders Invitational Derby championship and $53,309 on Saturday, the final day of competition, with 225 points in a tie-breaking workoff with NCHA Futurity champion Crey Zee, shown by Tatum Rice for Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex. The two horses tied with 224 points in the 24-horse finals; Crey Zee scored 222 points to Slooow Ride’s 225 in the workoff.

The Breeders Invitational championship marked the first major win for Slooow Ride, a Metallic Cat son and half-brother to 2004 NCHA Futurity Open champion and 2019 Top 10 sire Spots Hot.

Bred by Alvin Fults, Slooow Ride LTE $91,688 is out of the Shorty Lena daughter Sweet Shorty Lena, dam of earners of over $1.3 million. Earlier this year, Slooow Ride was an Open finalist in the Ike Hamilton Derby and the Cattlemen’s Derby under Adan Banuelos, and also placed with Pat Taylor in the Arbuckle Mountain Amateur Unlimited Finals.

The Breeders Invitational counted as Crey Zee’s second reserve championship in 2019. The NCHA Futurity champion, sired by Dual Rey, won the 2019 Ike Hamilton Derby and was also reserve in the Cattlemen’s Derby with Rice. Bred by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Crey Zee LTE $272,992 is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Eazee E LTE $211,145, a three-quarter sister, by Smooth As A Cat, to Smooth Asa Zee $616,978.

Sugrspiznevrthingniz LTE $156,114, owned by Jim Vangilder, scored 222 points under Matt Gaines to claim third place in the Breeders Invitational Derby. The Kit Kat Sugar daughter has also claimed three major 2019 Open reserve championships: the NCHA Super Stakes; the Arbuckle Mountain Derby; and the Bonanza Derby.

For complete results in all divisions go to Breeders Invitational

Breeders Invitational in full swing

May 19th, 2019

The 2019 Breeders Invitational, in Tulsa, Okla., which began on May 11, moves into its second week of competition on Sunday, May 19, with the first day of 4-year-old Open go-rounds. Following is a breakdown of the 5/6 Classic/Challenge competition, which concluded on Saturday, May 18, with Non-Pro Limited, as well as Amateur and Amateur Unlimited Finals.

Classic/Challenge Open Finals
Im Quintan Checks, shown by John Sanislow, won the Classic/Challenge champion title and $21,377 with 222 points, in a tie-breaking workoff, after he and Hott Heels, ridden by Lloyd Cox, tied with 225 points. Crafty With Cows, under R.L. Chartier, scored 224 points for third.

Five-year-old gelding Im Quintan Checks LTE $133,887 was bred by Circle Y Ranch, owner of his sire, Im Countin Checks LTE $509,642, as well as his dam, Quintan Blue LTE $594,637, producer of earners of over $1.1 million. Quintan Blue won the 2007 Breeders Invitational Classic/Challenge Open under Roger Wagner, and Im Countin Checks was reserve champion of the 2006 Breeders Invitational Open with Matt Gaines.

The Breeders Invitational represents 5-year-old Im Quintan Checks’ first limited age event finals in 2019. He was a finalist in five major events in 2018, including a fourth-place finish in the NCHA Super Stakes. He was also a finalist in the 2017 NCHA Futurity.

Five-year-old gelding Hott Heels LTE $72,846, by Hottish, was bred by Jackie Davidson out of Miss Peptonstilettos LTE $84,809,  and is owned by Julie Jarma, who showed him to place in Friday’s Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Finals.

Crafty With Cows LTE $383,168, by High Brow CD, was shown by R.L. Chartier for Carol Ward, who is also the 6-year-old gelding’s breeder. Crafty With Cows launched his career under Chartier, when he placed third in the 2016 NCHA Futurity.

Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Finals
Elizabeth Quirk scored 222 points to win the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Finals on Catillac Reys LTE $154,755, by Metallic Cat, while Jessica Pounds scored 219 points for the reserve champion title, riding Etch N Sketch LTE $47,930, by Kit Kat Sugar. Greg Coalson, NCHA Non-Pro earner of over $1.8 million, placed third with 218 points on Juana Bet LTE $46,995, by Bet Hesa Cat.

Bred by Michelle Cannon, 5-year-old Catillac Reys is a full brother, out of Tootsie Rey LTE $200,876, to Chrome Catillac LTE $100,193. Adan Banuelos, who showed Catillac Reys as reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Derby, also showed the gelding as a finalist in this week’s Classic/Challenge Open Finals.

Elizabeth Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $905,333, won the 2017 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Novice division on Holmeboy LTE $65,692, by Metallic Cat.

Five-year-old Etch N Sketch was a 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist with Jessica Pounds, who also showed the gelding as Non-Pro reserve champion of the 2018 Waco Texas Futurity. Pounds, the NCHA earner of $323,962, won the 2016 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Novice division riding Brown Bear LTE $38,665, by One Time Pepto.

Classic/Challenge Amateur Finals
Taylor Worley, the NCHA earner of $54,672 from Newkirk, Okla., won the Classic/Challenge Amateur with 219 points aboard Bliztkat LTE $88,795, by Metallic Cat. Worley was reserve champion of the 2018 Breeders Invitational riding My Pinky Promise LTE $8,814, by High Brow CD.

Tina Lattanzio, San Clemente, Calif., the NCHA earner of $32,451, scored 218 points to tie with Jack Kelly for reserve. Lattanzio was riding Smooth Movez LTE $31,721, by Im Countin Checks, while Kelly, Weatherford, Tex., the earner of $86,127, was aboard Sugar Wrush LTE $32,780, by Gold Wrush.

Classic/Challenge Amateur Unlimited Finals
Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., won the Classic/Challenge Amateur Unlimited Finals with 225 points. Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., and Reyly Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, placed second and third, with 219.5 and 219 points, respectively.

Langston Pattillo, the NCHA earner of $284,897, was aboard the High Brow CD gelding High Stylin CD LTE $184,630, who Pattillo also showed as 2018 Breeders Invitational Classic/Challenge Amateur champion. Earlier this year, Pattillo and his gelding won the Bonanza Classic Non-Pro championship and took reserve in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited.

Stacie McDavid, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,057,065, showed DMAC Piccolo Pete LTE $161,395, a 6-year-old daughter of WR This Cats Smart. McDavid and DMAC Piccolo Pete also were reserve champions of the 2018 Classic/Challenge Amateur Unlimited.

Reyly Plendl, the NCHA earner of $212,885, was aboard 6-year-old Mr Metallic Rey LTE $148,883, by Metallic Cat. Plendl showed the gelding earlier this year as reserve champion of the Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Classic/Challenge and champion of the Cattlemen’s Classic/Challenge Amateur Unlimited.

Arlis Justice 1934 – 2019

May 17th, 2019
Arlis Justice, with his daughter, Hope. Sally Harrison photo.

Arlis Justice, 84, a longtime NCHA member and father of NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member Hope Mitchell, as well as father-in-law of NCHA Hall of Fame Rider John Mitchell, passed away, following a brief illness, at his home in Camden, Arkansas.

A cattle broker, as well as owner and operator of Justice Farms, Inc., Bearden, Ark., Arlis was drawn to cutting competition, when he began hauling Hope to weekend youth events. “What I do is Saturday play,” said Justice in 2001. “It’s a relaxing deal. We’re involved in shipping a lot of cattle and I work most of the time, but try to get away once or twice a month. Learning to pick cows was the only thing about cutting that I got pretty quick. The rest of it I had problems with because I don’t have a lot of confidence showing in a crowd. But cutting’s been good for us.”

Arlis Justice’s survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann; son Buster B. and his wife Sonya; daughter Hope and her husband John Mitchell; daughter Bobbie Jo and her husband Richard Vaughn; daughter Cindy Stafford; and step-daughter Ginger Kitchens; as well as 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, May 14 with Rev. Joe Howard Williamson officiating. Memorials may be made to Horsemen for Christ, P.O. Box 9524, Wichita Falls, Tex., 76301.

NCHA Super Stakes record for Dual Smart Rey

May 6th, 2019
Hiss N Vinegar helped give Dual Smart Rey a unique record
at the 2019 Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes. Ted Petit Photography.

With the conclusion of the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes in April, Dual Smart Rey became the only stallion in the 39-year history of the NCHA Super Stakes to sire Open and Non-Pro champions in both age divisions of the event, in the same year. Only High Brow Cat has come close, with Classic Open and Non-Pro champions Dont Look Twice and Pantera Cat, as well as Non-Pro champion ARC Catmando, in the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes.

Dual Smart Rey, the #4 leading sire of cutting horse earners in 2019, as well as Open champion of the 2006 NCHA Super Stakes, was represented in the 2019 Super Stakes by 4-Year-Old Open champion Hiss N Vinegar;  4-Year-Old Non-Pro co-champion Sueper Trouper; 5/6-Year-Old Open champion Rollz Royce; and 5/6-Year-Old Open champion Carolena Reyn.

In addition to his stand-alone record as a Super Stakes sire, Dual Smart Rey is one of only six stallions in 49 years to have sired an NCHA Futurity Open champion; an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion; and an NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity champion (Dual Smart Kitty, 2013 NCHA Futurity Open champion; Stuffin My Pockets, 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion; and Duals Lucky Charm, 2016 NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity champion). The other five stallions in this elite company include Doc Bar, Peppy San Badger, Smart Little Lena, Dual Rey, and One Time Pepto.

Dual Smart Rey, by Dual Rey out of The Smart Look, is owned by Strawn Valley Ranch, Strawn, Tex., and stands at Brazos Valley Stallion Station, Stephenville, Tex.

Bet Yer Blue Boons 1990 – 2019

May 1st, 2019
Lindy Burch on Bet Yer Blue Boons. Midge Ames photo.

Bet Yer Blue Boons, NCHA Open World Champion, the first horse ever to score 233 points in an NCHA finals event, and an all-time leading producer of earners of $1.8 million, died on Wednesday May 1, following colic surgery.

“Up until Sunday night, when she colicked, she was the picture of health,” said Lindy Burch, who trained and showed Bet Yer Blue Boons for Oxbow Ranch. During her show career, Bet Yer Blue Boons earned $332,960. In addition to the 2000 NCHA Open World Championship, she placed in the Top Ten Open standings for four consecutive years, including in 1998, when she earned 233 points to win the third go-round of the NCHA World Finals.

Sired by Freckles Playboy and bred by Larry Hall out of Royal Blue Boon, Bet Yer Blue Boons was purchased by Burch as a 2-year-old, in 1992. When she bought her, Burch had been doing well in competition with the roan mare’s 5-year-old half-sister, Royal Red Boon, at the time, one of just three performers out of Royal Blue Boon. Larry Hall was also doing well in non-pro limited age event competition with Peppys From Heaven, while Kobie Wood had shown Red White And Boon as reserve champion of the 1992 NCHA Derby.

Royal Blue Boon would become NCHA’s all-time leading dam with earners of over $2.5 million, including the Smart Little Lena gelding Red White And Boon LTE $882,498. Bet Yer Blue Boons LTE $332,960, was Royal Blue Boon’s second-highest money earner, and one of eight $100,000-plus earners, including Royal Red Boon LTE $112,896.

Oxbow Ranch purchased Bet Yer Blue Boons in 1993, continuing an historic partnership with Burch that has spanned four decades and countless champions. Oxbow Ranch is the AQHA breeder of record for all of Bet Yer Blue Boon’s 21 performers with a total of $1,179,499, including Bet Hesa Cat LTE $267,465, the 2011 NCHA Open World Champion, owned by the Bet Hesa Cat Syndicate; and Stylish Bet LTE $218,087, shown by Lindy Burch for Oxbow Ranch.

“She was strong and she was tough,” said Burch, reflecting on Bet Yer Blue Boon’s courage and endurance. The same might be said of Lindy Burch, who in 1980 became the first woman to win the NCHA Futurity, catch-riding Mis Royal Mahogany for Larry Reeder, who had won the Futurity in 1978 riding Lynx Melody. Mis Royal Mahogany’s 225.5-point score, under Burch, held for 17 years, as the NCHA Futurity record.

In addition, Burch was the first woman to win the NCHA Open World Championship; was the first trainer to win all four go-rounds in the NCHA World Finals – in 1996 on Shesa Smarty Lena; is a National Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductee, as well as a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee; a member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame; the first woman elected as president of the NCHA; and the breeder of Chers Shadow, the dam of Metallic Cat LTE $574,494, an all-time leading sire of earners of $23 million.

Gale and Taylor co-champions of Amateur Unlimited

April 20th, 2019
Robert Gale on Sugar N My Shayk. Ted Petit Photography.

Robert Gale, Conways, S.C., and Lisa Taylor, Pilot Point, Tex., tied as co-champions of the 2019 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited riding Sugar N My Shayk, by Kit Kat Sugar, and Reycan In The Cash, by Dual Rey, respectively. Stacie McDavid, Forth Worth, Tex., placed third with 217.5 points aboard DMACS Pink Martini, by Woody Be Tuff.

Robert Gale, the NCHA earner of $150,385, was a 2018 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited finalist riding Couture De Force LTE $19,966, by Stylish Wood, and placed fifth in the 2013 Breeders Invitational Classic Amateur Unlimited, his previous richest performance, on Shorty Boonsmal $111,238, by Peptoboonsmal.

The Amateur Unlimited co-championship represents Sugar N My Shayk’s first limited age event. The Kit Kat Sugar daughter, bred by Lori Gale, is out of Short A Shay $175,691, third-paced in the 2006 NCHA Open World Championship standings, and dam of Couture De Force.

Lisa Taylor on Reycan In The Cash. Ted Petit Photography.

Lisa Taylor, the NCHA earner of $187,773, was reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited on Scootin In Stilettos LTE $45,505, by Smart Lil Scoot, and placed sixth last year in the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited with Rydin Dirty LTE $36,719, by Whiskeynadirtyglass.

Reycan In The Cash LTE $74,690 was reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity Open Limited under Greg Wright and has placed third in three major 2019 limited event Open finals with Lloyd Cox. Out of Cancan Kitty, an unshown daughter of High Brow Cat, Reycan In The Cash is a full brother to Cancan Reyvolution LTE $176,682 and Kitty Can Dual LTE $108,297.

In addition to DMACS Pink Martini, Stacie McDavid, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,027,141, showed DMAC Kodiak LTE $25,377, by Metallic Cat, in the Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited Finals. She was also a finalist in the Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited with DMAC Piccolo Pete LTE $147,672, by WR This Cats Smart, and with DMAC Bellini Martini LTE $58,907, by High Brow Cat.

DMACS Pink Martini, is out of Shesa Dirty Martini LTE $132,492, by Hes A Peptospoonful, a three-quarter sister to 2007 NCHA Horse of the Year Copaspepto LTE $417,440, and a half-sister to Stylish Martini LTE $361,920.

Robert Thigpen wins Amateur championship

April 20th, 2019
Robert Thigpen on Metallic Rita. Ted Petit Photography.

Robert Thigpen, Chilton, Tex., scored 215.5 points on Metallic Rita, by Metallic Cat, to win the 2019 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes Amateur Finals. John Rockey, Palmdale, Calif., and Jose Ignacio Sigala, Weatherford, Tex., tied as co-reserve champions with 214 points, riding Sweet Toothe, by Kit Kat Sugar, and Sweet Dark Venum, by Sigala Rey, respectively. Ken Schultz, Sacramento, Calif., posted 213.5 points, the third-highest score on Calvin Baloo, by Lil Catbaloo.

Robert Thigpen, the NCHA earner of $182,595, and Metallic Rita LTE $18,023 earned their first major check as finalists in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur, where they placed eleventh, earned fourth-place money in the Amateur Senior division, and were semi-finalists in the Amateur Unlimited. Thigpen’s second-richest individual payout came as reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Derby Amateur, where he showed Barbies Blue Cat LTE $48,115.

Metallic Rita was bred by Thigpen out of Pats Little Senorita LTE $31,801, a 2006 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Finalist shown by Thigpen, and the dam of Ruby Rita LTE $72,926, a full sister to Metallic Rita.

John Rockey on Sweet Toote. Ted Petit Photography.

John Rockey, the NCHA earner of $316,601, was the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur reserve champion and Amateur Unlimited finalist on Dureyngo Kid LTE $119,501, who he also showed as a finalist in Saturday’s Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited. It was his 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited championship win on Sweet Toothe, however, that surpassed Rockey’s other accomplishments. Sweet Toothe LTE $45,663, by Kit Kat Sugar, is out of One Sweet Sis LTE $94,925, by One Time Pepto.

Jose Ignacio Sigala on Sweet Dark Venum. Ted Petit Photography.

Jose Sigala, the NCHA earner of $76,566, showed Grenache Grape LTE $13,094, by Sigala Rey, to place fifth in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Finals. Sweet Dark Venum, also sired by Sigala Rey and bred by Sigala, is out of Starsredfeather LTE $36,738, the dam of Sweet Dark Venum’s full sister Secreytariat LTE $44,850.

Sweet Dark Venum was also shown by Isidro Sigala to place tenth in the 2019 Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited Finals.

Ken Schultz, the NCHA earner of $282,189, tied himself in tenth place, in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited Finals riding Calvin Baloo, by Lil Catbaloo, and Rockin Those Tricks, by Rockin W. He also rode Calvin Baloo as a 2018 Futurity Amateur Unlimited finalist and an Amateur semi-finalist, and placed eleventh in the Amateur Finals with Rockin Those Tricks. Additionally, Schultz and Calvin Baloo tied for fifth in the Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited.