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Services pending for Murlene Mowery

January 21st, 2017

Murlene Mowery.

Murlene Mowery, of Millsap, Texas, a treasure trove of NCHA history, passed away January 21, following a brief illness.

Mowery, 86, a long-time secretary of several NCHA affiliates, had been a go-to member of NCHA’s show department in recent years. She was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame in 2009 for her years of contributions to the Association.

A 1948 graduate of Henrietta (Texas) High School, she married cutting horse trainer Bill Mowery, and worked many years as office manager for a luxury hotel’s restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. She “moonlighted” as a show secretary. But she never had time to become a cutter herself.

“I rode one once, and decided to leave that to my husband and the boys,” she said. “I really didn’t have time because I had a full-time job, plus being a secretary, plus homework.”

Arizona’s climate and cattle made it a magnet for out-of-state cutters while she worked the shows.

“In the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s, we had our Sun Circuit at the feedlot in Casa Grande,” she recalled. “We had plenty of cattle, so we had lots of entries. One year, our Sun Circuit was the biggest approved NCHA show in the United States.

“Our cuttings would go even until 4 o’clock in the morning, then we’d start over again at 8 o’clock. A few years, we had two arenas going. We had cutters from everywhere.”

For more than 20 years, she served as show secretary of the Arizona CHA.

She returned to Texas after her husband passed away. Her experience, knowledge and energy made her an invaluable addition to the NCHA staff. She enjoyed keeping in touch with people she knew from across the country.

Mowery’s sons, Mike and Rick, are well known to NCHA members. Mike was 1983 World Champion on Handle Bar Doc and won the 1997 NCHA Futurity on Some Kinda Memories. He served as NCHA President in 2005. Rick won multiple aged events, and both Rick and Mike are AAAA judges.

Jay Moss Cougar wins Mercuria at Augusta

January 21st, 2017

Gaylon Wells on Jay Moss Cougar. Suzanne Sylvester photo.

Gaylon Wells.

Gaylon Wells and Jay Moss Cougar marked 223 for a four-point win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Augusta Futurity January 21.

Curry Diehl and Cats Lena scored a 219 for second place.

Jay Moss Cougar earned $9,104 for the win, owned by Shannon Lamb of Boerne, Texas. The 9-year-old gelding, bred by Bill and Catherine Lacy, is by High Brow Cougar out of Ariel Rey. The earner of $130,000 previously won a Mercuria finals at El Rancho Futurity, with Bill Lacy in the Non-Pro division in 2014.

Wells, a Zane Schulte Memorial Award recipient, finished third in the 2016 NCHA World Standings riding Rue Du Ichi.

Mercuria NCHA World Series at Augusta Futurity Open
223.0 Jay Moss Cougar Gaylon Wells Shannon Lamb $9,104
219.0 Cats Lena Curry Diehl Frank & Ora Diehl $7,623
218.0 Deluxe Checks Austin Shepard Rhein & Amanda Standish $6,142
215.0 Button Down Supercat Wesley Galyean SMF Cutting Horses $4,662
212.0 Reyvelation Lloyd Cox Lloyd & Christina Cox $3,181
195.0 Gini One Time Austin Shepard Gary & Gin Dellinger $1,700
0.0 SDP Lil Ichi Maddie Sam Shepard Maben & Julie Thompson $1,700
0.0 Tommie Canduit Bubba Matlock Missy Jean Rosenberg $1,700
0.0 Reyzurbetsonthiscat Craig Thompson Barnwell Ramsey $1,700

Rapp’s Reydioactive in Non-Pro

January 21st, 2017

Mary Ann Rapp.

Mary Ann Rapp of Weatherford, Texas, marked 222 on Im Reydioactive to win the Non-Pro division of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Augusta Futurity on January 21. The $7,600 paycheck took Im Reydioactive’s career earnings over the $100,000 mark.

Rapp, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee with $4.4 million in earnings, was scoring her second Mercuria World Series win. She topped the Battle in the Saddle with Toy Engine in 2012.

Top qualifier Lindy Ashlock marked 220 on Little Miss One Time to place second.

Rapp’s previous wins at Augusta include Non-Pro Futurity victories in 2001 with CD Light and in 2003 with Moody Blue Boon. Her major wins include the NCHA Futurity, NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic.

Im Reydioactive is a 7-year-old gelding bred by Kim Ezell by Dual Rey out of Kaboomsmall. He was shown through his limited age career by Kristen and Wesley Galyean, including a string of Non-Pro finals at NCHA Triple Crown events in Fort Worth.

Mercuria NCHA World Series at Augusta Futurity Non-Pro
221.5 Im Reydioactive Mary Ann Rapp Phil & Mary Ann Rapp $7,600
220.0 Little Miss One Time Lindy Ashlock Wes & Lindy Ashlock $6,617
217.5 Big Daddys CD Page Bowman Mike & Libby Bowman $5,634
217.0 Harley Kristen Galyean Wes & Kristen Galyean $4,650
216.5 Acatbequick Joe Howard Williamson Joe Howard Williamson $3,667
215.0 Smart Whittle Margie Madalyn Colgrove Blakley Colgrove $2,683
214.0 Reyvelation Christina Cox Lloyd Cox $1,700
212.0 Cat Black I Denise Seiz Charlie & Denise Seiz $1,700
211.0 Checking The Cats Charles Israel Charles Israel $1,700
196.0 Hard Eight BBQ Cameron Thompson Maben & Julie Thompson $1,700
0.0 Some Kinda Highbrow Cade Shepard Austin & Stacy Shepard $1,700

SDP Lil Ichi Maddie leads Augusta line-up

January 20th, 2017
Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard.

Hall of Famer Sam Shepard marked 225 on SDP Lil Ichi Maddie to lead the qualifiers for Saturday’s finals of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Augusta Futurity.

Nine horses scored 218 or better to advance to the finals in the year’s first show in the popular Mercuria NCHA World Series.

SDP Lil Ichi Maddie was bred by Jack and Linda Kenney by Cat Ichi out of Shortys Starlight, a Grays Starlight mare that Shepard rode in the 2003 NCHA Futurity finals.

SDP Lil Ichi Maddie is an 11-year-old mare owned by Cameron and Julie Thompson of Crossville, Tennessee. She was a finalist in multiple Open and Non-Pro limited age events, and placed seventh in the 2016 NCHA Open Standings. She has earned more than $131,000.

With career earnings of $2.3 million, Sam Shepard in in both the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame and the Members Hall of Fame.

Mercuria Augusta Open Finalists
225.0 SDP Lil Ichi Maddie Sam Shepard Maben & Julie Thompson
221.0 Cats Lena Curry Diehl Frank & Ora Diehl
221.0 Button Down Supercat Wesley Galyean SMF Cutting Horses
220.5 Jay Moss Cougar Gaylon Wells Shannon Lamb
220.0 Deluxe Checks Austin Shepard Rhein & Amanda Standish
220.0 Reyzurbetsonthiscat Craig Thompson Barnwell Ramsey
219.5 Tommie Canduit Bubba Matlock Missy Jean Rosenberg
219.5 Gini One Time Austin Shepard Gary & Gin Dellinger
218.0 Reyvelation Lloyd Cox Lloyd & Christina Cox

In the Non-Pro division, Lindy Ashlock of Abilene, Texas, led a field of 11 finalists with a 222.5 on Little Miss One Time. Little Miss One Time is a One Time Pepto mare bred by Eddie and Barbara Young out of Puddykat.

Ashlock, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee, won limited age titles on the mare at the Brazos Bash, Abilene Spectacular, and twice at the West Texas Futurity. Little Miss One Time has career earnings of more than $163,000.

Mercuria Augusta Non-Pro Finalists
222.5 Little Miss One Time Lindy Ashlock Wes & Lindy Ashlock
220.5 Some Kinda Highbrow Cade Shepard Austin & Stacy Shepard
220.0 Smart Whittle Margie Madalyn Colgrove Blakley Colgrove
220.0 Cat Black I Denise Seiz Charlie & Denise Seiz
218.0 Big Daddys CD Page Bowman Mike & Libby Bowman
217.5 Im Reydioactive Mary Ann Rapp Phil & Mary Ann Rapp
217.0 Checking The Cats Charles Israel Charles Israel
216.0 Reyvelation Christina Cox Lloyd Cox
216.0 Acatbequick Joe Howard Williamson Joe Howard Williamson
216.0 Harley Kristen Galyean Wes & Kristen Galyean
216.0 Hard Eight BBQ Cameron Thompson Maben & Julie Thompson

Lindy Ashlock on Little Miss One Time.

Happy New Year

January 6th, 2017

Chatty Patty

The 2017 limited age event show year kicked off on January 4 with the first go-round of 5 and 6-year-old open competition in the Abilene Spectacular in Abilene, Tex., where Suen You Will See LTE $134,329 took the lead with 221 points. The 6-year-old daughter of Boon Too Suen is owned by Ken Sitton, Freeport, Tex., and shown by Steve Oehlhof.

Metallic Candlelit $12,656 and Apollo Creed topped the 4-year-old open go-round on January 5 with 220 points. Owned by Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla. and shown by Clay Johnson, Metallic Candlelit, by Metallic Cat, was 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited champion under Wade Smith. Apollo Creed, also by Metallic Cat, was shown for Daniel Burkes, Hibbing, Minn., by Chris Hanson.

The Abilene Spectacular continues through Tuesday, January 10.

Chatty Patty, the first foal of 2015 NCHA Horse of the Year Smooth Talkin Style LTE $293,232 rang in the New Year on January 1, 2017 at Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas. The sorrel filly is out of Bet On Nurse, the last foal out of Nurse Rey, who is the dam of Dual Rey, NCHA #3 all-time leading sire. Double Dove Ranch is also the breeder and co-owner of Smooth Talkin Style, whose full sister, Smooth Walkin Style, was the $200,000 high seller at the 2016 NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale.

2016 NCHA Futurity Sales shine

December 13th, 2016

The 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd, affirmed the strength of the cutting horse economy in a dazzling week of sales. The $23,235 average was the second-highest in NCHA Futurity Sales history with 701 horses, from 893 offered, selling for a total of $16,287,700.

“It was an amazing sale that reflects the dedication and commitment of so many people to the cutting industry and to the popularity of the sport of cutting,” said Jeremy Barwick, co-owner with his wife Candace of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “We are so grateful to the consignors, buyers, breeders, trainers, riders, and our terrific sales staff.”

The NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on Saturday, December 10, capped the week with finished cutting horses sold while working cattle. Magic Metallic LTE $128,537, a 6-year-old in training with Beau Galyean, was the high seller at $140,000. Consigned by Fults Ranch, the Metallic Cat daughter, out of Sweet Abra, was purchased by Waco Bend Ranch, Graham, Tex. Magic Metallic is a full sister to the earners of $639,983, including Metallic Rebel LTE $195,124 and Sweet Metallic $157,607.

Mercedes Smoothe LTE $140,980, in training with Gavin Jordan, was the second-highest seller at $100,000. The 7-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter, out of CDs Masterpiece, by CD Olena, was consigned by Reata Cutting Horses and purchased by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex.

A total of 13 horses sold for $100,000 or more during the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales:

Sly Playgirl – Lot 5145 $800,000 2007 mare by That Sly Cat
Spots Hot – Lot 5040 $550,000 2001 stallion by Chula Dual
Summer Shandy – Lot 2041 $375,000 2014 mare by Metallic Cat
Third Cutting – Lot 5080 $285,000 2005 stallion by Boonlight Dancer
Smooth Walkin Style – Lot 0010 $200,000 2015 mare by Smooth As A Cat
Rey Luis – Lot 2048 $172,000 2014 stallion by Dual Smart Rey
Misty Reyn – Lot 0011 $150,000 2015 mare by Dual Rey
Magic Metallic – Lot 6059 $140,000 2010 mare by Metallic Cat
Desires Got Style – Lot 0006 $125,000 2015 mare by Docs Stylish Oak
Mercedes Smoothe – Lot 6020 $100,000 2009 mare by Smooth As A Cat
Metallic Quintan 014 – Lot 1024 $100,000 2014 mare by Metallic Cat
Metallic Lil Playboy – Lot 2076 $100,000 2014 stallion by Metallic Cat
Whip Then NaeNae– Lot 0040 $100,000 2015 mare by Dual Smart Re

For complete results from the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, as well as the complete catalog, go to www.westernbloodstock.com

 

 

Second shall be first

December 11th, 2016

Matt Gaines on Second Spot. Hart Photography.

Second Spot and Matt Gaines brought down a packed house with a 229 in the Open finals of the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance December 10 in Fort Worth. That gave Gary and Shannon Barker’s homebred mare a seven-point lead for the win.

Austin Shepard took the reserve championship on Lew Hall’s Sir Long Legs with a 222.

Second Spot is by Spots Hot out of Reycy Moon, a Cats Moonshine mare that earned $209,000. Gaines was an NCHA Derby finalist and Brazos Bash and Tunica reserve champion on Reycy Moon. Gary Barker also earned some money on the mare in Non-Pro finals including the NCHA Classic Challenge.

Reycy Moon, in turn, was bred by Gail Holmes’ Double Dove Ranch by Cats Moonshine out of Twice As Reycy. Twice As Reycy earned $194,000 as the 2003 NCHA Futurity reserve champion and an NCHA Derby finalist under Lloyd Cox. Reycy Moon has produced earners of $450,000.

And Twice As Reycy was bred by Holmes by Dual Rey out of Rey Lena Girl, a $525,000 producer. Rey Lena Girl was out of Jay Moss, a 1966 Rey Jay mare that produced earners of $761,000, including Rey Lynx, which Paige Alexander rode to a string of Non-Pro Top 5 finishes from 1989-1996.

Peppy San Badger
Dual Pep
Miss Dual Doc
Chula Dual
Smart Little Lena
Smart Fancy Lena
Docs Fancy Peppy
Spots Hot
Doc O’Lena
Shorty Lena
Moira Girl
Sweet Shorty Lena
Son O Sugar
Quixotes R Sugar
Zan Ote
SECOND SPOT, sorrel m. 2013
High Brow Hickory
High Brow Cat
Smart Little Kitty
Cats Moonshine
Genuine Doc
Genuine Moonshine
Peppys Red Moon
Reycy Moon, LTE $209,363
Dual Pep
Dual Rey
Nurse Rey
Twice As Reycy, LTE $194,141, PE $450,108
Smart Little Lena
Rey Lena Girl, LTE $21,715, PE $525,409
Jay Moss, LTE $560, PE $761,139

Second Spot moved through the go-rounds with scores of 220.5 (10th), 219/439.5 (2nd), and 225 (1st) in the semi-finals.

For Gaines, the win filled a conspicuous void in his trophy case. He’s won the NCHA Super Stakes twice, the NCHA Derby, and last year, the NCHA World Championship. He also won the Non-Pro NCHA Futurity in 1990 on Playboys Lynnea, a mare his dad, Dick Gaines, bred.

Second Spot’s $225,395 paycheck, including a $35,000 bonus from Jerry’s Chevrolet and Great American Insurance, will give Gaines career earnings of more than $7,890,000 and position him to become the sport’s second $8 million rider next year.

Second Spot’s 229 is tied for the second highest score in Futurity history. One Time Royalty set the record with a 230 in 2010. Royal Fletch (2000) and Rockin W (2009) have also marked 229s in the showcase event.

The Barkers, of Madill, Oklahoma have been enjoying great success over the last two years. Before the Futurity, they’d already  won the 2015 World Championship and four Mercuria World Series finals with Special Nu Baby. Gary has won Unlimited Amateur championships at the 2015 Showdown in Cowtown, plus two divisions at Arbuckle Mountain this year, in addition to senior titles.

Austin Shepard on Sir Long Legs. Hart Photograpy.

Reserve champion Sir Long Legs was bred by Michelle Cannon and was purchased by Lew Hall of Highland City, Florida, for $90,000 as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

The son of High Brow Cat is out of Lil Lena Long Legs, a mare that Shannon Hall showed to the reserve championship of the 2006 Super Stakes, and an earner of $189,000. Lil Lena Long Legs has produced earners of $293,000 including Cat Belue ($189,000), a 2011 NCHA Futurity finalist.