• Dennis Moreland Tack

Modine Smith 1922-2017

July 23rd, 2017

Modine Smith, 94, Grass Valley, CA, passed away on July 22, 2017. Along with her late husband Ed Smith, Modine selflessly committed herself to the betterment and promotion of cutting for nearly five decades. The Smiths held PCCHA shows at their ranch in Escalon, CA, where Ed mentored many riders, including future National Cutting Horse Association Futurity champions Lindy Burch and Leon Harrel.

After Ed passed in 1979, Modine continued to champion cutting on the local and national level. She served on the executive committees of both the NCHA and the PCCHA and was inducted in the Halls of Fame of both organizations. NCHA also created the Modine Smith Humanitarian Award in her honor, of which she was the first recipient.  She was also a recipient of the PCCHA Ed Smith Memorial Sportsmanship Award.

Some of the innovations Smith worked with others to realize for the PCCHA have become standards for NCHA, including the dedicated practice pen; the adjusted monitor system for judges; pre-settling cattle; and one of her favorite pet projects, the PCCHA Gelding Incentive Program.

Smith is survived by children John Michael Biggs, Patricia(Biggs) Leach and Laura (Smith) Vaughn; sons-in-law Steve Leach and Frank Vaughn; as well as eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Celebrations of Modine Smith’s life are being planned for the PCCHA Futurity, October 6 through 13, in Las Vegas, NV, and the NCHA Futurity, November 15 through December 10, in Fort Worth, TX.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations on Modine’s behalf to:  PCCHA Youth Scholarship Program or The NCHA Foundation.


Ichis the judges’ choice

July 22nd, 2017

Grant Setnicka and Ichis My Choice won the
NCHA Classic Challenge with a 229. Hart Photography.

Ichis My Choice reinforced her 2016 NCHA Horse of the Year accolades with a 229-point win in the NCHA Classic Challenge Saturday night, July 22, at the NCHA Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Ridden by Hall of Famer Grant Setnicka for the Jaeggi family’s J Five Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, Ichis My Choice went next-to-last in the 26-horse finals and prevailed by a six-point margin over Metallic Rebel. Seven horses in the action-packed finals marked 220 or better.

Last year, Ichis My Choice won the Breeders Invitational and Mercuria NCHA World Series at El Rancho Futurity, and placed second in the NCHA Super Stakes, Mercuria NCHA World Finals, West Texas Futurity and Cattlemen’s Derby. She also won the Pacific Coast Non-Pro Derby with Constance Jaeggi.

Her latest win will take her career earnings over the $300,000 mark.

Ichis My Choice was bred by EE Ranches, and purchased for $300,000 at the 2014 Western Bloodstock, Ltd. NCHA Futurity Sales. She is by NCHA Derby champion Cat Ichi out of My Little Abra.

My Little Abra is a full sister to Sweet Abra, the dam of Classic Challenge reserve champion Metallic Rebel.

Reserve champion Metallic Rebel, by Metallic Cat, is ridden by Hall of Famer Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn of Philadelphia, Mississippi. This year, he’s won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, Arbuckle Mountain Classic, Abilene Spectacular, and Pacific Coast Classic. He’s the leading money earner of the 2017 calendar year.

Beau Galyean on reserve champion Metallic Rebel.

Collins, Smith top first day of Amateur rounds

July 22nd, 2017

Patrick Collins and Absolutely Oh Cay topped the first day of the
Unlimited Amateur NCHA Derby. Hart Photography.

Patrick Collins of Lincoln, Illinois and Colton Smith of Geary, Oklahoma topped the first day of Rios of Mercedes Amateur competition with home-bred horses on Saturday.

Collins, riding Absolutely Oh Cay, marked 217, the day’s high, to lead the Unlimited Amateur division of the NCHA Derby. Smith, on Wendels Grendel, posted a 216.5 to lead the Amateur division.

Absolutely Oh Cay is a mare by Metallic Cat out of Oh Cay Shorty, the $1.2 million producer whose babies include NCHA Futurity Open champions Oh Cay Felix and Oh Miss Caroline. Collins also won the NCHA Futurity Amateur finals on Oh Cay Felix.

He won the Unlimited Amateur Senior title on Absolutely Oh Cay at the 2016 NCHA Futurity, and has been an Unlimited Amateur finalist on her at the Futurity, the Super Stakes, Abilene, and The Non-Pro Cutting.

Michael Holman of Benjamin, Utah, had the next highest score in the Unlimited division, a 216.5 on Metallic Moe, a home-bred gelding by Metallic Cat. Three riders, Julie Beasley, Reyly Plendl and Hardy Rogers, each marked 216.

Colton Smith and Wendels Grendel led the first day of Amateurs.

In the Amateur division, Colton Smith rode Wendels Grendel, an Appaloosa gelding bred by his father, Wade Smith, by High Brow CD out of Docs Hickory Doll. Wade Smith was Unlimited Amateur reserve champion on the gelding at the Pacific Coast Derby this summer, and was also third at the Breeders Invitational.

Colton was reserve champion in the Amateur division of last year’s NCHA Classic Challenge, riding Lil Pep N Time.

Scott Jones of Millsap, Texas, posted the next highest score, a 216, in the Amateur go-round on Saturday. He rode Ichis Snicker Doodle, by Cat Ichi. Stephanie Croft of Cherokee, Oklahoma marked a 215.5 on Toy Story Three, by Cats Merada.

The first round of the Amateur/Unlimited Derby will continue Sunday, with the Amateur divisions of the NCHA Classic Challenge beginning on Monday.

Jessica Feiner wins NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Ltd.

July 21st, 2017

Jessica Feiner and B Nimble won the Limited Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge. Hart Photography.

Jessica Feiner, Aspen, Colo., scored 220.5 points on B Nimble to win the NCHA Classic Challenge Limited Non-Pro on Friday, July 21. Michael Kemna, Valley View, Tex., took the reserve championship with 217 points on Ruby Shadow Cat.

This was the second championship win for Jessica Feiner and B Nimble in 2017. They also won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Ltd. Non-Pro, in addition to placing in the 2017 Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro finals and the 2017 Breeders Invitational 5/6 Unlimited Amateur, where Feiner also showed Cowcat 511 to place third in the same division.

Five-year-old B Nimble, by Dual Smart Rey, had career earnings of $29,693 prior to Friday’s win; Jessica Feiner is the lifetime earner of $166,249.

Reserve champion Michael Kemna on Ruby Shadow Cat.

Reserve champion Michael Kemna and Ruby Shadow Cat hit a triple earlier this year at the Arbuckle Mountain Cutting with wins in the 5/6 Non-Pro, the Unlimited Amateur, and the Non-Pro Gelding division. They also won the the Pacific Coast Derby 5/6 Non-Pro Limited and placed second in the Unlimited Amateur Gelding division of the same event.

Kemna, the NCHA earner of $180,008, and 5-year-old Ruby Shadow Cat LTE $104,818, by Metallic Cat, also qualified for the finals of the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Finals, on Sunday, July 23.

Multiple World Champion Joe Howard Williamson rode Miz Savanah Ichi through Non-Pro rounds of 218.5 and 218 for the top cumulative score of 436.5. Twenty riders marked 431.5 or better to advance to Monday’s Non-Pro Classic Challenge finals.

Williamson, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Famer, is riding 6-year-old Miz Savanah Ichi, bred by EE Ranches, and an earner of more than $34,000. Williamson finished third on the mare last month at the Non-Pro Cutting.

Steve Anderson, who is also in the Non-Pro Hall of Fame, topped the second round scores in the Non-Pro with a 222 on Littlemak, for a cumulative 435. Littlemak, by Starlights Gypsy out of Justa Swinging Gal, is also the top qualifier under Jon Burgess for Saturday’s Open finals with a cumulative 440.5.

And a Youth shall lead them

July 20th, 2017

Ryann Packard and Peptos Scootin Man topped the first round of the Non-Pro in the NCHA Classic Challente. Hart Photography.

Ryann Packard, the leader going into this weekend’s Junior Youth World Finals, also leads 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited competitors who advanced to tomorrow’s second go-round. Riding Peptos Scootin Man, Ryann, 13, of Sun City, Kan., scored 221 points on Thursday, July 20, to top a field of 130 entries. Todd Quirk earned 219 points, the round’s second-highest score on Kattalyst, and five riders tied for third with scores of 218.5 points. Sixty-six entrants with scores of 210 points or higher advanced to the second round in the Non-Pro.

Ryann Packard placed fourth in the 2016 NCHA Top 15 Junior Youth standings and currently ranks first in 2017 standings with 177 points. Peptos Scootin Man LTE $26,206, a 5-year-old gelded son of Smart Lil Scoot, was one of eight horses, including Im Catmand LTE $252,096 and Sir Stylish Lizzy LTE $217,399, that Ryann rode in 57 shows to qualify for this year’s Youth World Finals.

Todd Quirk, Denham Springs, La., has shown Kattalyst this year to place third in the Ike Hamilton 5/6 Non-Pro, and was a  5/6 Non Pro finalist in The Pacific Coast Derby, where Adan Banuelos showed the 5-year-old Metallic Cat daughter to place fourth in the Open Finals. Quirk, the NCHA earner of $474,001, won the 2012 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited riding Cats In Ya Dreams LTE $268,895.

The five riders who scored 218.5 points were Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., aboard 6-year-old Cherry  Peppers LTE $155,246, by One Time Pepto; Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., riding 5-year-old LHR Smooth James Rey LTE $93,303, by Dual Rey; Traci Burgess, Cleburne, Tex., on 6-year-old La Deja Vu LTE $33,397, by Cat Ichi; Joe Howard Williamson, Wichita Falls, Tx., riding Miz Savanah Ichi LTE $34,077; and Brandon Dufurrena, Gainesville, Tex., aboard 5-year-old Creyzy Train LTE $8,845, by Auspicious Cat.

Fancy Rey and Ichis My Choice shine in 2nd go-round

July 19th, 2017

Littlemak and Jon Burgess led the cumulative scores after the second round of the NCHA Open Classic Challenge. Hart Photography.

On Wednesday, July 19, Fancy Rey, shown by Chris Hanson, and Ichis My Choice, with Grant Setnicka, tied with 222 points, the high score from the second go-round of the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Open, where a cumulative score of 435 points from the first and second round advanced 26 horses to the Finals.

Littlemak, with 221.5 points in the second go-round under Jon Burgess, claimed the high cumulative with 440.5 points, while Ichis My Choice, with Setnicka, and Play Miss Boonsmal, under Eddie Flynn, were second-highest with 440-point cumulatives, and Metallic Rebel, who won the first go-round with 223 points under Beau Galyean, tallied 439.5-points.

Grant Setnicka also scored 221.5 points in the second go-round on Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses-owned Metallic Mistress LTE $120,922, by Metallic Cat, to advance with 438 points, and qualified with a third mount, the 5-year-old Dual Rey son Two Time Dual LTE $103,380, owned by Jimmy Baros, Blanco, Tex. Setnicka was the only rider to qualify three horses for the Finals.

Ichis My Choice LTE $299,194, owned by J Five Ranch, Weatherford, Tex. and sired by Cat Ichi, made her mark with Setnicka as the 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. She won or placed that year as a 4-year-old in 18 major events, including the Breeders Invitational Open championship, the NCHA Super Stakes Open reserve championship, and with J Five Ranch owner Constance Jaeggi, as the Pacific Coast Derby Non-Pro champion. Jaeggi purchased Ichis My Choice at two for $300,000, in the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Fancy Rey LTE $96,631, by Dual Rey, is owned by Charles Burger, Chatsworth, Ga. The 6-year-old mare was a limited age event open finalist in five major events under Wesley Galyean, who showed her in the 2014 NCHA Futurity; Chris Hanson took up the reins mid-year in 2016 and has since shown her in three major finals. Hanson, who won the 2014 NCHA Futurity Open Limited on Metallic Mandy, is the NCHA earner of $577,822.

Littlemak LTE $81,486, by Starlights Gypsy, is owned by Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Tex., also the owners of The Reyl McCoy, who qualified for the Classic Challenge Open Finals with a cumulative of 438.5 points under Tate Bennett. Jon Burgess, NCHA earner of $764,087, showed Littlemak to win the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited, the NCHA Derby Open Limited, and the Southern Futurity Open Limited. Steve Anderson, owner of Anderson Cattle Co., also showed the four-year-old gelding to win the 2016 Waco Texas Futurity Non-Pro championship.

Play Miss Boonsmal LTE $75,444, a 5-year-old Peptoboonsmal daughter owned by Danny Jones, Alberta, Can., was reserve champion of the 2017 Breeders Invitational Open Classic with Eddie Flynn, as well as third-place finalist in the 2017 Bonanza Classic, and a finalist in the Cattlemen’s Open Classic. Danny Jones has also shown her this year as an amateur finalist in four major events, and was  fourth on her in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur.

Eddie Flynn is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earnings of $2,580,965. He won both the 2005 and 2006 NCHA Classic Challenge on Boon San Kitty LTE $498,188, as well as the 2006 NCHA Derby on Stylish Baby Doll LTE $193,587, and the 2000 NCHA Derby on BR Instant Replay LTE $158,806.

The NCHA Summer Spectacular continues tomorrow morning with the first go-round of the Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro. The Classic Challenge Open Finals will be held on Saturday, July 22, following six sets of the NCHA Derby Amateur and Unlimited Amateur first go-round.

Metallic Rebel still tops

July 18th, 2017

Metallic Rebel and Beau Galyean lead 88 entries with scores of 213.5 points or more to Wednesday’s second go-round of the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Open. Metallic Rebel scored 223 points on Monday, the first day of competition, where Peeptos Cat and Paul Hansma ranked second with 222 points.

CR Tuff Lucy, with John Mitchell, and Amandas CD, under Matt Miller, topped the second and last day of the first round on Tuesday with matching scores of 221.5 points; The Reyl McCoy and Tate Bennett were next with 221.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller.

Five-year-old Amandas CD, LTE $236,766, owned by Chris and Tracy Brengard, Paragould, Ark., won five major limited age event championships under Miller in 2016, including the Abilene Spectacular and the Brazos Bash. The High Brow CD daughter, bred by Sunrise Ranch, also placed ninth with Miller in the 2015 NCHA Futurity and was reserve champion of the 2016 Breeders Invitational and the Ike Hamilton Futurity.

Matt Miller, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $2,920,320, also scored 218.5 points in the Classic Challenge go-round riding Amandas CD’s 6-year-old full sister, Sweet Lil Amanda LTE $238,555, also owned by the Brengards. Miller who gave up his non-pro status to become a professional trainer in 2008, won the 2006 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity aboard Travs Scooter LTE $221,566 and is also an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member.

John Mitchell.

Six-year-old CR Tuff Lucy LTE $334,162, is owned by Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., who purchased her for $600,000 at the 2015 Center Ranch Sale. Sired by Center Ranch stallion Woody Be Tuff, CR Tuff Lucy began her career as fourth-place finalist in the 2014 NCHA Futurity under Tarin Rice, who also showed her to win the 2015 Abilene Spectacular and claim reserve in the NCHA Derby. John Mitchell and CR Tuff Lucy most recently earned the reserve championship of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic, which they also claimed in 2016, along with the reserve championship of the 2016 NCHA Classic Challenge.

John Mitchell, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earnings of $4,050,523, won the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes and the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic on Slate River Ranch-owned Junie Wood LTE $525,782, the 2014 NCHA Open Horse of the Year.

The Reyl McCoy LTE $124,176, owned by Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Tex., began his career in the 2015 NCHA Futurity, where he placed sixth under Bennett and went on in 2016 to win the Arbuckle Mountain Open championship, and place fourth in the NCHA Super Stakes. The 5-year-old Dual Rey son, bred by Broom Tree Ranch and purchased by Bennett at the 2013 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, is a half-brother to Toy Engine LTE $194,612 by Playgun.

Tate Bennett, the NCHA earner of $839,977, won the Cattlemen’s Derby Novice championship this year on his own horse, Uno Mas LTE $15,736, by Dual Rey. Bennett was also Open Limited champion of the 2012 NCHA Futurity and the Abilene Spectacular on Rios Jewel LTE $51,397; the Open Limited champion of the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes, 2011 NCHA Derby, and 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Classic on Reyn Maker LTE $169,801, owned by Anderson Cattle Co.; and Open Limited champion of the 2014 Cattlemen’s Derby on Red Boon Rey LTE $135,558, owned by Anderson Cattle Co.

The 2017 NCHA Summer Spectacular continues on Wednesday, July 19 with the Classic Challenge Open second go-round.