Michelle Reichart earns 219-point lead

December 6th, 2019

Michelle Reichart, Frankton, Ind., showing R Maximillion Kat, by High Brow Cat, topped Friday’s Amateur and Unlimited Amateur go-round competition with 219 points on Friday, Dec. 6. Bridget Trenary, Nashville, Tenn., scored 218.5 points riding Amettalicmanda, by Metallic Cat. The go-round’s previous high score was 218 points, earned by Julie Beasley and Count Mee In, on Thursday, the first day of go-round competition. Michelle Reichart, Bridget Trenary, and Julie Beasley are all Unlimited Amateur entries.

Michelle Reichart, the NCHA earner of $174,212, showed as a finalist on Kual Lil CD LTE $33,333, by High Brow CD, in both the 2014 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals and the Unlimited Amateur Finals. She also showed as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur finalist riding Highly Desired Cat LTE $30,554, by Desires Little Rex.

In 2013, Reichart won The Non-Pro Cutting 5/6 Amateur championship, as well as the Arbuckle Mountain Amateur 5/6 championship on CD To The Max LTE $95,509, by CD Olena, the dam of R Maximillion Kat. Earlier this year, Reichart was reserve champion of the Bonanza 5/6 Non-Pro Limited on Cornfucius LTE $18,660, by Auspicious Cat., and placed tweltfth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited with The Heart Breyk Kid LTE $6,484, by Dual Rey.

Bridget Treneray, the NCHA earner of $90,352, won the 2019 NCHA Classic Challenge 5/6 Amateur, as well as the Brazos Bash Amateur Classic aboard Dual Rey daughter Brenda Rreys LTE $46,746, who Trenary also showed as 2019 The Non-Pro Cutting Amateur Classic reserve champion.

Trenary’s NCHA Futurity mare, Amettalicmanda, is a half-sister , out of Stylish Amanda LTE $109,648, to the earners of $582,342, including LHR Royal Flush LTE $159,724, by One Time Pepto, and 5-year-old Mamas Stylish Sophie LTE $111,413, by Dual Rey.

Grace Ornelas and Reagan Glenn were the high-scoring Amateur entrants on Friday with 216.5 points. Grace, who is a Junior Youth competitor, showed Mother Kwacker, by Dual Rey, who she also showed to earn 2017 points on Thursday, as an Unlimited Amateur entry. In addition, Grace and Mother Kwacker qualified for the Non-Pro Limited Semi-Finals, which will be held on Monday, Dec. 9.

Reagan Glenn, Paso Robles, Calif., also a Junior Youth rider, placed fifth on Thursday in the NCHA $35,000 Non-Pro World Finals, riding TF Cats Remedy LTE $80,846, by WR This Cats Smart. Reagan, the NCHA earner of $34,715, also showed Catalic, by Metallic Cat, in the NCHA Futurity Amateur go-round on Friday.

Catalic, bred by Beechfork Ranch, is out of Justasassycat LTE $34,382, by High Brow Cat, and a half-sister to 4-year-old Fore Ever Smooth ($29,851), by Smooth As A Cat. Justasassycat, out of Autumn Boon LTE $244,470, is half or three-quarter sister to earners of $1.9 million, including leading sires Im Countin Checks LTE $509,642 and Once In A Blue Boon LTE $318,012.

2019 NCHA Futurity Amateur and Unlimited Amateur go-round competition continues through Monday, Dec. 9. Tuesday, Dec. 10, marks the first day of NCHA Futurity Sales, which continue through Saturday, Dec. 14.

First for This Isa Third

December 6th, 2019

This Isa Third, ridden by Mike Wood for Christine King of Scottsdale, Arizona, marked 227 to win the first round of the $5,000 Novice division at the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth on December 6, 2019.

Red Solo Catt, ridden by Dylan Meyer for Whit and Kim Davis; and Peptos Smart Mars, ridden by Tance Bryant for Stan Ayers, both marked 223.5 for the go-round’s second highest score.

First-round competition was held for the $5,000 Novice, $25,000 Novice Non-Pro and both Amateur classes Friday. The second round and non-working finals, which will determine World Finals winners and year-end championships will be held Saturday.

Wood, who notched up a record seventh Novice World Finals win the day before with TRs Best Player in the $25,000 Novice finals, also showed Smart Uni Brow to place seventh with a 219 in the $5,000 go-round.

This Isa Third is a 7-year-old gelding bred by Carl and Shawnea Smith by Third Cutting out of Cat Fancy This. He has earned more than $218,000, and he carried Christine King to second place in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals this week, while finishing fourth in the World Standings for that event.

This Isa Third has a lock on the $5,000 Novice World Championship, coming out of the first round of the World Finals with a lead of almost $18,000 over PRF Smooth Cat Ruby, ridden by Monty Buntin for Shelli Moreda.

$50,000 Amateur

Lisa Haldane of Phoenix, Arizona and Reydirkulous scored 224.5 in the first round of the $50,000 Amateur, for a half-point victory over Mia Webster on What About Blue.

This is the first World Finals for Haldane, who was a $35,000 Non-Pro finalist at the NCHA Western National Championships in 2011.

Reydirkulous is an 8-year-old son of Dual Rey and Powdered Sugar Cat, bred by Chad Bushaw’s Crown Ranch. His second dam, Cappuccino And Pasta was Non-Pro reserve champion of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, and later carried Julie Wrigley to the $50,000 Amateur World Championship in 2003, the same year Wrigley also won the NCHA Futurity Amateur championship.

The $50,000 Amateur go-round win moved Haldane up a notch in the standings to ninth place.

Corrie Rousey of Carlsbad, New Mexico has an unbeatable lead of more than $13,000 in the World Standings. She placed fifth in the first go-round with a 217.5 on Swing Thru The Drive.

Carol Ward and Kausac Kats are safe for the Reserve World Championship.

$25,000 Novice Non-Pro

CR Tuff Boo Bear and Too Hot To Copy tied for first with 221 points in the first round of the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals. Milly Vanilly, ridden by Brad Wilson, was next at 220.5.

CR Tuff Boo Bear is shown by Cheyenne Johnson of Pine Level, Alabama. The 9-year-old mare was bred by Center Ranch by Woddy Be Tuff out of CR April Boon. She was shown by Tarin Rice as a limited age finalist at Breeders Invitational, Tunica and Cattlemen’s Derby.

Johnson showed CR Tuff Boo Bear to win the $50,000 Amateur at the NCHA Eastern Nationals last spring. She also won that event the year before with Tom E Toy.

Too Hot To Copy is shown by German Lugo of Gainesville, Texas. The 7-year-old son of Metallic Cat and Playgiarism was bred by Mariposa Farms. If he wins the second round and non-working finals, he will push Playgiarism’s babies over the $1 million mark. Matt Miller and Chris Hanson showed Too Hot To Copy in limited age finals at the NCHA Super Stakes, Bonanza, Cotton Stakes, and other major events.

Lugo rode in last year’s $50,000 Amateur and $25,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals with This Chics Hot and Wild Starz, respectively. He’s won Amateur aged event championships at Breeders Invitational, West Texas, Cotton Stakes and Abilene.

Riding Dmac Wise Guy, Mary Bradford of Weatherford, Texas, will be untouchable in the lead for the World Championship.

Susan Dunne of Clinton, North Carolina, is safe in second place in the standings, riding Hal Raiser.

$15,000 Amateur

Angela Creach of Jackson, California and Curious Cowgirl scored 220 to lead the first round of the $15,000 Amateur World Finals. Makenzie Meehan on I Like It This Rey scored 216, while Benjamin James on Lightsaber Dual scored 215.5.

Curious Cowgirl is an 11-year-old mare by WR This Cats Smart out of Stylish Lil Cowgirl, bred by Tracey Olsen.

Creach came into the World Finals ranked in 14th place, and her first-round win moved her into the Top 10.

There’s a battle for the World Championship, with Raven Micah Benjamin of Hartsell, Colorado leading Erin Sullivan of Rancho Murieta, California by $564. Benjamin is riding Metallic SweetgirlRG, which she also showed in the $2,000 Limited Rider World Finals. Sullivan is on Crafty With Cows, an earner of more than $430,000.

Tomorrow’s second round and non-working finals of the $15,000 Amateur each pay $940 to the winner.

Bill Murphy 1933-2019

December 6th, 2019

Obituary from the family of Bill Murphy – William (Bill) Franklin Murphy went to be with his Heavenly Father on November 25, 2019, following a brief illness. He was born on November 7, 1933 in Thurman, CO to John and Dorothy Murphy. Bill was blessed to be raised with 15 brothers and sisters. At the age of 18, he proudly joined the United States Air Force. Bill was a talented baseball player. Throughout his Air Force career, he played ball. Later, he played minor and professional baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies. This led to an opportunity to make baseball his career; however, Bill chose to follow his dream of training horses.

He married Florene Hester in 1955. They had three daughters, Tina Sutton, Tammy Boizot and Terrie Murphy. In 1973, Bill married Stefanie Williams. Together they had two children, Billy Murphy and Dixie Ryon.

Through the years, his passion for horses was multifaceted. Bill was a jockey at an early age, a race horse trainer, a trainer and a showman within the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) in halter and western events. He eventually specialized in cutting horses and was an active member of the APHA, Western States Cutting Horse Association (WSCHA), Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA), Arizona Cutting Horse Association (AZCHA), Montana Cutting Horse Association (MCHA) and the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) as well as serving as a judge for the NCHA and other associations. Bill produced cutting horse events in the state of Montana, showed at the NCHA futurity and other aged events. He showed and trained many great horses and mentored many successful non-pros.

His children were an important part of his horse career and followed his love for horses. Bill never went anywhere without his horse trailer. He lived life to the fullest and was a true horseman. Bill will be most remembered for his work ethic, determination and love of family and the Lord. He is loved and will be deeply missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy; brothers, John, Richard, Jerry, Clarence and Don; sisters, Elma Snyder, Clara Mylander, Betty Jones; daughter, Tammie Boizot; and Florene Murphy.

Bill is survived by his loving children, Tina Sutton (Harold) of Eaton, CO, Terrie Murphy (Di Lockner) of Wellington, CO, Dixie Ryon (Sean) of Cleburne, TX and Billy Murphy (Amy) of Fort Worth, TX; Stefanie Murphy of Fort Worth, TX; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Russell Murphy of South Dakota; sisters, Dorothy Fuller of Wellington, CO, Esther Kelley of Morristown, TN, Rose Smithey of Rangely, CO and Judy Sutton of La Plata, MD; a host of nieces, nephews and other beloved friends and relatives.

A celebration of life will be held at the Ellis Ranch Event Center, 2331 Ellis Ranch Ln., Loveland, CO 80537 on February 8th at 1:00pm.

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Mom does it again

December 6th, 2019

Moms Stylish Player, ridden by Hall of Famer Kenny Platt, marked another 230 to win the third round of the 7 Ranch 2019 NCHA Open World Finals on December 5 in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.

Kattalyst, ridden by Adan Banuelos was second with 225, while Fortune Bend, ridden by Monty Buntin and Copperish, ridden by Lloyd Cox, both marked 223 for third.

After marking 227 and 230 in the first two rounds, Moms Stylish Player is leading the cumulative score by 23 points over Copperish with 687.

Moms Stylish Player is owned by Robert Tregemba of Lawrence, Kansas. The 7-year-old gelding was bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Co. by Lizzys Gotta Player out of $1.3 million producer Moms Stylish Babe. An earner of more than $380,000, Moms Stylish Player won the NCHA Derby, Super Stakes, Breeders Invitational Classic and Bonanza Classic during his aged event career.

He came into the World Finals ranked ninth for the year, but with his World Finals successes, he’s moved up to second place in the standings.

Milner makes it happen

December 5th, 2019

Mary Jo Milner, who won her first World Championship before half of her 2019 World Finals rivals were born, marked 225.5 on Little Pepto Cat to win the third round of the 7 Ranch NCHA Non-Pro World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on December 5.

Milner, who has a record 8 Non-Pro World Championships to her credit, edged out first-round winner Caitlin Rice (223.5) and Blakley Colgrove (223) in the third round.

Mary Jo Milner of Southlake, Texas, is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame with career earnings of $2.7 million. She was World Champion in 1981 and 1986 and then climbed back in the saddle to win the 2000 title when her grandchildren started competing. She won subsequent World Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2013.

She was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame in 1980, and into the Member Hall of Fame in 2012.

Little Pepto Cat was bred by the late Bob Kingsley, by High Brow Cat out of 2002 Horse of the Year Little Pepto Gal. Little Pepto Cat has earned more than $612,000.

Fun Fact: Mary Jo Milner is the only cutter to have shown three individual horses with career earnings of more than $600,000: Red White And Boon, Smooth Asa Zee and Little Pepto Cat.

Blakley Colgrove and Cat Man Blue hold a half-point lead over Caitlin Rice and Metallika in the cumulative score, 667 to 666.5.

Colgrove has marked 222 / 222 / 223 through the first three rounds, while Rice has scores of 226 / 217 / 223.5.

The fourth round and non-working finals will be determined Saturday, December 7.

Julie Beasley takes the lead

December 5th, 2019
Julie Beasley on Count Mee In. Ted Petit photo.

Julie Beasley, Montgomery, Ala., scored 218 points aboard Count Mee In,  on Thursday, Dec. 5, to top the first day of 2019 NCHA Futurity Amateur and Amateur Limited go-round competition. Madison Crum and Grace Ornelas, both from Weatherford, Tex., tied with 217 points, the second-highest score of the day, riding Tallic Toy, by Metallic, and Mother Kwacker, by Dual Rey, respectively.

Julie Beasley, the NCHA earner of $279,246, has competed in NCHA Futurity finals for the past three years, including last year, when she placed in the Non-Pro Finals and the Non-Pro Limited Finals on CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $70,239, who also carried her to five 2019 limited age wins, including the Breeders Invitational Amateur Unlimited championship.

Beasley’s horse, Count Mee In, bred by Amanda Standish, is a full brother to the earners of $064, including Deluxe Checks LTE $283,156, the 2017 NCHA Open World Champion and World Champion Mare. Catrina Starlight, dam of Count Mee In and Deluxe Checks, is out of 2000 NCHA Futurity champion Stella Starlight LTE $292,408, the dam of earners of over $1.2 million.

Madison Crum, the NCHA earner of $162,720, and the 2016 NCHA Limited Age Event Rookie of the Year, has shown in two NCHA Futurity finals. Metallix, by Metallic Cat, carried her in the 2016 Amateur Finals, and she showed Reysed Rich, by Dual Rey, in the 2017 Amateur Finals.

During 2019, Crum has competed as a finalist in eight LAE divisions, including the NCHA Non-Pro Derby and  Non-Pro Limited, as well as Amateur divisions, on El Doreydo LTE $63,874 and Kual Dual. El Doreydo also carried her as reserve champion of the 2019 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Limited.

Tallic Toy, out of Smartlittlelenastoy, is a full sister to Metallictoy LTE $96,820 and Toytallic LTE $76,590, as well as a half-sister to Lena On Rey LTE $153,634 and Total Reycall LTE $109,710.

Junior Youth rider Grace Ornelas made her entry into major events , when she won the $2,000 Limited Rider class at The Non-Pro in 2013 riding Reynshine LTE $119,762, by Dual Rey. Reynshine also carried Grace to place third in the NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth Cutting and as a finalist in the 2014 NCHA Eastern Nationals.

Grace’s Futurity horse, Mother Kwacker, is a half-sister to The Kwack Shack LTE $55,593, out of Kwackin Cat. Kwackin Cat is a full sister by High Brow Cat, to Catting LTE $225,025 and High Brow Kwackin LTE $154,134, as well as half-sister to Smart Crackin Chic LTE $191,375, by Smart Chic Olena.

The 2019 NCHA Futurity Amateur and Amateur Unlimited go-rounds continue through Sunday, December 8. The NCHA Futurity Sales begin on Monday, December 9,  with the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session I, in Watt Arena.

Champs crowned at 7 Ranch World Finals

December 5th, 2019

World Finals winners and year-end World Champions were determined in four classes on December 5, 2019 at the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena. The winning scores were tallied in the $25,000 Novice, $35,000 Non-Pro, $5,000 Novice Non-Pro and $2,000 Limited Rider divisions.

Competition gets underway December 6 in the $5,000 Novice, $50,000 Amateur, $25,000 Novice Non-Pro and $15,000 Amateur. The four working rounds of the Open and Non-Pro conclude on Saturday, December 7.

$25,000 Novice

Hall of Fame Rider Mike Wood notched up his seventh Novice win at the World Finals since 2014 riding TRs Best Player in the $25,000 Novice. He won the class last year with Little Jackson Cat, and he’s taken the $5,000 division on Scoot Justa Lil (2014), Clays Little Kit Cat (2015), Buzzted (2016), One Time At Night (2017) and Hesa Belle Cat (2018).

This year, he marked 224 / 220.5 to win the first go-round, place third in the second, and win the non-working finals based on cumulative score. TRs Best Player earned $3,981 at the show, beating Superfly with $3,369.

TRs Best Player was bred by Buffalo Ranch and is owned by Debra Winard, of Scottsdale, Arizona. The 10-year-old mare is by TR Dual Rey out of Lizzys Player. In her limited age career, she was reserve champion of the Southern Futurity. She came into the World Finals ranked 11th in the World Standings,  and finished the year in sixth place.

World Finals reserve champion Superfly is shown by Cody Lamont for KT Ranch. The 7-year-old Smooth As A Cat gelding is out of Lenas Horn, by Holidoc.

Peptos Scootin Man, winner of the second round of the World Finals under Hall of Famer Tim Smith, is the 2019 World Champion with $45,581.

The 7-year-old gelding by Smart Lil Scoot out of Peptos Little Gal, was bred by H.E. Sutton and is owned by Tim and Diane Smith of Payson, Arizona.

Kual CD, ridden by Tance Bryant at the World Finals for C.J. Marcello of Lithia, Florida, is the Reserve World Champion with earnings of $31,529. The 9-year-old gelding was bred by Kayla Norris by High Brow CD out of Kual Gun.

$35,000 Non-Pro

Gavin Clarke of Jackson, California swept both working rounds and the non-working finals to win the World Finals and the year-end World Championship. He rode Rubys CD Legacy, his mount throughout the year, for scores of 223 / 219 / 442 to earn $2,820 at the show. He earned $20,643 for the World Championship.

Rubys CD Legacy was bred by Phil Hanson by CD Lights out of Smart Little Ruby. The 11-year-old mare is a three-quarter sister to Rubys Royal CD, an earner of more than $248,000 with Hanson and owner Bonnie Martin.

Debra Windard and Reys Hot Wheels placed second at the World Finals with earnings of $2,162. They finished sixth in the year-end standings. Reys Hot Wheels is a 13-year-old gelding bred by Brinkman Ranch by Dual Rey out of Smart Little Beauty.

James Figiel of Weatherford, Texas, is the Reserve World Champion with Hes A Rubypepto. They earned $17,953 for the year. Hes A Rubypepto is an 11-year-old gelding bred by Ruby Tuesday Partners by Hes A Peptospoonful out of $1.3 million producer Ruby Tuesday DNA.

$5,000 Novice Non-Pro

Smooth Like Foxetta, ridden by Marilyn Kittelman of Yoncalla, Oregon, won the World Finals with earnings of $4,158. They won the first round, placed 2nd in the second and won the non-working finals with scores of 223 / 220.5 / 443.5.

Smooth Like Foxetta is a 6-year-old mare bred by Glenn and Debbie Drake by Smooth As A Cat out of Travs Foxetta, by Travalena. Her second dam is Super Stakes reserve champion and $778,000 producer Stylish And Foxie. She came into the World Finals in 14th place in the World Standings and moved up to ninth with her Fort Worth earnings.

Marilyn Kittelman has career earnings of more than $70,000. She has previously been a finalist at the NCHA Western Nationals and the Northwest Futurity.

This Isa Third, ridden by Christine King of Scottsdale, Arizona, placed second in the World Finals with earnings of $3,118. The 7-year-old son of Third Cutting has earnings of more than $220,000 and finished fourth in the World Standings.

Dual Rider, ridden by Katherine Whitby of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, is the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Champion, with earnings of $47,594. The 8-year-old gelding, bred by the late Dr. Skip Jacques, is by Flo Rider out of Bella Dual, a half-sister to Hall of Fame Horse Belles N Bullets.

The Reserve Champion for the year is Lyricstosmoketo, shown by Norman Clark of Dos Palos, California with earnings of $20,041.

The 7-year-old mare was bred by Daniel Jaeggi by Dual R Smokin out of Explicit Lyrics. Clark’s highest year-end ranking before this was third in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro in 2017 on Explicit Lyrics.

$2,000 Limited Rider

Aden Bernhagen of Corsicana, Texas won both the World Finals and the World Championship with Dr Cuzin, the horse he rode Dr Cuzin, the horse he won the Junior Youth championship with at this year’s NCHA Western Nationals.

He earned $1,842 at the World Finals, marking scores of 212 / 217 / 420. For the year, the team earned $14,199.

Dr Cuzin, owned by Tom Murrell, was bred by Kelly Schaar by Dual Rey out of Short Candy. Dr Cuzin carried Murrell to the $15,000 Amateur title at the 2015 NCHA World Finals.

Sharon Wilson of Portageville, Missouri, placed second in the World Finals with earnings of $1,805 at the show. She rode Cougars January Jonz, a 6-year-old son of High Brow Cougar.

Meredith Simister of Langley, British Columbia, earned the Reserve World Championship with earnings of $7,770 She showed Dreamin Sweet, by Sweeter Than Pepto, at the World Finals.