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Dick Gaines, 1943–2019

January 15th, 2019

Dick Gaines. Sally Harrison photo.

Dick Gaines, 75, Byers, Tex., past president of the National Cutting Horse Association, passed away after an extended illness, on Tuesday. January 15.

As a past president of the NCHA and a longtime director, Gaines’ contribution to the growth of the association was incalculable. In 2005, Gaines became, and still remains, the only person to be inducted into three of NCHA’s Halls of Fame. He was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame in 1980, the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame in 1992, and the NCHA Members Hall of Fame in 2005.

Admittance to the NCHA Non-Pro and Riders Halls of Fame is based on performance; however, cutters are nominated by their peers for the NCHA Members Hall of Fame, in consideration of their lasting contributions to the sport. Being held in such high esteem by his peers, Gaines said, was what made his Members Hall of Fame induction so special.

In addition to his tireless efforts and dedication on behalf of the National Cutting Horse Association, Gaines rode and bred some of the cutting industry’s finest horses. He won the 1978 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship in 1978 riding Sally Doc, but before that, in 1973, he was reserve champion of the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on Doc Tari, one of the most significant horses in his life. In 1980, Gaines won the NCHA Non-Pro Derby riding Doc Tari’s daughter Barbi Tari and, in 1981, three of the NCHA Futurity Open finalists were Doc Tari offspring, including the reserve champion Chick Tari. Doc Tari would go on to become one of cutting’s all-time leading sires and grandsires.

In 1982, Dick Gaines was one of eight cutting horse stallion owners who formed the Super Syndicate, which resulted in the initiation of the NCHA Super Stakes, one of today’s famous Triple Crown cutting events.

From 1989 through 1992, Zack T Wood, a Doc Tari son bred by Dick Gaines, carried both Dick and his son Matt to win major NCHA championships; the story came full circle in 2001, when Matt, an NCHA Riders Hall of Fame Member, showed Nu I Wood, by Zack T Wood, to win the NCHA Open Derby. Nu I Wood, in turn, produced Special Nu Baby, who Matt rode to win the 2015 NCHA Open World Championship. Dick Gaines came down to watch his son’s final ride for the championship from the seat of the John Deere tractor used to groom the arena floor.

Services will be arranged by Davis Funeral Home, Henrietta, Okla.

Sweet win for Smart Sugar Kitty

January 8th, 2019

Smart Sugar Kitty, shown by Wes Ashlock for Buck Creek Quarter Horses, Nemo, Tex., scored 221.5 points late in the second set of the 25-horse Abilene Spectacular Futurity Open Finals to claim the $17,000 championship. The Red Mamba, with Michael Cooper for Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., who had scored 221 points through the first set, collected the reserve championship and $15,000, while Reycan In The Cash, with Lloyd Cox for Pat and Lisa Taylor, Pilot Point, Tex., took third place and $13,000 with 219 points.

Bred by Rusty Simpson and sired by Kit Kat Sugar, Smart Sugar Kitty is out of 2010 NCHA Futurity Open champion Dual Smart Kitty $316,251, by Dual Smart Rey. She and her full brother, Dualin Kit Kat $7,579, also a 2015 model, are Dual Smart Kitty’s first performers.

Smart Sugar Kitty’s previous NCHA earnings of $8,973 came as an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist with Wes Ashlock. In addition to her official NCHA earnings for the Abilene Spectacular Open Futurity win, the sorrel mare also earned a supplemental $10,000 Stallion Incentive Bonus from the show.

The Red Mamba, bred by Linda Dison and sired by High Brow Cat, earned $414 in the NCHA Futurity Open Gelding division under Gavin Jordan. The sorrel gelding is a three-quarter brother, out of BR Tommy Girl, by Playgun, to DMAC Spoonshine $19,943.

The Red Mamba is one of three Abilene Spectacular Open Futurity finalist owned by Rose Valley Ranch, and shown by Michael Cooper, including Tears From Heaven $46,229, by Dual Pep.

Reycan In The Cash, shown by Lloyd Cox was reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity Open Limited, as well as an Open Semi-Finalist with Greg Wright. Sired by Dual Rey, Reycan In The Cash is a full brother to Cancan Reyvolution $176,682 and Kitty Can Dual $108,297, out of Cancan Kitty, by High Brow Cat.

Lloyd Cox also showed Exs N Ohhs, by Kit Kat Sugar, and Ms Baby Cakes, by Metallic Cat, as Abilene Spectacular Open Futurity finalists (11-14 and 16-19).

Copperish, Cox, and Cox

January 7th, 2019

Lloyd Cox on Copperish. Hart Photography.

Copperish, shown by Lloyd Cox for Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla., scored 225 points to win Monday’s Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Classic Open championship, while Nothing Elz Matters, shown by Cox for Puryear Farms, Perry Ga., scored 219.5 points for reserve. Two Times Royalty, with 219 points under Ed Flynn for Country Boy Syndicate, Lipan, Tex., placed third in the 14-horse finals.

Copperish and Nothing Elz Matters tied with 223 points under Cox to win last year’s Bonanza Cutting Classic; while Copperish and WRS Royal Tee, also shown by Cox, tied with 221 points for last year’s Abilene Spectacular Classic Open win.

Bred by Double Dove Ranch and sired by Metallic Cat, Copperish $188,329 is out of Stylish Play Lena $264,474, a leading producer of 20 NCHA earners of over $1.8 million, including 2015 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Smooth Talkin Style $293,232.

Nothing Elz Matters $87,993, a Metallic Cat gelding, was bred by Cox out of the Smart Little Lena daughter Little Peppy Jazz, dam of four NCHA earners, including Little Jazzarey $40,523.

In addition to Copperish and Nothing Elz Matters, Cox showed Blackish, owned by Julie Jarma, Weatherford, Tex., to score 214 points and place 12th in the Classic Open Finals. Cox also qualified for the second go-round of the Abilene Spectacular Futurity with eight horses, including Ms Baby Cakes, with 220 points, the second-highest score from the first go-round, and Reycan In The Cash, with 218.5 points, the third-highest score.

Five-year-old Two Times Royalty $12,546 placed in last year’s NCHA Derby Open with Ed Flynn. The One Time Royalty daughter, bred by Gale Force Quarter Horses, is one of 29 NCHA money earners out of Autumn Boon $244,470, a leading producer of earners of over $1.8 million.

 

Fracker Brown first round redux

January 6th, 2019

Fracker Brown, ridden by Chris Johnsrud. Hart Photography.

NCHA Futurity Open finalist Fracker Brown, shown by Chris Johnsrud for Schmitz and Brown, Gainesville, Tex., scored 222 points on Saturday, to top the first go-round of the Abilene Spectacular Open 4-Year-Old Futurity. Ms Baby Cakes was second with 220 points under Lloyd Cox for Barker Ranch Cutting Horses, Madill, Okla. Maggic Mike, owned and shown by Salvador Cabral, Jacksboro, Tex., and Reycan In The Cash, shown by Lloyd Cox for Pat and Lisa Taylor, Pilot Point, Tex., tied at third with 218.5 points; 56 horses with 212 points or higher advanced to the second go-round, scheduled for Monday, January 7.

Fracker Brown $37,343 and Johnsrud won the first go-round of the NCHA Futurity with 223 points and posted the top cumulative go-round score of 440 points. Sired by Smooth As A Cat and bred by David Brown out of Jitters Brown, Fracker Brown is a three-quarter brother to Whiskeynadirtyglass $183,978 and Whiskey Cat $81,011. Jitters Brown’s second dam is Doc’s Serendipity, who was ridden by Joe Heim to place second to Peppy San Badger in the 1977 NCHA Futurity.

 Ms Baby Cakes $34,762, an NCHA Futurity Open finalist with Cox, scored 222 points in the first go-round of that event and posted 437.5 points, the third highest cumulative average. Sired by Metallic Cat, Ms Baby Cakes is out of Special Nu Baby $481,197, the 2015 NCHA Open World Champion and 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. Her three-quarter brother, Smooth Nu Cat $193,816, was an NCHA Futurity and NCHA Super Stakes Open finalist under Matt Gaines.

Maggic Mike $49,154 and Salvador Cabral placed ninth in the NCHA Futurity Open and also earned money as Open Limited finalists. Sired by Metallic Cat and out of Sweet Abra, dam of earners of over $1.2 million, Maggic Mike is a full brother to Metallic Rebel $411,837, NCHA Open Horse of the Year in 2017, as well as to four other earners of $100,000 or more.

Maggic Mike also has two 2015 full siblings: Warlock $70,479, an NCHA Futurity Open finalist with Beau Galyean, and The Dewd $17,160, an NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist and Open semi-finalist with Rodrigo Taboga.

Reycan In The Cash $22,435 was reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity Open Limited, as well as an Open semi-finalist with Greg Wright. Sired by Dual Rey, Reycan In The Cash, out of Cancan Kitty, by High Brow Cat, is a full brother to Cancan Reyvolution $176,682 and Kitty Can Dual $108,297.

Round One: Abilene Spectacular Classic Open

January 5th, 2019

Cool N Hot, ridden by Kobie Wood. Hart Photography.

The 27th Annual Abilene Spectacular, the first major limited aged event of 2019, opened on Friday with the 5/6-Year-Old Open first go-round, where Cool N Hot, ridden by Kobie Wood, and Wood She B A CD, under Sean Flynn, tied with the top score of 222 points. Copperish, with Lloyd Cox, scored 221.5 points, the round’s second-highest mark.

Five-year-old Cool N Hot, 2018 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, owned by Kobie and Paula Wood and shown by Kobie, is the NCHA earner of $272,420. The Hottish-sired stallion, bred by Paula Wood out of her 2006 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals champion, Donas Cool Cat, won the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open championship with Kobie, then placed as reserve champion of the 2018 Breeders Invitational under Sean Flynn, catch-riding for Kobie, who was recuperating from heart surgery.

In addition to his tying score on Wood She B A CD, by High Brow CD, Flynn also qualified for the second go-round with 218.5 points aboard Hott New Cowboy, owned by Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex.

Five-year-old Wood She B A CD, owned and bred by Grace Ranch, Jennings, La., came into the Abilene Spectacular with NCHA earnings of $866. A full sister to 5-year-old CD Wood LTE $25,352, Wood She B A CD is out of Wood She B A Nockout, a full sister to 2014 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Junie Wood $525,774 and to Woody Be Tuff $351,063, the sire of NCHA earners of over $3.1 million, including CR Tuff Lucy $379,774 and CR Tuff Hearted Cat $276,864, 2012 NCHA Futurity Open co-champion.

Six-year-old Copperish $188,329, owned by Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla., won the 2018 Abilene Spectacular under Lloyd Cox. The Metallic Cat daughter, bred by Double Dove Ranch, is out of Stylish Play Lena $264,474, a leading producer of NCHA earners of over $1.8 million, including 2015 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Smooth Talkin Style $293,232.

In addition to Copperish, Cox also qualified for the 30-horse second go-round with 220 points riding Nothing Elz Matters $87,993, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Puryear Farms, Perry, Ga., and Blackish $93,024, sired by Hottish and owned by Julie Jarma, Weatherford, Tex., as well as with 216 points on Nineteen Ninty Nine $38,056, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla.

The $213,000 added Abilene Spectacular continues at the Taylor County Expo Center, Abilene, Tex., through January 10: www.gullyranch.com/events.html

Rich Timmons, 1976-2018

December 17th, 2018

Popular cutting horse trainer Rich Timmons of Glen Rose, Texas, passed away December 13, following an illness.

Born in Bucks County, Penn., in 1976, Timmons graduated from Plumstead Christian School in 1994.

His love for horses started early.

As a youth, he worked at Haycock Camping Ministries as a junior counselor, and at age 18 he became the camp wrangler.

In 1997 he was given his first horse and started a business as a young horse trainer. He joined the National Cutting Horse Association in 1999, and went on to be a finalist at a number of limited age events, including the All American Congress Futurity and Classic, the Southern Futurity, and the State of Missouri Futurity.

In 2006 he relocated to Tennessee where he would meet his future wife, Sheri. In 2015 they moved to Glen Rose, Texas.

He will be remembered as a man of highest integrity, who was hard-working, kind and disciplined.

He is survived by his wife, Sheri; his children Monika (22); Michaela (21); Justin (18); Nicholas (14); and Jacob (12); his mother and father, Richard and Julia; his sisters Jill (Mick) Watson; and April (Eric) Masterson.

There will be a celebration of his life at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2018, Triple Cross Cowboy Church, Gathering: 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church, Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Crey Zee good

December 10th, 2018

Crey Zee, ridden by Tatum Rice. Hart Photography.

Sunday, December 9, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Even with a score of 222 points, as first to work in the 21-horse NCHA Open Futurity Finals, Crey Zee and Tatum Rice were plenty vulnerable. Last year’s winning score was 228 points, marked by Austin Shepard and Dual Reyish. And the last time a score of 222 won the event was in 2008, when Metallic Cat and Beau Galyean claimed the championship. Both Shepard and Galyean, as well as three other past NCHA Futurity champions were in Sunday’s Finals, as well.

But Crey Zee and Rice proved unbeatable on Sunday. Badboonarising and Adan Banuelos came closest with 221 points, while CR Tuff Taboo, ridden by Tatum’s father, Boyd Rice, scored 218.5 to tie SF Hottish Lumi Cat and Foster Johnson with the third highest score.

Crey Zee, a Dual Rey daughter bred and owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., is the first foal out of Eazee E ($211,145), who Tatum Rice showed as 2017 NCHA Open Reserve World Champion. Kylie Rice, Tatum’s wife, and Kevin and Sydney’s daughter, also showed Eazee E as reserve champion of the 2015 West Texas Classic Non-Pro.

Eazee E is out of Zee Dually ($201,899), a leading producer of earners of $1.8 million, including Smooth As A Zee ($616,978). On Friday night, Blakley Colgrove placed third in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals riding Smooth Magick, a full sister to Smooth As A Zee, and three-quarter sister to Eazee E.

Tatum Rice, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,984,161, has shown in five previous NCHA Futurity Open Finals, including in 2016, when he rode Hashtags ($476,725), who would go on to win many limited age event championships with Rice. This year, Hashtags and Rice also won the NCHA Open World Championship.

BADBOONARISING, ridden by Adan Banuelos. Hart Photography.

Badboonarising is owned by Plantation Farms., Denham Springs, La. Bred by Royce Stallcup, the black stallion is from the second crop of his sire, Once In A Blu Boon, who was also represented in the Futurity Finals by Pepsi Boon, shown by Ryan Moore for Jerry and Luann Jeffries.

Badboonarising is out of Show Biz Kitty, an unshown daughter of High Brow Cat and dam of SS Black Lil Kitty ($185,839), by Blue Bayou Boon, and Rollz Royce ($173,604), by Dual Smart Rey. Show Biz Kitty is out of Show Biz Sandy, 1993 NCHA Open World Champion and dam of 5 NCHA money earners with average earnings of $72,961.

Adan Banuelos, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,148,244, was an NCHA Futurity Finalist riding two horses in 2013, Cat Stevens ($92,674) and Metallic Warrior ($128,406)

CR Tuff Taboo, by Woody Be Tuff, is owned by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex., and is one of three finalists sired by Woody Be Tuff and bred by Center Ranch, including CR Tuff Tizzy, shown by Travis Rempel for Rocking P Ranch, and CR Tuff Twinkie, winner of the Open Semi-Finals and shown by Jason Clark for Center Ranch.

CR Tuff Taboo’s dam, Cats Boonolena, by High Brow Cat, is out Peptolena Lucinda, maternal dam of 2013 NCHA Futurity Champion Dual Smart Kitty ($316,251).

Boyd Rice, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4,3454,123, is a past NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby champion, the 2005 NCHA Open World Champion on Bobs Hickory Rio, and an NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity champion.

SF Hottish Lumi Cat, owned by Linda Fielhaber, Jacksonville, Tex., was an NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist with Foster Johnston on November 28. The Hottish-sired colt is out of Ima Phat Cat, an unshown High Brow Cat daughter, whose first money earner is SF Hottish Lumi Cat. Ima Phat Cat is out of the Parkman Bar daughter Luminosa Dunny ($57,437), producer of three NCHA earners of $15,664.

Foster Johnston, the NCHA earner  of $369,323, was a 2011 NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist, but this was his first time to qualify for the NCHA Futurity Open Finals.