• Dennis Moreland Tack

A record for NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales

October 15th, 2017

My Cats Hips R Metal. Jim Arnold photo

On the final day of the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, Saturday, October 14, it was standing room only in John Justin Sale Arena, for Session II of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth. A strong market with 88% final sales had been affirmed on Friday in Session I of the Yearling and Broodmare Sale, and the Select Two-Year-Old Sale had averaged $19,669.

When the final gavel fell on the two-day NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, a record total of 243 horses (31% more horses than in 2016) had sold for an average of $12,461 and a total of $3,028,100, compared to the 2016 sum total of $2,288,000. Consignors and buyers included leading breeders, owners and trainers in both the NRCHA and the NCHA.

Highlights from the sales sessions included Shiine, at $90,000, high seller in the Select Two-Year-Old Sale. The buckskin son of One Time Pepto, was consigned by John and Melanie Lowrance, in training with Hunter Meinzer; Short On Sugar 016, a buckskin colt sired by Kit Kat Sugar and high-seller in Session I of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale at $44,000; and My Cats Hips R Metal, a 2016 colt by Metallic Cat and the top-seller in Session I of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale at $35,000.

For complete results from the 2017 NRCHA Futurity Sales go to http://www.westernbloodstock.net/nrcha-snaffle-bit-futurity-sale/

For information on the 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales, December 6 through 10, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth go to http://www.westernbloodstock.net/ncha-futurity-sales/

NRCHA Futurity Sales shine on Day One

October 14th, 2017

Friday, October 13, the first day of the 2017 NRCHA Futurity Sales, proved a lucky day for buyers and sellers, as 88% of sales were completed in Session I of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale. Session II begins on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. The sales are being held this year, for the first time, in Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, and produced by Western Bloodstock, Ltd., the leader in Western performance horse sales.

Shiine, at $90,000, was the day’s high seller, in the Select Two-Year-Old Sale. The buckskin son of One Time Pepto, was consigned by John and Melanie Lowrance, in training with Hunter Meinzer, and purchased by Alison Bendale. Shiine’s dam is a Shining Spark daughter and AQHA cow horse point earner, whose oldest foal is a 3-year-old by CD Lights.

Short On Sugar 016, a buckskin colt sired by Kit Kat Sugar, topped Session I of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale at $44,000. A three-quarter brother to Short Drive, NCHA earner of $87,718, as well as half-brother to the dam of Pounce, NCHA earner of $239,776, Short On Sugar 016 was consigned by Shadow Oak Ranch and purchased by Chelsea Barney, Oakdale, Calif.

The NRCHA Futurity Sales continue through Saturday, October 14. For complete results go to http://www.westernbloodstock.net/nrcha-snaffle-bit-futurity-sale/

Sweet win for Sweat Son in PCCHA Futurity 4yo

October 11th, 2017

Lloyd Cox

Sweat Son, by Metallic Cat, scored 221.5 points under Lloyd Cox to win the 2017 PCCHA Futurity Open 4-year-old finals and $16,000 on Tuesday, October 10, in Las Vegas. Betchalou, shown by Morgan Cromer, and SVR Caught Ya Lookin, with Grant Setnicka, each scored 219 points to earn $12,500 and split second and third.

This was the third major win in 2017 for Sweat Son LTE $71,665, who is owned by N.W. VandeSteeg, Hailey, Idaho. The red roan stallion also won the Cotton Stakes with Cox and the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup with Tom Shelly, and placed second in the PCCHA Cutting Stakes with Cox.

Shown exclusively in open competition by Cromer, Betcha Lou LTE $90,844, a gelding sired by Bet Hesa Cat and owned by Clarke Butte Ranch, Bend, Ore., was an open finalist (7th) in the NCHA Super Stakes, where he won the Novice division and placed second in the Open Gelding division. He also won the PCCHA Derby Novice division.

SVR Caught Ya Lookin LTE $38,678, sired by Dual Rey and owned by Carmel Cutting Horses, Carmel, Calif., won the El Rancho Futurity Open Novice with Setnicka, as well as the El Rancho 4-Year-Old Amateur championship with Taylor Deregt. He also claimed the PCCHA Derby Non-Pro Novice division under Tom Deregt.

Lloyd Cox also placed fourth in the 14-horse PCCHA Derby Finals riding Copperish LTE $117,805, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla.

Metallic Rebel realizes sixth major win in 2017

October 10th, 2017

Metallic Rebel and Beau Galyean are continuing their winning ways.

Metallic Rebel LTE $377,496, winner of the 2017 Brazos Bash Open Classic on September 25 in Weatherford, Tex., scored 225 points on Monday, October 9, to claim the championship of the PCCHA Futurity Classic Challenge, in Las Vegas, Nev. Shown by Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., the 5-year-old red roan stallion, sired by Metallic Cat, is the leading contender for 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, as well as 2017’s leading money earner.

The PCCHA Classic Challenge, with a winner’s purse of $16,000, was Metallic Rebel’s sixth 2017 limited age win and his eleventh major lifetime win.

Cromed Out Cat LTE $172,367 scored 223.5 points for the reserve championship and $13,000. Shown by Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, the 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat was open champion of the 2016 PCCHA Derby and recently also won the West Texas Futurity 5/6 Open.

Stylish Look Bella LTE $82,705, ridden by Morgan Cromer for Marvin and Paulette Teixiera, Santa Ynez, Calif., scored 222 points to place third and earn $11,000 in the Classic Challenge. The 5-year-old Dual Smart Rey daughter also was an open finalist under Cromer in the 2017 El Rancho Futurity and the 2017 PCCHA Derby 5/6.

The PCCHA Futurity continues through Saturday, October 14. Click here for complete results and live coverage.

Shepards show the way

October 8th, 2017

Open champion of the Mercuria at Congress, Delulxe Checks, ridden by Austin Shepard. Corsi Martin photos.

Hall of Fame Rider Austin Shepard, and his son, Non-Pro Hall of Famer Cade Shepard, took their respective divisions of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday evening, October 8.

Austin Shepard marked 230 on Deluxe Checks to lengthen the mare’s lead in the 2017 NCHA World Standings, with more than $108,000. Deluxe Checks was bred by Kyle Manion and is owned by Amanda and Rhein Standish of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The 6-year-old mare is by Im Countin Checks out of Catrina Starlight, a daughter of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Stella Starlight. Deluxe Checks won the West Texas Championship this summer, and she took both the Open and the $25,000 Novice championships at the NCHA Eastern Nationals last spring.

If she maintains her lead through the 2017 Mercuria NCHA World Finals, she’ll give Austin Shepard his second World Championship. He won in 2011 with Bet Hesa Cat.

Cullen Chartier marked 225 on Mary Jo Milner’s Little Pepto Cat for second place in the Congress Mercuria. Little Pepto Cat is an 11-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat out of Horse of the Year Little Pepto Gal. He has earned more than $468,000.

Non-Pro champion Cade Shepard on Christy Hughes.

In the Non-Pro, 15-year-old Cade Shepard of Summerdale, Alabama, marked 222.5 on Christy Hughes to win by half a point over fellow Alabama teenager Madalyn Colgrove on One Catty Cupid. Teens Ali Good and Jordan Thompson placed third and fourth.

It was Cade’s second Mercuria win. He also scored at The Mane Event in Las Vegas this year, riding Gini One Time.

Christy Hughes is a 5-year-old mare bred by Austin Shepard by Thomas E Hughes out of MH San Tules Dually. Austin and Stacy Shepard were both major limited age event winners on both the sire and dam¬† of Cade’s mount, and both horses earned more than $300,000.

Cade, who has earned more than $560,000, also won the Ike Hamilton Classic this year, riding Twistful Thinking.

Mercuria Non-Pro reserve champion Madalyn Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama, was riding One Catty Cupid, owned by her grandfather, Joel Colgrove. The 6-year-old One Time Pepto x ARC Catty Dual mare has won the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur finals with the elder Colgrove in 2014. Madalyn won with her at the Breeders Invitational and the Cotton Stakes last year.

OPEN RESULTS

230.0 DELUXE CHECKS Austin Shepard Amanda & Rhein Standish $10,344
225.0 LITTLE PEPTO CAT Cullen Chartier Mary Jo Milner $8,158
223.5 PEDEL TO THE METALL Adan Banuelos Faith Mountain Ranch $5,972
223.0 CATTALOU Cullen Chartier Billy Morris $3,786
222.5 EAZEE E Tatum Rice Kevin & Sydney Knight $1,600
222.0 CAT MAN BLUE Sean Flynn Lazy M Cattle Co $1,600
220.0 DONT STOP BELIEVIN Phil Rapp Phil & Mary Ann Rapp $1,600
217.0 HEVVY METAL Todd Gann Thomas Guinn $1,600

NON-PRO RESULTS

222.5 Christy Hughes CADE SHEPARD Austin Shepard $10,846
222.0 One Catty Cupid MADALYN COLGROVE Joel Colgrove $8,535
218.0 Cat Atat Cat ALI GOOD Jim Good $6,223
215.5 SDP Lil Ichi Maddie JORDAN THOMPSON Maben Thompson $3,912
215.0 Lil Metallic Cat JOE HOWARD WILLIAMSON Joe Howard Williamson $1,600
212.0 Terris Queso Cat BRET PARSONS Panther Creek Equine $1,600
198.0 Woodys Baby APRIL WIDMAN April Widman $1,600

NCHA all-time leading sires

October 5th, 2017

All-time leading sires of NCHA money earners

1 HIGH BROW CAT $73,295,885
2 SMART LITTLE LENA $37,019,690
3 DUAL REY $34,182,682
4 FRECKLES PLAYBOY $25,156,658
5 DUAL PEP $23,957,627
6 PEPTOBOONSMAL $23,079,665
7 PEPPY SAN BADGER $21,607,775
8 SMOOTH AS A CAT $21,139,174
9 DOC’S HICKORY $18,365,108
10 CD OLENA $15,359,996
11 DOC O’LENA $14,489,035
12 METALLIC CAT $14,011,629
13 ONE TIME PEPTO $11,156,371
14 DOC QUIXOTE $9,472,477
15 BOB ACRE DOC $9,413,049
16 SHORTY LENA $9,133,976
17 GRAYS STARLIGHT $9,110,897
18 HAIDAS LITTLE PEP $8,703,653
19 DOCS STYLISH OAK $8,685,697
20 DOC’S OAK $8,576,951
21 SMART MATE $7,860,562
22 PLAYGUN $7,670,191
23 WR THIS CATS SMART $7,513,739
24 HES A PEPTOSPOONFUL $7,061,616
25 HIGH BROW CD $6,736,834
26 SR INSTANT CHOICE $5,828,474
27 NITAS WOOD $5,783,431
28 CAT ICHI $5,312,700
29 ZACK T WOOD $5,165,191
30 CATS MERADA $5,162,362
31 DOC’S LYNX $5,010,173
32 SMART LIL SCOOT $4,886,800
33 LENAS JEWEL BARS $4,652,305
34 HIGH BROW HICKORY $4,651,508
35 SON OFA DOC $4,571,224
36 DOC TARI $4,431,759
37 SPOTS HOT $4,205,286
38 SWEET LIL PEPTO $4,166,963
39 TRAVALENA $4,146,833
40 DRY DOC $4,142,599
41 MISS N CASH $3,862,960
42 BODEE BOONSMAL $3,855,787
43 COLONEL FRECKLES $3,848,946
44 SMART LIL RICOCHET $3,728,371
45 SMART LITTLE JERRY $3,676,685
46 TR DUAL REY $3,651,066
47 SMART ARISTOCRAT $3,536,013
48 CD ROYAL $3,446,012
49 MECOM BLUE $3,430,231
50 DOC’S JACK SPRAT $3,386,783
51 DOC’S SOLANO $3,354,770
52 IM COUNTIN CHECKS $3,324,785
53 DUAL SMART REY $3,267,692
54 DOC BAR $3,259,163
55 COLOR ME SMART $3,218,963
56 CD LIGHTS $3,189,369
57 LENAS TELESIS $3,155,808
58 PEPPY SAN $3,126,117
59 REYS DUAL BADGER $3,108,542
60 SAN JO LENA $2,999,165
61 YOUNG GUN $2,984,303
62 KIT DUAL $2,920,768
63 PLAYIN STYLISH $2,871,818
64 JUSTA SWINGING PEPPY $2,832,040
65 SAN TULE FRECKLES $2,814,454
66 FRECKLES MERADA $2,800,768
67 SMART CHIC OLENA $2,799,572
68 LIZZYS GOTTA PLAYER $2,770,575
69 HYDRIVE CAT $2,765,374
70 MR PEPONITA FLO $2,744,904
71 MONTANA DOC $2,717,915
72 MR SAN PEPPY $2,636,406
73 FRECKLES FANCY TWIST $2,459,535
74 BOON BAR $2,382,281
75 THAT SLY CAT $2,295,888
76 SOMEBODY SMART $2,260,532
77 DUALS BLUE BOON $2,241,230
78 SMART LITTLE PISTOL $2,230,457
79 PLAYDOX $2,134,444
80 SMART SUGAR BADGER $2,102,327
81 OH CAY QUIXOTE $2,063,414
82 DOC’S PRESCRIPTION $2,043,581
83 LITTLE TRONA $2,002,977
84 HALREYCIOUS $1,944,870
85 DOC’S SUG $1,940,063
86 CATS RED FEATHER $1,900,403
87 CASH QUIXOTE RIO $1,896,955
88 TANQUERY GIN $1,893,460
89 HICKORYS INDIAN PEP $1,887,315
90 WOODY BE TUFF $1,812,633
91 PEPTOS STYLISH OAK $1,804,626
92 CHULA DUAL $1,803,689
93 PEPTO TAZ $1,802,713
94 SMART LITTLE UNO $1,796,853
95 LIGHT N LENA $1,713,357
96 PEPONITA $1,708,228
97 MERADAS MONEY TALKS $1,692,275
98 BOONLIGHT DANCER $1,675,884
99 ATHENA PUDDY CAT $1,666,633
100 LITTLE DYNO $1,595,587

NCHA all-time leading dams

October 4th, 2017

All-time leading producers of NCHA money earners

1 ROYAL BLUE BOON $2,460,019
2 PLAYBOYS RUBY $1,795,601
3 THE SMART LOOK $1,749,890
4 AUTUMN BOON $1,707,977
5 STYLISH PLAY LENA $1,648,546
6 MERADAS LITTLE SUE $1,499,890
7 SAN STARLIGHT $1,446,742
8 LANEY DOC $1,419,507
9 TAPT TWICE $1,361,172
10 LOUELLA AGAIN $1,355,050
11 MISS ECHO WOOD $1,336,606
12 OH CAY SHORTY $1,292,694
13 RUBY TUESDAY DNA $1,266,662
14 LITTLE BABY SISTER $1,255,057
15 SHES PRETTY SMOOTH $1,227,413
16 DESIRE SOME FRECKLES $1,211,397
17 HIGHBROW SUPERCAT $1,201,375
18 JAZABELL QUIXOTE $1,200,312
19 POCO LADY LIZ $1,198,217
20 THAT SMARTS $1,188,394
21 TUFFS JUNIE $1,180,746
22 MOMS STYLISH BABE $1,163,954
23 LYNX MELODY $1,162,398
24 MOMS STYLISH PEPTO $1,160,566
25 BET YER BLUE BOONS $1,108,787
26 ONE TIME SOON $1,103,282
27 MISS MARTINI PLAY $1,075,749
28 SWEET LITTLE CD $1,071,174
29 SWEET SHORTY LENA $1,048,440
30 NU I WOOD $1,042,460
31 MISS SMART REY JAY $1,042,392
32 POOSMAL $1,041,440
33 PLAYBOYS MOM $1,007,301
34 ZEE DUALY $1,001,702
35 BOON SAN SALLY $983,064
36 SMART PEPPY $972,852
37 SWEET ABRA $956,620
38 AMANDA STARGUN $952,743
39 LITTLE PEPTO GAL $946,566
40 QUINTAN BLUE $932,601
41 STELLA STARLIGHT $927,003
42 BOWMANS LITTLE JEWEL $920,895
43 SHEZA SMART CAT $919,461
44 MORIA SUGAR $908,164
45 BUENO CHEX DUALLY $887,799
46 PLAYGIARISM $880,027
47 HICKORY PRESCRIPTION $871,777
48 LENAS LUCINDA $866,018
49 TENINO FAIR $854,680
50 SOME KINDA MEMORIES $845,851
51 JOSES DUALLY $844,651
52 MAE BEA MARIE $836,389
53 SUNETTE OLENA $833,742
54 SMART LETHA $831,719
55 CAPOO $821,518
56 DOCS HICKORY SUE $815,969
57 COWSTRUCK $814,951
58 PLAYBOYS LADYLUCK $814,559
59 TWO DS SAN PEPPY $813,111
60 BOON SAN KITTY $812,188
61 DOC’S HAIDA $794,502
62 MISS ELLA REY $789,991
63 CLAYS LITTLE PEPPY $778,622
64 SANTA BELLE $776,063
65 QUIOLENA $766,384
66 MISS SABRINA LENA $763,036
67 JAY MOSS $761,139
68 STYLISH AND FOXIE $755,673
69 MISS DUAL DOC $752,700
70 NIMBLE JAZZY LEE $743,324
71 PLAYGUNS DESIRE $741,575
72 MERADA MISSY $730,994
73 PEEK A BOON $728,406
74 SHEYSSMARTLITTLELENA $727,837
75 BOWMANS FANCY $722,792
76 DREAMS OF OAK $712,951
77 CURLY GRAY HAIR $710,448
78 SWEET LIL LENA $710,203
79 TIMES OAK $698,997
80 PLAY PEEK A BOON $698,878
81 HIGH BROWS NURSE $696,746
82 SANDIA DULCE $695,359
83 LILLY DUAL $695,356
84 HICAPOO $694,651
85 AUTUMN WHITE $691,891
86 MIA TIANA $691,547
87 QUEJANAMIA $691,025
88 MERADAS OH CAY $688,788
89 PLAYBOYS MOLLY $686,856
90 TELES LIES $686,308
91 LACY JO WHIPPLE $681,510
92 FAITH IN YOUR MATE $676,355
93 BOBCORN $675,327
94 JOSES SUNRISE $673,683
95 SUPER POO $672,130
96 JUSTASWINGING PEANUT $669,092
97 SAVANNAH WHITE $664,059
98 SQUIRREL TOOTH ALICE $662,769
99 SMART WHITTLE WENA $652,368
100 SMART MORIA $649,522