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Cool N Hot sears field with Super Stakes Open win

April 22nd, 2018

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

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 22, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Cool N Hot, by Hottish, scored 227 points to claim the 2018 Super Stakes Open championship under Kobie Wood. It was the first NCHA Triple Crown event win for Wood, ranked eighth, with $5,254,419, among all-time NCHA money earners, since 1988.

Rollz Royce, sired by Dual Smart Rey and shown by Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., was reserve champion with 222.5 points, while the Dual Rey gelding Rey Good Looking, shown by Chris Johnsrud for Ken Hanson, Weatherford, Tex., placed third with 219.5 points.

Cool N Hot LTE $189,284 was also shown by Paula Wood, Kobie’s wife and the colt’s owner and breeder, as a finalist in the Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals, which immediately preceded the Open Finals. Paula had shown Cool N Hot as a finalist (5th) in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro, and she and Kobie won dual titles riding him to Bonanza Open and Non-Pro championships.

Cool N Hot is out of Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, by High Brow Cat, shown by Paula, Kobie and Jeremy Barwick, and dam of NCHA earners of $895,589, including Donas Suen Boon LTE $422,455, by Boon Too Suen, who Paula bred and rode to win the 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship, and Kobie showed as 2016 NCHA Open World Champion Mare.

Kobie Wood, a five-times NCHA Open World Champion, NCHA Horse of the Year Rider, and 1993 NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Inductee, first realized a Triple Crown events win in the 1988 NCHA Classic (when the 5-year-old and 6-year-old were separate events) aboard Cash Quixote Rio LTE $520,583, who Wood also showed to two NCHA Open World Championship wins.

Rollz Royce, ridden by Beau Galyean. Hart Photography.

Rollz Royce LTE $51,975, shown exclusively by Beau Galyean, was reserve champion of the 2018 Ike Hamilton 4-Year-Old Open and the Cattlemen’s Derby Open, as well as a finalist (10th) in the Arbuckle Mountain Derby Open. Galyean, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider, an NCHA Open Horse of the Year Rider, and the NCHA earner of $3,389,924, was reserve champion of the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes aboard Metallic Cat LTE $574,494, who he showed as Open champion of the 2008 NCHA Futurity.

Beau Galyean, his brother Wesley (Duramax Dually, 4th), and dad, Jody (AB Smoothlee, 17th, and Desiresomemetallic, 17th), earned more than $134,000 in the Open finals.

Rey Good Lookin LTE $111,140, shown by Johnsrud in Open competition, as well as by Ken Hanson in Amateur, hit his stride as an Open Limited finalist (4th) in the NCHA Futurity Open Limited and as an Open finalist (4th) in the 2018 Bonanza. Chris Johnsrud is the NCHA earner of $653,143.

Bushaw and Miller: 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Co-Champions

April 22nd, 2018

Chad Bushaw on Bittersweet. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 22, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Chad Bushaw and Bittersweet, the Metallic Cat daughter he rode to win the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship, posted a 222-point challenge in the first set of the 21-horse NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals. The challenge was met by Megan Miller and Carolena Reyn, by Dual Smart Rey, early in the second set, and never topped.

This is the second time Bushaw has shared the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro title. In 2008, riding Cats Ruby, he scored 222 points to tie for the championship with Paula Wood on Cash My Boon. He also won the 2012 NCHA Derby on Bet On A Cat LTE, $381,154, a full brother to 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open finalist Judgement Day, shown for Rose Valley Ranch by Michael Cooper.

Sunday’s title secured the second leg of the NCHA Non-Pro Triple Crown for Bittersweet and Bushaw, who ranks third among all-time top NCHA Non-Pro money earners with $3.35 million. Bittersweet is out of the Dual Rey daughter Miss Sea Rey, dam of seven NCHA earners of $191,033.

Megan Miller on Carolena Reyn. Hart Photography.

Megan Miller and Carolena Reyn won the first go-round with 220 points, claimed the high cumulative of 435.5 points, and won the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Semi-Finals with 218.5 points. In addition, Miller also placed fourth, with 216 points, in the Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals aboard Hey Boo Boo, by Dual Smart Rey.

Miller, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee and the NCHA earner of $1,021,452, won the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Itawtathenapuddycat and the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro on Travs Scooter.

Whitney Hall, Commanche, Okla., scored 219.5 points riding Lucky Nedd Pepper to place third. Bred and owned by Whitney’s parents Shannon and Ronda Hall and sired by Smart Little Lena, Lucky Nedd Pepper is out of the Peptoboonsmal daughter Royal Red Pepto LTE $177,472, and half-sister to the Halreycious son Royal Red Hal LTE $83,808, who Whitney showed as 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited Champion.

 

Lance Cooper wins Non-Pro Limited

April 22nd, 2018

Lance Cooper on Zen And Tonic. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 21, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex

Lance Cooper, 17, scored 224 points Saturday on Zen And Tonic, owned by his parents, Michael and Jennifer Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., to  claim the Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited – his second championship  win in less than a week.

On April 16, riding first to the herd on Zen And Tonic in the Super Stakes Open Limited, Cooper scored 223 points and was never threatened. On Saturday, riding next-to-last in the Non-Pro Limited field, he clinched the win with 224 points.

Alexa Dahl on Playsomethingsmooth. Hart Photography.

Alexa Dahl, Weatherford, Tex., who held the lead before Cooper’s run, claimed reserve with 218.5 points on Playsomethingsmooth LTE $4,342, by Smooth As A Cat. Dahl, the NCHA earner of $87,484, showed Playsomethingsmooth in the Ike Hamilton Futurity where they took reserve in the Non-Pro Limited; the pair were also finalists in the Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Finals (12th).

Lauren Minshall, Vine Grove, Ky., placed third on CR Sister Tuff LTE $24,723, by Woody Be Tuff. Minshall, the NCHA earner of $336,509, rode CR Sister Tuff as a Non-Pro finalist (4th) at the Augusta Futurity, where Gabe Reynolds showed the mare as Open Reserve Champion. Reynolds had also shown CR Sister Tuff as a finalist in the NCHA Futurity Open Limited Finals and as an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist.

Lance Cooper and Zen And Tonic, by High Brow CD, have been a team since the NCHA Futurity, where they won the Non-Pro Limited championship and placed 11th in the Non-Pro finals. Since then, shown exclusively by Lance, Zen And Tonic has claimed ten major Non-Pro/Non-Pro Limited titles. On Sunday, Cooper shows Zen And Tonic in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals, while his father, Michael Cooper, is a finalist on Sunday in the NCHA Super Stakes Open Finals riding Judgement for Rose Valley Ranch.

In other action on Saturday, Blackish LTE $57,390, sired by Hottish, bred and owned by Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., and shown by Lloyd Cox, scored 222 points to win the Super Stakes Open Semi-Finals. Hott Nu Cowboy LTE $976, sired by Hottish, owned by Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex., and shown by Phil Rapp, scored 221.5 points for second. Rollz Royce LTE $51,975, sired by Dual Smart Rey, owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., and shown by Beau Galyean, was third with 219.5 points.

Megan Miller wins Non-Pro Semi-Finals

April 20th, 2018

Megan Miller on Carolena Reyn. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 20, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Megan Miller scored 218.5 points on Carolena Reyn LTE $60,182, by Dual Smart Rey, to win the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Semi-Finals, where 21 horses with scores of 214 points or higher earned a draw in Sunday’s  Non-Pro Finals. Ashley Flynn came in second with 218 points aboard Smooth Lines LTE $16,776, by Smooth As A Cat, and Paula Wood was third with 217.5 points on Cool N Hot LTE $106,871, by Hottish.

Megan Miller, winner of the first go-round with 220 points on Carolena Reyn, also earned the high cumulative score of 435.5 points on the red roan mare, and qualified for the Non-Pro Finals with 216 points on Hey Boo Boo LTE $33,375, by Dual Smart Rey, as well.

Cool N Hot, Paula Wood’s mount, was one of two Non-Pro finalists to qualify for Saturday’s Open Semi-Finals. Kobie Wood, Paul’s husband, will show Cool N Hot in the Open Semi-Finals, and Casey Green will ride Bittersweet LTE $62,264 for Chad Bushaw, who showed the Metallic Cat daughter to earn 216.5 points in the Non-Pro Semi Finals.

Seven of the Non-Pro finalists also qualified for the 15-rider Non-Pro Limited Finals: Ryan Rapp on Manteca Moe LTE $24,141, by Hydrive Cat; Teresa Padgett on Booger Money LTE $8,163, by KTZ Rey Of Cash; Lance Cooper on Zen And Tonic LTE $95,479, by High Brow CD; Alexa Dahl on Playsomethingsmooth LTE $4,342, by Smooth As A Cat; Kyle Manion on Smooth Davey Jane LTE $7,743, by Smooth As A Cat; Jessie Domann on Reymance Me Baby LTE $14,104, by KTZ Rey Of Cash; and Lauren Middleton on Light Em Upp LTE $23,908, by Light N Lena.

Smooth As A Cat is the leading sire of 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finalists, with three. Other sires with multiple finalists are Dual Smart Rey; Hottish; KTZ Rey Of Cash; and Metallic Cat, each with two. Booger Money and Reymance Me Baby are two of four money earners from KTZ Rey Of Cash’s first crop of 17 foals.

The NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

 

Bear Davis tops Non-Pro second round

April 19th, 2018

Bear Davis on My Beach My Wave. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 19, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Bear Davis, Millsap, Tex., riding My Beach My Wave, by Metallic Cat, scored 219 points on Thursday to win the Super Stakes Non-Pro second go-round and earn a cumulative score of 431. Megan Miller, winner of the first go-round with 220 points on Carolena Reyn, by Dual Smart Rey, earned the high cumulative score of 435.5 points for both go-rounds.

Forty-nine riders with cumulative scores of 428 points or higher advanced to Friday’s Non-Pro Semi-Finals. Megan Miller also earned 432.5 points on Spur That Cat, by Spots Hot, and 428 on Hey Boo Boo, by Dual Smart Rey. The top sires, with three or more semi-finalists from the field of 49, are Metallic Cat (8); Smooth As A Cat (6); Kit Kat Sugar (4); Woody Be Tuff (4); Dual Smart Rey (3); and Hottish (3).

Bear Davis, the NCHA earner of $150,066, won the NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited championship and the 2016 Breeders invitational Amateur aboard Red Solo Catt LTE $128,365, by Metallic Cat. He also showed Dont Poke The Bear LTE $19,004, by Dual Smart Rey, as a finalist (6th) in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited and as a semi-finalist in the 2017 Futurity Non-Pro.

My Beach My Wave also carried Davis as an NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited semi-finalist, Dont Poke The Bear and Red Solo Catt earned Bear reserve championships in the 2018 Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited and 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited, respectively.

The NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

Megan Miller wins Non-Pro first round

April 18th, 2018

Megan Miller on Carolena Reyn. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 18, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Megan Miller, Poolville, Tex., scored 220 points riding Carolena Reyn, by Dual Smart Rey, on Wednesday to win the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro first go-round. Brandon Dufurrena, Gainesville, Tex., on Mizpah Cat, by Auspicious Cat, marked 218.5, the day’s second-highest score, while Lee Holsey, Lovelady, Tex., scored 218 points aboard Smooth Lil Cowtown, by Smooth As A Cat.

Megan Miller also scored 217.5 points with Spur That Spot, by Spots Hot, and 215 points on Hey Boo Boo, by Dual Smart Rey. Non-Pro riders with 210 or higher advance to Thursday’s second go-round; Non-Pro Limited riders with 214.5 points advanced.

Carolena Reyn, bred by Megan and her husband Matt, out of Carolena Moon LTE $76,150, is a half-sister to A Smooth Criminal $134,686, and three-quarter sister to Stylish Swagger LTE $120,061, and Reylena Moon LTE $118,075. Matt Miller showed Carolena Reyn, who had earned $60,182 coming into the Super Stakes, as an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist, and as champion of the 2018 Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open.

Megan, the NCHA earner of $1,021,452, won the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro aboard Itawtathenapuddycat LTE $325,363 and the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro on Travs Scooter LTE $221,566, shown by Matt Miller as the 2006 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion.

Mizpah Cat LTE $5,012, shown by Brandon Dufurrena, is a three-quarter sister to 2015 NCHA Futurity Open champion Stevie Rey Von LTE $396,472 and Purple Reyn LTE $356,632, out of Miss Ella Rey LTE $375,842. Dufurrena, the NCHA earner of $990,617, showed both Miss Ella Rey and Purple Reyn as Super Stakes Non-Pro finalists in 2009 and 2014, respectively. He also qualified for tomorrow’s second go-round with 213 points on Cherry Chapstick by Metallic Cat.

Beau Galyean showed Stevie Rey Von to win the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open on Sunday, April 1.

Smooth Lil Cowtown LTE $69,032, shown by Lee Holsey, was 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion with Brandon Westfall. Holsey who acquired the mare following the Futurity, showed her as reserve champion of the 2018 Cattlemen’s Derby Non-Pro.

Holsey, the NCHA earner of $220,720, Showed Cowtown Lucy LTE $53,816, by Dual Rey, as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited finalist. He also showed Miss Laureyna LTE $62,252, by Smart Royal Rey, as a 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited finalist.

The NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

 

 

Julie Hansma tops first day of Non-Pro

April 17th, 2018
Julie Hansma

Julie Hansma, riding Tommy Shelby. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 17, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Julie Hansma, Fort Worth, Tex., scored 218. 5 points on homebred Tommy Shelby, by High Brow Cat, to top the first day of Super Stakes Non-Pro competition. Reigning NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Chad Bushaw; Cody Hedlund; and Kyle Manion tied with 217.5 points, the day’s second-highest score.

Hansma, the NCHA earner of $1,448,135, showed Tommy Shelby as a 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalist, while her daughter, McCall, showed the colt to place third in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited. One month later, Julie showed Tommy Shelby as Non-Pro reserve champion and Non-Pro Novice winner in the Abilene Spectacular.

Tommy Shelby is out of Little Pepto Zack, by Zack T Wood, a half-sister to Little Pepto Cat $518,047.

Chad Bushaw on Bittersweet. Hart Photography.

Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship aboard his Super Stakes mount Bittersweet LTE $61,162, by Metallic Cat. Bushaw, who ranks third among all-time top NCHA Non-Pro money earners, also won the 2001 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro aboard Jerryoes LTE $252,790; the 2008 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Cats Ruby LTE $143,998; and the 2012 NCHA Derby on Bet On A Cat LTE, $381,154, who is out of Bet On Houston, dam of three of the 2018 Super Stakes Open top-scoring horses going into thew Semi-Finals. Bittersweet is out of Miss Sea Rey, by Dual Rey, dam of seven NCHA earners of $191,033.

Cody Hedlund, the NCHA earner of $826,194, from Lipan, Tex, showed Teles One Time. Although Hedlund and the One Time Royalty son have not as yet hit the boards in a limited age event, they share an impressive history. Teles One Time is out of Teles Lies LTE $93,206, shown in open competition by Cody’s father Rock Hedlund. Teles Lies, in turn, is the dam of Meteles Cat LTE $433,565, by Metallic Cat, shown by Cody as 2014 Super Stakes Non-Pro reserve champion.

Meteles Cat is also the dam of Teles Bout This Cat LTE $230,047, by WR This Cats Smart, shown by Cody as the 2011 Super Stakes Non-Pro champion.

Kyle Manion, Aubrey, Tex., showed Smooth As Mimi LTE $32,054, by Smooth As A Cat, who he also showed as a finalist (7th) in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro (6th). Manion, the NCHA earner of $1,660,729, was the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro reserve champion and Non-Pro Novice winner aboard Chet Smooth LTE $137,807, by Smooth As A Cat.

The NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes