Ricky N Reyd Streaks repeat

November 12th, 2019

Ricky N Reyd Streaks claimed his second consecutive AQHA World Show Amateur championship on Tuesday. Shown by Rieta Dufurrena, Gainesville, Tex., Ricky N Reyd Streaks won the 2018 championship under Rieta’s brother, Brandon. Rieta also won the AQHA World Show Amateur championship in 2014 riding Miss Ella Rey LTE $375,842, the dam of Mizpah Cat, who Rieta also showed in Tuesday’s Finals to place third.

Ricky N Reyd Streaks and Smooth De Mayo, owned and shown by Don Perkins, Flint, Tex., tied with 222 points in the Finals, and Ricky N Reyd Streaks won the workoff.

Owned by Rieta and Brandon’s mother, Shona Dufurrena, 6-year-old gelding Ricky N Reyd Streaks LTE $81,227, by Dual Rey, has carried each of the Dufurrena family members for cutting wins, including father Ed Dufurrena, an NCHA Riders Hall of Fame earner of $1,596,134. Ed Dufurena also showed the gelding to place third in the World Open Cutting Finals on Sunday, and Mizpah Cat to place second in the Junior Level 3 Finals.

Smooth De Mayo, an 8-year-old daughter of Smooth As A Cat, carried Don Perkins to place third in both the Amateur and Amateur Unlimited divisions of the 2015 NCHA Derby, as well as to place third in Tuesday’s World Show Level 2 Amateur Finals.

Perkins, the NCHA earner of $111,839, was reserve champion of the 2010 AQHA World Show Amateur showing Suns Highball, by Mr Sun O Lena, the stallion Perkins showed to win the 1997 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Classic.

World Show Level 2 Amateur champions
Rockin KW LTE $147,273, winner of the 2019 AQHA World Junior Cutting championship with Dylan Meyer, scored 220.5 points to win the Level 2 Amateur championship with owner Kim Davis, Millsap, Tex. Davis and the 5-year-old Rockin W daughter also have a record of three Amateur wins in NCHA limited age events.

Show Biz Kit Kat LTE $75,043, shown by Susan Hanselman, Piedmont, Okla., scored 217.5 points to claim reserve. The 8-year-old daughter of Mr Peppys Freckles is out of Show Biz Kitty, whose three other money earners are Once In A Blue Boon $268,398, Rollz Royce LTE $251,607, and SS Blacks Lil Kitty LTE $186,148.

Bet Shes Smooth and Rockin KW win AQHA World titles

November 11th, 2019

Bet Shes Smooth scored 223 points under Lindy Burch to win the title of 2019 AQHA Senior Cutting World Champion, on November 10, during the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City. Pharoah And James, ridden by Clint Allen, claimed the reserve championship with 222 points.

Owned and bred by Oxbow Ranch, Lipan, Tex., out of NCHA World Champion Bet Yer Blue Boons, 7-year-old Bet Shes Smooth was the 2015 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion under Burch. Later this month, the 7-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter, career earner of $165,725 will compete under Burch in the NCHA World Championship Open Finals. It was Burch who showed Bet Yer Blue Boons LTE $332,960 to win the 2000 NCHA World Open Championship and to set a record of 233 in the 1999 NCHA World Finals.

“It’s a great honor to win the AQHA World Championship,” said Burch, a two-time AQHA World Show reserve champion, who was the first woman to become NCHA Open World Champion, as well as the first woman to win the NCHA Open Futurity. Burch and Bet Shes Smooth also have an excellent shot at earning NCHA World Reserve Champion and World Champion Mare titles during the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals this December, in Fort Worth.

Bet Shes Smooth is a three-quarter sister to 2011 NCHA World Champion Bet Hesa Cat LTE $267,465, one of five $100,000+ earners, all by different sires, out of Bet Yer Blue Boons, who died on May 1, 2019 at the age of 31, having produced 22 earners of over $1.2 million.

Pharoah And James, 2019 AQHA Senior Cutting Reserve World Champion, was bred by his owners David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex. The 6-year-old gelding, sired by Hickorys Indian Pep out of Wise Little Miss, has NCHA career earnings of $202,671.

Rockin KW claims AQHA World Junior Cutting title
Rockin KW, shown by Dylan Meyer for Whitney and Kim Davis, Millsap, Tex., scored 225.5 points to win the of 2019 AQHA Junior Cutting World Championship. Mizpah Cat, shown by Ed Dufurrena for Shona Dufurrena, earned the Reserve title with 223.5 points.

Rockin KW, a 5-year-old daughter of Rockin W, was reserve champion of the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open Futurity with Meyer, and winner of the Amateur Unlimited finals with Kim Davis, who also showed the mare to win the 2018 Breeders Invitational Amateur championship. With over $147,000 in NCHA earnings, Rockin KW has collected money in the finals of 28 limited age final divisions.

Mizpah Cat LTE $42,536, a 5-year-old daughter of Auspicious Cat, bred by Brandon Duffurena, Gainesville, Tex., is a three-quarter sister to 2015 NCHA Futurity Open champion Stevie Rey Von LTE $418,947 and to 2015 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year Purple Reyn LTE $356,632, both sired by Metallic Cat and out of Miss Ella Rey LTE $375,842.

Robert C. Norris 1929-2019

November 7th, 2019

Robert Norris, owner of the famous T-Cross Ranches of Colorado and Arizona, as well as Quarter Horse breeder, and former NCHA member, who played the first Marlboro Man on television, passed away on November 3, 2019 in the care of the Pikes Peak Hospice, Colorado Springs, Colo: Read more

Chris Hanson claims third Waco Texas title

November 4th, 2019

Chris Hanson won his third consecutive Waco Texas Classic Open championship during the Waco Texas Futurity, which wrapped up its 2019 edition on Sunday. Showing Mamas Stylish Sophie, by Dual Rey, Hanson scored 223 points, as the first rider in the 10-horse finals.  Five draws later, he showed Metallic Stardust, by Metallic Cat, to score 222 points for reserve.

Mamas Stylish Sophie LTE $106,513 is owned by German Lugo, Gainesville, Texas, who showed the 5-year-old mare earlier this year to place third in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited. Metallic Stardust LTE $45,724, is owned by Billy Foster, El Dorado, Ark., who showed her as an Open Limited finalist in the 2019 Non-Pro Cutting 5/6 Classic.

In 2018, Hanson claimed the Waco Texas Classic’s top three places, with a 226-point championship win on Hes A Smart Guy, sired by My Guy Rey and owned by Charles Burger; 225 points for reserve aboard Too Hot To Copy, by Metallic Cat; and 218.5 to tie for third with Dual Glen Rey, by Dual Rey. In 2017, he won the Classic riding Fancy Rey, owned by Charles Burger, and placed third with Too Hot To Copy, owned by Nachos Cutting Horses.

Hanson also showed Code Belue, sired by Cat Belue and owned by Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., to tie with 220 points for reserve in the 2019 Waco Texas Open Derby. SJR Kit D Vine, sired by Kit Kat Sugar and owned by Justin White, Chappell Hill, Tex., won the Derby, as the Derby Limited and Gelding divisions, with 221 points. Sippin On Suds, sired by High Brow CD, and shown by Boyd Rice for Sarco Creek Ranch, Victoria, Tex., scored 220 points as co-reserve champion.

For complete results of all division of the 2019 Wac Texas Futurity, go to wacotexasfuturity.com

High Brow Cat 1988 – 2019

November 1st, 2019

High Brow Cat, cutting’s all-time leading sire, was humanely euthanized earlier this week at the age of 31.

It is hard to imagine a time when “Cat” was not part of the cutting vernacular. The title “All-time Leading Sire” seems meager in light of High Brow Cat’s impact on the sport. At the time of his death, his offspring had earned over $79 million in NCHA competition, twice the amount of his closest rivals Smart Little Lena and Dual Rey, and he held an unassailable record with average earnings of $44,392 for 1,784 performers. In addition, his sons have sired earners of over $140 million, and his daughters have produced earners of $39 million.

Bred by Hanes Chatham and Stewart Sewell, High Brow Cat was sired by High Brow Hickory and out of the Smart Little Lena daughter Smart Little Kitty, who Jack Waggoner purchased in 1988 with the suckling High Brow Cat at her side.

Smart Little Kitty had lost the sight in one of her eyes as a young filly and was never shown. But Waggoner had loved her dam, Doc’s Kitty, the 1969 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion and 1970 NCHA Derby champion.

“When I bought Smart Little Kitty, I bought her for her son (High Brow Cat), who looked just like Doc’s Kitty. She had short, thick cannon bones and a big rear end. She could rock back on her rear and hold her front off the ground, just like High Brow Cat.  

“When he was a baby, he’d play with me and hide behind his mother, and ran around and moved like a cat. So I named him High Brow Cat.”

High Brow Cat scored his first championship at five, under Faron Hightower in the 1993 Augusta Futurity Classic. It was the same year his first crop – seven foals – was born. By the time High Brow Cat was retired from showing, in 1995 with career earnings of $110,102, he had produced two more crops, for a total of 36 foals. From the first crop came Cats Summertime, a gelding who placed sixth in the 1996 NCHA Futurity under Bill Freeman and would go on to earn $347,360.

With the exception of 2000, from his first crop in 1996, through 2002, High Brow Cat was represented by at least one or two offspring in every NCHA Futurity Open finals, including his son A Hocus Pocus Cat, who was reserve champion of the 1999 Futurity. When One Smart Lookin Cat won the Futurity in 2003, he was one of seven High Brow Cat Futurity finalists that year; in 2004 there were ten Futurity finalists, and in 2006, there were a record 12.

In the 16-year span from 2003 through 2018, eight of the NCHA Futurity Open champions were sired by High Brow Cat, in addition to four other Futurity champions produced by High Brow Cat daughters and one champion sired  by his son Metallic Cat, who won the Futurity in 2008. At 14, Metallic Cat is the youngest stallion among cutting’s Top 10 all-time leading sires, while High Brow Cat son Smooth As A Cat, 20, is the second youngest sire on the list.

In 2013, High Brow Cat was purchased by Colt Ventures, owned by Darren Blanton, and has been laid to rest on Blanton’s ranch south of Fort Worth, Texas.

Candy Man (U) captures Southern Futurity title

October 24th, 2019

Candy Man (U), sired by Kit Kat Sugar and shown by Salvador Cabral, cleared the board by six points, when he laid down a 224-point run, as the last horse to work in the 2019 Southern Futurity 3-Year-Old Open Finals. Rey Playin Up, shown by James Payne, and Blu Too Smart, also shown by Payne, tied for reserve with 218 points.

In addition to the $15,050 winner’s share that he earned as champion, Candy Man (U), owned by Billy Powell, Gainesville, Tex., also claimed $1,235 in the Open Gelding division, as well as $10,028, as the top-scoring Open 3-year-old in the Southern Cutting Stallion Incentive.

Shown by Cabral to place in the Open finals of both the West Texas and the Idaho Futurities, and to win the PCCHA Futurity Open Int., Candy Man (U) currently ranks among the Top Five 3-year-old money earners of 2019, with over $48,500. Out of Cotton Candy (DNA), Candy Man (U) is a three-quarter brother to That Sly Bob LTE $198,788 and Candy Girl (U) LTE $83,815, both sired by That Sly Cat.

Rey Playin Up, a mare sired by Dual Rey and owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., was a finalist with Payne in the West Texas Futurity and has career earnings of over $18,500. Blu Too Smart, a red roan gelding sired by Once In A Blu Boon and owned by Robert Masterson, Guthrie, Tex., placed third with Payne in the West Texas Futurity and fifth in the Brazos Bash. With $52,000, including money earned at the Southern Futurity, he currently ranks third among 3-year-old money earners of 2019.

Out of Too Smart Toodie, by Smart Mate, Blu Too Smart is a three-quarter to Peptotoodie LTE $169,599, by Peptotime, and a half-brother to Miss Masterson LTE $100,029, by Cat T Masterson.

The Southern Futurity continues through Saturday, October 26 with the Non-Pro and Amateur go-rounds and Finals.

The Dewd, the Hottist

October 22nd, 2019

The Dewd, shown by Rodrigo Taboga for Beau and Ashley Galyean, Fort Worth, Tex., won the 2019 Southern Cutting Derby with 228 points. Hottist LTE $56,652, by Hottish, with Kelle Earnheart aboard for Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex, claimed reserve with 225 points, and Summer Time Fun LTE $88,538, by Metallic Cat, placed third with 222.5 points, under James Payne for Ty Moore, Madill, Okla.

Following his Southern Cutting Derby performances, The Dewd is now within $3,440 of becoming the seventh $100,000 earner sired by Metallic Cat out of Sweet Abra, including 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837. With NCHA career earnings of $74,352 coming into the Southern Cutting, The Dewd claimed $15,000 as the Open Derby champion; $4,208 as the Open Limited reserve champion; and $1,773, as the Open Gelding champion.

This fall, The Dewd won the 2019 PCCHA Stakes Non-Pro Int. with Ashley Galyean, and was reserve champion of the NCHA Derby and the West Texas Derby Open Limited divisions with Rodrigo Taboga.

The Dewd’s owner, Beau Galyean, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4 million, scored 226 points to win the Southern Cutting Classic and earn $15,000 riding Desiresomemettalic, by Metallic Cat, for Atwood Quarter Horses Inc, Kenwood, Calif.

Somethingtobelievein LTE $314,323, by Hydrive Cat, scored 222 points for reserve under co-owner Brett McGlothlin, Cecilia, Ky., and Metallic Starburst LTE $43,900, by Metallic Cat, placed third with Chris Hanson for Billy Foster, El Dorado, Ark.

Desiresomemettalic LTE $168,505 a three-quarter brother to Thundercat $302,762, also placed seventh in the Southern Cutting Classic with 213 points, under Rodrigo Tabogo.