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Cinca Im Hot with 225-point Breeders Invitational Derby win

May 28th, 2017

BI champion Cinca Im Hot and Jesse Lennox
at the NCHA Futurity.

Cinca Im Hot scored 225 points on Saturday, May 27 in Tulsa, Okla. to edge out Cattys Hope and HR Cats Starlight, who tied with 224.5 points, for the championship of the 2017 Breeders Invitational Derby. The Spots Hot daughter, shown by Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., earned a payout of $70,362.

Bred by Paul Dean, owner of her dam, Cinca De Maya LTE $106,341, by Dual Rey, as well as of her maternal granddam, 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion and million-dollar producer Highbrow Supercat $LTE $364,690, Cinca Im Hot LTE $104,180 placed 16th in the 2016 NCHA Open Futurity, after tying for fourth place in the Semi-Finals. Rocking P Ranch purchased Cinca De Maya’s sire, Spots Hot, from Sunrise Ranch for $550,000 during the 2016 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Jesse Lennox also tied for 12th place with 217 points aboard Pattie Rocks, owned by Rocking P Ranch, and topped the million-dollar mark in NCHA earnings with his 2017 Breeders Invitational Derby success. In 2015, Lennox placed third in the NCHA Futurity riding Rockin Sallycat, bred by Walton’s Rocking W Ranch and also owned by Rocking P Ranch.

Cattys Hope LTE $184,831 was shown by Michael Cooper for Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex. The Catty Hawk daughter was champion of the 2017 Abilene Spectacular and also placed sixth in the 2016 NCHA Futurity.

HR Cats Starlight LTE $77,308 was shown by Tarin Rice for E.J. and Audrey Huntley, Houston, Tex. The gelded son of High Brow Cat won the 2017 Cattlemen’s Derby Non-Pro championship with E.J. Huntley and placed fourth in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals with Christina Huntley.

See complete results for all divisions of the 2017 Breeders Invitational.

Trey Hunt loses battle with cancer

May 16th, 2017

Photo courtesy Bobby Hunt

Trey Hunt, 41, Millsap, Tex., an esteemed trainer and coach within the North Texas cutting horse community, lost a courageous battle with brain cancer on May 14, 2017. Hunt, the son of NCHA Senior Sales Executive Bobby Hunt Jr., is also husband of wife Jenna and father of daughter Kay. An NCHA member since 1988, Hunt specialized in starting and fitting two-year-olds and was the NCHA lifetime earner of $179,795.

Trey Hunt’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 24th at 2:00 p.m. at the Sherriff Posse Arena in Weatherford, Tex. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to NYCHA.

Roth wins Non-Pro on Open champion Bea Pure Cat

May 10th, 2017

Jill Roth was Non-Pro champion with Bea Pure Cat. Ted Petit photos.

Bea Pure Cat set a high bar in the inaugural NCHA Scottsdale Nationals. The 8-year-old gelding, Open Co-Champion under Morgan Cromer on Friday, came back on the last day of competition to score 224 points and claim the Non-Pro championship for his owner, Jill Roth, Paso Robles, Calif.

Kim Adolf, Morristown, Ariz., winner of the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro championship on Athenitall, scored 223 points on Smooth Criminal Cat to earn the Non-Pro reserve championship, and Scott Maling, Scottsdale, Ariz., placed third with 220 points riding Smooth Flying (DNA).

Bea Pure Cat LTE $127,011, an 8-year-old gelded son of High Brow Cat, is a full brother to 2012 NCHA Futurity Open champion He Bea Cat LTE $356,219. Roth, the NCHA earner of $186,768, showed Bea Pure Cat last year as champion of the 2016 Mercuria NCHA World Finals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro and was World Champion of that division, as well. The pair also won the 2015 Pacific Coast 5/6 Amateur Unlimited, 5/6 Amateur Unlimited Gelding, and the 5/6 Amateur Unlimited Senior divisions.

Kim Adolf, the NCHA earner of $212,599, also showed 8-year-old Smooth Criminal Cat LTE $63,879 as a finalist in the Scottsdale Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro division, while her husband, trainer Todd Adolf, showed the Smooth As A Cat gelding as an Open finalist.

Scott Maling, the NCHA earner of $174,900, placed fifth in the 2007 NCHA Futurity Amateur division riding Brows CD, a CD Olena son, who he also showed in the finals of seven other major limited age events. His 10-year-old Scottsdale Nationals mount, Smooth Flying (DNA), by Smooth As A Cat, earned $69,912 as an Open limited age event finalist under John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch.

Cathy Jackson won the $15,000 Amateur on Catsblue Boon.

Cathy Jackson $15,000 Amateur champion

Cathy Jackson, Oro Valley, Ariz., scored 219 points riding Catsblue Boon to win the $15,000 Amateur championship. Sherry Stryker, Loomis, Calif., claimed reserve with 215 points aboard Boot Scootin Bonnie, and Jody Gray, Cool, Calif., placed third with 211.5 points on Little Ms Magic.

Cathy Jackson, the NCHA earner of $13,240, also showed Catsblue Boon LTE $40,357 as a finalist in the Scottsdale Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro and placed fifth with the mare in last year’s NCHA Western Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro division. Eleven-year-old Catsblue Boon is by Duals Blue Boon and out of Genuine Gold Cat LTE $167,186, the 2004 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro champion under Hall of Famer Mary Jo Milner.

Sherry Stryker, with NCHA earnings of $7,373, also showed Boot Scootin Bonnie as a finalist in the $35,000 Non-Pro division. Boot Scootin Bonnie LTE $18,364, is an 11-year-old sorrel tovero mare sired by Olenas Bonnies.

Jody Gray, NCHA earner of $19,387, won the 2016 El Rancho Futurity Amateur championship riding Top Shelf Cat, and also placed as a Scottddale Nationals finalist aboard Little Ms Magic in the $35,000 Non-Pro division. Twelve-year-old Little Ms Magic LTE $31,749 is sired by Abrakadabracre.

Scottsdale: A homerun with cutters

May 9th, 2017

The National Cutting Horse Association has launched a new venue to better accommodate Western and Plains States cutting competitors. The NCHA Scottsdale Nationals and the NCHA Denver Nationals will provide an opportunity for more weekend competitors in all divisions to test their skills at one or both of these premiere events.

The Scottsdale Nationals, which concludes on Wednesday, May 10, after a seven-day run at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz., has already proven a great success with cutters from the West Coast to Canada to Texas, as well all points east and west of the Continental Divide, and Hawaii. Many owners and riders, like Christine King, owner of Reytheon, the horse Faith Farris rode to claim the Junior Youth championship, are also from Arizona.

In fact, Arizona was the birthplace of Lightning Bar and Joe Reed II. Lightning Bar sired Doc Bar and Joe Reed II sired Leo. It would be difficult to find an NCHA performer today without both Doc Bar and Leo in their pedigrees, so competitors are rightfully indebted to the Grand Canyon State.

In addition to camaraderie and history, Scottsdale affords cutters and vendors a premier facility located on 386 acres at the base of the McDowell Mountains, as well as spas, parks, museums and beautiful scenery.

The NCHA Denver Nationals will be held June 23 through the 30th at the historic National Western Stock Show facilities. For additional information: www.nchacutting.com

Flanigan Too Kool in $25,000 Novice Non-Pro

May 9th, 2017

$25,000 Novice Non-Pro champion Too Kool,
ridden by Donna Flanigan. Ted Petit photos.

Donna Flanigan, Livermore, Calif., scored 221 points Tuesday on Too Kool to claim the championship of the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro. Janice Eaton, Peachland, British Columbia, Can, and Scootin Solano took reserve with 220 points, while Ken Schultz, Sacrameto, Calif., placed third with 216.5 points riding Reys Of Starlight.

Donna Flanigan, the NCHA earner of $246,974, bred Too Kool LTE $39,598, by WR This Cats Smart, out of a Grays Starlight granddaughter, who produced one other NCHA money earner, Too Kool’s 2007 full sister, This Kats Kool LTE $180,219. Flanigan showed This Kats Kool to place third in the 2011 Pacific Coast 4-Year-Old Futurity Non-Pro and as champion of of reserve in 11 other non-pro limited age events.

Flanigan’s most significant win on Too Kool came as 2015 Non-Pro 4-Year-Old Champion of the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup. Trainer Tom Long also showed the mare as an open 5/6 finalist in the 2016 Pacific Coast Futurity, as well as in the 2016 Pacific Coast Derby.

Reserve champion Scootin Solano, ridden by Janice Eaton.

Reserve champion Janice Eaton, who also placed third this week on Smooth As I Can in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro, is the NCHA earner of $287,813. Ten-year-old Scootin Solano LTE $194,326, by Smart Lil Scoot, was shown for Eaton to place fourth in the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals Open Finals, as well.

In third, Ken Schultz, NCHA lifetime earner of $177,994, cashed his first big check in the 1993 NCHA Futurity, when he placed third on Bob Acre Oak. Seven-year-old Reys Of Starlight LTE $58,656, by Dual Rey, has carried Schultz as a finalist in 14 limited age events, including the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes 5/6 Non-Pro.

One day, three champions at Scottsdale

May 8th, 2017

$50,000 Amateur champion Colleen Pearse
on Reys Hot Wheels. Ted Petit photos.

Colleen Pearse $50,000 Amateur champion
Colleen Pearse, Sturgeon County, Alberta, Can., and her gelding Reys Hot Wheels, fifth-placed in last Friday’s $2,000 Limit Rider Finals, moved up in class on Monday with a 219.5-point win in the 2016 $50,000 Amateur Finals at the NCHA Scottsdale National Championships. Kimberly Irons, San Jose, Calif., winner of the $50,000 Amateur go-round, marked 219 on 7-year-old Caviar Cat LTE $81,037, by High Brow Cat, to claim the reserve championship, and Nate Valley, Encinitas, Calif., placed third with 218 points riding 7-year-old Two Smart Cat LTE $78,406, by WR This Cats Smart.

In addition to their showing in last week’s $2,000 Limit Rider Finals, Pearse and Reys Hot Wheels also placed sixth last December in the NCHA World Finals $2,000 Limit Rider division, and Pearse showed Sway Cat as a finalist in $35,000 Non-Pro division of last year’s NCHA Western Nationals.

Reys Hot Wheels LTE $159,440, an 11-year-old gelding sired by Dual Rey, was a consistent non-pro limited age event finalist for Suzanne Rodoni-Silverberg, who showed him as reserve 4-Year Old Non-Pro champion at the Pacific Coast Stakes, among other major events.Tim Smith also showed the gelding as an open finalist, including a win in the South Point Winter Open Gelding Championship.

$5,000 Novice Non-Pro champion Athenitall, ridden by Kim Adolf.

Kim Adolf wins $5,000 Novice Non-Pro
Kim Adolf, Morristown, Ariz., claimed the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro championship with a 218-point win aboard Athenitall, while Christina Delpozo, McClave, Colo., went reserve with 217.5 points on Im Countin Katz. Janice Eaton, Peachland, British Columbia, and Michelle LeMaster, Las Vegas, Nev., tied for third with 216 points on Smooth As I Can and Thiskittywearsacrown, respectively.

Adolf and 6-year-old gelding Athenitall, by Athena Puddy Cat, were finalists in three divisions of last year’s NCHA Western Nationals – the Non-Pro, the $15,000 Non-Pro Novice and the $5,000 Non-Pro Novice. Adolf, the NCHA earner of $209,441, also won the 2009 NCHA $15,000 Novice Non-Pro World Championship riding Rumba Boogie, as well as the NCHA Western National Non-Pro Championship on Shesa Silver Spoon, in 2011.

Christina Delpozo, the NCHA earner of $41,882, showed RN Curly As A Cat to place fourth in last year’s NCHA Western Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro division. Five-year-old Im Countin Katz, by Im Countin Checks, had previously earned $3,287 in non-restricted competition.

Michelle LeMaster, who won the 2016 Pacific Coast Futurity Amateur Unlimited title on Thiskittywearsacrown, is the NCHA lifetime earner of $307,376. Four-year-old Thiskittywearsacrown LTE $18,232, by WR This Cats Smart, also placed sixth with Gavin Jordan in the 2016 El Rancho Futurity.

Janice Eaton is the NCHA earner of $287,813. Her 8-year-old mare, Smooth As I Can LTE $139,463, by Smooth As A Cat, launched her career as open champion of the 2012 West Texas Futurity with Matt Miller and carried Eaton as a finalist in five limited age events, including fourth place in the 2012 Pacific Coast Futurity Non-Pro Limited.

$35,000 Non-Pro champion Israel Valles on Smokem Jo Lena.

Israel Valles tops $35,000 Non-Pro Finals
Israel Valles, Mesilla Park, New Mexico, scored a decisive 221-point win aboard Smokem Jo Lena in the $35,000 Non-Pro Finals. Jason Simmons, Parker, Colo., earned reserve with 219 points on Primo Oakleys, and Lauren McIntire, Santa Barbara, Calif., placed third with 218.5 points riding Peptos Chic Olena.

Israel Valles made his first mark in NCHA competition as a 2015 NCHA World Finals qualifier with Justa Cat Sprat in the $2,000 Limited Rider class. His mount in the Scottsdale Nationals, 9-year-old Smokem Jo Lena LTE $43,985, by Joes Midnight Son, placed third in the 2012 Southern Futurity Non-Pro division with Harris Shepard, and was a $35,000 Non-Pro finalist under Betsy Parker in last year’s NCHA Western Nationals.

Jason Simmons rode Primo Oakleys LTE $49,053, a 2005 mare sired by Teninas First, as a Junior Youth finalist in the 2015 and 2013 NCHA Western Nationals. Jason has NCHA earnings of $6,412.

Lauren McIntire, NCHA earner of $29,269, won the Scottsdale Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro go-round with 221 points on 11-year-old Peptos Chic Olena LTE $152,034, by Sweet Lil Pepto.

$35,000 Non-Pro division go-round

May 7th, 2017

$35,000 Non-Pro go-round leader Lauren McIntire
on Peptos Chic Olena. Ted Petit photo.

Lauren McIntire, Santa Barbara, Calif., scored 221 points on Peptos Chic Olena, as the high-scoring rider in the $35,000 Non-Pro go-round Sunday at the NCHA Scottsdale National Championships. Riders who scored 207 points or above advanced to Monday’s finals, including Shelley Wold, Murrieta, Calif., who scored 218.5 points, the go-round’s second-highest mark, on Shotgun Sean, and Gianna Pietrafeso, Elbert, Colo., with 218 points riding Smokin Tap.

Lauren McIntire lifetime earner of $29,269, won the 2016 Pacific Coast Winter Roundup 5/6 Non-Pro championship and Non-Pro Gelding division on I Like It This Rey. Peptos Chic Olena, by Sweet Lil Pepto, her NCHA Scottsdale Nationals mount, was an NCHA Open World Finals and NCHA World Series finalist 12 times between 2012 and 2016.

Shelley Wold, the NCHA earner of $72,914, showed Shotgun Sean in the NCHA World Finals $50,000 Amateur, as well as in The Non-Pro Cutting $35,000 Non-Pro finals. Shotgun Sean LTE $140,054 is a 13-year-old gelding sired by Chula Dual.

Gianna Pietrafeso was the NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth Champion in 2014 riding Smokin Tap. Her sister Jessica won the NCHA Western Nationals $15,000 in 2016 on Hal Ofa Filly, and her sister Nicole won the Scottsdale Nationals Senior Youth this year on Purely Badger. Twelve-year-old Smokin Tap LTE $74,941, is by Smokin Trona and out of Tap O Lena LTE $450,639, with offspring earnings of $613,113, and granddam of 2011 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Dont Look Twice LTE $824,546.