Bama Jelly rolls in Southern Futurity Classic

October 27th, 2020

Bama Jelly and Austin Shepard scored 228 to win the Open championship of the Southern Futurity 5/6-year-old Classic on October 26, in Jackson, Miss. Shepard also claimed the reserve championship with 225 points on Dual Reyish, while High Brow Lady Boon, shown by Matt Miller, and Rollz Royce ridden by Beau Galyean, tied for third.

Owned and bred by Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., 5-year-old Bama Jelly LTE $196,636 is by Bamacat and out of the Nitas Wood daughter Wood She Be Neat, whose first money earners are Bama Jelly and 5-year-old Neat Lil High Brow LTE $14,163.

Bama Jelly, a 2018 NCHA Futurity and 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Open finalist, won the 4-year-old Open at Arbuckle Mountain and Augusta last year and the NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championship this year.

Six-year-old Hottish son Dual Reyish LTE $430,281, the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open champion, is owned by Billy Wolf of Whitesboro, Tex., and was bred by Greg Smith out of the Dual Rey daughter A Little Reylena LTE $126,058.  A Little Reylena is the producer of 10 earners of $962,074, including Hay U LTE $200,245; Rey To Sly LTE $103,208; Lotterey Ticket LTE $58,588; A Little Royal Rey LTE $51,822; and Sugar Railena LTE $51,792.

In addition to the NCHA Futurity, Dual Reyish won the 2018 Breeders Invitational Open Futurity, and the 2020 Augusta Futurity and Cotton Stakes Open Classics.

Austin Shepard, a leading NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $8,372,313, also claimed the 2013 and 2000 Southern Futurity Classic championships on Divas On Time and Dual Kual, respectively, as well as the Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old championship four times – on Sir Long Legs in 2017; Kula Lil Wendy in 2016; Cats In Ya Dreams in 2011; and Widows Intentions in 2004.

High Brow Lady Boon LTE $57,053, a 5-year-old mare by High Brow Cat out of RBR Lady Boon LTE $87,550, is owned and was bred by Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif. She is RBR Lady Boon’s first NCHA money earner.

Matt Miller, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,767,114, also placed eleventh in the 2020 Southern Classic on Im Countin On Annie LTE $62,047, owned by Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses.

Six-year-old Rollz Royce LTE $339,164 is owned by Thomas Guinn of Philadelphia, Miss. The Dual Smart Rey son was bred by Royce Stalcup out of Show Biz Kitty, the producer of four earners of $936,874, including Badboonarising LTE $318,279, SS Blacks Lil Kitty LTE $187,137, and Show Biz Kit Kat LTE $92,293.

Rollz Royce and Beau Galyean won the 4-Year-Old Southern Futurity in 2018, and have claimed wins this year in the 5/6-year-old Cattlemen’s Derby and Ike Hamilton Futurity.

Galyean, who won the 2019 Southern Futurity Classic on Desiresomemetallic, is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4,358,169.

The Southern Futurity continues through Oct. 31.

2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales soar

October 25th, 2020

The season’s first cold front blew through Fort Worth on Friday, October 23, but the 2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, were red hot all the way through Saturday, October 24, the last day of the sales.

On Saturday, Session II of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale saw 93% of the horses offered sold for an overall average of $18,633 – a 21% increase over 2019 – and with a two-day total of 16 selling horses for $50,000 and up.

Stevey Nix topped the sale at $110,000.

Saturday’s offering, Session II of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale, included Stevey Nix, the high-selling yearling filly and overall high-seller at $110,000. Consigned by Gardiner Quarter Horses and purchased by Ty Smith, Edmund, Okla., Stevey Nix is a daughter of 2015 NCHA Futurity champion Stevie Rey Von and out of Soula Jule Forever LTE $34,751, a 2020 AQHA Top 10 Dam of Money Earners and an All-Time Dam of RCH Money Earners, including Bet Hes Black LTE $142,703, the 2017 NRCHA Open Futurity Champion.

Breakn Bad sold for $85,000.

 Session II’s high-selling yearling colt, Breakn Bad at $85,000, was consigned by Chappell-White Partnership, and purchased by Russel and Tiann, Washoe Valley, Nev. Sired by 2010 NCHA Futurity champion One Time Royalty, Breakn Bad is out of NRCHA Open Futurity and Derby finalist Camilla The Cat LTE $93,461, by WR This Cats Smart.

Three of Saturday’s yearlings sold for $60,000 or more, including Whisker E Meyers, who brought $66,000 from Brad Spann, Paris, Tex. Consigned by Chappell-White Partnership, Whisker E Meyers is a son of NCHA Open Horse of the Year and leading sire Metallic Cat, out Abbey Roan LTE $42,292, by One Time Pepto.

Yearling colt Blind Sided, sired by Blinded By Guns and consigned by Wagonhound Land & Cattle LLC, sold for $65,000 to Barbara Deering/Cross Roads Logistics, LLC, Camanche, Iowa, while the yearling filly This Shiney Diamond, also consigned by  Wagonhound, brought $60,000 from Susan Seward, Las Vegas, Nev.  Sired by WR This Cats Smart, This Shiney Diamond is out of the Shining Spark daughter Shiners Diamond Lady, and is a full sister to NRCHA Futurity Open finalist Shiners Diamond Cat LTE $142,706.

For the complete catalog and results from the 2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, as well as consignments and catalog for the upcoming 2020 NCHA Futurity Sales, December 7 through 12, go to westernbloodstock.com.

2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales Sizzle

October 24th, 2020

The season’s first cold front blew through Fort Worth on Friday, October 23, but the 2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales at Will Rogers Equestrian Center was red hot.

The day’s offering included the Performance Horse Sale, the Select 2-Year-Old Sale, and Session I of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale and averaged $17,660 overall. The Yearling and Broodmare Session realized 94% completed sales, while all (100%) of the Performance Horses sold, and the Select 2-Year-Olds averaged $24,082 with 87% sold.

ARC Cat N The Mist, with an embryo by Hickory Holly Time, was the high-selling Performance Horse at $50,000. The 7-year-old NCHA earner of $37,907 was consigned by Amy Jones and purchased by Barbara Deering/Cross Roads Logistics, LLC, Camanche, Iowa. Sired by Dual Rey, cutting’s #2 All-Time Leading Sire, ARC Cat N The Mist is a half-sister to earners of over $860,000 and sold in training with Michael Cooper.

High-selling 2-year-old CR Tuff Diggin Louie.

CR Tuff Diggin Louie, consigned by Center Ranch and purchased by Melissa Fischer, Sioux Falls, SD, was the high-selling Select 2-Year-Old at $88,500. In training with Boyd Rice, the Woody Be Tuff son is a full brother to NCHA Futurity finalists CR Tuff Digs Lucinda LTE $71,133 and CR Tuff Diggin Cat LTE $39,969.

CR Swiss Be Tuff, by Woody Be Tuff, brought $75,000, the second-highest price of for a 2-year-old. A half-brother to Dual Cat Pepto LTE $149,633, in training with his consignor, J.D. Garrett, CR Swiss Be Tuff sold to Susan Steward, Las Vegas, Nev.

Top seller at $91,000 was Arosesuchaclatter.

Consigned by Fazenda Barrinha Corporation and purchased by Bob Day, agent, Buffalo, Wyo., Arosesuchaclatter LTE $324,707 was the day’s high seller at $91,000. The 16-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter has produced the earners of over $200,000 and sold with a foal in utero by Hickory Holly Time.

The 2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales continue through Saturday, October 24. For full catalog and results go to westernbloodstock.com

Smart Mate 1990 – 2020

October 22nd, 2020
Smart Mate, ridden by Pat Fitzgerald. Teresa Jett photo.

Smart Mate, the 1990 Smart Little Lena stallion owned by Pat Fitzgerald, Paoli, Okla., was euthanized on October 14, 2020, due to infirmities of old age. Through September 2020, Smart Mate had sired 396 NCHA money earners of $8,027,441.

Bred by Sandra Sims, Fullerton, Calif., and owned as a colt by Grant Finley, Theodosia, Mo., Smart Mate, was out of the Freckles Playboy daughter Freckles Playmate. Fitzgerald acquired Smart Mate in September 1996, won the Southern Futurity 5/6 Open Classic with him that year, and placed as an Open finalist in the Abilene Western and El Cid Futurity, as well. Shown at five by Dean Smith and also at six by Kobie Wood, Smart Mate was retired with NCHA lifetime earnings of $47,265.

Fitzgerald had also stood Doc Quixote and Doc’s Hickory, two of that era’s leading sires, and it was foals out of daughters of those two stallions who would produce many of Smart Mate’s leading money earners. Nutn Buta Houndog, from Smart Mate’s second full crop (1999), and also his top money earner, with $261,583, was out of the Doc Quixote daughter Liza Quixote. From twelve earners of $100,000 or more, four of Smart Mate’s leading money earners were out of Doc Quixote daughters; three were Doc’s Hickory daughters; and one was a Doc’s Hickory granddaughter.

Smart Mate’s first NCHA Futurity finalist, Belle Mate, came from his first full crop (foals of 1998), and was out of Santa Belle, by Doc’s Hickory. Mates Irish Rose, the earner of $156,124, and a 2000 Smart Mate daughter out of Hickory Badger Ina, by Doc’s Hickory, became a noted producer of seven NCHA earners of $596,357, including Arosesuchaclatter LTE $323,079. Arosesuchaclatter, in turn, has become one of many outstanding producers who carry on Smart Mate’s legacy.

2020 PCCHA Amateur champions

October 11th, 2020

Jaco Messenger wins PCCHA Amateur Cutting Stakes

Jaco Messenger and Sneakinarountheboon scored 219.5 points to win the 2020 Amateur Cutting Stakes championship and $9,500 at the 2020 PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity, on October 10, in Las Vegas. Marcos Chocron-Arocha and Looks Like Foxie scored 219 points for the reserve championship and $7,500.

Jaco Messenger, Woodward, Okla., the NCHA earner of $12,261, also won the PCCHA Amateur Intermediate Stakes and $5,323, as well as the Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Amateur championship in September, on Sneakinarountheboon.

Owned by Mark Messenger, Woodward, Okla., and bred by Durango Performance Horses, Sneakinarountheboon LTE $18,670, by Once In A Blu Boon, is out of Smooth Sneakin LTE $73,716, by Smooth As A Cat. Winner of the 2012 South Point Non-Pro Derby with Dustin Adams, Smooth Sneakin, has produced three earners of $104,030, including Sneakish LTE $74,380, winner of the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited with Ali Good.

Marcos Chocron-Arocha, Doral, Fla., the NCHA earner of $9,008, won the West Texas Futurity 4-year-old Amateur Limited riding Looks Like Foxie this past August. The pair placed third in the Brazos Bash Amateur Derby this September, as well.

Bred by Glade Knight, Weatherford, Tex., Looks Like Foxie LTE $16,490, by Dual Smart Rey, is out of Foxie Cat LTE $72,034, by That Sly Cat. Foxie Cat was an Open finalist in eight major aged events, including the Cattlemen’s Derby and the Brazos Bash, with John Mitchell.

Ravi Tumber scores 223 for PCCHA win

Ravi Tumber and Steel Betty scored 223 points to win the Amateur 5/6 Classic Challenge championship and $8,500. Corrie Rousey, riding Dual Prime Time, scored 219.5 points to earn the reserve championship and $7,250.

Ravi Tumber, Winters, Calif., the NCHA earner of $44,689, also won both the 2020 and 2019 Pacific Coast Futurity Amateur Intermediate divisions riding Steel Betty LTE $99,336. Earlier this fall, the 6-year-old Metallic Cat daughter also won the 5/6-year-old El Rancho Classic Open and the Utah Classic with Monty Buntin.

Bred by Linda Holmes, Longmont, Colo., Steel Betty is out of out of the Stylish Rey daughter Betty Greyble LTE $50,156, who was a Breeders Invitational Open finalist with Lloyd Cox and a Western States Non Pro champion under Holmes. Betty Greyble has produced three earners of $136,682, including Princess Betty Rey LTE $31,586, by One Time Royalty.

Corrie Rousey, Weatherford, Tex., the NCHA earner of $135,568, won the Augusta Classic Amateur and Amateur Intermediate earlier this year with Dual Prime Time, and has been a 2020 Amateur finalist in the NCHA Classic Challenge, the Brazos Bash and the West Texas Futurity on both Dual Prime Time and Sweet Memoreyz LTE $39,703, by Kit Kat Sugar.

Dual Prime Time LTE $145,064, a 6-year-old gelding by Dual Rey, was bred by Jerry Durant, Weatherford, Tex., out of Prime Time Kat LTE $127,428, who was an Open finalist in the NCHA Derby and NCHA Super Stakes Classic with Clint Allen. Prime Time Kat has produced five earners of $269,228, including Sweet Lil Prime Time LTE $92,342, by Sweet Lil Pepto.

Sherry Stryker claims PCCHA Amateur Futurity

Sherry Stryker, riding Kit Kat Kangaroo, scored 218 points to win $5,000 and the Futurity Amateur championship. Stephen Terrell, showing Shades Of Metal, scored 217 points for the reserve championship and $4,000.

The NCHA earner of $22,178, Sherry Stryker, Loomis, Calif., also won the 2020 PCCHA Amateur Limited on Kit Kat Kangaroo, and placed third  in the 2019 PCCHA Amateur Limited Classic Challenge aboard SDP Gene Marker LTE $32,721, by Hydrive Cat.

Kit Kat Kangaroo LTE $27,546, by Kit Kat Sugar, was bred by Mel Turner, Millsap, Tex., out of the Smart Lena Boon daughter My Other Toys A Car LTE $116,300, dam of nine earners of $320,454, including the Metallic Cat geldings Crispy Kreme LTE $133,536 and Cheap Son Glasses LTE $67,831.

Kit Kat Kangaroo won the Cascades Open Futurity and was a PCCHA Futurity Open finalist under Monty Buntin.

Stephen Terrell, Phoenix, Ariz., the NCHA earner of $82,453, also won the 2020 Amateur Intermediate division, and was Amateur reserve champion of the 2017 PCCHA Derby Classic Challenge riding Wild Little Hughes LTE $29,225, by Thomas E Hughes.

Shades Of Metal LTE $9,449, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by KKR Revocable Trust of Scottsdale, Ariz., was bred by Tom and Hilary Watson, Overland Park, Kan., and is the first performer out of Shady Lil CD LTE $139,748, by High Brow CD. Shades Of Metal was reserve champion of both the Amateur and Amateur Intermediate divisions of the Pacific Coast Futurity.

Constance Jaeggi claims second 2020 PCCHA Futurity championship

October 11th, 2020

Constance Jaeggi and Ricky Tricky Cat scored 221.5 points to win $8,800 and the 5/6-year-old Non-Pro championship at the 2020 PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity, on October 10, in Las Vegas. Cody Hedlund and Teles One Time scored 220 points for the reserve championship and $7,300.

Constance Jaeggi, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $727,160, and 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion, also won the 4-year-old Non-Pro championship at this show on Dual Clay LTE $88,737.

Owned by J Five Horse Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., Ricky Tricky Cat LTE $56,623, a 6-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat, was bred by Darren Blanton, Dallas, Tex., out of Smart Lil Ricochet daughter Ricochets Chick, the dam of five earners of $149,299, including Indian Rick LTE $51,160.

Ricky Tricky Cat and Jaeggi were Non-Pro reserve champions of last year’s PCCHA Derby, and Ricky Tricky Cat has won past Open Novice titles with Grant Setnicka.

Cody Hedlund is the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,074,318. Teles One Time LTE $123,206, bred by Bill Goddard, is owned by Cody’s parents Rock & Landy Hedlund, Acampo, Calif. The 6-year-old gelding, by One Time Royalty, is out of Teles Lies LTE $93,206. Teles Lies was a PCCHA Open finalist in 2002, 2003, and 2004 under Rock Hedlund, and has produced seven earners of $891,846, including Meteles Cat LTE $433,565, shown by Rock and Cody, and  Teles Bout This Cat LTE $230,047, shown by Cody.

Teles One Time and Cody Hedlund  won the 2019 Ike Hamilton Futurity Non-Pro 5/6 Classic, and have been Non-Pro finalists in four NCHA Triple Crown events.

Constance Jaeggi claims PCCHA Cutting Stakes Non-Pro championship

October 8th, 2020

Constance Jaeggi and Dual Clay scored 222 points to win the 2020 PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity Non-Pro Cutting Stakes and $9,113 on October 8, in Las Vegas. Cody Hedlund and Luv The Way U Lie posted 219 points for reserve and $7,500, while Kathleen Moore and KR Isadorable earned third place and $6,0000 with 218 points.

This was the second win and seventh 4-year-old finals performance for Dual Clay LTE $88,737, owned by J Five Horse Ranch of Weatherford, Tex. The Dual Rey daughter, bred by Rick Beck, Hemet, Calif., won the Open championship with Grant Setnicka at last month’s Brazos Bash, and placed fourth with him in the Open Cutting Stakes at this show. She was also Open reserve champion of the Idaho Futurity. Her dam, Play Like Clay, by Freckles Playboy,  was an Open finalist at the NCHA Futurity and Super Stakes under Lindy Burch, and has produced seven earners of $207,800, including Metallic Player LTE $76,291, fourth-placed Open finalist in the 2014 PCCHA 3-Year-Old Futurity with Phil Hanson and Who Dat Kitty LTE $29,608, 2014 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited champion with Taylor Carbo.

Constance Jaeggi, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $727,160, was NCHA Non-Pro World Champion riding 2014 Non-Pro Horse of the Year Saguaro Ichi, and was owner of 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Ichis My Choice, also shown by Setnicka.

Cody Hedlund, Acampo, Calif., the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,074,318, bred Luv The Way U Lie LTE $36,731, by Once In A Blu Boon, out of Teles Bout This Cat LTE $230,047. Teles Bout This Cat won the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship with Hedlund in 2011, and has produced four earners of $180,706, including Iggy Reyzalea LTE $86,242 and Wood Ya Teles LTE $56,233, who Hedlund showed to win last year’s 4-Year-Old Non-Pro championships in the Ike Hamilton and West Texas Futurities, and to claim the PCCHA Cutting Stakes Non-Pro reserve championship.

Prior to the 2020 PCCHA Stakes, Hedlund and Luv The Way U Lie were NCHA Futurity and Derby Non-Pro finalists, and placed third in the West Texas Derby.

Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., the NCHA earner of $652,758, won the 2020 West Texas Futurity Classic on Summer Time Fun LTE $137,242, who James Payne showed as Open champion of the 2019 NCHA Derby.

KR Isadorable LTE $52,916, by Hottish, was bred by James Karhan, Blanco, Tex., and purchased by Moore as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. She is a full sister to Just Getting Started LTE $164,977, and one of three NCHA money earners of $284,120 out of KR Isadora Dual LTE $146,164, the 2012 NCHA Open Super Stakes champion under Clay Johnson.

KR Isadorable won the 2020 Open Cotton Stakes with Lloyd Cox and was a finalist at the NCHA Futurity and five other major events with Cox as well.

The PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity continues through Oct. 10.