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PG Heavily Armed for Open Classic Challenge

July 16th, 2018

PG Heavily Armed, ridden by James Payne. Hart Photography.

July 16, Fort Worth, Tex.
PG Heavily Armed, under James Payne, scored 224 points on Monday to tie Sunday’s high-scoring horse, Copperish, ridden by Lloyd Cox, for the top score in the first go-round of the NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge. PG Heavily Armed, sired by Playgun, is owned by Michael and Brenda Armstrong, Marietta, Okla.

James Payne also scored 219 points aboard The Golden Shot, sired by WR This Cats Smart and owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., to qualify for Tuesday’s Classic Challenge second go-round, where 85 horses with first-round scores of 215 or higher will vie for entry into the Classic Challenge Open Finals on Saturday, July 21.

Reyning Cats, shown by Russ Westfall for Jerry and Suzanne Rava, Paso Robles, Calif., scored 223 points on Monday to claim second place in the first go-round, while Mistresssis, Rey To Sly, and Second Spot each earned 222 points, the first round’s fourth highest score.

Six-year-old PG Heavily Armed LTE $168,097 was a 2108 finalist with Payne in the NCHA Super Stakes 5/6 Classic, as well as the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Classic and The Non-Pro 5/6 Classic. His dam, Not Quite An Acre LTE $153,256, by Bob Acre Doc, was the 1997 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and has produced four NCHA earners of $264,553.

Bred by Jimmy Kemp, five-year-old Reyning Cats LTE $61,305, by Dual Rey, made her debut as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist and qualified for the finals of four 2017 Open limited age events, including the NCHA Derby (7th), the Pacific Coast Derby (6th), and the El Rancho Derby (3rd).

Five-year-old Mistresssis LTE $178,125, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses, Weatherford, Tex., placed fourth in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open under Grant Setnicka, who also showed her as a finalist in 2017 events. Matt Miller, Mistresssis’ Summer Spectacular rider, took up her reins to place in the 2017 Cotton Stakes Open (6th) and to win the 2018 Pacific Coast Derby 5/6 Classic.

Bred by Singleton Ranches out of the 2006 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open champion Smart Crackin Chic, by Smart Chic Olena, Mistresssis is a full sister to Metallic Mistress LTE $162,527, also owned by Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses shown by Matt Miller to qualify with 220.5 points for the second go-round of the Classic Challenge.

Six-year-old Rey To Sly LTE $90,126, sired by That Sly Cat and owned by the Holmes/Hill Partnership, Glen Rose, Tex., placed fifth in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Open under Jaime Snyder, who also showed her as a finalist in four 2016 limited age events. Adan Banuelos, her rider in the Summer Spectacular, also placed with her in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open finals. Out of A Little Reylena LTE $126,058, by Dual Rey, Rey To Sly is a half-sister to 2017 NCHA Futurity champion Dual Reyish LTE $310,003, by Hottish, as well as Hay U LTE $199,264, by Third Cutting.

Adan Banuelos was also a top qualifier for the second go-round with 221 points on Kattalyst, by Metallic Cat, owned by Ten/27 Ranch, Denham Springs, La., and qualified with 218 points on B Nimble, sired by Dual Smart Rey and owned by SMF Cutting Horses, as well as with 216.5 points on Under The Reydar, sired by Halreycious and owned by Plantation Farms, Denham Springs, La.

Second Spot LTE $274,803, a 5-year-old mare sired by Spots Hot, won the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open with Matt Gaines and has been shown since the fall of 2017 by Lloyd Cox, who placed as reserve champion with her in the 2017 Cotton Stakes 4-Year-Old Open. Bred and owned by Gary and Shannon Barker, Madill, Okla., Second Spot is out of Reycey Moon LTE $209,363, a three-quarter sister to Pedel To The Metall LTE $188,402, by Metallic Cat.

Lloyd Cox also scored 224 points showing Copperish, by Metallic Cat, on Monday to top first go-round competition and tie with PG Heavily Armed. Cox also qualified for the second round with 215.5 points aboard Smart Alice Louise, owned by John McClaren, McGregor, Tex.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.



Copperish shone on first day of NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular

July 15th, 2018

Lloyd Cox on Copperish. Hart Photography.

July 15, Fort Worth, Tex.
Copperish, under Lloyd Cox for Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla., scored 224 points on Sunday, July 15, to top the first day of 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Classic Challenge first go-round competition. Moms Stylish Player, with 222.5 points, earned the second highest score under Kenny Platt for Robert Tregemba, Lawrence, Kan., and Stevie Rey Von scored 222 points with Beau Galyean for Fults Ranch.

Five-year-old Metallic Merry LTE $106,329, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by Cara Brewer for Jim Haworth, scored 221.5 points, while 6-year-old Kattalyst LTE $150,228, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by Adan Banuelos for Ten/27 Ranch, marked 221 points.

Copperish LTE $158,119, launched her 5-year-old season in the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Open, shown by Cox to tie for the championship with CR WRS Royal Tee. It was the Metallic Cat daughter’s third major career win. Bred by Double Dove Ranch, out of Stylish Play Lena, by Docs Stylish Oak, Copperish is half-sister to  the earners of $1,748,054, including Pepto Boom LTE $296,183; NCHA Horse of the Year Smooth Talkin Style LTE $293,232; and Halreycious LTE $227,459.

Six-year-old gelding Moms Stylish Player LTE $317,508 won both the NCHA Super Stakes and the NCHA Derby with Platt at four and added the Breeders Invitational Classic and Bonanza Classic open championships in 2017. Sired by Lizzys Gotta Player and bred by Drummond Land and Cattle, Moms Stylish Player added this year’s NCHA Western Nationals Open championship to this year’s list of accomplishments with Platt, as well as a third in the Pacific Coast Derby 5/6 Open.

Stevie Rey Von LTE $396,472, winner of the 2015 NCHA Open Futurity, has claimed two open championships, the NCHA Super Stakes Classic and the Cattlemen’s Classic, this year with Beau Galyean. The 8-year-old son of Metallic Cat is a full brother to Purple Reyn LTE $356,632, 2015 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com

Leaders lead in Calgary

July 6th, 2018

Hashtags, ridden by Tatum Rice. James Hudyma photo.

Both divisions of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Calgary Stampede went to the current leader in the NCHA World Standings. Hashtags, ridden by Tatum Rice in the Open and Elizabeth Quirk on Kattalyst in the Non-Pro each won by big margins.

Hall of Fame Rider Rice and Hashtags marked 228 to win over Brent Erickson and Spookys Catchin Reys with 221.

Hashtags, who won four major limited age events last year, has already won at the Breeders Invitational and The Bonanza in 2018. He brought a lead of $12,000 in the World Standings to Calgary where he picked up another $9,600.

The 5-year-old stallion is by Metallic Cat out of Dual Rey Tag, a daughter of NCHA Super Stakes champion Playin Tag. Hashtags was bred by Jim Haworth and is owned by Hashtag Ventures of Weatherford, Texas. He has earned more than $350,000.

In second place, Spookys Catchin Reys was ridden by Brent Erickson for Jeff Barnes of Wilton, California. The 7-year-old mare was bred by Iron Rose Ranch by Dual Rey, out of Spookys Cash, a mare that Barnes bred and rode to take the reserve championship in the 2003 Non-Pro Super Stakes.

Elizabeth Quirk on Kattalyst. James Hudyma photo.

In the Non-Pro division, Elizabeth Quirk of Denham Springs, Louisiana, set a record by becoming the first Non-Pro to win three consecutive Mercuria NCHA World Series titles.

In Calgary, she marked 227 to win on Kattalyst, with Kylie Rice taking second on Snap Crackle Cat with a 222.

Previously, Quirk had ridden Cat Sheree to be co-champion (with Bill Cowan) at The Mane Event, and tri-champion (with Cowan and Jill Roth) at the Pacific Coast Derby. Only two other Non-Pros, Elizabeth Queen in 2009 and Dan Hansen in 2011, had won three Mercurias in a single year, but their triples were not in consecutive events. Among Open competitors, Phil Rapp and Dont Look Twice strung together three Mercurias in a row in 2012, as did Matt Gaines and Special Nu Baby in 2015.

Quirk, who entered the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame last year, is currently leading the NCHA Non-Pro World Standings. She was NCHA Senior Youth World Champion in 2007.

Kattalyst is a 6-year-old mare bred by Alvin and Becky Fults by Metallic Cat out of Hottness. Adan Banuelos showed Kattalyst to a reserve championship in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic this spring, while Quirk was also a Non-Pro finalist with the mare at that event. Kattalyst is a direct descendant of NCHA Derby champion Shesa Playmate and NCHA Futurity champion Lenaette.

Snap Crackle Cat is a 9-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat out of Dualsnap.

Lightning strikes at Western Nationals

June 30th, 2018
RM Lightning Merada

$25,000 Novice Non-Pro champion RM Lightning Merada, ridden by Paula Platt.
Ted Petit photos.

RM Lightning Merada, ridden by Paula Platt marked 218.5 to take the final championship of the NCHA Western Nationals Saturday, in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro division. Coooter Brown, ridden by Denise Cox, was reserve champion with a 217.5, while Disco Barbie, ridden by Mandy Kirchner, placed third with a 217.

Platt won last year’s Idaho Classic Amateur Gelding title with RM Lightning Merada, and she was an Amateur finalist with him at this year’s NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

The 6-year-old gelding was bred by Reed McClymont by Cats Merada out of Choice Jewels, bu SR Instant Choice. Choice Jewels has produced earners of more than a quarter-million dollars, led by Fancy Hughes, a Thomas E Hughes mare which Kenny Platt rode to win the Brazos Bash and Idaho Futurity in 2014.

Kenny Platt showed RM Lightning Merada to a string of Open limited age event finals, including the Pacific Coast Derby and Idaho Derby as well as Open and Novice finals at past NCHA Western Nationals. McKenzie McBride won the $2,000 Limited Rider champion with the gelding at last year’s NCHA Denver Nationals.

Paula Platt, of Fort Lupton, Colorado, has earned more than $55,000 in her 20 years as an NCHA member.  Her biggest previous win was in the 2008 Rocky Mountain Classic, where she was Non-Pro champion on Freckles Dual Rey.

Coooter Brown

$25,000 Novice Non-Pro reserve champion Coooter Brown, ridden by Denise Cox.
Ted Petit photo.

Reserve champion Coooter Brown is a 6-year-old gelding bred by Gordon Sevig by Dualin Puddy Tap out of GS Kittys Littlelena, a half-sister to $211,000 earner GS Counting On Kitty.

Coooter Brown’s third dam, Cats Full Measure, won the 1999 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity with Phil Rapp, and Rapp bought Coooter Brown for $4,000 at the 2013 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. Phil and Mary Ann Rapp won some 4-year-old money with the horse.

Lawson Hadlock has shown Coooter Brown for Denise Cox, including a reserve championship at the Utah Derby.

In all, Coooter Brown has won over $75,000 with his latest paycheck.

Cox, of Ogden, Utah, has career earnings of more than $91,000. She won the $35,000 Non-Pro at the NCHA Western Nationals with Hillbilly Handfishin, another former Rapp horse.

In third, Mandy Kirchner of Clarinda, Iowa, marked 217 on Disco Barbie. The 6-year-old mare by Little Disco Tucker, was bred by Phil Langstraat out of Stylin Barbie,  a mare that won the 2002 All American Quarter Horse Congress Classic. Disco Barbie was an NCHA Classic Challenge Limited Non-Pro finalist with Kirchner last year.

Kirchner, who won the $2,000 Limited Rider championship at the 2005 NCHA Western Nationals, has also won multiple Non-Pro championships at the Iowa Futurity and the CHA of Nebraska Futurity.


Carson Pearson wins $5,000 Novice-Non-Pro title

June 30th, 2018
White Leg

$5,000 Novice Non-Pro champion White Leg, ridden by Carson Pearson.
Ted Petit photos.

Carson Pearson, riding White Leg, by Dual Smart Rey, scored 219.5 points on Saturday to win the $5,000 Novice-Non-Pro championship. Glenn Barlow, Gillette, Wyo., claimed reserve with 218.5 points on Ferrarey, while Jim Short, Fulshear, Tex., and Duce Barlow, Gillette, Wyo., tied for third with 218 points riding Exackta and Mr Connerey, respectively.

Carson Pearson, Spearman, Tex., was a finalist riding Neverey, by Dual Rey, in last year’s $25,000 Novice Non-Pro and $5,000 Novice Non-Pro at the NCHA Denver Nationals, where his father, Mark Pearson, showed White Leg as reserve champion of the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro.

This was the first major win for Pearson, the NCHA earner of $38,870, who also placed as a finalist on White Leg in the $25,000 Novice-Non-Pro division on Saturday. White Leg LTE $28,769, by Dual Smart Rey, is owned by Carson’s grandfather, Dan Pearson.


$5,000 Novice Non-Pro reserve champion Ferrarey, ridden by Glenn Barlow.
Ted Petit photo.

In the past three and a half  years, Glenn Barlow, the NCHA earner of $417,316, has won 11 limited age event finals, in addition to numerous non-working finals. His largest single paycheck came as a 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist aboard Mr Connerey, who Duce Barlow, his son, showed to tie Jim Short for third in the $5,000 Novice-Non-Pro division.

Six-year-old Ferrarey, by Dual Rey, was bred by Barlow Livestock and carried Barlow to win the 2018 Breeders Invitational Amateur Unlimited championship, as well as the finals of the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro, Non-Pro Limited, and Amateur divisions.

Ferrarey and 9-year-old Mr Connerey are full siblings out of Cats Good Intentions LTE $106,229. Glenn Barlow also showed Mr. Connerey to win the 2015 Breeders Invitational Unlimited Amateur, as well as place third in the NCHA Classic Challenge Unlimited Amateur, and fourth in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur.

Duce Barlow, the NCHA earner of $31,761, showed Ferrarey earlier this year to place (8th) in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Jim Short, the NCHA earner of $305,227, was a 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur finalist on Exackta, as well as a 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur finalist on Call Me What U Want. He also showed Exackta as a finalist this week in the Western Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro division.

Five-year-old Exackta, by Boon A Little, is the NCHA earner of $39,150, and a full sister to Steve Earl LTE $71,384, shown by Short as 2013 Brazos Bash Unlimited Amateur champion.

Ali Good delivers 223-point win

June 30th, 2018
Ali Good

Non-Pro champion Ali Good on Cat Atat Cat. Ted Petit photos.

Ali Good and Cat Atat Cat scored 223 points on Saturday, the last day of 2017 NCHA Western Nationals competition, to win the Non-Pro championship. Gary Barker, Madill, Okla., claimed the reserve title with 219 points aboard Flash About, while Stacey Johnson, Duluth, Minn., placed third with 217 points on Short N Smooth.

Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited on Hottish-sired Sneakish, who she also showed as a finalist (17/23) in the Western Nationals Non-Pro finals. But it was 8-year-old Cat Atat Cat, by High Brow Cat, who carried Good to win this year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro championship, as well as the Eastern National Senior Youth division. Good, with NCHA career earnings of $59,186, earned her first winner’s trophy when she was 11, as NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth champion aboard Cees Little Poo, by SR Instant Choice.

Cat Atat Cat, the NCHA earner of $94,318, was reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge Open with Bill Riddle, Good’s grandfather, who also showed Cat Atat Cat’s dam, Miss Stylish Pepto, to earn $216,005.

Gary Barker

Non-Pro reserve champion Gary Barker on Flash About. Ted Petit photo.

For Gary Barker, the NCHA earner of $581,484, his win on 9-year-old Flash About LTE $241,011, by Purdy Boy Flash, in the 2015 NCHA Winter Showdown Unlimited Amateur counts as one of his biggest paydays. The next biggest would be his 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur win on Smooth Nu Cat, by Smooth As A Cat. Barker showed both horses in the NCHA Western Nationals Non-Pro finals to finish second and eighth, respectively, and also showed Special Nu Cat as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro division finals.

Stacey Johnson, the NCHA earner of $65,906, also showed 10-year-old Short N Smooth LTE $296,625, by Smooth As A Cat, earlier in the week, as a finalist (7th) in the $35,000 Non-Pro finals of the NCHA Western Nationals, where she placed (9th) with MK CD High Roller, as well.

Tyler Delange wins $35,000 Non-Pro title

June 29th, 2018

$35,000 Non-Pro champion Tyler Delange on Louis The Cat. Ted Petit photos.

Tyler Delange, Fort Gratiot, Mich., showed Louis The Cat to a definitive 224-point win in the NCHA Western Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro finals in Denver, on June 28. Israel Valles, Mesilla Park, NM, scored 219 points for the reserve championship, and Dannica Percevich, Belle Fourche, SD, placed third with 218.5 points.

Tyler Delange, the NCHA earner of $82,336, and Louis The Cat placed first in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro division and second in the same division of this year’s Eastern Nationals. Owned by Amy and Mike Delange and Rick Dubay, Fort Gratiot, Mich., Louis The Cat also scored 222 points on Sunday, June 24, to win the NCHA Western Nationals $25,000 Novice division under Casey Crouch.

Nine-year-old Louis The Cat LTE $217,558, by High Brow Cat, is a full brother to Louellas Cat LTE $302,483 and Cattalou LTE $295,057, as well as half-brother to Movin Downtown LTE $334,523. The siblings’ dam, Louella Again, by Dual Pep, is a leading producer, with 13 NCHA earners of $1,478,776.

Israel Valles

Reserve champion Israel Valles on Smokem Jo Lena. Ted Petit photo.

Israel Valles and Smokem Jo Lena won last year’s NCHA Scottsdale Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro. Valles was a $2,000 Limited Rider finalist in the 2015 NCHA World Finals on Justa Cat Sprat and a $15,000 Amateur finalist in 2017 on Smokem Jo Lena. A 10-year-old gelding sired by Joes Midnight Son, Smokem Jo Lena is the NCHA earner of $64,651. Israel Valles is the earner of $34,793.

Dannica Percevich, the NCHA earner of $31,204, won last year’s NCHA Denver Nationals $50,000 Amateur championship and was reserve champion in the $15,000 Amateur aboard Imasmoothlittlecat, by Smooth As A Cat. Earlier this week, Todd Adolf showed Percevich ‘s mount, 9-year-old Wild Haired Lilly, by Wild Haired Cat, as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice division. Wild Haired Lilly is the NCHA earner of $49,564.