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Stylish Look Bella sweeps The Mane Event

February 18th, 2018

Morgan Cromer on Stylish Look Bella. Midge Ames photos.

Stylish Look Bella and NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Morgan Cromer marked 225 as the final contestants to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Saturday at The Mane Event, South Point Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the Non-Pro division, Hall of Famers Bill Cowan and Elizabeth Quirk shared the spoils with 218s on Billies Catty and Cat Sheree, respectively.

Stylish Look Bella’s only previous Mercuria finals was in the Non-Pro at El Rancho last fall, ridden by Tracey Woodward, daughter of owners Marvin and Paulette Teixeira of Los Alamos, California. It was Cromer’s third Mercuria victory. She previously scored with Lizzys Gotta Babe at El Rancho and Woodys Wildest Cat at the Las Vegas aged event, both in 2014.

Bred by Bishop Ranch, Stylish Look Bella is a 6-year-old mare by Dual Smart Rey out of Stylishious, by Docs Stylish Oak. Her family produced NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity reserve champion Love M N Lena.

Stylish Look Bella sold for $2,900 as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales, and she earned some reined cowhorse money herself early in her career. In her cutting campaign, she has now made more than $98,000, as an Open finalist with Cromer at the Pacific Coast Futurity and Classic, Pacific Coast Winter Roundup, Pacific Coast Derby and Idaho Classic. Tracey Woodward has won a good chunk of money with her in rider classes, including the $100,000 Amateur and Unlimited Amateur championships at El Rancho.

Mercuria NCHA World Series Mane Event Open Finals

225.0   Stylish Look Bella Morgan Cromer Marvin & Paulette Teixeira $10,568
222.0   Reysin Autumn Andrew Coates Coyote Rock Ranch $8,426
217.0   Hes A Smart Guy Chris Hanson Charles Burger $6,284
216.0   Dream Little Sue Chubby Turner Chubby & Ginger Turner $4,142
214.0   Hashtags Tatum Rice Hashtag Ventures $2,000
212.0   Notsharonmylizzy Adan Banuelos Tim & Melissa Drummond $2,000
207.0   Smartys Man Tom Diaz Emily Jones $2,000
0.0   Fancy Rey Chris Hanson Charles Burger $2,000

Bill Cowan on Billies Catty.

In the Non-Pro division, Bill Cowan of Ardmore, Oklahoma marked 218 on his homebred 7-year-old mare Billies Catty in his first shot at a Mercuria paycheck.

Billies Catty is by Catty Hawk, which Cowan rode to win the Limited Non-Pro championship at the 2008 NCHA Futurity, out of Little Bonnie Blue a Mecom Blue mare that was Limited Open reserve champion at the 2007 NCHA Futurity with Ryon Emerton.

Cowan showed Billies Catty in the Non-Pro finals of all the NCHA Triple Crown events, and won the Breeders Invitational Classic with her last year. With The Mane Event check for $9,642, Billies Catty has now earned more than $165,000.

Elizabeth Quirk on Cat Sheree.

Sharing the Non-Pro win was Elizabeth Quirk of Denham Springs, Louisiana on Cat Sheree. Quirk, had previously been in four Mercuria finals, including one with Cat Sheree.

Cat Sheree was bred by Bill Paxton by High Brow CD out of Nurse Sheree, a Peptoboonsmal mare from the family of  $34 million sire Dual Rey. The 8-year-old mare got a jump start on her cutting horse career when Wayne Robinson won the Limited Open championship with her at the 2013 NCHA Futurity. She went on to win Open and Novice titles at the NCHA Eastern Nationals with Austin Shepard, and take a string of Open aged event checks with Shepard and with Sean Flynn.

Meanwhile, Quirk picked up Non-Pro money with the mare at the NCHA Classic Challenge and Breeders Invitational. Cat Sheree has now earned more than $174,000.

Mercuria NCHA World Series Mane Event Non-Pro Finals

218.0   Billies Catty Bill Cowan Cowan Ranch $9,642
218.0   Cat Sheree Elizabeth Quirk Ten 27 Ranch $9,642
217.5   Hay U Kade Smith Kade & Emily Smith $6,367
213.0   Light N Lily Kaitlyn Larsen Kaitlyn Larsen $4,183
208.0   Spookys Catchin Reys Jeff Barnes Jeff & Kay Barnes $2,000
193.0   Some Smooth Cat Kate Banuelos Kate Banuelos $2,000
185.0   Little Pepto Cat Mary Jo Milner Jim & Mary Jo Milner $2,000
180.0   Dont Stopp Believin Mary Ann Rapp Phil & Mary Ann Rapp $2,000

Bonanza for Paula Wood and Elizabeth Queen

February 17th, 2018

Paula Wood.

Paula Wood and Cool N Hot scorched competition on Thursday, with 221 points in the 2018 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Finals. Just three days earlier, Cool N Hot and Kobie Wood, Paula’s husband, had claimed the Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open Finals, for a rare double championship.

Paula Wood’s Bonanza winnings of $13,411 boosted Cool N Hot’s career earnings to $100,450 and places him firmly in the ranks of leading 4-year-old money earners. Sired by Hottish and bred by Paula Wood, Cool N Hot is out of Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, dam of the earners of more than $760,000, including Donas Suen Boon LTE $420,965.

Lance Cooper scored 216.5 points to earn the reserve championship and $10,728 on Zen And Tonic LTE $60,671. Cooper and Zen And Tonic, by High Brow CD, won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Ltd. Non-Pro championship, as well as the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro championship

Megan Miller and Carolena Reyn, by Dual Smart Rey, placed third with 215 points. Carolena Reyn is out of Carolena Moon and half-sister to A Smooth Criminal LTE $134,686, as well as a  three-quarter sister to Reylena Moon LTE $118,075, and Stylish Swagger LTE $177,833.

Elizabeth Queen

Elizabeth Queen.

Elizabeth Queen scored 221.5 points on Nighttiming, by One Time Pepto, to win the championship of the Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Classic. Queen and Nighttiming LTE $56,003 won the 2017 Southern 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurity, and Skip Queen, Nighttiming’s trainer and Elizabeth’s husband, showed the horse as a finalist in the 2018 Bonanza Classic Open.

Three riders split third through fifth place with 216 points: Blakley Colgrove on Sparklin Dual Shorty, by Dual R Smokin; Alexa Stent on Bowmerang, by High Brow Cat; and Ty Moore on Smooth XTC, bu Smooth As A Cat.

For complete results go to: nchabonanza.com.



Cool N Hot scores hot win

February 13th, 2018

Kobie Wood.

Cool N Hot and rider Kobie Wood turned up the heat on Monday, February 12, with a 222-point win worth $34,570, in the 28-horse Bonanza 4-Year-Old Finals. Cheshire Cat and Beau Galyean claimed reserve and $27,656 with 218.5 points, while Catillac Reys and Adan Banuelos took third and $24,199 with 218 points.

Cool N Hot is owned by his breeder and Wood’s wife, Paula, who showed the Hottish-sired colt to place fifth in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals. Paula Wood also showed Cool N Hot’s dam, Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, to win the 2007 Bonanza Non-Pro Classic and the 2006 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals.

Cool N Hot, with up-to-date earnings of $84,853, is a half-brother to Donas Suen Boon LTE $420,965, by Boon Too Suen, and to Cool Cat Dual Rey LTE $190,475, by Dual Rey, both bred and shown by Paula and trained and shown by Kobie.

Cheshire Cat , owned by Jeffrey Neidhart and bred by Karen Freeman, earned his first limited age paycheck in the Bonanza. The High Brow Cat son is out of Autumn Boon LTE $244,470, the dam of NCHA earners of over $1.7 million.

Cattilac Reys, owned by Ten/27 Ranch and bred by Michelle Cannon , was The Ike Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion most recently with Elizabeth Queen. The Metallic Cat son is the career earner of $47,792.

For complete results and live action from the Bonanza, go to: nchabonanza.com/schedule.html.


Hashtags posts impressive win

February 11th, 2018

Tatum Rice.

Hashtags, cutting’s number one 4-year-old money earner in 2017, earned $20,870 and his first major win of 2018 with 223 points on Saturday, in the Bonanza 5/6 Classic. Ridden by Tatum Rice, the blue roan stallion, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Hashtag Ventures, was also a recent finalist in the Abilene Spectacular Classic and the Augusta Futurity Classic, and has lifetime earnings of $288,609.

Cattys Hope, also a top ranked (number 4) 4-year-old money earner in 2017, scored 222 points for reserve under Michael Cooper. The 5-year-old daughter of Catty Hawk, owned by Rose Valley Ranch, earned $16,696 and has lifetime earnings of $228,063.

Under The Reydar, shown by Adan Banuelos for Plantation Farms, placed third with 221.5 points. The 6-year-old Halreycious-sired gelding earned $14,557 and has lifetime earnings of $75,557. He is out of Twice As Reycy LTE $194,141, the dam of six NCHA money earners of $544,973.

Banuelos also showed the 6-year-old Dual Smart Rey gelding B Nimble LTE $56,673, owned by SMF Cutting Horses, as well as the 5-year-old Lizzys Gotta Player daughter My Stylish Babe LTE $5,500, owned by Tim and Melissa Drummond, to place 11th and 14/15, respectively.

Michael Cooper also showed Ripping Ichi LTE $128,016, sired by Cat Ichi and owned by Reata Cutting Horses, as a finalist with 211 points, in the 25-horse field.

For complete results and live action go to: nchabonanza.com/schedule.html.


Thomas B. Saunders IV 1934-2018

February 6th, 2018

Tom B. Saunders IV, who passed away on February 1, 2018, at his home in Weatherford, Tex., was solidly rooted in the history of Texas, the cattle industry, and the National Cutting Horse Association. His father, Tom B. Saunders III, was a founder of the NCHA and one of the association’s first presidents.

Until her death in 2006, Jane Venita “Skeet” Calhoun, Tom B. Saunders IV’s sister, was the longest standing NCHA lifetime member (1946). Her father-in-law, H. Calhoun, succeeded Tom B. Saunders III as president of NCHA, and her husband, Jim Calhoun, who rode the 1957 NCHA World Champion King’s Pistol, served as the association’s president in the early 1970s.

Tom B. and Skeet’s great-grandfather, W.D.H. Saunders, blazed a trail from South Texas to New Orleans during the Civil War and became the first trail driver to swim a large herd across the Mississippi River. W. H. D.’s brother, George W. Saunders, sent cattle up the trail to Abilene and Dodge City in the 1870s and later helped organize the famous Trail Drivers Association.

Tom Saunders II, W.D.H.’s son, was the first cattle dealer to office in Fort Worth’s Stockyards district and in 1918, sixteen years after he opened his office, became the first rancher to deliver his cattle to the Stockyards in trucks. He also helped organize the world’s first indoor rodeo, the predecessor of the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo, held in the Fort Worth Stockyards in 1908.

It was Tom II’s son, Tom B. Saunders III, who published the first Cuttin’ Hoss Chatter, a ten-page newsletter on a mimeograph machine at his office at the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange, in 1949. “My dad and Jim (Calhoun) were devoted to preserving the history of cutting,” Skeet Calhoun said.

In addition to his ranching interests, which over the years included 60,000 acres, Tom B. Saunders IV, was  a director of the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and honorary vice president and director of the South Western Exposition and Livestock Show, and devoted to the preservation of ranching heritage and the Doss Heritage Log Cabin Park in Parker county, Tex.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, February 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the First United Church in Fort Worth. Memorials may be made in the form of a contribution to the Doss Heritage Log Cabin Park.

2017 Ike Futurity Open champion Reyzurbetsonthiscat claims 2018 Ike Classic Open

January 31st, 2018

Craig Thompson

Reyzurbetsonthiscat LTE $120,526, winner of the 2017 Ike 4-Year-Old Futurity Open under Craig Thompson, came back with 223 points to win 2018 Ike 5/6 Classic Open and $19,626 with Thompson on Tuesday. Matt Miller scored 219 and 217.5 points for reserve and third on Metallic Mistress LTE $149,366 and Amandas CD $260,493, who earned $16,698 and $13,770, respectively.

Owned by Barnwell Ramsey, Huntersville, NC, Reyzurbetsonthiscat, by Bet Hesa Cat, won the 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur championship with Ramsey.  The 5-year-old gelding, out of Ariel Rey LTE $100,000, is a half-brother to Jay Moss Cougar LTE $141,678 and Melodys Pepto LTE $135,369.

Metallic Mistress, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses, Weatherford, Tex., is a full sister to Mistresssis LTE $165,625, out of 2006 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open champion Smart Crackin Chic LTE $191,375.

Amandas CD, owned by Chris and Tracy Brengard, Paragould, Ark. and sired by High Brow CD, is a full sister to Sweet Lil Amanda LTE $264,896, out of Amanda Stargun LTE $91,468, the producer of earners of nearly $1 million.

In addition to the 5/6 Classic win on Reyzurbetsonthiscat , Thompson was also a 5/6 Classic finalist and placed first in the 5/6 Novice for Ramsey on Bet Sheza Marka LTE $12,578, who was a 2017 Ike 4-Year-Old Futurity finalist. Two weeks ago, Ramsey showed Bet Sheza Marka, by Bet Hesa Cat, as reserve champion of the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Unlimited Amateur.

Matt Miller showed three horses in both the Ike Futurity and the 5/6 Classic finals. In addition to reserve champion Metallic Mistress and third-placed Amandas CD, he showed Lou Lou Louise, owned by Lannie Mecom, as a Classic 5/6 finalist. Miller was also a finalist in the 4-Year-Old Futurity on his own horse, Carolena Reyn LTE $11,393, as well as on Graces CD LTE $34,009, owned by Janice Eaton, and on Mister Metallic LTE $2,000, a full brother to 5/6 reserve champion Metallic Mistress, owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses. Craig Thompson was a 4-Year-Old Futurity finalist riding Metallic Royal Mate LTE $2,000, owned by Nail Ranch.

For complete results from The Ike go to nchadella.com/ike/index.shtml

Blackish shines in The Ike Futurity

January 30th, 2018
Lloyd Cox

Lloyd Cox.

Blackish and Lloyd Cox won The Ike Futurity 4-Year-Old Open with 225 points on Tuesday, in West Monroe, La., while Rollz Royce and Beau Galyean scored 222.5 points for reserve. The win was worth $21,127 for Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., who bred Blackish, by Hottish, out of SS Blacks Lil Kitty LTE $185,839. Rollz Royce, by Dual Smart Rey, earned $18,100 for owner Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss. The Ike Futurity payouts represent the first limited age earnings for the champion and reserve champion, who are related through Show Biz Kitty, the dam of Rollz Royce, and the maternal granddam of Blackish.

Three horses tied with 219 points to earn $12,720 and split third through fifth places. DBL Smart, sired by Dual Smart Rey and owned by Mike Kemna, and Sly Pepto Playgirl, sired by One Time Pepto and owned and bred by Rocking L Cutting Horses, were both shown by Lloyd Cox. Cool N Hot was shown by Sean Flynn for Kobie and Paula Wood, Stephenville, Tex.

Cool N Hot, by Hottish, came into The Ike with $37,563 that he earned as fifth-placed finalist with Paula Wood in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals and as a finalist with Kobie in the Abilene Spectacular. Out of Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, by High Brow Cat, Cool N Hot is a half-sister to Donas Suen Boon LTE $420,965, Paula’s 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion.

Bred by Rocking L Cutting Horses, Boca Raton, Fla., Sly Pepto Girl is out of Sly Playgirl LTE $332,135, the $800,000 high-seller at the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales.

DBL Smart, a $62,000 purchase in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, won the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur with Kemna two weeks ago and was also an Open finalist in the event under Cox.

In addition to the win on Blackish, and third-place tie with DBL Smart and Sly Pepto Girl, Lloyd Cox also tied for sixth on his own horse Just Getting Started and split eighth through tenth places with Sheza Smokin Hot Gal, who had placed 10th in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro with Ty Moore. As a finalist in the 4-Year-Old Open Finals, alone, Cox claimed five of the top 10 spots and earned $63,125.