Setnicka, Bozeman win Mercuria at El Rancho

September 17th, 2016

Grant Setnicka on Ichis My Choice and Stuart Bozeman on Checkers Live Oak, won the Open and Non-Pro finals, respectively, of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at El Rancho Futurity Friday. Both horse and rider teams were claiming their second major wins of the year.

Grant Setnicka

Grant Setnicka

Setnicka, who tied for top score of 226 in the go-round, came back with a 229 in the finals to beat veteran rider Tom Shelly and Metalic Al by one point. The win was worth $13,676, taking Ichis My Choice’s career earnings over the quarter-million dollar mark.

Ichis My Choice was bred by EE Ranches by Cat Ichi out of My Little Abra, an Abrakadabracre mare that was reserve champion of the Abilene Spectacular and that earned $64,000.

J Five Ranch of Weatherford, Texas owns Ichis My Choice. J Five’s Constance Jaeggi won the Non-Pro Pacific Coast Derby on the mare earlier this year. Setnicka was the Breeders Invitational champion with the 4-year-old. Setnicka was also an NCHA Futurity finalist and Super Stakes reserve champion on Ichis My Choice.

Stuart BozemanFresh from his win in the Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge, Stuart Bozeman of Idalou, Texas, and Checkers Live Oak marked 225 to earn $11,146 in the Mercuria finals at El Rancho. Janet Westfall placed second on Just As Reckless with a 221.

Checkers Live Oak was bred by Dale Stallkamp by Im Countin Checks out of Cats Live Oak, a mare that won the Breeders Invitational Classic with Lloyd Cox in 2008.

Bozeman, an accomplished NRCHA competitor, bought the 6-year-old mare three years ago as a reined cow horse prospect, but switched her to cutting after the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Since then she has taken him to finals at the Pacific Coast Futurity and Derby, The Ike, West Texas, Cattlemen’s, the Bonanza, Idaho, El Rancho, and the AQHA World Show, earning more than $120,000.

Glitter’s hat trick

August 31st, 2016
Adan Banuelos and Glitter Done. Scootem N Shootem Photography.

Adan Banuelos and Glitter Done. Scootem N Shootem Photography.

Glitter Done and Adan Banuelos won their third Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting finals Tuesday at the Idaho Futurity. They marked 230 for a five-point win over Grant Setnicka on Ichis My Choice.

Glitter Done previously won the Mercuria event at the Pacific Coast Derby with a 227.5 and the West Texas Futurity with a 226.

Grant Setnicka showed Glitter Done to win a Novice division title in the 2013 West Texas Classic. Banuelos was a Pacific Coast Classic Challenge finalist with her the following year.

Bred and owned by Sue Hearst, Glitter Done is by Dual Smart Rey out of Tinsels Cat Lady. She’s a three-quarter sister to $108,000 earner Im Hal On Heels. Eight-year-old Glitter Done has now earned more than $30,000 and should jump from #22 to the top five in the 2016 World Standings.

Hay, Hay, Kade!

August 30th, 2016
Kade Smith on Hay U.

Kade Smith on Hay U.

Kade Smith, 27, of Mineral Wells, Texas, and Hay U marked 225 to win the Non-Pro finals of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Idaho CHA Futurity Tuesday evening. The win was worth $10,178.

Carol Ward of Rancho Murieta, California and Spooked By A Cat marked 220 for second place.

Two year’s ago, Smith’s sister, Ashley Snider, won the Non-Pro Mercuria at the Idaho Futurity riding Sly Chance. Their dad, NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Greg Smith, the breeder of Hay U, has been a five-time Open finalist in Mercuria World Series events.

Hay U is a 5-year-old mare by Third Cutting out of A Little Reylena, the Dual Rey mare that Kade rode to win the 2008 Limited Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge in Fort Worth.

Most recently, Kade and Hay U were Mercuria finalists at the West Texas Futurity. They placed third in the NCHA Classic Challenge in July. They’ve also been finalists this year at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, the Mercuria NCHA World Series in San Antonio and at the Abilene Spectacular.

This show takes Hay U’s earnings over $90,000. Kade, the 2011 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion on Lean This Rey, has earned more than $414,000.

Pat Jacobs, 1937-2016

August 29th, 2016

Pat JacobsLong-time NCHA member Pat Jacobs, 79, passed away August 29. Jacobs was an NCHA Members Hall of Fame inductee, and he also received the NCHA Judges Distinguished Service Award.

A popular musician and raconteur, Jacobs showed against the sport’s legends, and he judged cuttings for more than 40 years, including the first monitored show. He placed the longest running advertisement in the history of NCHA’s Cutting Horse Chatter magazine.

As a teenager in Kansas, Jacobs earned walking around money by driving cattle to the rail yards and helping load them onto stock cars.

“My heroes were always cowboys, so I helped drive cattle every chance I got,” he said. “It’s all I ever wanted to do.”

He saw Buster Welch ride Marion’s Girl at a county fair, and immediately forgot about his aspirations to be a roper.

“Until that moment, I thought cutting was for old men who couldn’t rodeo,” he said. “After watching Buster, I wanted to cut.”

He got a job working for a trainer and picked up the trade mostly “through osmosis.” By the early 1960s, he was judging shows.

Pat Jacobs“I was just a tall, skinny cowboy and cutting horse trainer from Kansas,” he recalled. “I believe the only requirement then to be a judge was you had to belong to the NCHA for at least two years, and not have any suspensions. Back then, if you could get $25 for judging a cutting, you were pretty well paid.”

As a showman and as a judge, Jacobs was always looking for ways to improve the sport. After a weekend show, he and his fellow cutters would brainstorm, and more often than not Jacobs was the one chosen to deliver their ideas to NCHA headquarters.

“On Monday, I would call (NCHA Executive Director) Zack Wood and bend his ear, telling him about our ideas. I did it often enough where if I didn’t call him on Monday, he would call me and ask, ‘What did you come up with?'”

Jacobs once recalled a time when cattle suppliers would make sure only their best stock would be used at the shows.

“It was a showcase for them to have their cattle on display at the county fair,” he said. “A lot of times, the cattle were furnished, with the trucking and everything else, at no cost. Maybe our new members need to look back and reflect on all the efforts of the judges, the ranchers  and livestock men who tightened their belts to help a growing association.”

Jacobs’ adventures were featured in Tom McGuane’s collections of essays, Some Horses, and in his own book, Outcasts, Outlaws, and Second Chance Horses: The Pat Jacobs Story.

A viewing will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ashland Ks at 7:00pm on Friday Sept 2, 2016. The funeral will take place at 10:00 am Saturday, Sept. 3. A celebration of life will be held in this area at a later date.


Glitter does it again

August 20th, 2016
Adan Banuelos on Glitter Done. Suzanne Sylvester photos.

Adan Banuelos on Glitter Done. Suzanne Sylvester photos.

Glitter Done and Adan Banuelos marked 226 at the West Texas Futurity on August 20 to win their second Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting finals this year.

Julie Jarma and SS Blacks Lil Kitty marked 227 to win the Non-Pro division, and that was also their second Mercuria win.

Banuelos and Glitter Done won the Mercuria at the Pacific Coast Derby in June.

Bred and owned by Susan Hearst, Glitter Done is an 8-year-old mare by Dual Smart Rey out of Tinsels Lady Cat, by High Brow Cat. She’s a half-sister to $103,000 earner Im Hal On Heels.

Grant Setnicka showed Glitter Done to win a Novice division title in the 2013 West Texas Classic. Banuelos was a Pacific Coast Classic Challenge finalist with her the following year.

The mare has now earned more than $27,000.

Cullen Chartier marked 223 on Mary Jo Milner’s Little Pepto Cat for the reserve championship in the Open finals at the West Texas Futurity.

Julie Jarma on SS Blacks Lil Kitty.

Julie Jarma on SS Blacks Lil Kitty.

Non-Pro winner Julie Jarma led the qualifiers with a 225 before coming back to take the finals with a 227 for a six-point winning margin over World Standings leader Kaitlyn Wimberly on Sir Stylish Lizzy.

SS Blacks Lil Kitty is a 10-year-old mare bred by Starkey Smith by Blue Bayou Boon out of Show Biz Kitty, a daughter of Open World Champion Show Biz Sandy.

SS Blacks Lil Kitty has earned more than $173,000. She and Jarma won the Western Bloodstock NCHA Winter Showdown in Cowtown, the Brazos Bash Classic, and the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the 2013 American Royal Show.

Jarma, who won the Amateur NCHA Derby in 2008 on Crazy Rey, has also won Non-Pro, Limited Non-Pro and Amateur championships at the Abilene Spectacular, Pacific Coast Stakes, Chisholm Trail Fall Futurity, and the State of Missouri Futurity.


Strong fields set for West Texas Mercuria

August 19th, 2016

West Texas FuturityAn all-star cast has been assembled for Saturday’s Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting finals at the West Texas Futurity in Amarillo.

Since the World Series was launched in 2009, more than $4.4 million has been paid out in purses for horses that have the talent – and the experience – to be at the top of their game.

Four hundred eighty-seven individual horses, 484 owners and 368 riders have shared in those purses, providing new incentives to horses that may have graduated out of their limited age event careers.

Fourteen of Saturday’s riders have earned their place in either the NCHA Riders or Non-Pro Hall of Fame.

This is the first time the West Texas Futurity has hosted the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting. The 23 horses in the West Texas finals have combined earnings of more than $4.2 million. The riders have earned more than $39.9 million.

Top qualifier Cullen Chartier and Little Pepto Cat marked 228 in the Open Mercuria go-round.

Top qualifier Cullen Chartier and Little Pepto Cat marked 228 in the Open Mercuria go-round.

Horses qualified for the finals have already won a total of seven Mercuria NCHA World Series finals. The riders of  18 previous winners are showing.

It took a score of 224 or better – believed to be a Mercuria record – to advance to the Open finals. Cullen Chartier led the way with a 228 on Little Pepto Cat, owned by Mary Jo Milner. Milner, who has won a record eight Non-Pro World Championships, also qualified the gelding for the Non-Pro finals.

Julie Jarma led the Non-Pro qualifiers with a 225 on SS Blacks Lil Kitty. Lloyd Cox also made the Open finals with the 10-year-old mare.

If Non-Pro qualifier Constance Jaeggi should win, it would give her a record seven Mercuria Non-Pro victories. She’s currently tied with Dan Hansen at six.

Watch the live webcast Saturday evening.

Open Finalists

  • Little Pepto Cat, Cullen Chartier, 228.0
  • Ichis My Choice, Grant Setnicka, 227.5
  • Glitter Done, Adan Banuelos, 227.0
  • Donas Suen Boon, Kobie Wood, 226.0
  • No Way In Hal, Lloyd Cox, 226.0
  • Cats Sheree, Sean Flynn, 226.0
  • SS Blacks Lil Kitty, Lloyd Cox, 225.0
  • Eazee E, Tatum Rice, 225.0
  • George C Merada, John Wold, 224.5
  • CR Sun Reys, Boyd Rice, 224.0
  • Cats In Ya Dreams, Jason Taylor, 224.0
  • Stylish Bet, Sean Flynn, 224.0
  • Joes Last Cat, Todd Bimat, 224.0

Non-Pro Finalists

  • SS Blacks Lil Kitty, Julie Jarma, 225.0
  • Swoopn Indian, Constance Jaeggi, 224.0
  • Hay U, Kade Smith, 224.0
  • Sweet Little Cats, Joe Howard Williamson, 223.5
  • Woodys Baby, April Widman, 222.5
  • Peptotoodie, Chad Bushaw, 222.0
  • Louellas Cat, Andrew Viola, 221.0
  • Sir Stylish Lizzy, Kaitlyn Wimberly, 221.0
  • Lenas Star War, Katie Rice, 221.0
  • PKR Big Mac, Michelle Anderson, 220.0
  • The Cuteness, Codie Green, 219.5
  • Little Pepto Cat, Mary Jo Milner, 219.5


2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale

August 9th, 2016

Noodles Brown

Strong sales defined the 2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale on Saturday, August 6, with 90 percent completed sales from 121 horses offered. Produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., the sale preceded the National Cutting Horse Association Derby Open and Non-Pro Finals at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

Noodles Brown, a 3-year-old in training with Beau Galyean, was the sale’s high seller at $34,000. Consigned by Thomas Guinn, the Metallic Cat daughter is a three-quarter sister to Whiskeynadirtyglass LTE $184,288 and was purchased by Robert Thigpen Jr., Chilton, Tex.

Lil Pepto Memory, purchased by William Raschen, Severen, Md. for $30,000, was the high-selling colt, as well as the high-selling yearling. Consigned by Shrontz Family Ltd. Partnership, the Sweet Lil Pepto son is full or half-sibling, out of NCHA Futurity Open champion Some Kinda Memories, to the earners of $765,984, including his full sister Some Kinda Sweetie LTE $134,193.

The Woody Be Tuff daughter CR Purrty Tuff, consigned by her breeder Center Ranch, was the sale’s high-selling yearling filly at $25,000. Bet N Sweet 013, a 3-year-old in training with Sean Flynn, also sold for $25,000. The Bet Hesa Cat daughter, a three-quarter sister to High Brow CD LTE $542,101, was consigned by Plantation Farms.

Four-year-old gelding Catish LTE $32,061 was the high-selling show horse at $23,000. Sired by High Brow Cat, Catish was consigned by Don and Joetta Bell. Six-year-old Clayreycious 10 LTE $28,155, a Halreycious gelding consigned by Steve and Karen Olsen and in training with Grant Setnicka, was the second highest-selling show horse at $21,000.

For complete results and a catalog of the NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale consignments, go to, where you will also find information about the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, December 5 through December 10, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.