• Dennis Moreland Tack

Fancy Rey and Ichis My Choice shine in 2nd go-round

July 19th, 2017

Littlemak and Jon Burgess led the cumulative scores after the second round of the NCHA Open Classic Challenge. Hart Photography.

On Wednesday, July 19, Fancy Rey, shown by Chris Hanson, and Ichis My Choice, with Grant Setnicka, tied with 222 points, the high score from the second go-round of the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Open, where a cumulative score of 435 points from the first and second round advanced 26 horses to the Finals.

Littlemak, with 221.5 points in the second go-round under Jon Burgess, claimed the high cumulative with 440.5 points, while Ichis My Choice, with Setnicka, and Play Miss Boonsmal, under Eddie Flynn, were second-highest with 440-point cumulatives, and Metallic Rebel, who won the first go-round with 223 points under Beau Galyean, tallied 439.5-points.

Grant Setnicka also scored 221.5 points in the second go-round on Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses-owned Metallic Mistress LTE $120,922, by Metallic Cat, to advance with 438 points, and qualified with a third mount, the 5-year-old Dual Rey son Two Time Dual LTE $103,380, owned by Jimmy Baros, Blanco, Tex. Setnicka was the only rider to qualify three horses for the Finals.

Ichis My Choice LTE $299,194, owned by J Five Ranch, Weatherford, Tex. and sired by Cat Ichi, made her mark with Setnicka as the 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. She won or placed that year as a 4-year-old in 18 major events, including the Breeders Invitational Open championship, the NCHA Super Stakes Open reserve championship, and with J Five Ranch owner Constance Jaeggi, as the Pacific Coast Derby Non-Pro champion. Jaeggi purchased Ichis My Choice at two for $300,000, in the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Fancy Rey LTE $96,631, by Dual Rey, is owned by Charles Burger, Chatsworth, Ga. The 6-year-old mare was a limited age event open finalist in five major events under Wesley Galyean, who showed her in the 2014 NCHA Futurity; Chris Hanson took up the reins mid-year in 2016 and has since shown her in three major finals. Hanson, who won the 2014 NCHA Futurity Open Limited on Metallic Mandy, is the NCHA earner of $577,822.

Littlemak LTE $81,486, by Starlights Gypsy, is owned by Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Tex., also the owners of The Reyl McCoy, who qualified for the Classic Challenge Open Finals with a cumulative of 438.5 points under Tate Bennett. Jon Burgess, NCHA earner of $764,087, showed Littlemak to win the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited, the NCHA Derby Open Limited, and the Southern Futurity Open Limited. Steve Anderson, owner of Anderson Cattle Co., also showed the four-year-old gelding to win the 2016 Waco Texas Futurity Non-Pro championship.

Play Miss Boonsmal LTE $75,444, a 5-year-old Peptoboonsmal daughter owned by Danny Jones, Alberta, Can., was reserve champion of the 2017 Breeders Invitational Open Classic with Eddie Flynn, as well as third-place finalist in the 2017 Bonanza Classic, and a finalist in the Cattlemen’s Open Classic. Danny Jones has also shown her this year as an amateur finalist in four major events, and was  fourth on her in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur.

Eddie Flynn is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earnings of $2,580,965. He won both the 2005 and 2006 NCHA Classic Challenge on Boon San Kitty LTE $498,188, as well as the 2006 NCHA Derby on Stylish Baby Doll LTE $193,587, and the 2000 NCHA Derby on BR Instant Replay LTE $158,806.

The NCHA Summer Spectacular continues tomorrow morning with the first go-round of the Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro. The Classic Challenge Open Finals will be held on Saturday, July 22, following six sets of the NCHA Derby Amateur and Unlimited Amateur first go-round.

Metallic Rebel still tops

July 18th, 2017

Metallic Rebel and Beau Galyean lead 88 entries with scores of 213.5 points or more to Wednesday’s second go-round of the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Open. Metallic Rebel scored 223 points on Monday, the first day of competition, where Peeptos Cat and Paul Hansma ranked second with 222 points.

CR Tuff Lucy, with John Mitchell, and Amandas CD, under Matt Miller, topped the second and last day of the first round on Tuesday with matching scores of 221.5 points; The Reyl McCoy and Tate Bennett were next with 221.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller.

Five-year-old Amandas CD, LTE $236,766, owned by Chris and Tracy Brengard, Paragould, Ark., won five major limited age event championships under Miller in 2016, including the Abilene Spectacular and the Brazos Bash. The High Brow CD daughter, bred by Sunrise Ranch, also placed ninth with Miller in the 2015 NCHA Futurity and was reserve champion of the 2016 Breeders Invitational and the Ike Hamilton Futurity.

Matt Miller, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $2,920,320, also scored 218.5 points in the Classic Challenge go-round riding Amandas CD’s 6-year-old full sister, Sweet Lil Amanda LTE $238,555, also owned by the Brengards. Miller who gave up his non-pro status to become a professional trainer in 2008, won the 2006 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity aboard Travs Scooter LTE $221,566 and is also an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member.

John Mitchell.

Six-year-old CR Tuff Lucy LTE $334,162, is owned by Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., who purchased her for $600,000 at the 2015 Center Ranch Sale. Sired by Center Ranch stallion Woody Be Tuff, CR Tuff Lucy began her career as fourth-place finalist in the 2014 NCHA Futurity under Tarin Rice, who also showed her to win the 2015 Abilene Spectacular and claim reserve in the NCHA Derby. John Mitchell and CR Tuff Lucy most recently earned the reserve championship of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic, which they also claimed in 2016, along with the reserve championship of the 2016 NCHA Classic Challenge.

John Mitchell, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earnings of $4,050,523, won the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes and the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic on Slate River Ranch-owned Junie Wood LTE $525,782, the 2014 NCHA Open Horse of the Year.

The Reyl McCoy LTE $124,176, owned by Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Tex., began his career in the 2015 NCHA Futurity, where he placed sixth under Bennett and went on in 2016 to win the Arbuckle Mountain Open championship, and place fourth in the NCHA Super Stakes. The 5-year-old Dual Rey son, bred by Broom Tree Ranch and purchased by Bennett at the 2013 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, is a half-brother to Toy Engine LTE $194,612 by Playgun.

Tate Bennett, the NCHA earner of $839,977, won the Cattlemen’s Derby Novice championship this year on his own horse, Uno Mas LTE $15,736, by Dual Rey. Bennett was also Open Limited champion of the 2012 NCHA Futurity and the Abilene Spectacular on Rios Jewel LTE $51,397; the Open Limited champion of the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes, 2011 NCHA Derby, and 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Classic on Reyn Maker LTE $169,801, owned by Anderson Cattle Co.; and Open Limited champion of the 2014 Cattlemen’s Derby on Red Boon Rey LTE $135,558, owned by Anderson Cattle Co.

The 2017 NCHA Summer Spectacular continues on Wednesday, July 19 with the Classic Challenge Open second go-round.

Metallic Rebel takes command

July 17th, 2017

Beau Galyean and Metallic Rebel had the top score in the first day of the NCHA Classic Challenge. Hart Photography.

Metallic Rebel and Beau Galyean took command on Monday, July 17, the first day of the 2017 NCHA Summer Spectacular, with 223 points in the Classic Challenge Open go-round. Peeptos Cat, under Paul Hansma, earned 222 points, the day’s second-highest score, while Dont Stopp Believin and Ruby Shadow Cat tied with 220 points ridden, respectively, by Phil Rapp and Jaime Snider.

Owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., and bred by Alvin Fults, 5-year-old Metallic Rebel LTE $279,197 claimed the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open championship, one of four wins for the stallion this year from eight open major event finals. The Metallic Cat son, who won five major championships in 2016, currently ranks number one, with 381 points, in the count for 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year.

Beau Galyean also scored 219 points on Monday riding Metallic Rebel’s full sister, 6-year-old Magistic Moon LTE $132,252, owned by Jimmie Miller Smith and shown in amateur competition by Wade Smith, Geary, Okla. Galyean, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and the NCHA earner of $2,984,111, also showed Metallic Cat LTE $574,494, to win the 2008 NCHA Futurity.

Peeptos Cat LTE $71,317 is owned by Alexa Stent, Aledo, Tex. The 6-year-old Cat Ichi daughter was shown by Matt Gaines earlier this year as reserve champion of the Bonanza Open Classic and as a finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open. Gaines also showed the red roan, bred by Alexa’s parents, Peter and Nora Stent, as reserve open champion of the 2015 Southern Futurity. Alexa Stent bred Peepto Cat’s dam, Little Bow Peepto LTE $134,559, and showed her to place third in the 2011 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro.  Little Bow Peepto’s granddam, Bowman’s Fancy LTE $257,203, was trained and shown by Paul Hansma.

Paul Hansma, a member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame and earner of $5,983,669, won the 2005 NCHA Derby on Rockin By Choice LTE $313,077 and the 1994 NCHA Derby on home-bred Hicapoo LTE $446,712. Hansma also won the 2009 NCHA Classic Challenge on his own horse, Al Poocino $254,763, a maternal grandson of Hicapoo.

Dont Stopp Believin LTE $261,681, owned by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., is by Dual Rey and out of Dont Look Twice LTE $824,546, cutting’s all-time richest mare. With open wins this year in the Augusta Futurity, the Cattlemen’s Derby and the NCHA Mercuria Houston World Series, as well as a fourth-place finish in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, 6-year-old Dont Stopp Believin currently ranks fourth, with 240 points, in the running for 2017 NCHA Horse of the Year.

Phil Rapp, who won the 1994 NCHA Derby Non-Pro championship and 1995 NCHA Classic Non-Pro on Dont Stopp Believin’s third dam, Tap O Lena LTE $450,639, is cutting’s all-time leading money earner with earnings of $8,908,340.

Ruby Shadow Cat, owned by Michael Kemna, Valley View, Tex., also has close family ties to Rapp-owned and shown horses. Sired by Metallic Cat, 6-year-old Ruby Shadow Cat is out of Ruby Tuesday DNA, bred by Rapp and shown by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp to earn $208,455. Ruby Tuesday’s dam, Playboys Ruby LTE $262,441, carried Phil Rapp to win the non-pro championship of the 1991 NCHA Super Stakes, as well as the non-pro reserve championship of the 1991 NCHA Derby. Playboys Ruby is also a leading producer of the earners of $1,786,690, including eight performers who have each earned more than $100,000.

Jaime Snider, winner of the 2017 Pacific Coast Derby and the Abilene Spectacular Novice on Reysin Kittens LTE $71,000, has NCHA career earnings of $940,000. Mike Kemna has shown Ruby Shadow Cat this year to win the Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro championship, as well as the Unlimited Amateur championship, and the Pacific Coast Derby Limited Non-Pro.

The 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Open first go-round concludes on Tuesday, July 18.

Bobby Pidgeon  1933 – 2017

July 16th, 2017

Bobby Pidgeon, photo by Sally Harrison.

George Robert “Bobby” Pidgeon Sr., Moscow, Tenn., passed away on Friday, July 14, after an extended illness. As an NCHA competitor, breeder, show producer, raconteur and enthusiast, Bobby Pidgeon had few equals.

As a non-pro competitor, Pidgeon, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member, who had not shown for more than a decade before his death, ranks 22nd  among all-time leading non-pro money earners with $1.1 million. His career highlights include the 1990 and 1991 non-pro championships of the NCHA Classic Challenge on Dual Pep, who under Pidgeon’s promotion developed into one of cutting’s all-time leading sires and broodmare sires.

In 1991, Pidgeon established Bar H Ranche in Weatherford, Tex., where he stood Dual Pep and CD Olena, the 1994 NCHA Futurity Open champion and 1995 NCHA Horse of the Year, who also became a leading sire and broodmare sire. Dual Pep and CD Olena have sired offspring with combined earnings of over $45 million and are maternal and/or paternal grandsires of earners of $93 million.

In addition to showing, breeding and promoting his own horses, Pidgeon produced the popular Western Cutting Series of limited age events from 1988 through 2000, and as an advocate and example, he attracted and encouraged many high profile new-comers to the sport.

Pidgeon bred CD Olena out of CD Chica San Badger, who he purchased from non-pro rider Sheila Welch. “I bought her for a broodmare, but she just happened to be the age where I could show her a little,” said Pidgeon of the Peppy San Badger daughter.  “I never thought I’d own a stud. Then I bought Dual Pep. It was the luck of the draw.”

Pidgeon’s  purchase of CD Chica San Badger and establishment of the Bar H Ranche dovetailed with an arrangement with the young Canadian rider Winston Hansma to manage his breeding and show operation.

“When I bought (CD Chica San Badger) and hired Winston to take over the place, I named it after the Hansma family,” Pidgeon told me. “I didn’t want people to think it was just mine.” At the same time Paul Hansma, Winston’s brother, who went on to win the NCHA Futurity on Playboy McCrae, joined the staff.

“You can’t have a successful program without some really good people like Winston and Paul,” said Pidgeon. “Winston is the one that said to breed CD (Chica San Badger) to Doc O’Lena. I let him pick all the mares. I really didn’t have anything to do with it.

“When you don’t know a lot about something, you’d better listen. I learned that in business. You are no better than the people under you. I run my business the same way. Whether they were the janitor or who, I always hired the best people I could find.”

QB Cat claims Mercuria NCHA Calgary Open

July 13th, 2017

QB Cat and Clint Allen won the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at Calgary Stampede. Hudyma Photography.

QB Cat, shown by Clint Allen for David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., scored 225 points on Wednesday to win the 2017 Mercuria NCHA Calgary Stampede Open World Series of Cutting. Eazee E earned reserve with 224 points under Tatum Rice and Lil Magic Ike, with Dustin Gonnet, and Master Mate, with Doug Reinhardt, tied for third with 219 points.

Nine-year-old QB Cat, sired by High Brow Cat and out of Quintan Blue LTE $594,000, is currently ranked fifth with Clint Allen in this year’s NCHA World Championship Open standings. Owner Stacie McDavid also showed QB Cat LTE $137,559 in the non-pro finals of eight major limited age events.

Clint Allen, NCHA Hall of Fame rider and earner of $4,437,126, won the 20110 NCHA Mercuria World Series of Cutting Breeders Invitational Open with Faith N My Cat.

Eazee E, with career earnings of $115,509, shown by Tatum Rice for Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., was the high-scoring horse with 227 points from all go-rounds in the Calgary Mercuria Cutting. NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Rice and the 7-year-old High Brow Cat daughter, are currently ranked #2 in this year’s NCHA World Championship Open standings.

Tatum Rice, the NCHA earner of $1, 468,838, showed Eazee E, who is a three-quarter sister to Smooth Asa Zee LTE $616,000, in the finals of 10 major limited age events, as well as the 2017 NCHA Mercuria World Series of Cuttings in Houston and at the PCCHA Derby.

Lil Magic Mike, shown by Dustin Gonnet for Pat Rorisin, Dawson, BC, was a finalist in the Calgary Stampede Futurity in 2015 and a Canadian Supreme finalist last year. The 5-year-old gelding, sired by Cat N A Hat, is the career earner of $33,040.

Dustin Gonnet has won 11 Canadian Supreme championships and four Calgary Stampede championships, including last year’s Futurity on RPL Cat N Around. Gonnet was inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame last month with career earnings of $1,208,961.

Master Mate is owned by Cam Clarke, Airdrie, AB, and was bred by Kevin and Sydney Knight, owners of  Mercuria NCHA Calgary reserve champion Eazee E. Six-year-old Master Mate LTE $97,777, by Cat T Masterson, was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist, as well as a non-pro finalist in 11 other major limited age events with Kylie Rice, wife of Tatum Rice.

Doug Reinhardt, the NCHA earner of $604,735, finished first and second in last year’s Calgary Stampede Classic riding Metallic Player and Dual Smart Deal.

See full results.

Shannon Lamb lands Mercuria NCHA Calgary Non-Pro

July 13th, 2017

Shannon Lamb on Rue Du Ichi was Non-Pro champion of the Mercuria NCHA World Series at Calgary Stampede. Hudyma Photography.

Shannon Lamb, Boerne, Tex., scored 220.5 points on Rue Du Ichi to win the 2017 Mercuria NCHA Calgary Stampede Non-Pro World Series of Cutting. Kaila Stewart, Crossfield, Alberta, and Amanda Smith, Wembley, Alberta, tied for reserve with 220 points on Clays Little CD and Hoo Doo Hughes, respectively.

This was Shannon Lamb’s first Mercuria World Series Finals. The NCHA lifetime earner of $92,700, Lamb was $35,000 Non-Pro Reserve Champion in the 2016 Mercuria NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth riding Hes A Rubypepto and also placed as a $50,000 Amateur finalist on Torino Ichi.

Eight-year-old gelding Rue Du Ichi, by Cat Ichi, was a Mercuria World Series Open Finalist last year at San Antonio, the AQHA Congress and in Idaho with Gayon Wells. He also placed third in the NCHA Open World Standings and has NCHA lifetime earnings of $167,487.

Amanda Smith, NCHA earner of $94,742, showed Hoo Doo Hughes as reserve champion of last year’s Calgary Stampede Non-Pro Classic. The 6-year-old gelding, by Thomas E Hughes, was a non-pro finalist in the 2014 NCHA Futurity and has career earnings of $90,586.

Kaila Stewart was a 2014 Calgary Mercuria Non-Pro finalist riding Genuine Catch. She was also a Canadian Supreme Non-Pro finalists last year on Clays Little CD. Stewart is the NCHA earner of $46,721 and 11-year-old Clays Little CD, by CD Lights, is the career earner of $33,386.

Stewart and Clays Little CD also tied Doug Wiens on This Cats Max with 220.5 points, which was the high score of the Non-Pro go-round. Eight-year-old This Cats Max, by WR This Cats Smart, won last year’s Calgary Mercuria Open championship with Travis Rempel, who also showed him in Wednesday’s Open Finals.

See full results.

Eazee does it

July 11th, 2017

Hall of Fame rider Tatum Rice and Eazee set the top mark of 227 in the qualifying round for the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Calgary Stampede Tuesday.

Six horses qualified for the Open finals with a purse of $34,660. Ten Non-Pros led by Mandy Chisum and Magic Metalman, will vie for $42,940 in Wednesday’s finals.

Tatum Rice.

Rice will be riding 7-year-old Eazee E for his in-laws, Kevin and Sandy Knight of Weatherford, Texas.

The mare was bred by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot by High Brow Cat out of Zee Dualy, a producer of $937,000, including Mary Jo Milner’s Hall of Fame horse, Smooth Asa Zee.

Rice was reserve champion of the Brazos Bash Classic on Eazee E, and his wife, Kylie, was reserve champion in the West Texas Non-Pro Classic. The mare has earned over $121,000 and is making her fourth Mercuria World Series finals in the past 12 months.

Here’s a look at the field for the Open finals at Calgary:

227.0 EAZEE E, ridden by Tatum Rice
Owned by Kevin & Sandy Knight, Weatherford, TX
2010 m (High Brow Cat x Zee Dualy, by Dual Pep)
223.0 QB CAT, ridden by Clint Allen
Owned by David & Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, TX
2008 g (High Brow Cat x Quintan Blue, by Mecom Blue)
223.0 THIS CATS MAX, ridden by Travis Rempel
Owned by Doug & Angie Wiens, Lindell Beach, BC
2009 g (WR This Cats Smart x PF Docs Med, by Peppys Formula)
220.0 SPOOKED BY A CAT, ridden by Darren Simpkins
Owned by Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, CA
2006 g (Cat Ichi x San Starlight, by Grays Starlight)
217.0 MASTER MATE, ridden by Doug Reinhardt
Owned by Cam Clark, Airdrie, AB
2011 g (Cat T Masterson x DT One Rare Mate, by Smart Mate)
215.0 LIL MAGIC IKE, ridden by Dustin Gonnet
Owned by Pat Rorison, Dawson, BC
2012 g (Cat N A Hat x Scarlyte, by Peptoboonsmal)

Top qualifier Eazee E ridden by Tatum Rice. Hudyma Photography.